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Re: Snorklers & Divers #97278
02/11/05 09:55 PM
02/11/05 09:55 PM

Red light frequencies disappear rapidly as you descend which is why everything looks blue. The flash (internal or external) restores them. So flash should radically improve the colours. Once you use flash, though, the detritis in the water ahead of the lens becomes highlighted, so it becomes even more important to get very close to your subject.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97279
02/12/05 06:18 AM
02/12/05 06:18 AM
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Some times there, some times h...

Thanks for the info. It looks like I can bring SWMBO's underwater photography into the 21st century for about $700. (Small price to pay for someone who has to put up with me on a daily basis.) Make a great Valentine's Day present, much better than the three day old, discounted flowers as usual.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97280
02/12/05 11:22 AM
02/12/05 11:22 AM
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my pleasure.....when will she post pics??? laugh

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Re: Snorklers & Divers #97281
02/12/05 11:39 AM
02/12/05 11:39 AM
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Good Points, P2
I have an underwater non digital (which I hate), also have an older Olympus Camedia 720 (just too big) so I don't know where to go next. I was checking out other underwater cameras (or housing) but honestly, the best UW pics I took were because the conditions were right (as P2 state) and taken with a disposable. And this is not a plug for my website, but check the coral on my banner.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97282
02/13/05 09:35 AM
02/13/05 09:35 AM
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Houston, TX, USA
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I used a Cannon S200 Elph with the corresponding underwater case and was very satisfied with my pictures. I should note that I'm a snorkler, not a diver, and was just looking for vacation snapshots (as opposed to professional results).

When you take pictures underwater (as others have noted) you will lose the red portion of the spectrum. I used Adobe Photoshop LE (free software that came with my camera) to adjust the photos and it really made a difference. I just used the "Auto Levels" feature (I know that Photoshop experts will scoff at Auto Levels but they worked for me!).

If you want to check out my pictures (both underwater and not) check out my web site and click on the Belize link on the left. Underwater pictures are (mostly) on Days 2, 3 and 6. You will need to go past the first page of pictures to see most of the underwater ones.

On one of the pages I even have a "before" and "after" picture showing the image quality before using Photoshop and the image after to give you an idea of the difference.

The hardest thing was taking pictures of fish. You have to get pretty close to the fish to get a good shot (at least with my camera!) and fish, for some reason, don't want to let you get too close. Plus, most consumer digital cameras have a delay between pressing the shutter button and when the shot actually takes so the fish would often swim out of the frame before the picture actually took.

My best advice for whatever camera you get is that you practice, practice, practice with it before you go on vacation. Make sure you are comfortable with getting the camera in and out of the housing and that you know all the controls. Also, when you get to Belize, don't hesitate to practice some more off your hotel's pier before you take the camera out to an important snorkal/dive site. You don't want to waste precious time learning your camera when you should be enjoying your vacation.

Oh, yeah. Make sure your camera has fresh batteries before you go on a snorkal/dive trip. Nothing sucks worse (well, nothing in this context) than running out of juice in the middle of a dive. So buy at least two batteries and alternate them.

Also note that the S200 is an older camera and is only 2 Megapixels. Plus, the images on the web site are reduced in size and quality to improve loading.

My Web Page.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97283
02/14/05 04:24 PM
02/14/05 04:24 PM
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New York
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another suggestion - put one of those tube shaped dessicant packs wherever it will fit between the housing and camera (but not block viewfinder or buttons). Completely prevents fogging.

and additional batteries are key - especially for day trips

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97284
03/12/05 12:01 PM
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Rockport, Maine
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Chooch ----

how'd the little lady like her present?

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Re: Snorklers & Divers #97285
03/12/05 06:18 PM
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I've heard that sealing your camera in a freezer baggie before leaving your room and letting it adjust to the outside enviroment before removing it would prevent condensation. Anyway, I tried it last year on my first trip with a waterproof housing and my old Canon A70(no more disposables where you don't know what you got until its developed) in Bonaire and didn't have any problems.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97286
03/16/05 07:13 PM
03/16/05 07:13 PM
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I've started diving late in life. I seem to be OK once I get under the water but get freaky when on the surface. I loved Hol Chun because I could go in from a standing position in the shallow area. I did Hol Chun three times in a week...I suppose I should find other shallow areas to dive from as well...any suggestions for my next visit? Thanx.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97287
03/16/05 08:09 PM
03/16/05 08:09 PM

I can think of other shallow areas but no other one where you can dive from a standing position.

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