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tjgreen

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About tjgreen

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    North Carolina, US

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    Nikon D80
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    Aquatica
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    Nikonos SB105
  1. Wow. Great thread, though my wife might stop believing I read Wetpixel just for the articles. Hey Eric, if this keeps up, you might need to add a "NSFW" flag to the Wetpixel lexicon, for those of us who browse at the office.
  2. Well, at least I thought it was interesting: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7435757.stm With all of us finding and watching cuttlefish eggs, how long before underwater photographers become their preferred food?
  3. I'll add a couple of cents. For what it's worth, I own all three types (jacket, back-buoyancy, and backplate/wing). They all have their uses, but I prefer the back-buoyancy for photography. Yes, it makes it a bit easier to trim out into the head-down/feet-up position that I prefer, but mostly, it's the lightest and easiest to pack for dive trips. Keep in mind that the Diverite and Halcyon backplate/wing systems, while great, are fairly heavy (even w/ an aluminum backplate); great modular system, but luggage restrictions are only getting more stringent. Ditto on the try before you buy - most shops rent both. Would also recommend you don't buy until you're good in both jacket and back-buoyancy style (either wing or regular), since neither will fix lack of skill, and either will work if you're good. Otherwise, tough to compare them fairly - like buying your first SLR; who knows what camera best suits your shooting style until you actually have a style?
  4. Thanks for sharing, I like the arch shots. I have no pointers, but you've got me interested - I like the effect of isolating a WA subject against a black background, similar to macro w/ small aperture.
  5. Beautiful pics, whoever posted them (this thread was so long I forgot) - thanks for sharing. I really hope the general public learns what nudis are; I get vaguely disturbed looks when I show pics to people now (or disappointed - "dudes, I said nudis, not Nudes"). For the rest of it, wow. Holy dead horse battery Batman. This poor horse has been flogged, buried, dug up, flogged some more, quartered, cremated, scattered at sea, reborn as carbon atoms in fish, caught, clubbed to death, made into animal feed, fed back to a different horse, whipped, ridden into the ground, flogged some more, and then rendered down for soap and glue, which (in a final irony) was probably used to bind the National Geographics.
  6. Yes, exactly - raising the flag on the behavior informs me, and allows me to make a choice. Here's where we disagree - the parent/child relationship presumes a moral authority, "father knows best" kind of thing. We're not the moral authority here - the locals are. As Craig says, the dive guides are adults, and it's their home/their rules. Depending on where you are in the world, those rules can be very different. I'm uncomfortable telling them what their rules should be, but entirely comfortable placing further limits on myself.
  7. Folks, I very much doubt we'll solve the problem of over-manipulation here; I doubt we'd even agree on a definition of what constitutes harassment. If I'm reading his post right, Alex just wanted to raise awareness of a potentially abusive practice; I'll defer to his judgment on the likelihood of benthic cephalopods miraculously developing the urge to parachute through the water column. Appreciate it Alex - as the original poster stated, I wasn't aware of the unlikeliness of this behavior, and probably would have snapped away. For myself, my response when I think my dive guide's a bit over-eager is to politely decline the photo opportunity and swim away. My integrity's worth more than a good pic.
  8. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!<cough cough cough> That was my crazed "it sounds so easy when he says it" laugh, reserved for the casually expert. I just went to Lembeh for the first time last fall, with both the 60 and 105 plus a diopter, but without much u/w experience with either. I found it was all I could do to take sharp, decent pics of pygmy seahorse size critters with just the 105 itself, no diopter. You can't see the little bastards, for one thing, even with a patient dive guide pointing to them; when you finally locate them in the viewfinder, it's tough to hold the focal plane and get a sharp eye. Sorry, little frustration coming through there. Anyway, as a first-timer, I can tell you that the 60mm was by far my workhorse lens in Lembeh, because you never know what you'll see, and most of it's not too terribly small. The stuff that is, isn't particularly fast or shy, so you can get to 1:1 and crop if need be. The 105 did a better job with the tiny/shy stuff, but I quit trying with the diopter - I kept wishing I could take pics of non-small stuff. The thing about Lembeh the first time is that every dive, there was stuff I'd never seen, so finding subjects for my 60 or 105 alone was easy, and conversely, the instant I put the diopter on, I'd see a hairy octopus, or mating blue rings or something insane. If/when I go back, I might be more focused on getting a certain shot, but I was like a kid in a candy store for most of it.
  9. Just do what I do: get seasick from the surge tossing you around, and throw up. The resulting fish feed gives you great close-up opportunities. Granted, that's not a 2-tank strategy. In short, no help here either.
  10. John, I think this might be one of those cryptic comments that leave Wetpixel newbies feeling left out. It doesn't really help anyone not shooting in RAW understand why they should, it just leaves them wondering what point they're missing. For folks just starting, or people who want snapshots to share with friends, the point of digital is it's easy and quick; from camera to sharing photos in no time. I just don't see much value in RAW for those folks, since it essentially adds a layer of complexity they don't need. Different discussion for another thread, I guess. For the newbies, my workflow tip: get a decent photo organizing tool, like Picasa, Photoshop Elements, etc. It'll help you import, organize, and review your photos, and export them to email or the web. Most have some basic editing and presentation functions (crop, rotate, slide show, etc.) as well.
  11. Drew, I appreciate the work involved; I'm already amazed at how generous the moderators and pros on the board are with their time. Maybe this could be an adjunct to Wetpixel quarterly or something, like the Doubilet "Behind the Shot" column in Sport Diver. You could do something similar with the folks in the mag, maybe help generate revenue from the mag?
  12. Yep - it ends up hanging upside down. To be honest, the handle is more for handing it down to me from the boat, or clipping off in-water; I just don't want a deckhand suspending the system from one strobe arm. If I'm carrying the housing on land, I cradle it in both arms and mutter "my precious." You could crack a bottle of champagne on it, but you'd probably be dunking a new one shortly thereafter.
  13. Just floating an idea: has the Wetpixel team ever considered doing an instructional u/w photography podcast? The Jim Church school did a series of them awhile back, but I haven't found anything since.
  14. Wow - awesome photos and really enjoyed the trip report. That just went on my must-dive list. Loved the story about the dolphin encounter too - had me laughing out loud at work.
  15. In the spirit of Mike's response, copper tubing to make a still - for water desalination, of course!
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