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Hi folks

 

Some of my red sea images etc.

see

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/damoyyz/

 

any constructive comments welcome- especially you jaw daddy

hope all well in everyone's little water world- especially you jaw daddy.

 

damo

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Very nice images, Damo.

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Hi Damo,

Looks like you had a great time and were able to get a real nice cross section of images. Your fish shots show a lot of potential, I love some of the compositions. I also like the wide angle softcoral shot. Did you shoot these in RAW? If you did you might think about trying to open up the exposure a little, some of the shots look a little dark on my screen. I love the shot with the midas blenny on the red sponge. You can see on this shot how using your one strobe up close gives a nice exposure. The other global comment I would make is the one you said yourself on the pipefish shot. I keep telling myself the same thing after every dive. ;)

 

As an aside, I'm a little embarassed by your request for me specifically to respond. While I am honored that you respect my opinion, there are at least 5,000 folks cruising Wetpixel with a better eye than mine and much more experience with digital. You should think about posting some of your favorites in some of the Flickr groups. There are a bunch of underwater groups where other folks get a chance to look and comment. Wetpixel has a group for instance. It is a real kick to "meet" people from all over the world who like your stuff. Highly recommend you give it a try.

 

I'm glad you had a successful trip and thanks for sharing your images with everyone.

Steve (Jaw's Dad on Flickr)

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I agree with Steve: i have my monitor profiled, and a lot of shots look a bit dark. I added some comments here and there, but this comment was more generic. I didnt like the 2 puffer shots, I explained why in one comment.

 

I would be keen to pick up some info about diving in Ireland too :-) I've been to Schotland a few times but Ireland is still on the wish list.....

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Hi Guys,

 

A heartfelt thank you so much for all your critiques- you are most kind and this is the reason I love these forums so much- and wetpixel.com

Any comments I receive from u are nothing but constructive-

 

So Thank you all so much ;)

 

To specifics re: shots

 

1.They are in jpeg- my olympus wont shoot RAW- big disadvantage I know.

 

2.Interesting note about the darkness of the shots- I made small size jpeg copies of the original images for Flickr using IrFanview. Could this be the reason?. Otherwise, maybe I need to get a manual monitor calibrator?

 

3. Re: the puffer shot-your assumption is correct and you are totally right to point that out-the animal was harassed.

 

What actually happened was the puffer had actually been previously attacked by a grouper and spat out- so it was inflated and stressed by the time we got up close to it.

The guide got a fleeting pic. of this strike too- he was on point so he had full view of the strike as it happened.

Ceranthius, your comments are totally justified and I admire you for pointing them out. The animal was not harassed by the guide or anyone else at the time of shooting.

 

Be rest assured I would never deliberatly harm/provoke a marine animal for the sake of a shot- I find that behaviour disgusting and against the spirit of what underwaterphotography is all about.

 

In this case- well- I guess I couldn't resist taking the shots- I took about three and left it at that. Nature did the harassing for me but in hindsight maybe we should've left him alone period- after all, he had suffered a trauma.

 

Hope this helps.

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If the originals seem brighter, that might be the case.

 

Damo, I didnt want to drag you into a discussion or point any fingers. In this PC (or no PC) world, it is easy to forget that things like this can happen spontaneously.

 

Gerard

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Damo,

 

One of the "swarm" here. You've captured a nice set of pictures - it makes me wish I'd taken my camera too! I really like the midas blenny shot - great colurs. Good to see that you captured the big eyes in the black coral and the elusive citron goby.

 

Save diving,

 

Richard

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