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Skeptic14

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  1. An example photo would also help get an idea of what might be happening.
  2. One thing I find is that with a WAL even when you think you are close you can probably get closer. Typically the first dives on a trip compared to my last, I'm just not as close as I could've/should've gotten for a lot of the photos. Being close enough and being lower than the subject seem to me to be the first concepts to master with UW photography because the impact once mastered are huge. Oh yeh, and super clear water with interesting subjects doesn't hurt either!
  3. @Spizeck I started out with a TG-4 myself, nice little cameras to start out with I think. Getting constructive criticism is hard... at least I've found that to be the case. So I'll give you my 2 cents, full disclosure I'm not a pro, so take it with a grain of salt. Are you using a wide angle lens for these shots? 1) I've found scorpionfish to be hard to shoot at least to get good shots, I've never found one that allowed me to get a good angle so that the background worked well with their incredible camouflage. Your shot is pretty good, the best shots I've seen of scorpionfish is when you are able to get low enough or the right angle to get water behind them vs reef since they blend in so well. 2)The reef shark is pretty small in the photo, and it's below you. Fast moving subjects obviously make composition tougher, sometimes they'll swim "laps" around an area and you can try to predict where to be for a good shot, some probably aren't as cooperative. If that's your first shot of a shark though it's pretty good. 3)This is my favorite of the 4. Cool foreground subject, diver in the background, good elements for creating an interesting photo! 4)Who doesn't like sea turtles! Sometimes turtles are very cooperative and make getting a face-on shot easy, some of the best turtle shots to me are CFWA ones where it isn't directly head-on but with a slight outward and upward angle. The color in your photos look good, don't really see any distracting things like backscatter etc, for being a self-proclaimed newbie these are good shots!
  4. I recently created an instagram account, @Skeptic14_uw, currently it's mostly my Florida Emerald Coast dive photos as I work chronologically through my albums. Being new to instagram I also recently became aware of repost accounts, not obvious ones, but ones that to me seem to conceal that fact. What are people's thoughts on these? Seems pretty shady to me, particularly when the repost is done very soon after the original post.
  5. Just returned from a quick dive trip to Key Largo, here's a couple of my fav shots from the trip and a link to the whole album. http://Untitled by Skeptic14, on Flickr http://Untitled by Skeptic14, on Flickr Key Largo 2020
  6. My first uw camera was a tg-4 (3 - Rugged Waterproof camera (Olympus tough, etc)), but I also bought the pt-056 housing and a strobe, which is more (1 - compact or fixed lens in plastic housing). So I selected 1 assuming the intent of 3 was being unhoused.
  7. I have thought about doing an uw photography workshop and the Cathy Church one on GC sounds pretty good, perhaps one day! I haven't dived with Clearly Cayman or Sunset divers to compare but Living the Dream is pretty valet, they carry your gear to the back of the boat where they help you in your BC and then one step and your in and then the reverse at the end of the dive. How do Brac and Little cayman compare to GC? Seems the general consensus is they are better, just less topside and adding a puddle jumper over to them after getting to GC. Thanks for sharing your link; seems I had my initial and terminal stoplight parrotfish reversed.
  8. Thanks. I did my boat dives with Living the Dream. I've used them twice now and would use them again, they keep the number of divers low and their boats are very nice. Who do you and your wife dive with typically and what side of the island? Any sites you particularly like? I was very impressed with the shore dive at lighthouse point, will probably do at least one dive there anytime I return to the west side of GC.
  9. FWIW, I followed interceptor121s advice with rx100s a year or so back (his blog is very useful) and picked up a rx100mk2 for half the price of the new mark Vs. I do strictly stills and mostly wide angle and I'm very happy with the setup. This is just a hobby for me too, the camera is much more capable than my skills at this point (moved up from a TG-4) and packing it even with my WAL isn't too difficult.
  10. After a year and a half since diving or doing any underwater photography I took a trip down to GC last week for a few days of diving. It was great being back in the water. I was definitely a little rusty and my technique sloppy for some shots that should've turned out way better, but overall it was a lot of fun getting back into this hobby. All feedback and comments welcome. https://www.flickr.com/photos/skeptic14/albums/72157678195891877/with/47826829311/
  11. That's what I was thinking, pulling a strobe back and pointing it out would be much quicker; thanks for the tip.
  12. Thanks for the suggestion; I will look for an opportunity to try that technique next dive. Is varying output of the two strobes a good way generally for creating more depth in photos?
  13. Planhead Filefish Destin, FL TG-4, UWL-04, YS-03, YS-D2 light amount of post-processing (color correction and cropping) During the dive I felt I nailed the shot when I took it; the filefish gave a decent angle as I was slowly moving into position. When I first reviewed I was pretty excited, it was sharp, clear and had good color. But quickly, other shots from the day usurped it as more memorable or interesting. It could be too closely cropped with too dark a background, not a dramatic enough upward angle, or perhaps just the scenery and subject are themselves forgettable. It just doesn't seem to go beyond a good "fish id" shot. All comments and feedback welcome. Thanks
  14. Nice report and excellent photos, thanks for sharing!
  15. What flash mode is set in the tg-4, do you have any exposure compensation set?
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