I haven’t been in the water much in the last 30+ days. We have been working on our new apartment, dive buddies have been unavailable or on vacation, and I just haven’t had the energy for it when I have had the time. I did get in the water for a short time last weekend, but I spent about half of my time that day napping on the beach. I was really excited to go, but fatigue got the best of me.
The Sony RX100 is an amazing little compact. It features a high quality sensor, amazingly fast focus and write speeds, sharp glass, and complete control. However, if there is a weakness of this little wonder, I would point first to it relatively meager macro capabilities. It’s not BAD, but for someone who has worked with the Canon G-series, as well as DSLR macro lenses, I can say that there is a definite difference.
I have been working to master snoot techniques. I have a LONG way to go, but I feel I have been getting better.
I got my Seahorn Snoot in the mail on Friday, and I took it out for an initial spin this weekend. It is a hard technique to master (about what I expected going into it), and I am only somewhat impressed with the results. I am looking forward to working with it more in the near future, and perfecting my technique. For those of you who aren’t familiar with a snoot, it is a device that allows you to concentrate a strobe beam to achieve interesting and unique lighting effects.
Went for a dive with the club yesterday. Again visibility was very limited and the water was quite cold. Not a great day for photos, but I did get some interesting lighting effects. Conditions like these are just challenging to shoot in, period. Just getting one or two decent shots is hard. No wall hangers, Read More …
Went for a quick dive on Wednesday. The sea was frothy, waves were high, and the visibility was near zero. Was pretty disappointing, since I woke up early and lugged my gear across Nice. But you have to take what the sea is willing to give you, and if it is high waves, and zero Read More …
Brrrr. The water is COLD this time of year. When you slide off the boat into the water the shock of hitting the cool water never gets better. This is my third year diving in winter, and while that initial shock never seems to change, I have noticed that it takes less time to wear off, and for me to adjust to the temperature. I will never forget my first real winter dive, and how generally uncomfortable I was the whole time I was in the water. Now, after several years, I get comfortable within a few minutes.
So I had the urge to do a little macro work this weekend, since I had been doing mostly wide angle work recently. I hit the water with the desire to find something great and unusual to photograph. I had gone over to my spot over by the airport, since sometimes it is hopping with lots of cool critters. Sometimes isn’t always, however, and I discovered that the site was dead. I spent a good 60 minutes in the water, and I didn’t see ANYTHING really of unusual interest.
The seas was calm and clear today. I don’t remember the last time I saw it this calm throughout the entire day. It wasn’t very sunny, but the water was warm. I managed about three hours in the water before fatigue overtook me. Overall, it was a pleasant surprise, considering we are almost to December.