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  1. It'll be great to see the pics you came up with. Also at second and third set. What setup did you use? (camera, case etc. . .)
  2. There will be water between the lens and the case. They were taken into account when the lens has been designed. If I got it right the lens is sealed when connected to the case thus taking it out of the water will still keep the water between the camera and the case.
  3. Hi all, I'm looking for the most suitable wet wide lens for me and I'll be glad to read your opinion. It is important for me that this lens will support also over-under photography. I'm using canon s100 with Ikelite housing. My options are either the W30 – flat port wide angle lens with x0.59 mag. or the WD3 – a dome port that provides x0.75 mag. Buying both is not an option. I have to pick one. From some research I did it seems that dome port will enable better over-under pictures. In addition the W30 lens cannot be used with full zoom out of the camera due to vignetting while WD3 can and with lower edge distortion. It means that the magnification difference is actually smaller. WD3 is lighter both over and under water and cheaper, but this is less important for me. What do you think? Is what I wrote correct? Are there additional important considerations I missed?
  4. Many thanks for your reponses, examples and article. Dave, your pics from Hawaii are stunning. For the last pic, how did you manage to capture creatures light with all the light you've used? Did you use the stobes when shotting this pic? Very interesting article, Alison. It sure provided some tips that could be used also for blue water pics.
  5. Hi, We've reached the time of the year that fills the water with salps and comb jellyfishes. Due to their transparent body and preference to wonder throughout the blue, picturing them is quite challenging. It is difficult to focus on them, reef background yields awful results and shooting angle with respect to light source is even more critical and limits composition. Trying to capture comb jellyfish lights is challenging becuase they are weak and change fast making long exposure inefficient. I've attached a photo I took during my last dive. Dive conditions were far from optimal for taking pictures in general but with the aid of some basic photo editing SW I maganed to get what you see. I'll be glad to read about your experience and get some tips.
  6. Very lucky. And you used it well! Enjoyed your pics. Good colors and sharpness considering the conditions. It is a bit dark but I liked it. I guess it is also a question of preference. I feel darkness in several UW compositions spice pics with some dramatic flavor . . .
  7. Hi everyone, I would like to share with you a triplet from my last visit at Eilat. Canon S100 wrapped in an Ikelite case. Strobes - none. Lens - no added lens. Critics are welcome.
  8. It was on a safari. One week on a yacht, diving, eating and resting. It was great.
  9. Really nice macros. Did you find the 45mm sufficient or you had to crop the pics to get where you wanted?
  10. Beautiful pictures. Great catch on the dolphins. Are you doing post-process WB?
  11. Thanks for the great pics and for sharing info about your trip. I want to visit the Caribbean for quite some time now. These pics of string rays on the beautiful white sand and the clear blue water, just like you captured at the 2, 6 and 16th pics, captures the essence of the experience very good.
  12. Enjoyed your BW album and connected to most of them. Can you share source of inspiration?
  13. Nice pics. Brings back good memories . . . Was it at the cleaning station?
  14. Very nice set. I always found it interesting to see the first UW shots of an experienced photographer since I started photographing UW without prior "dry" experience. Personally I lean to the moray eel. I like such compositions as object pops from the pic which adds 3rd dimention. Enjoy
  15. Hi Dave, Have great time at Bonaire! I don't like using a compass. I find environmental navigation much comfortable, regardless of the camera. Unfortunately most of nearby diving where I live, require a compass. It could be either for a sec. to get direction or for a couple of min. where topography cannot be used to preserve accurate azimuth. Nevertheless, it is always to get to a certain point whether the dive site or shore. At the dive site it is rarely used. For the first case it should be easily approached and stored with things in your hand. Putting it in a pocket, for instance, will not serve you well. All other options I can think of, are equally efficient. For the second case compass will take most, if not all, of your attention. In addition, due to UW compass limitation, it should be held parallel to earth surface. Adding a few $ for electronic or large angle compass is highly recommended. Since both taking pictures and preserving azimuth req. full attention, I find it impractical to do both simultaneously. Most chances you have to stop one to do the other. Unless on your wrist or on the camera case, you will need a free hand, at least, to use it. Since compass orientation is important while read, mounting it on camera case means you'll have to hold the case to follow this orientation. Same for your wrist but you'll have higher degree of freedom. Inaddition you won't have to improvise mounting so I prefer this option.
  16. Great details and clarity! Did you happen to check what was the distance between your camera and the sea horse? At what depth did you take this photo?
  17. Great pics! Especially the way you played with the sun rays. What wide angel lens did you use?
  18. Hi to everyone My name is Nir and I'm from Israel. Taking UW pics for almost 2 years now with Canon S100 and Ikelite housing and that's it for now . . . When I'm dry I like to listen and share every underwater thing that comes in mind :-)
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