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Mary Malloy

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  1. More info here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/world/8183693/Chinese-plane-forces-NZ-airline-out-of-Tonga I have been to Tonga twice and the domestic flights are a nightmare no matter who owns them. Mary
  2. Hi Drew, Yes for the most part people have reported them at Rye pier around May. I have 2 years of images at Rye in May but I have also seen them in these numbers at other Victorian locations in February and September. Also glad I got the cuttles before they went off. Cheers Mary
  3. Hi Alex, I think you have dived this site, Rye pier, with my friend Jimswims. Mary
  4. I just want to share with everyone a "Blue Planet" experience in my own backyard. Several times a year, tens of thousands of spider crabs, Leptomithrax gaimardii gather at various locations around Port Phillip Bay. It is believed as a precursor to pairing off and mating but no-one knows for sure. This is not a seasonal event, it can happen anytime. So it is hard to tell divers prepared to travel when to come. Mary
  5. Hi Steve, Just interested in what others want, not for me personally. Mary
  6. From what I've read I would consider Wetpixel members well travelled. So this is a good group to ask: If you could only choose one location, where would it be? Mary
  7. Thanks Don, What's the main advantage of the converter? I'm guessing it gives you back the full zoom range???? Is it the small dome giving you the soft corners? Mary
  8. I have recently upgraded from crop sensor to full frame D700. If I put the camera in dx mode I will only get 5mp files. I'm thinking of just using this combo on fx mode and zooming up so I don't see the shade of either the lens or dome port. I realise I will lose some zoom range but figure this will be no worse than having a standard 15 or 16mm. Neither of which I own. Are there any flaws to my plan? Thanks Mary
  9. Hi Nexus users, I am currently using a DX Nikon with my Nexus 160mm glass dome, 15mm extension and 10 - 17 Tokina. And am happy with the corner sharpness. When I get my D700, am I correct in thinking the full frame will use more of the edge of the dome and so I should be concerned about corner sharpness again. Thanks Mary
  10. Hi everyone, I am considering upgrading from my Nexus D200 (M5 size port) to a Nexus D700 (M4?? or M6?? port) but the ports are a different size so I will need the adapter as well. I know with the dome ports a small spacer is required, but it will go straight on with macro ports. Has anyone experienced any problems? Do you think it compromises any aspect of the system? Is it easy to get on and off or once it's on it wants to stay on!? What trap have I not thought of? Would you buy one again? I have a bunch of M5 ports and rather stay with Nexus as they are lighter than the Nauticam who I know also has adapters for Nexus ports to Nauticam housings. Thanks for any help Mary
  11. Christmas Island off the Western Australia coast for whale sharks in December January. If you're lucky, you'll see the red crab migration too. I have done both C.I. and Ningaloo. Ningaloo have big boats with too many tourists and their season is not December. We used Wet and Dry at Christmas Island. Small boat equals small numbers with shark and no waiting your turn. Mary
  12. I second the Poor Knights. The best operator is Dive Tutukaka. Mary
  13. Thank you everyone, I am looking forward to getting my new faster sync speed under the local piers where previously I found the backgrounds over, even with my slowest iso. I am going to try sunbursts again too. Is there a flash housing manufacturer which allows communication with Nikons in their housings for auto FP to work underwater? Mary
  14. O.K. I get this, but what happens to my D300 when I do this: Menu > Custom Settings Menu > "e" Bracketing Flash > "e1" Flash Synch Speed > 1/320s (Auto FP) > OK. What has changed in the camera to make my sync go from 250th to 320th?
  15. Thanks Nige, This is exactly what I am looking for. I knew about those setting but didn't know they would work with underwater strobes. I also use cables so tried these settings tonight on the kitchen table with my old YS300 strobes, it works! Why then are cameras limiting sync speed when flash durations are so short? My quest is to now freeze fast moving dark seals against the surface. Just turn everything UP. Mary BTW nice images
  16. Hi everyone, I am noticing a few images getting posted where the camera specs are say 320th sec AND Inon strobes on Nikon cameras. I'm guessing the external strobes are connected optically so the camera doesn't know about them. But it looks like Inon strobes (settings unknown to me) work just fine above 250th second? Is there anything I should know, settings etc I know with my D200 high speed fp flash is unavailable with pop up flash, not sure about my D300 though. Thanks Mary
  17. Thanks Peter, I know Gary and have emailed him some weeks ago but as yet he hasn't responded. He has about 10? photographers contribute to his library so it could be any one of them. Mary
  18. This question sounds like a big ask but some one will recognize the location of these images. I was surfing the web and found a stock photo library web site with some underwater reef images full of fish and colour I just loved. I can see my next holiday being there but first need to know where in the world it is. Here's the link: http://www.oceanwideimages.com/categories....cID=687&p=1 Thanks for any help and extra info if you have been there Mary
  19. Am I allowed to ask? Which operators should people go with? Mary
  20. Hi Deb, Nothing wrong with the images you have posted. What are you hoping to achieve with dslr that your current system cannot do? Make sure it is your goals and not someone else's. If you cannot answer this, don't upgrade just yet. Squeeze everything out of the system you have. Once the current rig cannot do what you want, then you'll know the answer. And once you know this, you'll know what to look for in new equipment. Cheers Someone else
  21. More great advice and info I didn't know. Thanks again everyone Mary
  22. Thanks everyone, I concede that the images I am especially unhappy with are underexposed. They are silhouette divers against sunball, so part of the image is supposed to be under? I am shooting wide angle and in RAW already and have since read the Picture Control settings I have been playing with only affect jpgs. Roger, using Lightroom straight out of the box, does that deliver unajusted RAWs or are there some default adjustments I should be turning off? Thanks Mary
  23. I have recently purchased a D300. After my first dive I noticed noise? grain? (not sure the difference in appearance) in my shadows. My settings were: 400 =ISO, Picture control= Fuji Velvia Active D lighting = high. High ISO NR = Off. Results= bluck After some googling on "D300 grain" I turned Picture control to D2X and turned Active D lighting Off. Results = better, I think. What settings are other D300 owners using. So far very disappointed with this camera. I know it must be fixable (settings?), too many people love this camera Any help appreciated Mary
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