Underwater Digital Photography
November, 2004: After 25 years of taking pictures
underwater with a variety of film cameras (last 10 years almost exclusively
with the Nikonos RS system), I have finally converted to digital. I am using
a Fuji S2 Pro SLR camera which accepts all my Nikon lenses and accessories,
in a Subal FS2 housing (dome and flat ports) with two Sea and Sea YS-90DX
strobes. I am grateful to my old friend and world-class professional underwater
photographer Marty Snyderman and to Fred Dion of Underwater Photo-Tech in
Derry, New Hampshire, for all the advice they gave me about equipment. I am
happy with the initial results, some of which are shown below. Hold the cursor
on the photo and some information about the image will pop up.
The wide-angle images with the Nikon 12-24mm lens were "test shots" but I am still very happy with the technical results, and am looking forward to photographing some "for-real" wide angle subjects. The 12-24 focuses VERY close, the fans in the photos are less than one foot from the port.
I photographed these using an original image size of 1440x960 pixels, TIF format, file size about 4mb. The images you will see if you click on any of the thumbnails below are JPEG files, all reduced to about 40-80 KB.
The Coast Guard Pier in Morro Bay - A World-Class Muck Dive
The following photos are from one of my favorite CA divesites, the Coast Guard Pier in Morro Bay, July 13, 2005. As you can see, there was a convention of Hermissenda crassicornis nudibranchs, thousands of them. All with Fuji S2-Pro, Subal housing, Nikon 105mm, flat port, 2 YS-90DX strobes:
I did another dive under the Coast Guard Pier in Morro Bay on August 23, 2005. The Hermissendas were still there but I managed to find a few other interesting critters, including two other nudibranch species. I have never seen the "puff" nudibranch (Acanthodoris lutea) before. All with Fuji S2-Pro, Subal housing, Nikon 105mm, flat port, 2 YS-90DX strobes.