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  1. Hi Gordon. No, it's not a type of Scorpionfish. They can't live up here, it's way too cold in these waters (freezing during winter and up to 22-23 C in the summer). I have no idea what the name of this fish is in english (or any other language than Swedish...) but we call it "Simpa".
  2. Thanks for the comments Kees. I think we call it dead man's hand here in Sweden. I agree with you about the tropic pictures There's no challenge taking photos in 30m+ vizibility. You should be up here trying to shoot WA when you hardly can spot your dive buddy a few meters away, now THAT's challenging As for diving in Sweden, well, it depends on where you're going. I live in the southeast of Sweden, and if you go here, you will most certainly only go for wreck diving since the Baltic Sea is dead as a doornail in the bottom... (a few grasses here and there but not much excitement to talk about). On the westcoast on the other hand, well, you saw the pictures Vizibility can range from a just under one (1) meter to up about 20 if you're really lucky. Mostly it's somewhere around 5 on the eastcoast and maybe 10-15 on the westcoast. / Patrik
  3. Hi all. Here are som new pictures from my annual trip to the westcoast of Sweden. This year we dove from Smögen, a beutiful little town with a great diving. For all pictures from this trip and others, see my gallery at http://patrik.oscarsson.com/gallery #1 #2 #3 Please, feel free to hammer me about them. Have a good dive and great viz! / Patrik
  4. I can tell you from personal experience that shooting with the normal lens and the dome port is not advicable unless you want the reflection of the lens to be visible in the shot. I managed to forget my wide angle lens for a dive and had to shoot with the normal lens. Everything looked good in the camera but when I uploaded the images I could see the reflection of the lens in the shot, I hade like "Nikon 1:50" (or whatever it says on the end of the lens) like a watermark over the photo. Won't make that mistake again
  5. Can't say I've had any problems with that on my camera (which is about a year old). But, I've noticed that I've probably pressed the flash button exessively hard when encased in the housing. The button is almost totally emerged into the camera body and is hard to press so that the camera notices that it's being pressed. Havn't talked to any service personal about it but is thinking of it. Dive Safely /Patrik
  6. Beutiful dolphins Simon I especially love the first two shots cause they are taken with the blue sea as a background. And number two displays the playfulness and grace of these animals in a great way. The others are shot downwards which, as pointed out before on this forum, isn't a very good idea most of the time. I still remember my first real encounter with dolphins in the Red Sea very well. We were going home after our two dives that day and suddenly someone yells "DOLPHINS". In just a few seconds almost everyone on the boat was in their free diving gear and off the boat. We then swam with them for a while. My most enjoyable moment in my life! Several ppl came up afterwards and said that "Now I can die!" / Patrik
  7. I think you are correct James. I've checked my pictures the last couple of days and it seems like for close-ups, you get this soft corner thing. It's not apparent with shots taken at a greater distance though (thank god for that...). I have the original Ikelite domeport and the original Nikon wide-angle lens, thought that combo should be ok, but apparently it's not okey for real close-up shots (this was taken at approximately a distance of a few centimeters, perhaps 5). Might be to the large aperature, I'll take some sample photos above surface with different aperatures and see if the results are consistent or if they differ. Heres the exif for the first shot: Nikon COOLPIX5000 2003/08/09 12:20:01 RAW (12-bit) Image Size: 2560 x 1920 Color ConverterLens: None Focal Length: 7.1mm Exposure Mode: Manual Metering Mode: Center-Weighted 1/30 sec - f/2.8 Exposure Comp.: 0 EV Sensitivity: ISO 100 White Balance: Cloudy AF Mode: AF-S Tone Comp: Constrast (-) Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00 Saturation comp: -1 Sharpening: Low Noise Reduction: OFF Flash on TTL.
  8. Hello my fellow photographers. Here's some more photos from the Swedish westcoast. Tell me what you think please. First of, we have a small coral (Caryophyllia smithii). A really beutiful coral about 2cm in length Then we continue with a lovely anemone (Urticina felina) Here's an example of a couple of Clavelina lepadiformis (don't know the english name) growing of something ¨ And finally, I give you an edited version of one of the previous lobsters Great diving and may you always find good subjects in perfect conditions / Patrik
  9. I didn't know about that. Too bad I didn't before going there, now it will probably be another year before I get there again... Jimbo: It wasn't that cold actually, around 17 celcius. That's pretty damn hot for Sweden B) Dave: Yeah, maybe, didn't think about that... will have to try it out next time BTW, all pictures are now up on the homepage. Cheers / Patrik
  10. Thanks everyone for the comments. James: I'm using the WC-E68 from Nikon. I'm not sure theres a problem with it though, I've never seen this softness before and I think it's more a matter of DOF since the lobsters tend to be inside holes or hidden between rocks and the rocks are thus much closer to me than the lobster where the focus is. But I'll check it out in other photos and see if it might be the case. PauP: I agree with you about the 2nd shot being the best of them. As for getting closer... that's hard. I tried but you can approach them up to slightly less than half a meter and they will actually approach you threatingly. But get any closer than that and they retreat into the hole or wherever they're hiding and your lucky if you can get a shot of one of the claws. And, you're absolutely right, the last one is a Galathea Strigosa. Dave: Unfortenately these shots where taken with f8, which is the smallest aperature I can get with the CP5k. My homepage will soon be updated with all photos from this trip (more lobsters, some crabs and other interesting things)
  11. Hi there people. I'd like to hear your comments about these lobster photos I took last weekend in Kungshamn on the Swedish west coast. The photos are not manipulated anything except what the camera does. I know I missed the end of the antennas on all the photos, but what do you think of them otherwise? And which one do you like the best? The last picture is of a small type of lobster that freely translated from swedish means "Troll lobster", dunno the english name on it. They are small but quite beutiful with their bluestreaked backs.
  12. Wonderful nudi-branches! I guess you where shooting in manual? I've tried aperature priority when shooting close-ups at them but even with the flash at 1/8 and retracted as much as possible the image become quite bright (not to mention if shooting TTL, then it becomes a completely white picture).
  13. Just wanted to notify you that it's not possible to view those images. Your web place doesn't permit downloading of images directly.
  14. Very Nice Pics! I just love the puffers, I think they are quite cute. Where in egypt where you? I was down in the Brothers and Elphinstone in april and at some dives we had pretty poor vis for egypt. For pictures, please see earlier posts or album. Missed out the probably best dive on the trip though, that was on Elphinstone, it was pretty windy, stormy I'd say, high waves and such. So me and my 2 friends decided we'd skip the dive, it didn't feel right. Anyways, when the others returned, they had smiles going all over their faces. They'd seen dolphins and hammerheads. Lucky them Well, just another reason for me to go back there soon
  15. Here's a couple more shots taken during my latest trip to the Red Sea. All photos taken w CP 5k, WA, Ike DS125 & Ike housing. First off we start with a real little cutie: (1/120, f/7.6, TTL or 1/8) Then with a little coral growth: (1/60, f/3.5, TTL) And for final, the ugly one: (1/60, f/2.8, TTL) More pictures: Red Sea 2003
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