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Byte Me
12-06-2007, 10:53
Attached is a link to my photobucket album showing my first ever UW photos. All taken using the SP-350 and Oly UW housing. They are listed in reverse order of how I took them. As you can see at the beginning I was using the on camera flash and even though the water looked very clear I still got a lot of backscatter. I saw this after reviewing the pictures on the TV in our hotel room. I also forgot to set manual WB the whole first day because I was so stoked just to be diving! The next day things got a little better w/o flash and setting WB correctly. However the camera went to sleep at one point and reset the WB to auto. So I had a lot of correction to do on the WB of the jpgs. Used Adobe Camera Raw for this and it worked quite well I think. It was a LONG process though to go through settings for each picture.

Please, any comments - especially suggestions - are welcome! I've attached the couple I like the best.

All were taken in Playa diving w/ Jason of Fantasea dives.

byteme45/Vacation/PDC 2007/diving - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting (http://s161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/?start=all&paginator=top)

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305490120407.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305441120407_1.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PC015603120407.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305429120407_1.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305416120407_1.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305406120407_1.jpg

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t226/byteme45/Vacation/PDC%202007/diving/PB305398120407_1.jpg

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NitroWill
12-06-2007, 10:57
Nice first pics! That lobster made friends w/ the moray I guess - Pretty smart during lobster season :p

scubaculture
12-06-2007, 11:36
Very nice pics, love the moray ones

gibson1525
12-06-2007, 12:06
love the spade fish one, good job!

unclepooty
12-06-2007, 12:10
nice shots! thanks

Puffer Fish
12-06-2007, 15:03
Nice first pics! That lobster made friends w/ the moray I guess - Pretty smart during lobster season :p
They frequently do that, but it is not a friend relationship and the first sign of the lobster in trouble... they are all over it. It is a common way to get bit, just grab the lobster and the Moray will grab you and the lobster...

Puffer Fish
12-06-2007, 15:12
Ok, I am impressed with the shots... some great images... but there is something big time wrong with the lack of color... even with the correct white balance. Only the shrimp, and that is a bit blurry.

Were you using the F2.8 / 1/60th /higher iso settings? If so, the the camera would turn down the flash until there was almost none, for every exposure... leaving you with almost no color...

I have to say though, the images are great... nice going.

NitroWill
12-06-2007, 15:15
Nice first pics! That lobster made friends w/ the moray I guess - Pretty smart during lobster season :p
They frequently do that, but it is not a friend relationship and the first sign of the lobster in trouble... they are all over it. It is a common way to get bit, just grab the lobster and the Moray will grab you and the lobster...


Yea, I didnt say who it was smart for :p Ive see many morays devour lobster here in the keys - pretty crazy to witness

RoadRacer1978
12-06-2007, 15:19
Nice images indeed. Not too shabby for the first attempt. :)

Puffer Fish
12-06-2007, 15:23
Nice first pics! That lobster made friends w/ the moray I guess - Pretty smart during lobster season :p
They frequently do that, but it is not a friend relationship and the first sign of the lobster in trouble... they are all over it. It is a common way to get bit, just grab the lobster and the Moray will grab you and the lobster...


Yea, I didnt say who it was smart for :p Ive see many morays devour lobster here in the keys - pretty crazy to witness
I don't remember ever seeing a picture of them together... that is nice work...

Byte Me
12-06-2007, 15:38
Ok, I am impressed with the shots... some great images... but there is something big time wrong with the lack of color... even with the correct white balance. Only the shrimp, and that is a bit blurry.

Were you using the F2.8 / 1/60th /higher iso settings? If so, the the camera would turn down the flash until there was almost none, for every exposure... leaving you with almost no color...

I have to say though, the images are great... nice going.

Ya, perplexing to me as well. From top down for the pictures in the post (all ISO 200)

1/640 - F4.8
1/160 - F4
1/800 - F4.5
1/80 - F4
1/160 - F4
1/640 - F5.6
1/500 - F5
1/400 - F4

I was almost always using one of the UW modes of the camera, fixed the ISO at 200 so it wouldn't bump it up to something ridiculous, intended to set manual WB. Turns out that Camera Raw handles WB for jpgs almost as well as RAW files so I may stay with jpgs. On all pictures except the third in the post I used flash.

Thanks by the way for the kind words. Above water I'm OK, still learning under so any input is welcomed!

thor
12-06-2007, 15:42
Great shots.

PlayaCountryBoy
12-07-2007, 07:27
Great shots Brian! That one with the two coneys with the yellow-tailed moray between them is just awesome! Keep up the good work!:smiley20:

Puffer Fish
12-07-2007, 14:09
Ok, I am impressed with the shots... some great images... but there is something big time wrong with the lack of color... even with the correct white balance. Only the shrimp, and that is a bit blurry.

Were you using the F2.8 / 1/60th /higher iso settings? If so, the the camera would turn down the flash until there was almost none, for every exposure... leaving you with almost no color...

I have to say though, the images are great... nice going.

Ya, perplexing to me as well. From top down for the pictures in the post (all ISO 200)

1/640 - F4.8
1/160 - F4
1/800 - F4.5
1/80 - F4
1/160 - F4
1/640 - F5.6
1/500 - F5
1/400 - F4

I was almost always using one of the UW modes of the camera, fixed the ISO at 200 so it wouldn't bump it up to something ridiculous, intended to set manual WB. Turns out that Camera Raw handles WB for jpgs almost as well as RAW files so I may stay with jpgs. On all pictures except the third in the post I used flash.

Thanks by the way for the kind words. Above water I'm OK, still learning under so any input is welcomed!
Would have to be really bright for the flash to be turned down that much... but that may be the case... I would go to 100 iso...and I believe you have setting that will allow you to control the F stops, and let the flash do it's thing..... might consider setting it a F8, with the flash one...

cummings66
12-07-2007, 16:00
While I'm not certain of this on your camera, but on mine using the underwater modes produces a picture that could have been done better by going to manual, or at least using something to setup the WB. I've seen AWB do a fair job as well, but for reasons like your photo's I don't care for the under water settings.

Puffer Fish
12-07-2007, 16:45
While I'm not certain of this on your camera, but on mine using the underwater modes produces a picture that could have been done better by going to manual, or at least using something to setup the WB. I've seen AWB do a fair job as well, but for reasons like your photo's I don't care for the under water settings.
Interesting point, I have never used an UW setting... should do so and see what it does... if anyone is interested, I can do pixels shift calculation (sort of reverse engineering on the final images... just need the same image with and without...

cummings66
12-07-2007, 17:08
What my guess is, is that the under water settings are meant for shallow ocean water.

Soonerwink
12-07-2007, 22:49
Great shots, I have the same setup as yours. Your first pictures sure came out alot better than mine did. I shot everything in auto mode though. I haven't figured out how to set WB yet. I have purchased a strobe now and figuring out the camera by next season I hope to take alot better pictures.

Byte Me
12-10-2007, 10:08
Great shots, I have the same setup as yours. Your first pictures sure came out alot better than mine did. I shot everything in auto mode though. I haven't figured out how to set WB yet. I have purchased a strobe now and figuring out the camera by next season I hope to take alot better pictures.

Setting manual WB is quite easy, it's a couple buttons away in the menus, then you just need something white that will fill the frame and you're set. I have a grey card white balance set of cards I got from Amazon for topside shooting before I splurged for an expodisc. It came with 18% grey, white and black so the white card I put on a cord and into a pocket on the BC so it's right there when I need to set it.

lovesmexico615
12-10-2007, 12:08
Hey Brian- those came out great. I only got a couple that came out so well. I need to figure out some of the settings better so I don't get so much backscatter.

ScubaJW
12-10-2007, 22:24
The pics look great, but with some practice, you'd get excellent results!

Here's my buddys pictures. He uses a SP-320 with PT-030 housing:

Matt's 2007 Bonaire Dive Pictures (http://yukoneer.com/bonaire2007/matt/)

All of his pictures were taken in auto mode, and he doesn't use an external strobe.

allison finch
04-02-2008, 17:41
One thing that no one seems to have mentioned. The sponge that the seahorse was wrapped on was, evidently, pulled off the reef. It is being held by the diver for a picture. Since I doubt that the seahorse would have wrapped on a sponge of this type if it were lying on its side, I can only deduce that it was just ripped off. Bad form, if that's the case.