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  1. Looks great Aaron, Congrats on a good trip. More please. Cheers, Steve
  2. Hi Jeff, There is not too much you can do in post to make a great image out of this one. The first issue I see is that it's not in focus, or the shutter speed was not quite short enough to avoid a slightly blurred image. It's also hard to make a fish pop if its shot against the bottom. Just a real tough situation. You could try darkening the coral rubble and surrounding reef with the adjustment brush to focus the eye more on the fish and tweak the white balance a touch. Sharpening a bit would help the blur. My best advice is to go back and try again. Shoot up and try and get all of the fish in the frame, cutting off those dorsal tips really changes the image for me. Its great you shared your image with us, we want to see the next version too. Cheers, Steve
  3. With beautiful images like that from California water you won't have any trouble in Lembeh. Just relax and have fun with it. Cheers, Steve
  4. Damn Andy, you're not supposed to give them away. Good luck, Steve
  5. Hi Michael, Just add a reply that notes items sold and if you'd like, what's still available. This way folks don't delete the trail or whole posts when items are sold and our members and readers can see what's happened. Our experience has told us that is more efficient if the objective is to provide information. Thanks, Steve
  6. Yep, agree, very easy to remove, you just take off one o-ring and it pulls right out. I'm confident you'll love it, especially for the CFWA, so much easier to see everything in the frame. Once I put mine on a few years ago it has never been out of my sight. Will never dive without one again. My two cents, cheers Steve
  7. Beautiful images, but I'm pretty sure they don't count unless you were at least standing in the water. ;-) Cheers, Steve
  8. HI Petra, If you're truly having issues with Lightning I'd suggest finding a nice cozy mahogany drop off and a bottle of you favorite rum and sit out the storm. I'd had some very memorable dives under ongoing Lightning storms but it's not for everybody. If you really meant lighting (as in strobes) I'd council to get yourself a copy of The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge, still the bible for strobe positions and basic skills to learn. There are also some great websites that have some really good information. The Underwater Photography Guide has some good examples on their website as one example. I've found no matter how much book learning you can get it's still necessary to get in the pool and practice. If none of that advice helps there is always the reminder to shoot up. In the image you attached I would think about pointing the strobes higher so the bottom of the light cones just cross at the little ray. No reason the light the bottom. The bright bottom also makes the shadows more prominent. Might look something like this; Good luck! Steve
  9. For our Nikon shooting friends; a limited number of D750's cameras manufactured in October and November of 2014 may not function properly. Check out the Serial number listing on the Nikon site here Good luck, Steve
  10. Great behavior imagery, thanks for sharing it. Where in the Med? Cheers, Steve
  11. Thanks for the lesson Simon. Love the little mermaid. Cheers, Steve
  12. I haven't shot them myself but first comments from friends note the much improved recycling time for the new version. That would be enough for me to trade up if the cost was not prohibitive. Good luck, Steve
  13. Crazy good and I don't normally like snakes. Well done! Cheers, Steve
  14. No problem Chris, glad you found it Cheers, Steve
  15. Hi Chris, I haven't experienced that before. Server seems to be okay this morning. I can assure you that there were some new posts. I have sometimes gotten funny messages when I accedently clicked on members instead of forums. What happens when you select show me the last 24 hrs? Steve
  16. That was a sailboat Sean, she could go anywhere. We even took her to Guadalupe. Cheers, Steve
  17. Thanks Sean, I used to love getting to out Miguel on my little 27 when we lived in Oxnard. Thanks for the memories. Some really beautiful images. Cheers, Steve
  18. Hi Steve, Thanks for sharing with us, love the diversity you were able to capture. The color does look a bit desaturated on my screen. Going to have to add Anilao to my list, Cheers, Steve
  19. Your link wasn't working for some reason partner. This one should get us there; Brian's Flickr Set for the Bridge I'm always amazed by the diversity around that little bridge, truly remarkable place. I love that you found a juvi high hat. What a crazy place, cheers, Steve
  20. Still amazing that you got to see all that even on two trips. Thanks, Steve
  21. Outstanding trip!! Congrats! So where did you see the hammers? It didn't look like Roca Partida. Seriously, you will remember that one for the rest of your life. Only problem is that now you may be spoiled for any place else. Cheers, and thanks for sharing that. Steve
  22. Gentlemen, as a moderator I must in good conscious point out the blatantly sexist overtones of this thread. In my experience if you buy a new piece of gear your better half deserves one of equal value and will most likely out shoot you with it. The ladies who frequent Wetpixel aren't swayed by bobbles or gem stones. Now a new dome or some shiny new glass might get their attention. Cheers, Steve
  23. Thanks Peter, Absolutely love the idea and congratulate you for the outstanding effort. (I knew it was 2013, I just can't type) I have a quote from Dr. Sylvia Earl on the front page of my personal website that we probably should adopt for the Fin Foundation. " Far and away the greatest threat to the ocean and thus ourselves is ignorance, but we can do something about that" Cheers! Steve
  24. Thank you Peter! Can I ask how many places this has been shown since you created it in 2003? Have you been able to get it in front of any SE Asian governments or decision makers? Cheers, Steve
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