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Everything posted by katy-kid

  1. Hey guys, I really appreciate all the feedback. The issue is, (as we all well may know), most dive publications, (and magazines in general), went from starting out with low budgets, and publishing truthful, bold content to then, as they grew, catering to the advertisers at all costs. They are now are back to having low budgets and are completely embroiled with their advertisers. I have decided to make a compromise and present both: pretty reef images where there is some trash in the background that is distracting, (which I have removed), and images where the trash is in the forefront, where it will remain. I will post these images when they are finished being edited on this forum, so you all can make travel plans based off these accordingly. On a side note, if anyone has suggestions of conservation based publications where these images would be published and appreciated, and wouldn't mind making suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.
  2. So it pains me to even feel the need to bring up this topic. I am editing images for a potential editorial from Lembeh. In the background of the majority of the images are plastic bags, plastic cups, etc etc. Is this considered a non-ethical move to remove these from each image to showcase a destination that is no longer pristine? I know I am not alone here. I pride myself on using photoshop on a very limited basis and remaining as true to the image as possible, however, obviously no one wants to purchase and/or see rubbish in the images. This is something I thought would be an important topic moving forward as this seems to be the new normal for dive destinations across the globe, (*cries in a corner....) Thanks all.
  3. I was in an art show with him over the summer in Fort Myers called theres something in the water, and it was a massive honor. He was sick so he couldnt be there but just to be in the same room with his artwork gave my heart a jump. He was a huge inspiration to me when I first found out about him, working for Scuba mag. His great sense of humor and adventurer spirit will be very, very much missed. RIP Bob. -Katy Danca Galli
  4. Hi David, Are you still selling the minidome? Thanks!
  5. I just rented the Sigma 14 mm lens from borrow lenses and it was absolutely fantastic, able to get some very interesting very shallow depth of field shots in Hawaii this past week. I am a canon user though I'm sure they probably make this for Nikon as well.
  6. So I am a pale skinned redhead who has chosen probably the worst career path for my skin, underwater photography (which is ultimately also the most fulfilling thing ever....), I have been through the gamut on sunscreens and found this stuff called bare republic I use on my face that got good reviews from the EWG website, and its reef-safe: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/617268/Bare_Republic_Natural_Mineral_Sunscreen%2C_Face%2C_SPF_30_%282015_formulation%29/#.WuCecoEpDYU What else does everyone use? This stuff is great but would love to find out if there's something that might last longer. Thanks for suggestions!
  7. Hey guys, very solid advice. Tim, that is pretty much what I was looking for I believe, is that considered RAID 5? Also, sunnyboy, is there a particular brand you use for the hard drives? I have used seagate and they seem ok. Also, when you say 'lose data' (*shudders), do you mean if I am not uploading images daily, or even turning on my drives daily, that they may fail? What would be considered a backup program? Thank you both, really appreciate your help.
  8. Hi there, I have a 2013 macbook pro, and have a seagate hard drive and am looking into a RAID system. From my understanding RAID 5 or 6 is the best choice for image security and speed; does anyone have any brand recommendations they could offer? I'm looking into spending in the $500 range, not sure if this is even viable or if RAID is all it's cracked up to be. Thank you guys for your help, it's always really appreciated.
  9. GENIUS!!!!! Thanks for sharing, I've been trying to figure out something similar to this for some time now, (btw, foam noodles are really great for their intended purpose, which does not include cradling my housing like a baby....) Would love to see what kind of shots you got with this set up -KT
  10. Hey Alison! I had the same issue, (while I was in Palau, which sucked big time....), strobes would fire just fine on land, and then stop working underwater. Have you tried cleaning up all the connectors as well as your batteries? I think I may have gotten a tiny amount of silicone grease on my batteries. As soon as I did that, they fired just fine, and I haven't had any problems since.
  11. Short little look at the 'mermaid hair' in Rainbow River. If you haven't been here yet, it's one of my favorite all time dives:
  12. Grant, Where did you purchase your strobes?? I have had the exact same issue with the same strobes, bought brand new off ebay this year, also used with electrical sea&sea sync cords, and I also shoot with the canon 5D MKIII. I ended up purchasing a new dual sea&sea cord and switched the strobes between bulkheads with the same effect, and also did the same test with the paper clip, and everything turned out fine until they were put in the water....would fire once or twice and then stop altogether, (red light would turn off). I would have to turn them on and off repeatedly and then they might fire again once. One strobe was replaced by the seller with a supposedly new strobe, which is also now having the same issues, and the other is in Japan right now being serviced. Before I purchased these strobes, I had my housing serviced, which was given an A+++ rating for cleanliness, so I can't imagine it's a bulkhead issue. Also took all of my gear to Reef Photo and they said everything was spick & span. This issue has cost me almost a year of shooting. I am now wondering if this may be related to using sea&sea cables with a Inon strobe, OR if there is a bad batch of Inon strobes going around. ALSO, I really don't like doing this, but after having now 3 strobes from the same seller all defunct, I have no choice but to warn people of this seller: nydivershop on ebay. Claims he is selling brand new never used, straight from Inon strobes. They look clean but I am having the same issue as you, is this where they were purchased from? Sorry for the looooong rant -Katy
  13. Love this!!!! Looks like a great trip, hoping to get there someday. Thank you for sharing
  14. That's sooooo awesome!!!! I haven't heard about this yet, I have an aquatica mk III as well, really hoping this exists soon!!!! Thanks for sharing ~KT
  15. Hey Tim, Thanks a ton for this!!! With the graduated filter are you just using dehaze, or are you darkening the exposure? If Florida could just go ahead and fix their water quality issues, this would really make my life so much easier.....
  16. Sorry all if this has been covered before, I am having this issue repeatedly and wondering if this is something that just comes with shooting in water. I have tried to remove noise, dust and scratches, healing brush, all with no success. What the heck is happening.... Using a canon 5d mkiii with sigma 15mm, this seems to be beyond regular backscatter. Any suggestions would be amazingly helpful, thank you.
  17. Hey guys, thank you all for the responses. Private msg me for the ebay info, (I'm still trying to work out my strobe issues with them so I don't want to piss anybody off, on the off chance they frequent this forum...). TimG, I did think it could be a battery issue, but all my eneloop's are brand new and I switched them out a few times, so that's a no-go there. I took the original bad strobe to Reef Photo, and although they didn't pull it apart, they couldn't figure out why it wasn't working in water, hence why I bought new sync cords, (thank God I didn't replace the bulkheads!!) Pbalves, the strobe will fire once or twice then stop firing altogether, and then it might start back up if I turn it off and on a bunch of times, if only the fish would stop and pose for me I'm going to contact o'dude from ebay today and see if my warranty will cover this, (not sure if it's a good idea to have him replace the strobe as it might be from the same bad batch??) Yeah, sucks
  18. So I'm positive I'll just need to send my strobes in to the manufacturer, but thought I would see if anyone has had similar issues. I'll try to make this short: -Bought two brand new in box Inon Z-240 Type 4 strobes off ebay (first mistake...) -Went to Palau, one strobe would work topside then flash once in the water and stop working altogether underwater, I used dual sea&sea sync cords -Came home, tested both strobes using the reef photo paperclip technique and they both seemed to work fine, also bought one dual sea&sea sync cord thinking it was a bulkhead problem, tested both strobes in the pool again with same results -Strobe still did not work, sent back and miraculously got a new one -Now the second strobe I bought the first time around is doing the same thing, where it seemed to function fine before. Has anyone else had this issue before? I think the seller is selling a bad batch of Inon strobes. I'm not even sure if the manufacturer will be able to fix this problem or not. Thank you guys for your help, this is making me crazy.
  19. Woah!!! Amazzzzzing advice DorianF!!!! Sincerely sincerely appreciated! I will take a look at my image sizes, I thought they were already pretty small, but obv. something is wrong because I am also having loading issues. I do have an 'about me' beneath my gallery, but maybe this is not so user friendly as someone would not really scroll down to take a look below the main gallery? Anywho, you sound like you've done this quite a bit before, thank you so so so much for your help!!
  20. Hey Troporobo, Well, it's hard to admit, but you are absolutely right. I will rethink this scene, I think having something more interesting underwater and shooting a little earlier in the morning would make a massive difference! Thank you so much for taking your time to give me an honest review, this was actually shot at Ginnie Springs, (which is gin clear), but I think shooting at f16 made the water look too dark.
  21. Hi there everyone, if you have a sec would love to hear any feedback on this; I realize now why people blackout the front of their lens....wanted to see if 1) this is a major distraction, and 2) I've noticed my images shot with 5D MKIII are not turning out super crisp, shot this with 1 strobe, ISO 320, f16, 1/160th. ISO 320 seems somewhat low to have so much noise/pixelation in this image, is this just because it's in low light? Also, would love some feedback on color, (probably the most frustrating part of the editing process....). Thank you
  22. Hi there Mr. Mark Twain, here are my thoughts: I owned a pair Sea and Sea YS-D1's, (I have not used the YS-D2's as of yet, so take this review with a grain of salt...), and thought they were too, for lack of a better word, strong. There was no healthy in between, and what I mean by that is if they weren't on full power they weren't bright enough, and when they were on full power or close to that, it was just waaaaaay too much; I didn't like the perfect circle of light I achieved even with filters. I bought a pair of Inon z-240's and after a horrific experience with the user manual, (you'll figure that out soon if you buy a pair...), I can say I do love them. They have flash tubes that are vertical and horizontal and mine came with a few different choices of filters, both warm and cold. The fall off at the edges seemed a lot more smooth to me; really the only super annoying part about these is the manual, (obviously...), but also you cannot fire them rapidly, (which I don't think you can really do with any strobe in that price range anyway?). After I saw both Alex Mustard and Thomas Peschak using Inon strobes, my mind was pretty made up to stick with these. Just a disclaimer, DO NOT purchase these off ebay from a random dive store if you can help it. They may be a bit cheaper, even if they are brand new, but buying at an official dealer if you're looking for brand new, you are really paying for service which is worth it to me. Good luck!
  23. Hey filmguy, I'm going through this process right now but with the photo side of things, and some other things to look out for are (obviously) exclusive rights, anytime the words 'freely assigned' are mentioned, (which means if the agency goes belly-up, they can sell your work to a new agency with no prior notification or consent from you), and it's very important to note how you will be able to document your usages. So, in the contract I'm looking at currently, there is no mention of sales reporting and it also says I am required to send them an invoice before I can get paid, (which seems strange to me??). Anywho, not sure if this helps or not, these may be things you already know about. Good luck!
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