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  1. I heard in the shop the other day that the Coasties called off the search. Kawika could often be found making my openwater students giggle by lounging in our dunk tanks to rinse his drysuit at the Breakwater. On occasion we'd banter about nerdy stuff like TTL electronics and computer sampling rates. I didn't know him well, but I know he had solid skills apart from being a really warm person. It is brutal to lose someone like this. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Mother O is unforgiving, but I hate being reminded like this...
  2. Does anybody know of a way of "tagging" an images either in the file naming convention or in the metadata so that google images can find them? I've had all kinds of people swiping my images from Flickr and my personal site. I try to keep them low rez, but I'm reluctant to watermark, just a pet peeve of mine.
  3. You know, just addressing the END issue, I think you might want to go a little heavier on the helium if this is your first dive with this set up to this depth. You never can tell how a little bit more task loading than you are used to can effect you. Maybe for enough beer, you can hand your camera off for your shallower stops. At least it will be out of the way if there is a current near the surface or your arm is starting to hurt. You might want to consider being able to tear away any clip or lanyard connecting you to your camera/tripod. I've seen guys run clips through surgical tubing or a fat O ring that will break away if you really yank at it hard. PS: While I'm as much of a nerd as the next guy, I twitch when I hear the DIR debate start up. I used to have to listen to the excruciatingly finer points ("What do you think about stainless bolt snaps versus brass?" "Being a vegan effects gas exchange blah blah blah...") of it while filling Trimix 104 Doubles, stage, and argon bottles well into the wee hours of the morning. They're great guys, but it's allot less fun kicking that stuff around when your slinging tanks the next day instead of checking out a reef at 250fsw.
  4. Hey all, This should probably be in the beginners forum, but I can't see my whole frame in my housing. I'm shooting a 5D in an Aquatica housing. I can't see anywhere near the whole frame. I read that some people use +2 diopters in one side on their masks to see the smaller details on the LCD screen. Would this help in seeing more of the viewfinder? It's driving me crazy because I can't really work on composition, let alone see my exposure indicator. I'm basically chimping exposure, but this really doesn't work for things that, well, move. Lots of cards full of tube anemones so far. Oh, I'm right handed but left eye dominate if that helps at all. I've been drooling over Aquatica's magnifier, but I cant really drop $1500 on it. Any ideas? Thanks, Dan.
  5. Hey all, This is a total newbie question. I'm shooting to YS-110's with a housed 5D. With macro, I could only stop down to about f16 @ ISO400 with both strobes at full power. Is this normal? I'd like to get at least another stop out of them at ISO100. Is this an strobe placement issue? I'm aiming them above the lens and slightly down to wash the subject with the edge of the beam. I do have the diffusers on both, but I can't imagine that a guide number of 32 could only be putting out this much light. I thought it might be a sync issue, but I slowed the shutter down to 1/100th to be sure and could only eek f16 out of both of them. What do you think? I shot this shrimp this way. Not to much post work on it. Thanks, Dan.
  6. Lessoned learned. The guys at Backscatter are awesome, I bought a video housing from them a while back and Dave and Jeff went way out of their way to make sure I didn't flood it on the first dive. There's allot to be said for community. Even without my cameras, I can't wait to feel that early morning cold water smack again. Better than espresso!
  7. Hey all, I think I've pin pointed a new trend in the customer service industry. Companies have figured out that it's allot more cost effective to hire someone to prevent you from getting any customer service than it is to actually PROVIDE said service. Simple when you think about it. And it can lead to some really surreal post-modern conversations that are kind of funny if... Well, if there not happing to you. Case in point: I finally was able to order a housing, ports, strobes, the whole shmear, on December 20th hoping to use it on a trip January 10th. Thus began my ordeal that would be tedious to relate, but not half as tedious as it was to undergo. Let's just say, I won't be taking my shiny new housing and strobes. No, my shiny new housing and strobes will be sitting on the tarmac in Omaha as I zip up my dry suit in Monterey. Why you ask? The conversation this morning went something like this. B&H: "It shipped today." ME: "First of all, that's what you've been saying for two weeks. Second, no it didn't. It's Sunday. UPS doesn't pick up on Sunday. It's sitting in your warehouse isn't it?" A long pause. B&H: "Um... Yes." ME: "Great, you can still change the shipping on it so I can get it by Tuesday night, right?" B&H: "Um... No." ME: "Why not? Your probably less than a hundred yards from my box right now aren't you?" B&H: "Yes." ME: "But you can't change the shipping label on it?" B&H: "No." ME: "Why not?" B&H: "I'm sorry, there's nothing I can do." ME: "Yes there is. You can print a new label and put it on the box." B&H: "I'm sorry. It's physically impossible." ME: "Physically impossible?" B&H: "Yes." ME: "You have the box. You have a printer. The intervening space is not filled with zombies or anything is it?" B&H: "No." ME: "Killer bees?" B&H: "No." ME: "Then I... Why not just... &^%$ it." B&H: "Thank you for calling B&H." Click. Physically impossible? If your going to go to these lengths of mess with me, at least make it entertaining. Tell me that my YS-110's have been sitting in the warehouse so long that they mated and had a litter of YS-27's. Tell me a radioactive chimp is swinging my Ultralite arms around his head wildly, clubbing anyone who gets near him with a clipboard. Come up with something that actually IS physically impossible instead of implying that, due to a combination of laziness and lack of job satisfaction, getting out of your chair to solve a problem that's entirely your fault has become "physically impossible." Grrrr... If anybody needs me, I'll be in the Angry Dome.
  8. Hey, All my gear got stolen out of my car a while back and I'm replacing it. Does anybody dive with a wireless, air integrated computer? I've heard that strobe pops break the link between the transmitter and receiver. Does anybody have this problem? I teach allot, and like to be able to keep an eye on my gauges and a hand ready to grab wayward open water students. This last break in pretty much makes two things clear: I hate Southern California and my dog Tucker is never going to be a K9 officer when he grows up.
  9. Hey All, Maybe someone can enlighten (no pun intended) me. I'm a Photo J guy and I live and breath eTTL for surface shooting. I shot allot of DVCAM underwater, but am yet to get a housing and strobes for my DSLR's. Help me out here: The general theme is that TTL is good for macro, but not wide angle. I would have thought that would be the reverse. Macro subjects tend to not move around allot, allowing you to chimp your exposure. Wide angle subjects, like big critters, do tend to move around allot making TTL useful. Does anybody make an actual U/W TTL system? The more I look into it, the more I find the need for "converters." One of which looks like it has an "eye" that judges flash exposure. Is there a housing/strobe combination that will let me plug my 5D into a housing, a cord into the hot shoe, and a cord into a TTL strobe? Has anybody had any experience housing an actual 580EX or SB800 flash and using it underwater? Seems like it might be a big pain in the sense that your tripling the number of O-rings that you need to prep and that might fail. But it looks like it might solve allot of the TTL issues. I almost never shoot "raw" strobes on land. I'm a big fan of soft, diffused light. The only problem is, that the minute you put anything in front of that flash head, it's not a point light source anymore and guide number math goes out the window. How do you deal with that without TTL or chimping in the case of subjects where you have a second shot. Phew, that's a lot of questions. I feel like a Trekie that's got Shatner cornered at a sci-fi convention.
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