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  1. I have a four year old and a six year old. Neither is a paticularly strong swimmer and with Karate and Skating it is not likely that they are going to get much pool time before next vacation.


    I am considering introducing them to flotation supported snorkeling on our next vacation. If anyone has any links or recomendations for gear, training methods, or safety, I would like to see them.


    I will have several other adults who are skilled ocean swimers nearby who will be happy to help. Recmondations for gear that works well for kids would be great.

  2. Too my eye the shot might benifit from a bit more exposure. The black needs to stay black of course, but if the body of the squid was a little brighter it would be a more dramatic contrast from the black. This might be able to be done in post if you have photoshop and open as a camera raw then paint the squid with a + exposure brush.

  3. That is a very good question. I remember coping with a similar problem with my D-200 setup a few years back. It turned out that for some reason when I shot A priority the shutter was staying open longer than necessary and even though 99% of the light was coming from the substrobe flash (that lasted at most 1/1000 sec) the movement of the fish coming after the flash had enough ambient light to allow the fish to have motion blur.


    But it sounds like you are already shooting in M mode and that was my solution, so I hope someone can give you a better idea. Have you tried setting the ISO to 200?

  4. Funkyspelunker, You are really making sense. I started studying this thread to decide what housing I needed next. At that Time I was thinking about a housing for a D-810. Now it seems like the D-500 might be a better way to go. I loved the Subal for the D-200. I felt that for me the camera actually worked better and more naturally underwater than it did on the surface. That camera has 45,000 shutter trips on it, about 95% of them UW. It is probably the only piece of UW photo gear I have ever really got my moneys worth from.

  5. Thank you, Funkyspelunker that's somewhat what I was hoping to hear. I would have prefered the Subal so that I could salavge my eyepiece and perhaps ports.


    Re: the sync cables, I am currently shooting dual Ikelight DS-160's, do you see any reason I could not just bring that part of the system along?

  6. I have not upgraded since a D-200?Subal system. I shoot a D-300 D-700 and D-800 on land but I was never quite willing to bite the bullet for a new housing.


    I wonder if any one has a reasonable guess how long it will take Subal or Nauticam to come out with a housing for the D-500?


    My next trip to a dive location is coming in mid June, I am kinda hoping for a new setup before then. Does it seem realistic to hope for the D-500 by then?


    (here is an odd forum quirk, under my portrait it list my name as "Guests" but I am loged in and when I edit this post it says "edited by diverdon")

  7. Yes, you are right smile.png

    Thats why I am curious, why we discussing about only 2 brands smile.png


    Alex, please dont take me wrongly. The world is "flat"... Some people buying expensive product (housings) in online shops globally, but then coming back to formal distributors, cause online shops running low margin business with no capability for after-sales support. And my point was not to say that Nexus better or cheaper than Nauticam. Just to remind public that there are other options available smile.png



    Yes there are many options out there. In this thread the OP limited the choices to two options so that the thread would be focused. Thank you so much for broadening the scope of this thread. I sell widgets, instead of taking pictures underwater you could buy my widgets. Please spend all your money on widgets.

  8. The free swimming Octopus that I was able to get the picture of was a blue ring octopus. It was moving from one soft coral to another, with the blue rings turned on. There were no other divers nearby. On that dive there was only me and a bored DM, and the DM was 50 yards in front of me acting impatient, so really it was a solo dive. The Octopus was far enough in front of me that I'm sure I did not drive it.


    On another occasion I saw a larger octopus of unknown species swim into a barrel sponge then swim off and hide in a hole. I saw a mimic acting like a sea snake. The preceeding were all in Puerto Galera/Sabang, Philippines. In Cayman brac on a night dive from the beach I saw a larger octpus of unknown species swimming from one place to another in what seemed to me to be a hunting pattren.

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  9. I passed on my bank information and now it has all gone quiet again...




    That may have been a mistake. Is the account info you gave them set up with a zero balance to recieve wires only? If not then they could use the information to take money from your account. As could anyone who sees the email in which you provided your account details.


    If I were you I would call my bank and move my money to another account.

  10. I would like to see a wetpixel galery. Something that all of the members who are interested could sign up for and display their work, wetpixel could collect a standard fee for the pictures. By telling anyone that wishes to use out work for free where to get it they would have a choice to pay or use something else.


    It would be nice to have an honest stock photography agency for our underwater photos. If nothing else it would take most of our photos off "available for free if someone begs enough" list.


    This is a pleasant idea of mine, unfortunatly I cannot volenteer to do any of the work. First I am too lazy and secondly, I lack the skills required to set up a stock photography website.

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