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My Diving
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St George Scuba Club
Some of my Best Photos
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Dive Sites
Sydney Reef Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwrecks
Sydney Dive Visibility, Swell and Temps
Kelly Talking on ABC Sydney about Shipwrecks
NSW Dive Sites
Sydney Shipwreck Summary
NSW Shipwreck GPS/Marks
Australian Dive Sites
Overseas Dive Sites
Aircraft I have Dived
Old Bottles
Free Shipwreck Books

Dive Related Equipment
Shearwater Predator and Heinrichs Weikamp OSTC 2N
Uwatec Aladin Dive Computers
Apollo AV1 Underwater Scooter
Bauer Compressor
DIY Oxygen Stick - Nitrox
GoPro HD Hero Video Camera
My Camera Setup
Purchase of New Dive Boat
My Dive Boat - Mak Cat
My Old Dive Boat - Le Scat
My Dive Gear
GPS and Diving
Make Your Own Car Tank Rack

Marine Life
Rarer Sydney Marine Life
Bare Island Pygmy Pipe Horses
Bare Island Sea Horses
Bare Island Nudibranchs
Bare Island Marine Life
Encounter with Southern Right Whale and Calf

Other Dive Info
How Weather Affects Diving in Sydney
Visibility and Wave Averages in Sydney
Waves and Diving
Diving Weather and Sea Conditions
Tide Tables
Dive Accidents and Incidents
Dive Book Reviews
Site Map
Noel Hitchins 1951-2005
Lloyd Bridges - Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt
My Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about my yacht, Catlypso and My Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
  • Details about Catlypso
  • Cleaning/Repairing Catlypso
  • My Yachting Adventures.
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    Michael's 4WD Trips
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    Home Brewing
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    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "Inscription Point is a great place to find sea dragons"
    Sample Photos from My Digital Camera
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Digital Camera INTERNAL FLASH

    Some sample photographs from my underwater camera setup. See Camera Page for details of camera.

    Shots Taken with Internal Flash
    Sea dragonPineapplefish
    A sea dragon taken at Bare Island, SydneyA pineapplefish taken at Shiprock, Sydney
    Whites sea horseLeafy scorpionfish
    A Whites sea horse taken at Bare Island, SydneyA leafy scorpionfish taken at Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    As you can see, you can get great photographs using the internal flash so long as the subject is quite close. You can also get very good macro shots using a good torch as the camera will focus down right to the front lens giving one to one (the flash does not work on macro).

    However, the relatively poor wide angle coverage (equivalent to 35 mm in a 35 mm film camera which is same as about 50 mm above water, that is, a normal lens) meant that its ability to take good wide angle shots on wrecks and reefs limited it a good deal. Despite this, you could still get not bad shots if the water was clear and you could move back a bit.


    Shots Taken with Wide Angle Lens
    SS TuggerahP47D Thunderbolt
    The rudder of the SS Tuggerah in SydneyP47D Thunderbolt in Port Moresby, PNG

    As you can see from the above, the wide angle lens greatly increases the coverage and ability of the camera and housing. It can be removed and replaced underwater so you can switch from normal to wide angle underwater. The internal flash does not work with the wide angle lens as the lens blocks out the flash. Fairly good shots could be taken if the models in the shots lit up parts of the wreck or reef or if I used my 50 watt torch to light up closer bits.


    Early shots taken with External Strobe
    Stargazer at Maccas Reef in SydneyA starfish at Maccas Reef in Sydney

    The external strobe gives far better coverage angle, longer reach and enables backscatter to be limited.

    Final test wide angle shots taken with External Strobe
    Sunfish taken at Tumbledown off Royal NP in SydneyAnother shot on same dive

    Return to Digital Camera Page.

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