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About rbailey

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  • Birthday 08/28/1973

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 350D
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite with eTTL and 8" dome
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2x Ikelite DS-125 with 15" arms
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    Sigma 10-20; 17-70 Macro, 105 Macro (& Diopters)
  1. I've been down this road so here's my 0.2 USD. Front Page = I started by using FrontPage which is the windows default web builder and while the software wasn't to bad I found the web hosting very poor and front page not well supported. Dreamweaver = This is one of the industry standards, but sorry to hard for me. Yahoo = For a WEB SITE I now use and love Yahoo with thier own application "Sitebuilder" it's not that high tech but enough for me. You can have your own domain, own emails, also embed blogs as well as a store (if so inclined). I pay about 25USD per quater which I'm happy with. Have a look at the results if you want :- http://www.images-underwater.net/ However another option is a blog, simpler that a "web site" with many of the same advantages. I have acutally added in a blog to my site to add in "diary" type content from various projects and trips. I'd recomend wordpress for this although blogspot is also very good and both offer free hosting. Here is my blog :- http://www.images-underwater.net/blog1/ I know there are lots of "photographer" specific web hosts and software packages but none that seemed that flexible, or cheap (some even charge per image) but what ever you do go with a big player. My original host went bankrupt along with my .com domain which I've only just got back. Any questions etc please shout. Cheers, Richard B.
  2. If you don't like the more normal copyright check out what Mr One Light, aka Zack Arias does http://www.zarias.com/ He sutbly hides his copyright in the picture, on the side of building etc. In Gulf Photo Plus, above red traffic light. In Black Rob, above guys right sholder. In Running to stand still, on parking meter. p.s. Keep up the stunning images. Cheers, Richard B.
  3. Maybe have a play in PP and crop it a bit and also put on the diagonal ? Also the water background seems a bit to uniform have you tweaked it in PP, is so maybe a bit much IMHO. As for 3.5 C your NUTS ! 35C is more my level. Cheers, Richard B.
  4. Mike, have I seen you on Rebreather World as well ? For rebreathers (I dive an Evolution) you can use them but O2 and Lime is not availible by dive centers, doubtfull they will even know what a RB is. However if you are serious can probaly hook you up with contacts. Even in Dubai RB's are not supported we bring in Lime by the pallet ourselves and boost our own O2 as well as all sorts of helium naughtness Cheers, Richard B.
  5. Sorry may have been unclear. I mean same sort of life as in the Red Sea, it is just a bit bigger (in my mind). Cheers, Richard B.
  6. Hi, I live in Dubai so I've been quite a lot. Oman is split a few two. The main country i.e. Muscat etc and then Mussandam which is North of UAE in straights of Hormuz Diving is okay but not that widespread. Nothing world breaking a bit like the read sea, somewhat bigger life I'd say but the viz isn't as good (and a bit greener) and but never 1000 divers one on site. Mussandam is very wild, like a desert version of norway and the diving can be quite hard core. Where are you going ? and I can guide you some more. p.s. if you want to see more :- Mussandam : http://www.images-underwater.com/Musandam_31-10-2008.html Muscat : http://www.images-underwater.com/Damyatts_1_8_2008.html Cheers, Richard B.
  7. a GOOD Safari is something every photgrapher should do. Some cracking shots, looks like you had a great time. If you want some C&C the mixed animals in the first batch and the zebra in the dust horizions aren't straight. Sorry. Cheers, Richard B.
  8. If you know of him and like his work another video blog worth a laught. http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2009/12/c...ter-camera.html Cheers, Richard B.
  9. Sorry I'm confused, and appologies if I've got wrong end of the stick but why not change to a lower ISO I assume that you want to open the aperture (ie lower number) this means more light (to much), hence using a ND. If you still need a slow shutter why not change down the ISO ? going from 400-200 to100 or 50 it will only improve the image quality. If your getting to much light at your lowest ISO setting then maybe a ND, however you state don't want to change ISO so I assume your not at lowest. A split ND is another matter and very creative, I love them but only used dry never UW. Cheers, Richard B.
  10. Sadly we get a lot of fish trapping out here. There ends up being a lot of "dead fishing", particularly around wrecks and reefs where they get stuck and abandoned but still trap. It's very sad what gets trapped.
  11. Nice photos. I like all the pool model shots everybody has been doing lately. Getting very popular lately then I saw your last photo and realsied why p.s. C&C = Looks like the black point has maybe been tweaked a bit much or to harsh a dodge on the second shot. Cheers, Richard B.
  12. Hi All, I thought I post a few shots of my barstadiezed gorilapod. (Sorry Alex just seen your questions.) It uses a small gorilapod which is glued into a section of arm, which then has a plastic clamp bolted through the joint and a length of bungey and dog snap clip attached. This size gorilapod is a bit small on land but underwater gravity is offset by bouyancy so seems okay, but if I was going it again I'd get bigger gorilapod. 1- Strobe facing right, slave facing left. 2- Strobe facing left, slave facing right. 3- Clipped on, normally use on wrecks (but this time dining room chair). 4- Tied on, using the attached lenght of bungey for bigger items. 4- Just the pod without strobe, Any questions please shout. Cheers, Richard B.
  13. Nice work. I've started fiddling with symilar myself a couple of months ago but sadly still nothing worth sharing. I like the idea of bringing subjects that would be out of normal light range into the shot as has been done with the diver entering the plane. Currently using 2x DS125's on Ikelite optical trigger / manual controller and then 1x DS160 on a 15 foot cable as master and trigger. Normally also using a with a tripod to lock the composition while I set the shot up and allow slower shutter speed for more ambient contribution. How are you mounting / positioning your strobes ? At the moment I am using a barstad combination of a cut up arm with ball joint on strobe end and then a gorilar pod, plastic clamp and length of bungey "Heath Robinsoned" on the other. Works better than it sounds as I can either stand, clamp or tie the strobe and still direct it and point the slave eye independantly. This is definatly team photgraphy as need assistant to help rig it all (and a yellow box helps the bottom times to get the set up done). p.s. Been looking at Joe McNally or David Hobby for insperation perhaps ? Cheers, Richard B.
  14. Always use the cover, minimises some of the bigger / deeper type of scratches. Also keep it on when doing wreck penetration as I learnt the hard way. Reel/Line, Tourch and Camera is hard work inside a wreck. Cheers, Richard B.
  15. Visa, Mastercard and American Express wish you a happy holiday
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