Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/10/21

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Subject: [Leica] Easy decisions for M9 or not
From: wendythurman at (Wendy Thurman)
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:18:32 +0500
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When I got serious about underwater work, I found a (very low paying)
job in the Cayman Islands working in the dive business.  I'd spend
days finding a subject- I was shooting almost exclusively macro- then
once that was done, I'd shoot as many rolls of film as I possibly
could on that one thing.  This meant several dives that, depending
upon the depth, often resulted in decompression diving.  It got real
technical real fast, the equipment cost a fortune (Nikon F4 in an
Aquatica housing with a lot of lighting), and there weren't many
people doing that sort of thing.

I've never shot digital underwater.  It's still quite expensive but a
lot more people are doing it with a lot better results.  If I had one
or two acceptable images on a 36 exposure roll of Velvia, I had a
successful dive.  The bar has definitely been raised.


On 10/21/09, Doug Herr <wildlightphoto at> wrote:
> Wendy Thurman wrote:
>> ... on the recent workshop I attended in Provence, the workshop leader
>> (who does photographic work for Nat Geo Traveler) mentioned
>> that wildlife/nature photography was the best paying area these days.
>> Fifteen years ago I managed to sell the occasional underwater shot but it
>> was tough then- I imagine it's very hard these days.
> I'd say it's exponentially more difficult to make a sale because the
> equipment developments in the last 15 years have removed a LOT of the
> technical barriers that limited the number of technically acceptable 
> photos.
>  Today there's a HUGE flood of adequate photos, the really good work can
> easily get lost in the deluge.
> Doug Herr
> Birdman of Sacramento
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