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    Wildlife Photography: Fish, Arthropods, Corals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Birds

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    Olympus EM5-III, Olympus E-PL10, Canon G15
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    Inon Z330s, Light & Motion

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  1. Thanks have you used any of these? Most of the products I've used can't seem to keep up with marine environments. But that Boeshield you've recommended looks like a killer one. Will order one.
  2. Hi, I carry a bunch of tools to maintain my camera rig and other equipment when I go out on fieldwork (very austere most of the time, like no proper rinse tanks you get in the resorts, we have fresh water and use it sparingly to clean electronics like the cameras). These tools are mainly metal and I spray them everyday with WD-40 to prevent rust. But I guess, like it or not things get crazy once in a while I forget or unable to, so by the end of 9 months to a year I find that my tools are have some sort of rust and some are completely rusted. Does anyone have any tips on how to combat rust? Or is it inevitable? In my search, I've been able to find a stainless wrench, pliers (actually medical pliers!) but I got other stuff that still rust. For the Allen keys, there are stainless steel versions but not the folding set kind (I tend to lose those individual ones).
  3. Thanks for that Adam insight. That sounds interesting, should pick me up some filters and experiment soon.
  4. Thanks Adam! By any chance would you have an idea the use of the ND filter for the strobe? I can’t think of why you would want to reduce your strobe output by 4 stops? I mean if your flash was overexposing the scene at your lowest setting wouldn’t you just move your strobes farther away? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Ohh so it mostly to get the background a deeper blue. Under what conditions do you use the 4900k vs the 4600k? I surmise from the theory that the 4600k will give off deeper blues? While the 4900k is a step down? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Hi I am fairly new to this. Can someone walk me thru the use of warm color filters for strobes? specifically the Inon ND, 4900K and 4600K filters. Would like to know what are their applications and how are they used? Maybe a bit of basic theory? Most of the online resources point to an article bu Alex Mustard but the link seems to be dead already. Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. How are you using live view on your action camera? Water is opaque to Wifi and it doesn’t penetrate more than an inch. Are you using a cable? I had to rig my gopro with a cable in order to use live view. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. With regard to using compact cameras, for the canon models like G15 you have the canon hacker development kit (CHDK). We would hack the cameras to become a camera trap. There are published versions of that code (motion detect and motion detect plus). There is also code available for low light imaging for night using IR lighting. The code also gave an added benefit of conserving battery life because it would be basically on sleep until it is triggered. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. The old GoPro Hero 4 had this battery backpack. I used to setup camera traps for reef fish research i used to do. They would last 4hrs on recording. Then there are security camera apps that allow you to quickly see event history so you can quickly get to the action — most of the video will be rubbish. Got some good and interesting footage. Works well if you have multiple cameras and cover an area where lots of behavior happens like a nest or a burrow. Just make sure you anchor the camera well. Conditions and currents can change quickly on a reef. Unfortunately the newer models only record for 2 hrs. I have a colleague that was able to build an acrylic box to house a gopro and a powerbank. Not sure if he had success on that endeavor of his. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hi Everyone, The reply I got from Reef Fishes of the East Indies was they are hoping for Mid-March 2021 to release the updated version. But they really cannot confirm because of COVID related issues. Hi@JimG, Sorry to hear about your experience. I also found it hard contacting them -- their official website, emails, etc. were all down. I found their Facebook page, they responded within the day to my queries. Link below: https://www.facebook.com/Reef-Fishes-of-the-East-Indies-440116506076969/ Hope it helps.
  11. @Greenjuice and @ChrisRoss, Good news! I was able to get in touch with the creators of the Reef Fishes of East Indies app. They took down the app from the iOS store Jan 2020 as they are in the process of doing a major update and are hoping to re-release the app again soon. I am asking if they have a rough timeline and I am waiting on their response. Cheers, Pomacentridae
  12. Yeah the PDFs versions are the best. Most of what I have are about 2 decades old now. So was hoping to get more recent ID books. My main issue is navigation as most are just scans of physical books and are hard to navigate. I was able to find a 2001 PDF Publication from Zoonetics on Indonesian Reef Fishes (Kuiter and Tonozuka) . What I found most useful is the PDF is hyperlinked with the first two pages with pictures of different families. If you click on it it takes you immediately to that section and back if needed. I found myself reading that more than the others just because of the ease of use and navigation. For crustaceans, I have the Coral Reef Crustaceans: From Red Sea to Papua (Ryanskiy), but a scanned copy. For Corals, I don't have any references for those.
  13. Hi @Greenjuice, Thanks for that tip on Reef Fishes of the East Indies, I downloaded Volume 3, and it is very usable and easy to navigate. However, would you know if they are still working? Unfortunately, I can't seem to find it on the app store, only Volume 3. Volumes 1 and 2 seem to no longer be available (I checked on App Stores for the US and Philippines). The last activity on Facebook was Jan 2020, the links to their website is no longer working, nor the emails listed on their wordpress site. Cheers, Pomacentridae
  14. Hi @TimG, yes I do. I have their Reef Fish Tropical Pacific (1st edition). It is still that old pdf format where you have to manually scroll down to the section you want to go to (with mismatched page number vs pdf page no. haha). I did a quick search and saw that they have a 2nd edition, on amazon it is paper back. But there is a site (fishid.com) that sells a PDF ebook version. Would you know if that is hyperlinked? I wouldn't mind getting the updated version if it was easier to navigate.
  15. Hi All, Was hoping to get feedback on what are the best Species ID Guide Books that are out there for the Indo-Pacific Area. My particular interests are Reef Fishes, Crustaceans and Corals. Was hoping for suggestions that are: Easy to use: Electronic format so I can use it on my ipad or laptop. Has a Family Page (with pictures) that I can use to quickly navigate hat section where I can see individual species or genus Comprehensive number of species in its collection I already own a few books but was wondering if there were better resources I can check out. Thanks! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk EDIT: Formatting
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