I posted a while ago asking about different setups for a trip to Australia. I appreciated all the advice, and now that I'm back I figured I should post some results. These were taken with a Nikon D80 in an Ikelite housing with DS-125 strobe and Nikon 60mm Micro.
I checked out your flickr site. You have some awesome work posted there. I really like the one you have titled 'clownfish'. Not many clownfish shots have that depth. Most are fairly flat looking. I really like yours.
Thanks for the kind words guys. I've posted a couple more of the clownfish pics including the one mentioned by Ian from my Flickr site. It was amazing how many clownfish and anemones there were on the GBR! I'll try to post some more diverse pics of other species when I get a chance to process them.
Thanks Frode. I think some of the "quality" comes from the single strobe lighting effect. I really liked the shadowy, contrasty effect when the strobe is placed at an angle from the subject. Here was my recipe for these shots. Just to reiterate, I was using a D80 with Ikelite D80 housing and a single DS-125 substrobe. All were shot with a 60mm Micro Nikkor.
I shot these in aperture priority and manual mode with a shutter speed of 1/60. The Ikelite housing allows for TTL flash which was used for these shots as well. Aperture values ranged from f/9 to f/18 depending on the depth of field I needed for the conditions (both subject requirements and surge/current difficulty). In retrospect, I would have bumped the shutter speed up to 1/125 just to ensure I stopped all motion since the substrobe was more than powerful enough to illuminate these subjects at this close of range. All images were shot at ISO 100 (I started at ISO 200 but then realized the 1 stop difference didn't matter at this close of strobe-range).
So, in summary: I used A or M mode with shutter speeds of 1/60 or 1/125, apertures of f/9 to f/18, and ISO 100. TTL strobe setting worked the best for me with the strobe placed at an angle for more dramatic lighting.
I'll check the exif data when I get home to check my settings for sure.
Thanks. I hope to post some more as soon as I get Photoshop CS3 for my new iMac. I'm graduating from medical school, and my girlfriend supposedly bought me CS3 as my gift...I gave her a hint that it would be well loved and used .