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My name is Peter Schulz. Duh! I'm fully retired and totally happy with my life. I spend my time scuba diving, taking pictures underwater, and recently I slithered from the sea to start taking pictures topside. I also like using computers to edit pictures and create web sites as a way of sharing the beauty I see around me.

Underwater, I use a 6 mega pixel Nikon D70 DSLR camera in an Ikelite housing with dual Ikelite DS 125 strobes. My favorite lenses for underwater is my Nikon 10.5 mm fisheye lens. Click here for more information by me on underwater photography.

Camera Settings - Underwater I shoot RAW files in manual mode, typically ISO 400, F8, and 1/100 second shutter speed. These settings work because the strobes then supply the light needed to properly expose the picture. 

Nikon D70 Rig

Topside, I use a 12 mega pixel Nikon D2X DSLR camera. My favorite topside lenses are my Nikon 70-200 mm F 2.8 VR zoom lens and my Nikon 300 mm F 2.8 VR lens. And for extra reach I use these lenses with either a Nikon 1.4 x or a 1.7 x teleconverter.  What really makes these lenses ideal for wild life is the quality and range of the lens and the fact that as vibration reduction lenses I am able to hand hold all of my shots. For additional shooting stability, where there are railings like at Green Cay and Wakodahatchee, I use The Yellow Pod, a $15.00 beanbag like accessory that screws into to the lens foot.

Camera Settings - Topside I shoot mostly compressed RAW files in aperture priority mode, typically ISO 400, F8, with the shutter speed determined by the camera. The only time I normally deviate from aperture priority mode is when shooting prop planes. Then I use shutter priority mode with a 1/250 second shutter speed to blur the prop. And I use manual mode when shooting close up flash photography, typically at F8 - F22 with a 1/250 - 1/500 second shutter speed . 

For editing, I use Nikon Capture NX for processing my RAW files followed by Adobe Photoshop CS2 for final processing ... mostly just the Shadows and Highlights and Sharpen adjustments. A more universal and less expensive option would be  Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 with the free Adobe RAW plugin which is a steal at $99.00 or less on amazon.com.

 

Hitler Rants about the new Nikon D3X.

For websites, like this one and the PeterPeterPeter, I author from scratch using MS FrontPage 2003 for the general pages and use MySlideShow by Anix Software to generate the slideshow pages. For hosting, I use 1&1.

But creating your own website requires a lot of effort, unless you already have the tools and the skills to use them. Thus, for all but the very web savvy, I recommend a gallery service like PBase. For only $23/year you get 300 megs of storage. And using PBase requires no special tools and only intermediate familiarity with the web.

  

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