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bversteegh
01-20-2008, 13:21
OK - let's have your best shots of these "stingy" creatures that are so photogenic:smiley20:

My favorite Lionfish - looks like he's getting ready to land
http://static.flickr.com/109/297843361_613ce7e666_o.jpg
Rhinopius Scorpionfish
http://static.flickr.com/104/297843132_5823afde97_o.jpg

http://static.flickr.com/114/297843161_95df0ba244_o.jpg
Lionfish
http://static.flickr.com/120/293609909_869915b54c_o.jpg
Devil Eye
http://static.flickr.com/105/293609668_08a77c1219_o.jpg
Ambon Scorpionfish
http://static.flickr.com/113/293609252_560daa6016_o.jpg

http://static.flickr.com/99/293579018_f6759fc55b_o.jpg

dbh
01-20-2008, 13:55
I'll play:

Lionfish

http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/NS06Lion01.jpg

Pink Scorpionfish:


http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/NS06Scorp02.jpg

Leaf Scorpionfish:

http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/NS06Wasp01.jpg

Tassled Scorpionfish:

http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/NS06Scorp01.jpg

My "Bomber":

http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/indoweb-lion01.jpg

Dave

Li'l Castaway
01-20-2008, 13:57
Those are beautiful!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

I'm interested in underwater photography but not quite ready. I'm saving up for the housing for my camera. Thanks for the motivation!!!!!

bversteegh
01-20-2008, 15:23
Hey Dave - great to see some of your stuff over here (really nice BTW) - we need to get more people posting pictures here. Did you buy a D300 you scumbag - that is one sweet camera - you going to get a Subal again?:smiley20::smiley20:

I'm heading to Indo in April, and really want to upgrade my camera setup, but to tight to pull the trigger. If I didn't have all this Canon Glass already, would really consider going to the D300. The 40D looks like a pretty significant upgrade over my 20D - sure wish the manufacturers would standardize body sizes so we didn't have to buy new housings to upgrade cameras:smiley13:

Aussie
01-20-2008, 17:07
Hi all,

I will show some of the examples I quickly found. I am in the process of going through alot of work and posting some on flickr.

Anyway:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2207833752_71b2298996.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2118/2207042047_92452a61f2.jpg

This shot was on a night dive at the site of the SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu. Its amazing to see how fast they are when they are hunting. I saw even one guy lift one up with his hand ( I strongly do not recommend it) thats how comfortable they were with divers.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2391/2198527236_78353cd7c0_o.jpg

Local name is Red Harry or Poor man's Lobster. Poor man's lobster comes from people adding red scorpion fish to lobster mornay as the flesh is very similar to lobster and it takes on the favour of lobster also.


Will try and add more when I get to it.

Aussie

dbh
01-20-2008, 17:22
Hey Dave - great to see some of your stuff over here (really nice BTW) - we need to get more people posting pictures here. Did you buy a D300 you scumbag - that is one sweet camera - you going to get a Subal again?:smiley20::smiley20:

I'm heading to Indo in April, and really want to upgrade my camera setup, but to tight to pull the trigger. If I didn't have all this Canon Glass already, would really consider going to the D300. The 40D looks like a pretty significant upgrade over my 20D - sure wish the manufacturers would standardize body sizes so we didn't have to buy new housings to upgrade cameras:smiley13:

Hi Bruce,
I hope all is well with you. I did get a D300.....and it is great topside. I am sure it will be awesome u/w too. I am not sure if I will go Subal or not. I am going to take a hard look at the Seatool housing for it. The Seatool will fire my Inon's via fiber optic. It will be nice to get rid of sync cords which are a weak link IMHO. The Seatool is also smaller than the Subal....which should fit in my carry-on. Seatool now has an adaptor so I can use my Subal ports with it. Will see what shakes out when they both are released.

Where to in Indo? Is it a Dr. B trip? Your Raja Ampat shots are awesome....it is now high on my list. I am looking for a '08 trip but have nothing booked yet. I have been looking hard at Sipadan but seems a little pricey.

Good seeing you here.

Dave

bversteegh
01-20-2008, 19:23
Hi Bruce,
I hope all is well with you. I did get a D300.....and it is great topside. I am sure it will be awesome u/w too. I am not sure if I will go Subal or not. I am going to take a hard look at the Seatool housing for it. The Seatool will fire my Inon's via fiber optic. It will be nice to get rid of sync cords which are a weak link IMHO. The Seatool is also smaller than the Subal....which should fit in my carry-on. Seatool now has an adaptor so I can use my Subal ports with it. Will see what shakes out when they both are released.

Where to in Indo? Is it a Dr. B trip? Your Raja Ampat shots are awesome....it is now high on my list. I am looking for a '08 trip but have nothing booked yet. I have been looking hard at Sipadan but seems a little pricey.

Good seeing you here.

Dave

Hey Dave - I was planning on going to the Phillipines with Dr. Bob and the crew from Digidiver.net in May, but had a conflict come up at work so couldn't get away and had to reschedule.

So to make a long story short, I am going to Lembeh 14-18 April at the NAD Resort (budget resort, but AC and hot water, only 4 people per guide), and then back to Raja Ampat 19-27th on the Odyssea 1 again. Andrew is taking care of me pretty well as a 4 time customer, so can't complain. JTemple from Digidiver is also going, plus a couple pretty serious shooters from Austria. The rest of the group is a combo of Singaporeans, Aussies, and Yankees that I don't know - yet:smiley2:

I think there is one spot left, PM if you're interested - as Andrew will give me a discount to fill the spot. I will warn you - full moon is that week, so the currents will be absolutely ripping (and there is a lot of current anytime in Raja - why the soft coral is so lush). I do think I have secured Jacki as our groups guide - he is one of best I have worked with (second only to OPO)- should be really good. If you want to build up a WA portfolio, RA is the best place I have ever been - the coral is unbelievably lush and healthy. The macro is good, but not as good as Lembeh (why I'm doing both:smiley20::smiley20:)

Those Seatools do look very tempting from a size standpoint, how do Ryan and guys at Reef Photo like them? What kind of battery impact does it have to shoot your internal flash all the time?

dannybot
01-20-2008, 21:06
Awesome shots!

ScubaGir1
01-21-2008, 23:18
Oh my gosh you guys!! Great shots!! Thank you for sharing. :)

bversteegh
01-22-2008, 21:18
Hi all,


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2391/2198527236_78353cd7c0_o.jpg

Local name is Red Harry or Poor man's Lobster. Poor man's lobster comes from people adding red scorpion fish to lobster mornay as the flesh is very similar to lobster and it takes on the favour of lobster also.


Will try and add more when I get to it.

Aussie

Love the color on Old Red above - keep-em coming.

Daved
01-22-2008, 21:59
Wow! Very humbling--I will not be posting my lion fish pics in the same thread.
Thanks for posting--they are very very good!

bversteegh
01-23-2008, 22:22
Wow! Very humbling--I will not be posting my lion fish pics in the same thread.
Thanks for posting--they are very very good!

Hey - the only way you get better is to practice, and ask for help if you want it. I gaurantee for every nice one above - most of us have 10x that number that ended up on the scrap heap. I have only been shooting seriously for a little over 3 years - so it doesn't take that long to get respectable results.

So join the fun, and Practice, Practice, Practice:smiley20::smiley20:

allison finch
01-25-2008, 09:12
Some of mine;

I love the "wings"

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/P2121024spotlionfish.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/wings3-1.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/yellowwings-1.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/wings2-1.jpg

allison finch
01-25-2008, 09:15
:smiley31:More!

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/awebbelize07068.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/LeaffishupclosePNG.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/reddevilscorpionfish.jpg

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/twolions-1.jpg

The last one, I promise!!

http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w162/allisonfinch_photos/frog%20and%20scorpion%20fish/scorpionfishface-1.jpg

bversteegh
01-26-2008, 07:26
All right everyone - looking good:smiley20: Let's keep it going - a few more I dusted off:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/116/297843309_01166d6ff3_o.jpg


http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/41470/2511399700059861092S600x600Q85.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/122/297843061_16aff640cd.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/143/325798387_eb550cb1cf_o.jpg

DevilDiver
01-26-2008, 08:00
Here's ya go.........:smiley31:

Aussie
01-30-2008, 22:07
Return of the Red Harry

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2002/2232287740_34778c5c1a_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2376/2232288152_27a7257710.jpg

If you look into the middle of Mr Red Harrys eye you can see the reflection of 2 ds125 strobes and housing. I thought it was cool anyway.

Aussie

RoyN
02-06-2008, 01:16
I'm sorry if this one is late, had to check the species to make sure this one was really a relative of the scorpion fish.

http://inlinethumb22.webshots.com/38933/2822124560101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2822124560101309303pTNLDB)

http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/38268/2856554910101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2856554910101309303gNhAlH)

CompuDude
02-06-2008, 12:35
Here's the only lionfish shot I have worth posting... I've only been to one place that had them.

http://www.h2ogeek.com/2008-01-20%20Thailand/slides/IMG_7422-crop.jpg

I have tons of Scorpionfish shots because we have lots of those around here, but I don't have time to dig for more right now, so these will have to do.

http://www.h2ogeek.com/Best%20Of%20Scuba/slides/IMG_0025.jpg
http://www.h2ogeek.com/2007-12-02%20Santa%20Cruz/slides/IMG_5571-crop.jpg

bversteegh
02-06-2008, 13:21
Keep-em coming everybody; we are getting some great shots here. I love the composition you got on that last shot, CompuDude - shooting up always looks nice

Aussie
02-09-2008, 19:08
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2049/2253134189_1d11953bdf.jpg

robcomptec
02-29-2008, 14:14
OK - let's have your best shots of these "stingy" creatures that are so photogenic:smiley20:

My favorite Lionfish - looks like he's getting ready to land
http://static.flickr.com/109/297843361_613ce7e666_o.jpg

Nice forward shot! How did you get a black background?



http://static.flickr.com/114/297843161_95df0ba244_o.jpg



Love the colors in its fins!

robcomptec
02-29-2008, 14:15
Hi all,

I will show some of the examples I quickly found. I am in the process of going through alot of work and posting some on flickr.

Anyway:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2319/2207833752_71b2298996.jpg

Aussie

Great contrast! Excellent picture!

robcomptec
02-29-2008, 14:17
Some of mine;

I love the "wings"



How fun! I haven't gone diving enough to think about taking pictures from above the Lionfish...

bversteegh
03-01-2008, 01:13
[quote=bversteegh;122559]OK - let's have your best shots of these "stingy" creatures that are so photogenic:smiley20:

My favorite Lionfish - looks like he's getting ready to land
http://static.flickr.com/109/297843361_613ce7e666_o.jpg

Nice forward shot! How did you get a black background?

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Shot with a small aperture (I can't remember anymore, but I think F/8, the smallest aperture that camera offered) at dusk, with dual strobes. With a DSLR, either f/16 or f/22 to get a nice black background. On this shot, the lion fish is very close, and I'm shooting into the open water (reef is at my back - a mini-wall dive), and I was using a fairly wide zoom position. This is an older shot taken with an Oly 5060 before I switched to a DSLR.

In general, you can get a black background by using a small aperture, so the background is very underexposed. The strobes (and you have to be really close to have enough power at a small aperture - probably 18" or less) provides all the light for the foreground exposure. Remember that light intensity falls off as a square of the distance - so when you close down the aperture, you need a lot of light. I try to get the strobes around 12 inches or so from the subject to light it properly.

If you want a blue water background, you need to lock the exposure on the background, and then balance the strobe lighting on the foreground (to bring out the colors). With a DSLR in clear water with sun, that is usually around f/8 to F/ll at 1/125th sec (obviously depends on depth and how bright the sun is).

newways
03-01-2008, 13:17
WOW! Awesome photos!

robcomptec
03-03-2008, 16:02
[quote=bversteegh;122559]OK - let's have your best shots of these "stingy" creatures that are so photogenic:smiley20:

...snip...

Nice forward shot! How did you get a black background?

__________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Shot with a small aperture (I can't remember anymore, but I think F/8, the smallest aperture that camera offered) at dusk, with dual strobes. With a DSLR, either f/16 or f/22 to get a nice black background. On this shot, the lion fish is very close, and I'm shooting into the open water (reef is at my back - a mini-wall dive), and I was using a fairly wide zoom position. This is an older shot taken with an Oly 5060 before I switched to a DSLR.

In general, you can get a black background by using a small aperture, so the background is very underexposed. The strobes (and you have to be really close to have enough power at a small aperture - probably 18" or less) provides all the light for the foreground exposure. Remember that light intensity falls off as a square of the distance - so when you close down the aperture, you need a lot of light. I try to get the strobes around 12 inches or so from the subject to light it properly.

If you want a blue water background, you need to lock the exposure on the background, and then balance the strobe lighting on the foreground (to bring out the colors). With a DSLR in clear water with sun, that is usually around f/8 to F/ll at 1/125th sec (obviously depends on depth and how bright the sun is).

Thanks for the detail!

I'll have to think through this process...

- Robert

rye_a
03-03-2008, 17:08
Very cool shots. I am jealous of the amount of dives that you great photographers must get to log.

RoyN
03-20-2008, 02:00
Those are beautiful shots of the fishes especially that front pics of the lionfish!

http://inlinethumb16.webshots.com/41039/2344501500101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2344501500101309303qQcndb)

bversteegh
08-07-2008, 22:24
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2283/2421244368_a95b5e736d_o.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/127/349135245_66f5564024_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3221/2421244144_f52827ca09_o.jpg

thesmoothdome
08-07-2008, 23:24
I have no business being here, but I'll toss my shots out there.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2714516529_f4337a944d.jpg


and

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2714472237_fccca67341.jpg

brandon
08-07-2008, 23:42
Here's one from Alaska:

http://img253.imageshack.us/img253/1199/img0294tx7.jpg


-B

Jenn
08-08-2008, 21:09
Wow those are awesome pictures you guys great job. I need to get myself a camera so I can post some pictures. Thanks for sharing keep up the good work.

Aussie
08-09-2008, 20:11
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2206/2395086061_8511f7b92d.jpg

I was going through some old pics and i found this shot taken a few years ago with a little canon A40. I think the camera had a huge 2 megapixel sensor. No strobes just the internal flash.

Aussie

allison finch
08-16-2008, 19:28
I have no business being here, but I'll toss my shots out there.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2714516529_f4337a944d.jpg


and

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2714472237_fccca67341.jpg


You're kidding......right? Very nice shots!!

bversteegh
08-18-2008, 22:23
I have no business being here, but I'll toss my shots out there.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3052/2714516529_f4337a944d.jpg


and

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3087/2714472237_fccca67341.jpg


You're kidding......right? Very nice shots!!

My sentiments exactly - those are both excellent. Where's that Rhinopius I saw briefly on your slideshow?????

Aussie
08-19-2008, 06:11
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2346/2395909824_fd26c59784_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2083/2395909498_2251639592_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3039/2395909030_e7bb0be658.jpg

Aussie
09-04-2008, 22:27
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/2828987635_255229f1cb.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3143/2829825198_90c338c5f0.jpg

Aussie
09-05-2008, 01:29
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3137/2830183342_eee4b87136_o.jpg

Lj82
09-05-2008, 07:28
My amateur contribution

turnpikemike
09-05-2008, 08:37
Here's my best one so far. I'm pretty sure it's a sea raven.

Aussie
09-28-2008, 21:54
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3165/2897698436_f9784946de.jpg

Red Scorpionfish

Nikon D80, 60mm Macro

Aussie
09-28-2008, 23:40
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3033/2897156233_ea1ab73857.jpg

Red Scorpionfish

SynCitizen
09-28-2008, 23:44
Thanks for the wallpapers. Some beautiful shots for sure. PLEASE keep them coming!!

warscout2
09-29-2008, 01:42
You all have such amazing pictures.

Aussie
09-29-2008, 07:10
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2897920089_d022bac235_o.jpg

Lionfish

Nikon D80, 18-55mm kit lens

DevilDiver
04-13-2009, 12:00
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3552/3400596516_61f04395cb.jpg

roby jeff
06-08-2009, 07:37
fANTASTIC PICS EVERYONE
My son took this one with a piont and shoot canon 760
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/1/0/3/5/0/under_w_favandy_032x_copy.jpg

whitepointer
06-25-2009, 02:12
my Lion Fish taken at Happs Reef in Guam.

DevilDiver
02-25-2010, 16:44
Spotted Scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumieri)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4027/4344803044_77a803c7e8.jpg
Exposure:0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture:f/3.5

roby jeff
02-25-2010, 17:00
Cool Shot Dd

bgoode
04-23-2010, 21:58
Moorea:
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1081/1176122286_2611c7c0aa.jpg

Maui:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2426/3688216385_eafc0123db.jpg

Panmanmatt
05-23-2010, 09:37
Here's my first ever UW picture just happens to be a sea raven. Picture was taken off the New Jersey coast.

http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g178/panmanmatt/scuba/2010%20Dive%20Season/5-22-2010006.jpg