Everything posted by Mikael
Having recently invested in some ball joint style arms and new tray over the locline variant I had before I have now pulled the setup together as seen below: This quite a clunky creation already and has reasonable amount of weight behind it even without the wet lens screwed on. The prospect of attaching the canister underneath I reckon is a No. I generally either shore dive or if I am lucky go out on a hard boat with lift. I would far rather have the canister secured on my hip then attached to something that is clipped on and swaying off my body. My concern is predominately about the moving about out of the water and specifically entries and exists. With weight of small twinset already on me plus all the other cold water diving gear I am not the most agile. Across a rocking boat or across uneven shore entries I don't want to take a tumble as I would like both me and the camera to return in tact. Any advice greatly appreciated. Guess I should be glad I am not using a large DSLR system with ligths / strobes!
Despite being new to underwater photography / videography I rather ambitiously bought a duel set of Bersub video lights of fleabay that are powered by a hefty sized battery canister (dry weight 1.7kg, diameter 80mm, length 200mm). The umbilical cables are no the wet type so can not ('should not' is probably a better description) be removed underwater. I am using an S95 in an ikelite housing on a dual arm tray. As I see it have two options; Mount canister on the camera, under the tray Mount canister on myself, say on the waist strap Given the relative size of the the idea of mounting the canister under the camera is not very appealing to me. The canister will be negatively buoyant so I would have to think about buoyancy arms or floats to make it manageable. On the other hand if I hang the canister on me then ditching the thing in case of an emergency becomes harder, also I foresee kitting up and entries taking more thought. If I waist mount like a traditional battery canister I would need to undo the waist strap and loosen my whole diving harness to take the camera off. Even in non emergency situations it would be nice to detach the canister more easily if say I am handing the camera rig up someone in a rhib. Any advice on what to do would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, my name is Mikael and I am based in Glasgow Scotland. Started shooting UW about two years ago and last year moved into learning manual and using external flashes. Prior to this I had never been much more then a happy snaps type photographer above the water so it is very much the UW aspect that is driving me to get to grips with manual. A lot of what I am doing is down to trial and error. Unfortunately my chances to dive are a bit irregular and often I leave the camera behind altogether when for example I am doing my bit as a branch instructor so my learning curve is a slow one for now. Exciting when shots are starting to work. Lots of room for improvement over composition, lighting, exposure... but still good to know that the basics are attainable so I persevere.