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  • TimG

  1. Wow, very interesting (and obvious command) of lighting!
  2. Nice shots; both above and below the surface!
  3. Thanks, meant to ask specifically regarding the zoom through. I think I'll eventually upgrade to a sony mirrorless like a6500 or a7, which I think the wwl-1 works well with. Your blog has been very useful over the years, thanks for the link.
  4. I use a rx100m2 and currently a uwl-04 wide angle lens. The uwl-04 is ok, (was inexpensive) but I'm considering upgrading to a sharper wide angle lens. Is the inon uwl-h100 (w and w/o the dome) an appreciable enough upgrade from the uwl-04 or should I spend twice the money for the wwl-1? It seems the wwl-1 is compatible with a decent number of m4/3 and mirrorless cameras which would allow me to keep using the lens when/if I move beyond compacts. All inputs appreciated.
  5. Thank you for the comparison. With getting to the caymans anytime soon seeming less and less likely, this looks like a great option to try out.
  6. I don't see a lot about St Maarten/Martin; how does it compare to Cozumel, Belize, Caymans, TC (if you've done those locations)? Thanks
  7. Very cool scorpionfish shot; how would you compare the gh5 from the advanced compacts you've used?
  8. @TimG really appreciate our conversation, it was the nudge I needed to abandon my antiquated but "trusty" editing sw and process. I've spent some time playing around with LR and feel like tuning WB, highlights and shadows is much better than photoscape. Here's 2 of the same starting with the RAW in LR and then another school shot from the trip, they seem better to me at least somewhat. Thanks again!
  9. I’ve admittedly been sluggish to expand my use of LR... Your comment reminded me of the batching capabilities though, so I poked around a bit and might just end up moving more toward LR vs photoscape. Im a little curious how well general presets will work for all shots from a dive, will have to do some experimenting. thanks for the suggestion!
  10. Yep, saw that in #3 and see it now in #5 in several spots across the school. I need to incorporate histogram review more vs just relying on a quick check of the tiny display post shot. I typically only use lightroom for ambient shots, I will occasionally take a RAW and see if the result from LR is different than the jpg. My usual flow is photoscape for whitebalance and crop and then PS if there's any nuisance backscatter. I will see what adjusting highlights in LR results in for #3 and #5, once again appreciate your feedback!
  11. Thanks Tim, I appreciate the feedback. I made sure this trip to bump shutter speed up to 1/500 and stop down to f8 (compact) but clearly I should've stopped down further in hindsight after seeing the sunball exposures from first couple dives. Any other obvious flaws or areas of improvement you see in these? I need to improve strobe placement I think for some of the wider foregrounds particularly for verts. Thanks again
  12. Recently back from Key Largo, here's a few of my favorite photos. Sunballs (from shallow water) are still pretty tough, any tips to reduce the overexposure of the sun and generally improve them are appreciated. Link to album: https://flickr.com/photos/skeptic14/albums/72157719486875943
  13. IMO you'd be better off spending maybe more now on the strobes vs less now and ending up upgrading. If you think you'll ever do WA or upgrade from the TG6 the s2000 power level strobes (20 and less with diffuser) might not be enough. A good used z240 might fit the bill, if later you could pick up a 2nd one if you ever go dual strobe, depends on how your UW photography interests grow. I started with a tg4 and single ys-03 and quickly outgrew that light output level, but I mostly do WA.
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