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#204635 A cabin for two aboard Seven Seas, October '09

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 13 March 2009 - 12:23 PM in Trip Reports and Travel

Still available, FYI.



#199280 A cabin for two aboard Seven Seas, October '09

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 26 January 2009 - 08:05 PM in Trip Reports and Travel

Giving this a bump...


Spots are still available, if you are interested, shoot me a PM or email.



#193808 www.getwet-asia.com using my picture?

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 12 December 2008 - 03:25 PM in Copyright Issues, Non-Payment, Fraud, Theft

To add insult to injury, they credit you at the very bottom of the page.

Or is that a new thing???



#192736 Hooo-eeee! The D3X price has been announced

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 02 December 2008 - 09:14 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

Being the one that started the thread, I suppose me coming along and making this observation smacks of irony ;)

Say you are working photographer and take 4 weeks vacation a year, never working weekends. You'll have about 240 potential work days a year, assuming you don't have sick time.

If you can generate ~$35.00 a day extra income due to the 24.5 MPix vs everyone else, you've paid for the body in one year.

As a hobbyist, I look at the price tag of the D3x and gag a little.

Then I go to work and look at our $11,000 freezers, $100,000 endoscope tower, $200,000 diagnostic ultrasound machine, my wife's ~$250,000 rehabilitation facility (not to mention the $55,000 pressure mat system and all the fricking computers) and our $1MILL CT with an operator who costs $66K/yr before benefits, and I think pro photographers actually have it pretty easy, from a necessary capital perspective.



#192566 Hooo-eeee! The D3X price has been announced

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 30 November 2008 - 09:48 PM in Photography Gear and Technique

The internets are on fire with the official MSRP of the D3x

$7,995.95 ESTIMATED STREET

Ouch.



#190021 Thoughts on the Samsung T260 26" HD monitor/TV

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 04 November 2008 - 10:55 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

I've looked a bit at that monitor myself, but more as a monitor for a PVR/Possible Hackintosh I am building. I suppose a color purist would be disturbed by the "touch of color" changes that happen in the bezel. The resolution is the same as the LED display, but the viewing area is bigger, so each individual pixel is bigger. The LED display has a USB hub and iSight camera, the Samsung doesn't. The Samsung is cheaper ($499 at Amazon) and available now, vs $899 and available soon...

For me, I think the biggest issue would be "does it work with my hardware calibrator". Overall I think it would work well for most people, except in a highly color critical environment.



#189756 A cabin for two aboard Seven Seas, October '09

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 01 November 2008 - 06:52 PM in Trip Reports and Travel

I have a cabin for two held on The Seven Seas for a special trip (limited passengers, special itinerary) through Eastern Indonesia in October 2009.

This is a 17day16night trip, whose itinerary is still being finalized, but will look something like this:

Trip dates: Oct 15-31 2009
Itinerary: Larantuka,Flores to Ambon, Maluku.
Larantuka to Alor to Wetar (possible saltwater crocs) to the forgotten islands of Babar to P.Manuk to Banda Neira to Nusa Laut to Ambon.

Arrive in Bali Oct 14, flight to Maumere on morning of the 15th.

Depart Bali 30th night or later. Cost is ~$6015pp (fuel surcharges etc etc may vary, as we all know).

I did a similar trip on Seven Seas in 2007, going in a different direction. So I don't know the specific areas of this trip, but I can certainly attest to the quality of the boat, the diving and many of the people who will be on this trip.

Unfortunately, my wife and I have had to pull out, as we are expecting a little one in mid-March. As this is a whole boat, private booking (there's no travel company involved), I agreed to look for replacements.

So, if anyone is interested and would like to know more, please drop me a line. Genuine inquiries will be referred to the trip's organizer.

Neither I nor any other person stand to make money from this trip, I'm just looking to recoup my deposit.



#188199 dive shop in Bali

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 14 October 2008 - 12:16 PM in Trip Reports and Travel

I bought a new mask and some other necessities, including prescription lenses, from a store called Dive Masters Bali. Can't find much about it on the web (amazing how many hits you get for Dive Master Bali), but it was in the Sanur region (address is Jalan Bypass I Gusti Ngurah Rai No.6, Sanur, Denpasar Google came through for me !) and had a good selection of gear, up to and including technical equipment.



#188194 New MacBooks coming this week

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 14 October 2008 - 11:44 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

I'm actually rather disappointed. I didn't think that the enclosure/bezel on the prior model really needed changing. And if, as they say, the outer shells are just shells and not structural, well why not change to the unibody manufacture for the chassis and keep the current surrounds. I'm not a fan of the glossy screens. My office iMac is a glossy, the only good thing is I can see people sneaking up on me. Also not a fan of the chiclet keyboard. And how does JoeSixpack edit their video now??? No firewire on the macbooks immediately pushes them up to a MBP for capture. Or to a Sony Vaio/Vistabook (heaven forbid :fool: ).

Man, I sound like a grumpy old man.

GET OFF MY LAWN :blink:

On the plus side, the NVIDIA GPUs sound nifty, and hopefully will give Aperture a kick in the pants speed wise.

I'll probably end up buying one, my laptop is the next one in the family upgrade cycle. But not for a while.



#184596 Register your pictures with the copyright office

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 12 September 2008 - 08:27 AM in Copyright Issues, Non-Payment, Fraud, Theft

I've used the online registration system a couple of times now, and it has worked well (meaning, I got a certificate, there's not much more to it than that).

As I'm using Aperture, I just set up an export preset for a "copyright registration jpg", and export them to a folder. Folder is then compressed (zipped) to make one monolithic file. The copyright office will unzip it.
I use my office high bandwidth connection to upload the zipped file.

With the looming Orphan Works legislation, this is all becoming increasingly important for us all.



#180111 The new Wise Man... Henry!

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 03 August 2008 - 06:01 AM in The Galley: General Chat

Congratulations James and Sarah. You're looking nicely hirsute there James, keep up the good work ^_^



#179572 Why do we do what we do?

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 30 July 2008 - 11:15 AM in The Galley: General Chat

First, follow this link :huh:


I've always seen UW Photography in that light. A ludicrous challenge, requiring many things to go right together. It is an exercise of skills, patience, memory and art. Everything has to happen right, very fast when necessary. This gives that whole endeavor a frisson of excitement. And when it comes together, WHAT A FINISH



#179260 Is the new Wetpixel faster?

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 28 July 2008 - 01:58 PM in The Galley: General Chat

A bit faster, but I have never really had a problem with WP being all that slow.

6 MBit down 768K up cable, Pacific NorthWest.

When the page is slower to load, it is usually waiting for a response from adserver.wetpixel.com



#178893 Got a Great Photo on Flickr

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 26 July 2008 - 06:25 AM in The Galley: General Chat

This thread has been up for a while, so I'm late to the party (as usual) :blink:

My understanding of this deal is that Getty invites people to join them via their Photographer's Choice mechanism. Essentially they look at your Flickr work to do preliminary screening, but in the end you pay them $50.00 per image to list. On the one hand you then have the Power of Getty's Online MarketingTM working for you, but you are not becoming a contracted Getty photographer shooting for their house collections, you have become a small additional revenue stream for them.



#178073 Help with Mac notebook display

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 19 July 2008 - 06:32 AM in Shooting Technique, Workflow and Editing

You might have triggered the Universal Access features. These are designed to make it easier for people with limited visibility to see the screen. Check this by going to the System Preferences panel, then select "Universal Access" on the fourth row down. If ZOOM is selected on, turn it off. There is an arcane combination of apple-option-+-8 keys that need to be pressed to trigger it, you may have managed to randomly do this.

Other things to try

1 Restart the computer

2 Restart the computer and reset the Parameter RAM (aka 'zap the PRAM). Restart the computer, and immediately after you hear the startup chime, press the apple-option-p-r keys simultaneously. Hold these keys down, you should hear the computer reboot for a second time, with the startup chime. The keys need to be pressed down before the grey screen shows up during the boot process.


Give these things a try and see what happens.



#175000 Nikon D700 rumours

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 27 June 2008 - 08:48 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

Nikon may have finally built the digital F100 that we've been dreaming about though - that's what I see the D700 as...and it looks like it's got a pop-up flash.
<my emphasis added>


If it has a pop-up flash, then IMHO it is not quite the "digital F100". One of the things I really miss about the F100 is the large pentaprism that came with not having a pop-up flash. All indications appear to be that the legendary D700 has a pop-up and thus a smaller pentaprism, but this will not stop me from buying one :D


What am I missing?



Bokeh, big viewfinders and subject isolation with shallow depth of field. Perhaps...



#174903 Ikelite Nikonos-to-Ikelite TTL Converter

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 26 June 2008 - 08:32 AM in Classifieds

A small bump.

This'll be off to eBay on Saturday, 6/28/08 if no interest from here.



#174689 Sea and Sea DX-D200 Housing

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 24 June 2008 - 12:52 PM in Classifieds

The housing is sold. Thank you everybody for the interest.



#174290 Ikelite Nikonos-to-Ikelite TTL Converter

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 19 June 2008 - 10:28 PM in Classifieds

This is a lightly used (dived twice) Ikelite, iTTL protocol nikonos bulkhead->Ikelite strobe converter. Ikelite model 4302. This is the same circuitry as found in the Ikelite iTTL compatible housings. There's little to say about it other than it works.

As demonstrated in another post on Wetpixel:

Proofs in the pudding, or so they say...


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Three frames from a burst of 6 taken in less than 2 seconds as I drifted towards the pipefish and giant holothurian, so the subject distance is varying shot by shot. D200, Sea & Sea housing with nikonos bulkhead, two Ike DS51's, f20, 1/200 sec ISO 100, 105mm lens.


Retail is ~$USD350. Asking $180 plus cost of sending it in the mail, or via your choice of secondary carrier. Never flooded, pristine condition.



#174287 Sea and Sea DX-D200 Housing

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 19 June 2008 - 10:08 PM in Classifieds

I'm going to be out of the water for a while, and when I go back in it will probably be with a body containing a 3 (or maybe a 7...) in its name. So rather than see my faithful DX-D200 sit in my cupboard, I'm offering it for sale.

This housing has seen some use, you can see in the images below that there is some minor flecking of the hammered metal finish, particularly on the bottom. Comes with a couple of sets of o-rings, tubes of grease, o-ring extractor tool... The gentle patina of age is reflected in the asking price of $USD1000.00. Allegedly unused, second hand DX-D200's are going for about $USD1700 on eBay at the moment, and new housings still have an asking price around $USD2300.00

I have some ports that would be available to a buyer by separate negotiation. They have seen more use than the housing, but are still optically good. PM me if you are interested. Buyer to pay actual cost of shipping via your preferred carrier, originating from US Zipcode 97330.

Images of the actual housing:

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#173162 Sea&Sea MDX-D300 and two DS125

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 09 June 2008 - 10:11 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

That works on the new MDX line? I was told it didn't.


I will admit that I have not done this with the MDX housings, but I can't see how it would not work, as in the end all you are doing is making a parallel connection of the "fire" commands across two bulkheads. This is a purely manual exercise, though. Any TTL with two strobes will require the adapter and a Y-cable.

I used two strobes and two sync cables in this manner with the DX-D200 housing.



#173026 Sea&Sea MDX-D300 and two DS125

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 08 June 2008 - 10:31 AM in Photography Gear and Technique

Yes,

BUT: you'll need to mask the hotshoe adapter so that only ground and trigger are open. The camera can not deal with more than one ready or nice signal from more than one strobe.

See a previous thread on this here: http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=23072

Now if you want to use TTL, then you'll need the TTL adapter AND a Y-cable. The Y-cable is wired for 5 pins to the master strobe and two pins to the "slave".



#170639 This is kind of weird question

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 21 May 2008 - 08:09 PM in Photo / Video Showcase

In the plant breeding/growing world, a photograph of a species growing/found where it occurs naturally is often tagged as "in habitat"

So, perhaps you could try something similar. "Curacao Frogfish (In Habitat)"

Then the judges will wonder what that weird fish was doing in a furniture store :huh:



#170576 Doubilet's Nudi Beauty!

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 21 May 2008 - 09:38 AM in Photo / Video Showcase

(although I don't think they "think" much)



And when they do, it is only about penis-fencing :huh:



#170575 American Airlines Now Going To Charge First Checked Bag

Posted by Craig Ruaux on 21 May 2008 - 09:36 AM in Trip Reports and Travel

American Airlines is to start charging for all checked baggage on tickets purchased after June 15.

Story here...

I have enough FF miles on AA to get me and the missus first class to pretty much anywhere. Think I might do just that, and then show them the door. Living in the PNW, AA is less attractive as a travel provider now anyway.

AMR's shares dropped 13%+ on this news.

Oops. There's another thread on this in the destinations subforum. Mods, feel free to merge this thread with the other.