View Full Version : Whineeeee - check out the seahorse collection from Raja Ampat!!

06-02-2008, 20:30

06-03-2008, 20:32
Bruce I love your work you show off :smiley20:


06-03-2008, 20:49

Very nice picks.

06-04-2008, 17:02
Has anyone told you suck Bruce?

Great pics buddy!


06-04-2008, 17:35
absolutely awesome :smiley20:

06-04-2008, 18:37
Those are some AWESOME shots Bruce. How about sharing camera settings for each shot to help us newbies out?

06-05-2008, 01:34
Those are some AWESOME shots Bruce. How about sharing camera settings for each shot to help us newbies out?

With my DSLR, I shoot macro between F/16 & F26, 1/125 or 1/100 sec shutter, ISO 200, Auto White Balance, dual strobes. I tend to shoot F/16 a lot on my camera - the lens is a little sharper, and it is easier to get a good exposure without having your strobes right on top of the subject when you are shooting at maximum magnification.

The trade off is loss of a little additional depth of field - if I have a subject that tends to have depth away from the camera that I want in focus, I'll stop down more - f/22 or even f/26. At those small f numbers, strobe positioning is more critical to get decent exposures. (ie a profile shot doesn't require a lot of depth of field, the subject is parallel to the focal plane - so I shoot at f/16 to get better sharpness. A front or partial angle shot may require more depth of field - if you want more than the face/eye in focus - so I might shoot at f/22 or even f/26.)

About half of the shots above were taken with my backup camera (a Fuji F810, after I flooded my 40D). With the Fuji - I set F/8 (the smallest aperture it offers), and 1/640 of a second shutter speed.

Also note, you are controlling the exposure of the background with the combination of f/# and shutter. If you want a black background (like number 3 above, the denise pgmy seahorse) go f/22 and 1/250 sec shutter (Although that was a night dive, so it is actually at f/18 & 1/125). With a point and shoot like my Fuji, you have to an even faster shutter speed like 1/2000 sec to get a black background during the day.

If you want a lighter background (like blue water) you have to expose for the background. I'd start (for macro) around f/8 and 1/100, obviously depends on the ambient light level, and how far away the background is. Here is an example of a blue water macro shot I like (this one is f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Again, I could get away with a large aperture because it is a profile shot, so depth of field is not as big an issue: