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  1. Really nice Dustin, love the music and the edit. Wonderful! Cheers, Steve
  2. Richard, You would get the same indication if you had a very small leak. I had mine go yellow after 4 hrs when I forgot to install the plug on the strobe connection and the connector was open to ambient. Took me a while to figure out what I had done. Not sure something like that is your issue but I wouldn't automatically assume it's the temperature compensation issue. Good luck, Steve
  3. Beautiful imagery Tim, congrats! Looks like a superb trip. Cheers, Steve
  4. Some one else will have to help you with the 17-70 question. I've never tried it. I'd for sure make the first dives in the shallow arreas with the wide angle on. You never know what is going to show up in Cocos. Tigers, whale sharks, etc. I've never been a fan of the 17-70 but the anchorage at Cocos might be a great place to use it. Steve
  5. There were two nice frogfish and a pair of harlequin shrimp in the main achorage on my last trip. The boat crew and skipper were tripping all over themselves to get a shot of the Harlequins, guess they're not common. A 60mm might be fun to take along to get some nice whitetip faces too. I'm going to try and get back there in 2015 and plan to drag the 60mm along. Cheers, Steve
  6. Saw that Apple is working with Adobe to provide an transition path to Lightroom. You can get the complete version without having to work off the cloud. Cheers, Steve
  7. Really enjoyed seeing your images from the trip Jonathan. Thanks for sharing them. Cheers, Steve
  8. I'd take the 4/3 setup and the housing and leave the strobes at home. Use the WA setup and have a ball. I don't think I'd be happy with less if I knew I had the gear and just didn't use it. Cheers, Steve
  9. I'm guessing you'll be really upset with yourself if you leave one at home. Especially with two weeks to have some fun. The deep reefs and walls off the southern end of the island just beg for the 10-17. And the funky little splendid toadfish will do a dance right in front of you if you don't have the macro setup. If you do bring it you may only see it's face if your lucky but that's sort of the way it goes. Take them both. Leave some clothes at home, you'll only need a swimsuit and a couple of tee shirts you can pickup there, cheap. Or buy yourself a vest and put the lenses in a pocket for the flight. Or just pay for the extra baggage. It's a pittance compared to the cost of your equipment. It has been pointed out to me here more than once that we have spent a lot of money to have the right equipment to be capable to make amazing photographs. Why would we now save a few dollars and leave it home collecting dust? Have a margarita for me and have a great time! Cheers, Steve
  10. Hi Olly, I think you'll find if you use floats on your arms like the Stix units, the opposite is true. You'll want to move the strobes aft behind the port, which is where they want to be for wide angle images anyway. Your D1s are 0.5 grams heavy so they aren't going to be much help, but the float arms aft will help balance the dome. The other variable is the extension you're using. A 60mm extension for a 17-40mm for example can be hard to balance out without adding some weight to the shroud. All that air on the end of that moment arm can tire your wrist out in a hurry. A shorter 20mm extension is pretty easy to balance with the floats. Give it a try in the pool, Steve
  11. What strobes are you using? On my rigs the position and bouancy of the strobes/arms/floats can counteract the big dome. I've heard folks mention putting wheel weights on the bottom of the dome shroud too but haven't needed to myself. Steve
  12. Another vote for the red light on the Sola. I use it much more than the white. Guess it might depend on where you dive but in warm water I love having the red to go to as Doug mentioned. Cheers, Steve
  13. I've been using mine about a year now and will not own another housing without one. The review we wrote for Wetpixel back in Oct.; Good Luck, Steve
  14. Thanks for sharing these Tim, Chuuk has always been a magic place in my mind. Beautiful, haunting images of a very special place. And you got a great story for the pub. "There I was at 50m when my camera imploded". ;-) Glad you got some great help to recover. Cheers partner! Steve
  15. Welcome to Wetpixel Oliver, These really represent an amazing start, I really like the first image. Be sure to share these on the Wetpixel flickr group. The only advise I might offer is to think about getting a touch closer when using the 8-15mm. Its a common issue for new UW photographers. Getting close with the WA will markedly improve the sharpness and color. You clearly have it figured out with the 100mm. Congrats! Cheers, Steve
  16. Great to see Andrew, They were seriously checking you out. Thanks for sharing it with us. Cheers, Steve
  17. I'm not surprised you didn't find it LeeCat. The manual is unusually hard to find on their strangely organized website. Go to "Under One Roof" then select "Knowledge Base" which is titled "Enlightenment" then you can select the Product you're interested in. When you click on "Sola Photo 500/800/1200" you then have to select the language version but it's not titled "Manual" until you mouse over it to discover the secret location. First time I've seen a company hide their product manuals. Hope it's not a new trend. Cheers, Steve
  18. According to the manual on the L&M site "with the light off hold the switch in the back position for 4 secs to engage SOS mode" Steve
  19. Hi Chip, Recommend you check out the original website where the original image was posted - UnderwaterPhotography.com. Lots of great folks there. I was taught to use higher shutter speeds to stop the rays. 1/400th or higher is typical shooting with no strobes like the image you asked about. With strobes you can try shooting at the highest shutter speed that you can sync (1/250 or so) and use a low ISO and f/16 or 22 to limit the exposure so you don't blow out the bright rays. Sunbursts are a blast to play with and there are lots of variables so no one way will work every time.. I'd recommend keeping the shutter speed high, work shallow if you can and shoot early or late in the day to have the best opportunity. Good luck, Steve
  20. Looks great Martin. I just spent 15 minutes looking around with my IPad and everything worked well. Loved the environmental page add. Cheers, Steve
  21. Outstanding Eunjae!! Made my day. Love the choice of music too. Cheers! Steve
  22. Very nice, thanks for sharing it with us. Cheers, Steve
  23. Thank you Julia, love the schooling fish images and the kids on the boats, must have been a great trip with that group. Cheers, Steve
  24. Thanks Joe, I've always been impressed by the reefs in Fiji and the people have always been even better. Glad it worked out for you. Cheers, Steve
  25. There is a reason I'm holding a lens cap in my profile image ;-)
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