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Everything posted by mattwallace24

  1. I recently had the opportunity of a lifetime to go down in a research sub which had 2 of these in use during each dive. The sub crew spoke very highly of them. They were simply turned on before each dive and ran with no problems (unlike my GoPro 6 which only works the way I want it to about 25% of the time). They were mounted external to the sub and easily handled our 500 foot dives on this trip. I was surprised at how well it white balanced at depth. No filters or post white balance editing required. Thinking of picking up one myself. Just saw a Black Friday special on their site. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Just returned last night. Was not impressed with my camera’s (Nikon D500) auto iso, but that is to be expected. I’ve yet to see consistent photos using auto iso at Guadalupe. Much easier to take some quick test shots to set your iso. I also try to slightly underexpose my photos to prevent blowouts and edit the exposure later in Lightroom. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’m on the Solmar V. Have a great trip and maybe see you out there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve never trusted it. However, I’ll be back at Guadalupe this time next week and will give it a test. Will report back how well it works. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I’ve been 9 times so far (10th and 11th trips upcoming over the next 2 months), so I’m basing my response on my experience at Guadalupe. You definitely don’t need strobes. In fact, during my first 9 trips (with multiple groups on different boats), I’ve only seen one person use their strobes. Ambient light is more than enough to get your shots. At most, strobes offer some fill light for the bottom of the sharks, but not necessary by any means. In fact, many times the sharks are about 10+ feet away, so strobes (or a video light) would be of limited benefit. Your settings are a good starting point. I usually shoot a little slower shutter speed (1/250) allowing me to drop my ISO down to 100-200. I shoot manual and adjust to light patterns with ISO first. Have a great trip! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Finally moving up from many years with my Nikon D90/Aquatica setup to a new D500/Nauticam setup. So far, 100% of my u/w photography has been large subjects using the Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens. For now, my photography will stay the same, so looking for port recommendations to use with my Tokina/Nauticam setup. I'm leaning towards a glass (versus acrylic) port this time and looking at both Nauticam and Zen options. Currently looking at the Nauticam N120 140mm Optical Glass Fisheye Port, the Zen DP-100 100mm Fisheye Dome Port, and the Zen DP-170mm Fisheye Dome Port. My Aquatica setup used the 8 inch (203mm) acrylic dome, so the larger sizes are not a concern. Photography is typically large sharks, rays, whales, etc. Any advice or thoughts or other recommendations, please share. Thanks! Matt
  7. Lowered price to $125 plus shipping for both. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I was asked to post a few samples of pics I took with this camera.
  9. I have two Sea & Sea Sync Cords (5-pin) for sale. Both are in excellent condition and only used once. $80 each or $150 for both (plus shipping). They currently sale new for $125/each, so can save yourself $100. Let me know if you're interested or have any questions. Matt
  10. Yes, this complete setup is still available. Let me know if you have any questions or are ready to purchase. Matt
  11. More pics per PM requests. Let me know if you have questions or need another pic. Thanks.
  12. Pics added per PM requests. Let me know if you have any questions or need a different picture.
  13. For Sale: Complete and ready to use Nikon D90 + Aquatica Housing Setup. Includes camera, housing, lens (Tokina), ports, etc. Everything you need to shoot wide angle today. Everything included for $1,250. A very inexpensive way to either get into underwater photography or use as an inexpensive backup rig. Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera Set (includes extra battery, charger, strap, manual, etc.) Aquatica Nikon D90 Housing with dual bulkheads (never flooded, great condition, only very minor wear) Tokina 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fisheye Lens. Includes: Aquatica 8" Dome Port Aquatica 8" Dome Shade Aquatica Port Extension: 16.5mm, .65" (with #18469 locking collar) Aquatica Zoom Gear for Tokina 10-17mm lens Backscatter Neoprene Cover - Medium Dome Aquatica Neoprene Cover Aquatica Moisture Alarm (installed) SanDisk Extreme III 16GB SD Memory Card 2 x Ultralight Aquavision Type Mounts I've used this setup approximately once per year to shoot great white sharks at Guadalupe Island and blues/mako sharks in Rhode Island. Selling as a complete setup for $1,250 plus shipping (US only). Will post or PM pictures if interested. Gear is located in Connecticut.
  14. The Tokina is a great lens for Guadalupe. I've been to Guadalupe the past 5 years and by far the Tokina is the most common lens used on every trip. Although the sharks get close, you would not want to get any wider. I actually tend to drift closer to the 17mm side of the zoom. You'll enjoy the trip.
  15. Strangely enough, my switches are 1-3 down and 4 up. Strange because I don't recall that being a referenced setting or why I ended up with it. Worked fine for me however. Matt
  16. Alastair - I'm only guessing on this, but it could be your brand of strobes. I did a quick search of the issue and found most D90 users were limited to 1/200. I did find a post where a user was able to reach higher speeds land was using Sea & Sea strobes like myself. He could only get 1/200 with an IKE housing and IKE strobes, but could go higher when he switched to S&S strobes. Since we have the same housing, that shouldn't be the issue. I don't have anything setup unusual in my camera settings that I'm aware of. I do use standard S&S sync cords versus optical. I can actually shoot higher than 1/250, but start getting the black banding at 1/320. Would be interesting if someone has access to both S&S and non-S&S strobes to see if that is the difference. Matt
  17. Steve - Thanks for the feedback. I'll work on the dorsal fin as soon as I find some time. Matt
  18. This is my first time uploading a photo for critique. Looking for some feedback and constructive criticism. This was shot with a Nikon D90/Tokina 10-17 FE using ISO 320, f/8, and 1/250 shutter speed. Twin YS-1D strobes set to 1/4 power or less. Picture was shot mid-afternoon at surface in dark green water (Rhode Island). Shark was approximately 7 feet long, so struggled lighting entire shot during these "nose in" approaches. Also was my first time shooting with twin strobes, so I'm sure I still have a lot to learn. The original picture was shot in RAW (~12 MP), but had to use a much smaller jpeg to get below the 1000k file attachment limitation. Let me know what you think. Regards, Matt
  19. Sea & Sea YS-110a strobe for sale. Purchased in 2009, but only used once. Tested this past weekend and works great. Located in Connecticut, but willing to ship. $400 plus user pays shipping.
  20. Hi! I'm Matt from Connecticut. Been diving for over 20 years and following Wetpixil for several. Still a novice when it comes to u/2 photography, but ready to start getting better. 100% of my photographs u/w so far are of sharks (mostly blues, makos, and great whites with a surprise visit from a hammerhead). Have a 5 year old setup including a Nikon D90, Aquatica housing, and my new additions - a pair of S&S YS-D1's.
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