Friday, April 18, 2008

New Underwater Photography Rig

Ikelite w YS110 and YS27
So ... I upgraded my underwater photography rig. I'll try it underwater in June when my wife and I go to the Rosewood Mayakoba for a few days to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

I've got to give a big shout out to Jack Connick who helped me put together the arm system. Here's a link to his online shop:

OpticalOceanSales.com

The new setup is a significant upgrade and quite a big bigger. The case is solid and has a changeable front port that can accomodate a wide angle adadpter - as seen in the picture. This type of wide perspective is very useful underwater as it allows you to get closer and significantly cut down the water between yourself and the subject - the key to clear, colorful underwater photographs.

I also bought a new, more powerful strobe - a Sea & Sea YS-110 - to be my primary strobe. The new housing allows a direct electronic connection between the camera's hotshoe and the strobe via a sync cord. This is much more reliable than the optical system I previously employed. My old primary - the YS-27DX is now the fill and will be fired as an optical slave.

I can't wait to use it ... In June I'll be going diving both on the ocean reefs near Playa Aventuras as well as in some fresh water caverns called cenotes nearby.

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