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    Two beautiflul things: one manmade and one made heavensent.

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    The fish eye lens is amazing in how distant and small the target appears but underwater, you really want to minimize the distance to target. It practice this often means that you hold the camera at arms length to get it as close to the target as possible with out crowding the target with your head right behind the camera and looking through the eye piece. It is easy to miss the focus you want because the center of the lens may be off the target completely and the camera attempting to find focus in empty water.

    In these shots I held the camera probably a foot away from the sapphire and at arms length as I swam along. The water clarity was not great and in many cases, the backscatter from the ambient light ruined the image.

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    In mechanical and man made items, form can often follow function with pleasing results. In nature, form will also follow function but at a level of complexity that we are often taken by the beauty of the form with little appreciation for the function; if even understanding it.

    I believe that many of us can appreciate the image above for any number of reasons. I also believe that certain comments and trains of discussion can detract from it as well as even render it inappropriate to share. Without respect, can there be true appreciation? If you do appreciate the image above, please show respect for it and the subject (as well as photographer).
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    With all due respect to the photographer, the image, and the subjects(both natural and man made), that is a wonderful image. The number of textures, you can feel them....you can feel the water, which is invisible but for how it affects the light and the postuire of the human subject. You can feel the chain on skin, the fabric of the bathing suit on skin.

    Thank you for sharing.

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    Don,

    Nice photos. You've combined all the elements that make us drool.

    One of these days, I will have to consult with you in how to take underwater photos. I went diving once in Curacao and the scene was absolutely stunning. I'm willing to invest in an underwater housing, but still have a lot of questions about how to take proper underwater photos. I'll have to do some research before my next diving trip ... probably in 2-3 months.

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    Thanks guys,

    There is so much beauty over here and I do like to try capture it in a still image. There is much that we can enjoy and appreciate even though it is out of our reach. (Ever try to take a sunset home with you? )

    This is a public forum and not a locker room. If I had my way, there would be more appreciation and respect and more allowed in the "public". There is a fine line and if crossed, to the locker room we be sent.
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    I'm very curious Don-are the chain and splitrings Ti or another material? Also, have you had any problems with the "chip" key for the car after immersion in salt water? Professional curiosity, I've been a mechanic for 22 years, with a four year detour to serve Uncle Sam. We have seen problems with those keys after freshwater immersion, I can't imagine the salt is terribly good for them.

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    Scout,
    All components are titanium. Fortunately, the 1999 GMC key is not a chip key. I think it's a bummer that so many of the keys now are electronic or have electronics embedded. I don't knock the utility but give me a dumb key that I can dunk and not worry about or give me keyless entry so I don't need to take a key with me in some cases. The last two vehicles I have owned have electric door locks and I have installed a hidden momentary switch so I can lock the keys in the vehicle and still gain access.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    Scout,
    All components are titanium. Fortunately, the 1999 GMC key is not a chip key. I think it's a bummer that so many of the keys now are electronic or have electronics embedded. I don't knock the utility but give me a dumb key that I can dunk and not worry about or give me keyless entry so I don't need to take a key with me in some cases. The last two vehicles I have owned have electric door locks and I have installed a hidden momentary switch so I can lock the keys in the vehicle and still gain access.
    When I got my car, it came with two electronic "remote access" keys and a dumb "valet" key.

    By the way I love my sapphire! It is an awesome little light. My wife keeps borrowing it so I might have to pick up a second one at some point, though I am trying to save up for a Haiku.

    On a side note, have you ever thought of branding your lights? Like with a PK or Leef type logo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketTomato View Post
    .....

    On a side note, have you ever thought of branding your lights? Like with a PK or Leef type logo?
    I have given it some consideration but have mixed feelings about it. There were some of the Aleph 1 heads that were laser engraved. Any marking like this is cosmetic in nature and adding to the price for purely cosmetic purposes has not been a priority (beyond some of the splash anodize lights and special plating done on some of the Aleph's and AL PD's).

    Branding would also take these lights a further step towards legitimacy and away from "experimental" or "hobby" with possible expectations I am in no position to support. The machine shop does have a laser engraver but I have yet to see a sample on Ti or discuss the added cost of engraving with them.
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    How about a logo contest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TranquillityBase View Post
    How about a logo contest?
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    If I were to decide to go with a Logo, I suspect it would be something rather personal and something I came up with myself. As a signature, as it were, I would think this would be understandable?

    Probably something simple with Mc as its basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    If .... As a signature, as it were, I would think this would be understandable?
    ...
    Absolutely.

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    How about just the smiley?

    Actually i don't think they need any logo's, they speak for themselves.
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    How about sticking to NOT labeling them. Nobody mistakens your lights for anything but. Less is more sometimes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    If I were to decide to go with a Logo, I suspect it would be something rather personal and something I came up with myself. As a signature, as it were, I would think this would be understandable?

    Probably something simple with Mc as its basis.
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    How about a whale jumping thru the Mc?

    Actually, I prefer the sterile bodies too.

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    How about just the clips if at all? I think I prefer my McGizmos tastefully naked. Um, the lights that is.

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    Hmmm... a Mc Logo. That remember me two lights I have in my collection with this two letters




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    The machine shop does have a laser engraver
    It's interesting that almost every custom knife maker marks their blade, either by laser, photo etch, stamping, or some other method. I'd like to see at least a serial number, so a particular light could be tracked as to when it was made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by precisionworks View Post
    It's interesting that almost every custom knife maker marks their blade, either by laser, photo etch, stamping, or some other method. I'd like to see at least a serial number, so a particular light could be tracked as to when it was made.
    I'd like to see......

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    +1 If it ain't broke...

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    To be quite honest there is nothing quite like a McGizmo... how could you ever mistake it for something else? To put a logo on would only serve to add extra cost and take away from the very refined, simple look of the lights. Like others have said, if it ain't broke...
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    K.I.S.S.
    I love my Sapphire..... without any markings.

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    +1 on no logo

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    Dito on no markings from my perspective.

    On the other hand ... with all the copying going on ... a McG logo could help identifiy the original.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiessling View Post
    Dito on no markings from my perspective.

    On the other hand ... with all the copying going on ... a McG logo could help identifiy the original.

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    From what i have seen, if they are copying the light they will copy the Logo too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moeman View Post
    From what i have seen, if they are copying the light they will copy the Logo too.
    And the box!! (That's how you can tell the fake.)

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    There is a custom knife maker in HI (Tom Mayo) who from time to time writes (engraves) some pretty funny stuff on the inside surface of the clips on his TNT knives going to some of his friends. Most of them never know it is there. Yes I am a friend of Tom's.

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    I agree that all of Don's light are very unique and easily distinguishable from the majority of other lights. I do like the "unblemished" looks of the lights as well. However, a logo or some other type of Artisan's mark does not necessarily have to be out-worldly visible or if visible, detract from the beauty of the light. For example, a hand-scribed autographed piston in the PD lights. (Think, Malkoff drop-ins.) In the case of the Sapphires, it would help distinguish between the mass-produced Arc variants and the McGizmo version. (Think, PK logoed Surefires.)

    The main reason to include some sort of marking is for the sake of posterity. As humans, we tend to think in the short term. Consider though, a future CPFer 10,25 or even a 100 years from now trying build an authentic McGizmo collection. Plus, it gives non-CPFers who may stumble upon a lost McGizmo some where a starting point to google.

    In any case, I am sure that if Don ever decided to brand the lights in some fashion, it would be done well, elegantly and up to his high standards. My vote is for a big McG logo visible in the beam pattern.
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