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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    "The Monuments 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.

    WIDE ANGLE LENS

    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.

    EXTERNAL STROBE

    Early shots taken with External Strobe
    StargazerStarfish
    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
    SunfishSunfish
    Sunfish taken at Tumbledown off Royal NP in SydneyAnother shot on same dive

    Return to Digital Camera Page.

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