Friday, March 14, 2008

It's not the photographer... it's the camera....

Well in general it's usually the photographer, not the camera, that makes for a good photo... but a good camera doesn't hurt. I lent out my camera to Cathy under the boat and without any practice she got some good pictures of that puffer several posts back. I lent my camera (Canon G-9) out to my wife after her batteries pooped out on the first dive and she comes up with this right off the bat. Oooh, I've been trying to get a good shot of a Hawaiian Flame Angel for a long time and she gets it five minutes into the dive with an unfamiliar camera. OK, it wasn't the camera... it was her... and some luck - these fish are very flighty and usually dive into the coral the moment you get close enough to get a shot. Anyway, Pat really liked the camera (largely because of the large 3" LCD screen) and I wouldn't be surprised if we have a second Canon G9 in the household soon.

We've got a ton of diving coming up for about a month straight because of spring break stuff. It pretty much starts tonight for me and then I'll be quite busy for a while. On Sunday evening we're doing something that really isn't done all that often here... just a regular night dive. I had some people who wanted to skip the manta thing and just get out on the reef. Few operators here actually offer that as the manta dive is what Kona's known for even though the traditional night diving can be awesome here. I'm looking forward to it.




PelaLusa said...

Great underwater photo, Steve! I've had my brand new Canon G9 here with me in Honolulu for the past month and have taken some fantastic photos with it. One thing I can't figure out though is to force it to stay focused to Infinity when I so want. This is often a problem when I'm shooting out to the ocean. It just doesn't seem to focus correctly.

Have fun in Hawaii - I sure did!!


Steve said...

I wish I could help you on that focusing thing. I still need to read the manual (I tend to just pick cameras up and try to learn them on the fly, then read the manual just about the time they're obsolete).

Pat did a great job on the photo for only having used the camera for 2-3 shots before seeing the Flame angel.

Canny Granny said...

I should have told you before but I have been enjoying your photos for a year now. About time that I said thanks.
If I win the lottery I will be over like a shot to Kona

Matthew S. Urdan said...

Good luck in our BotB Battle This afternoon!