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Steve Williams

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  1. Can't say, never tried that particular technique. "What happens in Mexico stays in Mexico" But I do wish I was going with Jack, Cabo is especially beautiful when you're leaving it astern to go diving. Cheers, Steve
  2. Hey Tim after about 6 grande margaritas it's gorgeous. You'll have to trust me on this one. Cheers, Steve
  3. I think your assumptions are correct Juerg. I always try to put the rig together inside the boat in dry air. Leaving the housing open at night on the deck brings up all kinds of nightmare senarios, but then again I'm paranoid. I can't sleep unless the rig is all setup for the next days dives, batteries charged, new card, etc. By the way, really enjoyed your website, nicely done! Did you have any luck with the hammers in Cocos this trip? How did the El Nino affect you? Cheers, Steve
  4. The cuda is my favorite, that's the wall hanger in the bunch for me. Congrats on the new rig! Cheers, Steve
  5. Issue was resolved. Our old friend Andrew got back to us and confirmed the location of his images. If anyone has Nautilus shots from Milne Bay, Dr Ward would still be interested to see them. Thanks, Steve
  6. Hey friends, I got an email from Dr Peter Ward of the Sprigg Institute of Geobiology at the University of Adelaide asking for our help. He is doing research on the Nautilus and would like to find out if the images on one of our old threads were truly taken in Milne Bay. He would also appreciate seeing any any photos of Nautilus from Indonesia and or the Solomons. From: Dr. Peter Ward There are two photos published on an old thread on Wetpixel: This member non active. I am doing the DNA and conservation of Nautilus. We REALLY need to know if the photos posted there are from Milne Bay? Could you help us with some critical science and poll members, or anyway you can to get NAUTILUS photos from Milne Bay? Peter Ward The photos were made by our member ATJ. Andrew hasn't been active here in a while but I'll try an old email for him and see if he can help. Unfortunately for me, I've never been to Milne Bay or even seen much less photographed a Nautilus so I'm no help. Does anyone have Nautilus images from the area? In the mean time I'll try to get him signed up on Wetpixel so he can answer any of your questions directly. Cheers, Steve
  7. Hi, You've clearly given your options some thought but I'm afraid I'm having trouble coming up with an option that meets all of your wish list. . I'd recommend you checkout the Backscatter article on "Best Compacts for 2014" and see if anything resonates. Cheers, Steve
  8. Glad you got to see the Mantas come in Bruce. Cheers, Steve
  9. I'd say your test worked OK. You probably don't need to post such a large file. It shows up as 4608 x 3456. I normally post 1000 on the long side at 72 dpi for web posting. It would look like this cleaned up a little; It looks to be over exposed by about a stop and a half. It's easy to overshoot white and or metallic fish/subjects. What else were you wondering about? Steve
  10. Welcome to Wetpixel! Ditto what Tim suggested. I also noticed the focal plane looks to be out in front of the little guy a touch just going by the foreground. You can help improve almost any fish portrait by making sure the eye is in focus and nicely exposed. I almost always do a little processing to try to improve the eye with an adjustment brush and a touch of sharpness. Have fun! Steve
  11. That's classic! Remind me not to buddy up with Jack. Cheers, Steve
  12. I had exactly the same thought Robert. This one had me checking the calendar too. Albert you aren't seriously recommending this are you? Steve
  13. Have you read this article? It seems to be one of the latest to be updated. I'm not an Apple expert so can't vouch for the content. Good Luck, Steve
  14. Thanks! Hope you had a good trip anyway. The latest trip reports from Cocos have varied results depending on the week. I'm not sure if it's related to El Nino or some other factor. Undersea Hunter Reports Cheers, Steve
  15. I'm curious about this statement partner. Are you assuming there are no Hammers in Cocos? Have you been there recently? When I was last there is was not a El Nino year and we did OK. Pura Vida at Alcyone by Jaws Dad, on Flickr I'd hate for us to give folks the wrong impression that there are no Hammerheads at Isla de Coco Cheers, Steve
  16. Amazing images partner, thanks for showing us! Cheers, Steve
  17. I like Jim's choice John. Especially if you're shooting a Zen glass dome with coatings that seem to do a better job controlling flare in shallow water situations like you'll be in with the whales. The other side of the coin is that the large dome provides for a nice negative bouyancy so you don't have to worry about dropping your rig into the depths. When I was in the water with the Sperm whales I ended up using both. Be sure and let us know how it goes in Tonga, That trip is high on my list. Cheers, Steve
  18. I used to use Southern Nikonos in Texas. They still show up on the web but I don't have any recent experience. I remeber them being extremely knowledgable and fast but that has been a while. Southern Nikonos 3119 Lazy Spring Dr. Houston, Texas 77080 (713) 462-5436 Good luck, Steve
  19. All old Nikonos users are welcome here. and yes for primarily wide angle, to get the strobes spread out, two handles helps a lot. The bigger the camera gets the more sense it makes. Good luck, Steve
  20. Agree partner, That's why I said "It depends". I'm not sure what the OP is shooting or why, I have found that most questions here rarely have black and white answers. Far too many variables, but that's what makes it fun. Cheers, Steve
  21. Hi Tom, I'm thinking it may depend on the ergonomics of your specific housing and handles. On my S100 setup I like using just one handle on the left because of the way my right hand fits on the housing and the shutter release. When using two strobes I mount the second on the ball attached to the top of the housing where the focus light is in this image.. I've also seen folks use a Y clamp off one ball to mount two strobes on a small hosing. But as noted I'm not using it for video. Good luck, Steve
  22. Sorry to hear you're having problems. It's hard to guess but a couple things to check; Make sure the hot shoe connection is solid. I put a piece of foam behind the connector to make sure it stays in place. A rubber band can do the job too. On my Canon Sea & Sea housing I've had issues in the past with the sync cord connector not seating all the way down which can result in intermittent firings. I'm sure you've checked it but another try couldn't hurt. Intermittent issues are the toughest to find but it's most likely an electrical connection. I doubt if it's a camera or strobe setting or it wouldn't work at all. You are giving it time to recycle right? Good luck, Steve
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