A&P Borrowed an underwater camera bag.. Played with it 3 times now Undecided on WB.

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  1. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    I've been taking pictures of swimmers and divers here at Tech (since I'm a 5th year who has exhausted his eligibility). It's not quite as easy as it seems. The bag is a generic bag that will fit most SLRs with a battery grip and flash. I've had the most success using my Tamron 24-75 up around 6.3 (or whatever the exact aperture value is... 1/3rd slower than 5.6). You can't zoom with the bag so most shots are at 24mm. I tried my 17-50 as well, but because of its front focus it didn't work that well (even though it's sharper at all apertures). I've had the most success shooting ISO 400, 1/250th and let the flash figure out the rest (usually I can get 3 or 4 shots in a row swimming and 1 - 2 while photographing diving (because I'm further away the flash has to work harder).

    I don't want to go higher than ISO 400 to get the background because then it gets noisy and bubbles look like crap with noise. The most challenging part of doing this is focusing. I used manual for diving (no time to focus, so just prefocus and hope you got it right) and AI servo for swimming. Better results if you track the swimmer first for 2 or 3 seconds. The camera often still wants to focus on the bubbles in front of the swimmer though. Nothing you can really do about that.

    ANYWAY, I'm mostly still trying to figure out which WB I prefer.... blueish cast, or natural colors. Blue of course makes them look like they're actually underwater, but I feel that some of these pictures look much better in natural hues.

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  2. CornUponCob

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    Ohhh yeah, and this one is wacky because of the red in it. (actually I think it's just the WB that's making it look red), shame she's slightly OOF in this one

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    Seeing these online makes me pissed that DPP deleted my changes. That's like 45 min of work down the drain.
     
  3. BeachBoy

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    579 and 651 are really nice IMO

    as for WB, well in the one with the 4 people in the water, it looks like the normal is way too blue and the corrected one is way too white. Maybe something in between?
     
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    I think in general I prefer the normal white balance, but sometimes It's got a little too much "aqua" and not enough "blue". Cool shots though. How much does a bag like that run?
     
  5. .chris

    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    GREAT stuff btw. i would be scared to take my camera underwater
     
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    I like them.

    I can't do that, so I can't really say anything. And I only take pictures of empty pools. :mamoru:

    Maybe try to find a sunpak underwater strobe? The front lighting kinda sucks. I've seen a few of them with arms at pawn shops here for cheap.
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    link to this "bag"
     
  8. CornUponCob

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    I totally can't remember what it's called, as soon as I go check the name again I'll go find a link. I know that it's made by germans because the instruction manual defualts to German and the name sounds German.


    And yeah, to the above I'd like to have an off camera strobe for this stuff, but the logistics of setting it up would be quite a hassle.
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    how prone is it to leaks? id be worried :hs:
     
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    Wow that second last one is really cool! Nice shots mate
     
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    There's something secksy about those girls...


    Cool pics. I'm interested in in this bag you speak of.
     
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    Liquid Eye and Aqualenz amongst a lot of other makes diving housings ($$$$$), but I guess this "bag" really can't handle any depth

    check what Tim Mckenna makes with his housings, crazy pictures

    www.tim-mckenna.com
     
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    .chris You drown before the water lets you in. OT Supporter

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    nikon crew :cool:
     
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    i love swimming.
     
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    that all looks so weird :o

    But I like them :)
     
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    superman!!! Great pictures![​IMG]
     
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    Your above water shots I think are way cooler
     
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    Here's a link to the manufacturer's website. The bag I'm using is in the top right hand corner. I'm actually unable to find a price for it though. I'm going to go check ebay.

    http://www.ewa-marine.com.au/start-photo.htm
     
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    Ive played with one of those bags..I had the genius idea of taking picture underwater with very little lighting available and not using direct flash..it definitly was a learning experience..the only one I liked over the over 50 I took was this one

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    I'm diggin' the WB on 528 and 579. :cool:
     
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    found this on the companies website; could explain your blue casts.

     

  22. Can you ask whoever you borrowed it from what the cost was, I don't see any prices here, I think they only sell to dealers and there are no dealers listed. :dunno:

    i guess I could just email them :hs:

    even the rain capes are interesting, sure beats my usual trash bag rain covers :o
     
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    'natural' WB looks better IMO. when you stick your head underwater your eyes adjust (at least partially) for the blue cast, so looking at a picture that's mostly blue when you're above water just looks odd (unless it's being used for dramatic effect).
     

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