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Everything posted by coinee

  1. Tim is right, it's probably salt build up - but it could also be fine grans of sand being stuck in there. I've heard of that happening with older Nauticam housings. If cleaning with water and vinegar doesn't work I'd suggest contacting your Nauticam rep, they should be able to help.
  2. According to this, the lens ins only 313g... http://slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=1799
  3. If it's just one greasy spot you might also consider trying a q-tip with a little bit of window cleaner on it.
  4. You should never have to clean the inside of a dome port. Did you get dust into it?
  5. Hi hi! I've already posted some of these on Facebook in the Wetpixel community, but maybe you don't use Facebook (like me until last week). I was at a workshop with David Doubilet and Jen Hayes, and Hal Silverman showed us quite some tricks on editing. Amazing week, and Grand Cayman is really interesting from a diverse diving perspective. Wreck of the USS Kittiwake, seen from the surface, while it's raining: fabianschorp_gcm_wreck_kittiwake_stern_small by Fabian Schorp, on Flickr A jawfish oxygenating its eggs (this shot took me an hour and twenty minutes...): fabianschorp_gcm_jawfish_eggs_small by Fabian Schorp, on Flickr A stingray swimming towards me at sand bar: fabianschorp_gcm_stingray_split_frontal_small by Fabian Schorp, on Flickr Jen Hayes on the wreck of the Doc Poulson - spot the remora! fabianschorp_gcm_wreck_docpoulson_overview_small by Fabian Schorp, on Flickr
  6. My theories: an alien an underwater slinky a jellyfish I think the third option is most likely. Very funky!
  7. I had a long conversation with underwater photographers/photo journalists last week, and we ended up on the topic of conservation: Giving people an emotional connection to what's in our oceans (or fresh water, for that matter) makes them more receptive to conservation efforts. Just look at shark finning, for example. After 'Jaws' was released the public opinion was 'only a dead shark is a good shark'. I still get questions from people these days when I post a picture of diving with sharks about how dangerous that is, which makes me laugh a lot when the picture is of a 50cm baby black-tip... But mostly I get adjectives like 'graceful', 'beautiful', 'majestic'. Rest assured, these people will not be buying shark-fin soup ever again. That's how we gradually make perceptions change with our work, and that makes it meaningful. Also, underwater life is just gorgeous. (Comment does not apply to painted frogfish and moray eels.)
  8. Some really good stuff there! I think this shot (https://www.flickr.com/photos/timsdiving/18030441842/in/album-72157653292205186/) would look amazing in black and white with serious contrast!
  9. I've got it working! The only issue: I don't know why it worked on my Lembeh trip in February. This thread: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49631and this post: http://reefphoto.com/kb.php?id=7 gave me the idea to try it with the magnets in. And that works. Money quote: If your camera does not fire a pre-flash, ACC must be disabled. I am 100% sure I didn't have the magnets in when I went to Lembeh, but maybe I had the camera set to TTL? Oh well. In any case: Magnets. How do they work?!?
  10. Exactly what I was thinking. Number 5 in portrait mode with the entire dolphin and diver in it, and a hint of surface would have been absolutely amazing.
  11. I haven't figured it out - I'll probably spend all Thursday trying to get to the root of the problem. The weird thing is that I had my strobes on full and in that setting they can really just fire or not fire. The camera was also on manual (just on the lowest power setting, because I don't really need reflections in my dome port). Still stumped. But at least it worked okay on TTL (both strobes and camera on TTL, that is).
  12. Albert is right that the Kenko 1.4 will remove (almost all?) the vignetting, but it'll also turn the lens into a 14-24mm(ish) lens. The Sigma 15mm FE is great.
  13. Peli is a bit expensive for my taste, so I went with a 'Seahorse' instead and I'm very happy with it: http://www.seahorsecases.com/
  14. I'm just going through my pictures from Egypt again after two weeks and came across this one. I really like it, despite it being taken at a downward angle. Does anyone have an explanation for why I like this? ('You're insane' is an okay reason fyi!) FSC_2313 by fabian.schorp, on Flickr
  15. Awww man, what a nightmare! Condolences. That's exactly the reason why I spent a large sum on the Nauticam vacuum valve system. I highly recommend it or something like it for Ikelite, much more peace of mind.
  16. I've decided to try the ProEar mask - hopefully that'll solve my issue! https://www.proear2000.com/ (I'll have some cookies too, thanks!)
  17. Hi hi! I was recently in Egypt (Daedalus/Fury Shoals) and had a pretty bad week as far as diving is concerned. On the first day I figured out that I had somehow screwed up my camera settings and the strobes didn't fire properly (emphasis on 'proplerly' - I think they fired too late and were pretty useless, for a non-obvious reason), and then I had a two-sided ear infection shortly thereafter. A total of 8 dives on a 6 day tour isn't my idea of efficiency... Anyway, that said: Here's a turtle swimming by on Habili Gadir, a dive site that only very few captains go to due to it being a pretty low habili and often getting current and waves... FSC_2369 by fabian.schorp, on Flickr
  18. Merci Chrigel! I got it to work by switching to TTL mode from manual, we'll see how that holds up. It's super annoying because Martin Edge told me about this exact issue in January, we laughed about it, and now I can't remember. So silly. Alright, boat is leaving Abu Dabbab - I'll let you know how it went next week.
  19. Hi there! I'm on a boat in Egypt about to leave for Daedalus, and I screwed up a setting on my camera. I know this because I was warned of this scenario. And promptly forgot the setting. Does anyone know what setting would cause the strobes to fire but the pictures to come out very dark? Please save me!
  20. The first time I replaced the viewfinder on my case with the Nauticam 45 degree I was extremely concerned I hadn't done it properly. It simply felt too easy.
  21. I'd go to Siladen resort personally, but Maldives isn't a bad idea at all. Just make sure you go to a smallish island.
  22. Hi lufik! The minimum focus distance for the Olympus 60mm is 18.8 centimeters. With a dome port you're actually focusing on the virtual image that's created on the dome, not the subject, and that will not give you enough distance most likely. It's unlikely that you would be able to focus with that lens/port combination _at all_, you really need a flat port. Have you tested this?
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