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Steve Williams

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  1. Really nice images! I invited a couple to the Wetpixel Flickr group but feel free to add many more over time. I couldn't favorite them all, it would make the other folks feel bad. Nicely done, Cheers, Steve
  2. Hi Ben, I love that you shot it in portrait on your first underwater session. I'm thinking you may want to try it in the original aspect ratio or even think about how it would print as an 8x10. I would increase the contrast a touch, up the clarity if you have it on your processing tool. It could also look nice with a bit more sharpening to my eye but that's very subjective. I'd print that image and hang it on the wall. You will make better images in the future but you never forget your first. Here is what it might look like as a 8 x 10 ratio; Have fun, Steve
  3. Outstanding set of images Tim, truly, and done the right way. I noticed that even the polyps around your pigmy images were fully out and feeding. The fish appear to be not stressed at all. A great representation of doing it the right way. Congrats! Cheers, Steve
  4. Outstanding! Thanks for sharing it with us. Love the music, wonderful choice. Cheers, Steve
  5. There is a third option Adam; to capture the love of the ocean and it's creatures, to share the images and educate the folks who might never get a chance to put their eyes underwater. I was lucky enough to win the second contest I ever entered. Wasn't really much fun. I've never entered another, figured I'd go out on top. I've sold a few images for books, had a cover or two and even had some images grace a deck of playing cards. But the thrill of those accomplishments in no way compares to the feeling that goes though you when you see a child's eyes light up the first time they see a new creature or a really look at a shot of a dolphin or shark or _____________ that they connect with. I'm convinced the folks who do this well are passionate about saving the ocean and our planet. They may not start out there but the good ones who stick with it over the long haul all have that in common. Oh yeah, as I'm reminded over and over again by our friends here, it's also a heck of a lot of fun. Cheers, Steve
  6. Hi Cal, I've seen a lot of positive info on the newer 16 - 35 f/4. You'd need a big dome and a fairly long extension (70mm depending on the dome) to get the corners sharp but it's a fantastic lens for the money. I haven't taken mine underwater so I'm just going on reports but I love mine on my 5D MkIII on land. Good luck! Check to make sure it will fit your Ike housing. Cheers, Steve
  7. Thanks Katy, I've had my Macbook Pro Retina laptop for a few months now and love it. I just picked up a new Dell U2515 (2560 x 1440) monitor so I can use the laptop as my main desk machine. It's light years faster than my old PC when processing large complex images in LR. I'm in the middle of backing up my old files to new 4TB hard drives as I'm typing this. I've spent the last few days going back through some old images on the higher res screen and being amazed. The journey into the light has been easier than I thought it would be. Cheers, Steve
  8. Hi Bram, Looks like you had a ball! I'm liking number 6 a lot. One thing you may want to consider next time is to think about shooting portrait when it's called for. It's easy to get stuck in the horizontal frame of reference. No. 5 might have been more interesting shot in the vertical. Hard to get that magazine cover if we never rotate the camera. Cheers, Steve
  9. It does seem a little strange in that there are heavier pieces of gear to worry about. But why not, back in the day we use to wear our weight belts under our shirts on the flight from TJ to Cabo to avoid paying ridiculous Mexican Airlines baggage fees. We were diving off our own boat and too cheap to buy extra weights. Clearly that was in the days before metal detectors (circa 1978) and it felt unbelievably good to dump that sucker on the seat cushion after lugging it through the airport. I remember being very happy when a shop opened we could rent from. Which brings up a good point, why not rent the BC in Hawaii? What ever works, Steve
  10. I've been very impressed with the performance upgrade with the addition of the graphics processor. I also like the ability to do panos without having to go to PS and I really like the new removal brush when using the Grad filter tool. It will get a lot of use on my over/unders. I haven't tried face recognition with fish yet. That might change your mind Alex, think of all the friends you could name. Be sure and take advantage of the somewhat hidden upgrade price $79 if your using the stand alone version as opposed to renting the software on the Cloud. For that price it's definitely worth the upgrade for me just for the added performance. I've tried it on my older PC and the new MacPro. Both systems came up without a problem, Cheers, Steve
  11. Hi Johhy, Nice images! I used the 8-15mm with my 4 inch Zen dome and loved the results. According to the Nauticam port charts you need a 30mm port extension with the the Nauticam 4.33. As always I'd double check with one of our sponsors before any purchase. Some of the Zen domes have changed their length over time like the DP100. Better to check to make sure of the correct extension. Cheers, Steve
  12. Hey Robert, Just for the record this is why Neptune gave us hot tubs; A wonderful place to test lenses and with enough wine the pictures look pretty good too. Good luck, Steve
  13. Hi q Welcome to Wetpixel! Thanks for sharing your image. I have a couple of things you could try and see what you think. -To my eye the entire background has some fuzzy green spots in it. The easiest way to mod this would be to pull the blacks left in the tone adjustment area, about 30 or so should do it. -Recommend you use the spot removal tool to get rid of that chuck floating along the top edge -Might want to go for a more subtle focus on the nudi by going to the Effects area and pulling a little post crop vignette , maybe around 30 or so, The green bottom is kind of nondescript and doesn't do much for me -I'd try adding just a touch of Vibrance to pop the orange, maybe +13 to start Then I'd think about playing with the crop, you have all kinds of pixels starting with the 5D MKII image. I think you could try to bring the nudi just a touch lower in the frame, maybe try it around the "rule of thirds "position, see what you think. I hate rules for composition as a general habit but sometime they just work. It's easy to get a little carried away and "overcook" your files so take it easy, Maybe something like this; I think you'll find that Lightroom gives you all the tools you need to process your file and create the image you want. Google Doug Sloss and his Lightroom video for underwater imagery, well worth the price for unique underwater situations. You should also checkout Erin Quigley at Go ask Erin or her stuff on the Backscatter site. She's wonderful. There are lots of Adobe resources out there, like http://tv.adobe.com/product/lightroom/ Most importantly have fun with it, always remember, if it feels painful you're doing it wrong. Cheers, Steve
  14. You had a great trip! Great that you got to see the hammers, depending on conditions sometimes they stay deep. Where did you see the whale shark? Wonderful job, brings back lots of memories for me. Cheers, Steve
  15. Hi Dave, We just got back from there in Nov and had no problems getting very close to the mantas and whale sharks and dolphins with our stock 10-17 on the 40D and my 8-15 rolled to 15 on my 7D. I don't think you'll need the 1.4X. These first two are Jeff's images made with the 10-17 rolled to 10mm. I think you can expect the water to be the typical eastern pacific blue with good viz but not fantastic. A lot of the images are also at depth, especially if you get out to Roca Partida. It pays to be close. I shot the 8-15 mm about half the time at 9mm and the rest at 15mm You are going to have a blast! Cheers, Steve
  16. Hi partner, It's been a while since I've been there but absolutely loved the place. The house reef is a little swim to get out to. Many 50 - 75 yards out the boat channel from the beach but lots of subjects typical to Fijian waters. The variety of reefs accessible from the boats dives is really nice too. If you ask them to take an extra tank along they will drop you off on the way back in from the 2 tank dive and you can get a 3rd in on the house reef. You can cover a lot more of the reef that way. The best part of any Fijian trip for me is the people. They have to be the friendliest folks on the planet. Oh and don't miss a tour of the village school. You haven't lived until you've been sung to by a couple of hundred Fijian school children. Good luck, Steve
  17. Hi Sean, Another option with Mantas because they are black and white is to use an adjustment brush in Lightroom or similar program and then lower the saturation of the "painted" or selected area and you can create a more realistic looking image. This is your bottom pink bellied image with that technique applied. It works much better with the Raw file but hopefully you get the idea. As with any adjustment you can overcook it but it's a common technique I use when I'm lucky enough to dive with Mantas. Cheers, Steve
  18. Thanks for the info Todd, Love the images in the article. Can you help with which dome you'd recommend or were using? I own the f/4 but haven't taken it underwater. Cheers, Steve
  19. Looks like you had a great time David. What were you primarily using to shoot all the small fish portraits? Was that the 100mm? I couldn't figure out how to see the Exif data on your site. Cheers, Steve
  20. There are lots of great references. If you don't have "The Underwater Photographer" fourth edition by Martin Edge order it today. Our friends at DPG have some good technique articles that will help you. http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-techniques/ Cheers, Steve
  21. Thanks Clinton, I can confirm that the Pelagian is wonderful but we didn't dive with the resort. The best would be to put them together with a week on each. Next time Cheers, Steve
  22. Hi Clinton, Looking great! How did you like Wakatobi? Where did you stay in Tulamben? Cheers, Steve
  23. Can you post a couple of images Paul? I'd love to get a look at it. Cheers, Steve
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