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In Topic: Second Trip to Triton Bay !

16 April 2018 - 06:17 PM

Very nice! Love your split shots, especially the last one. What lens are you using for wide angle?

In Topic: Best place for a day's diving on the Melbourne-Sydney route

15 April 2018 - 06:33 PM

The weather's starting to get a bit average so I would pick your timing based on when the sea is flat during your visit. The boat diving along the Victorian coast in particular is very weather dependent - you want northerly winds for best conditions. There are no boat ramps along most of the Great Ocean Road because of the cliffs and the incoming Southern Ocean with nowhere to hide. One exception is the boat diving out of Melbourne (really Portsea/Queencliff) where you can dive various sites along Lonsdale Wall on slack water in most wind/swell conditions. The wall is beautiful - lots of sponge life and reef fish with big dropoffs down to 100m. Check out Red Boats for charter schedules. You might like to consider snorkelling with the seals in Port Phillip Bay as well as they are good fun.


Melbourne shore diving is all about the piers - Blairgowrie Yacht Club, Rye Pier and Flinders Pier are good. Flinders on the end of a low tide/start of the incoming tide will only be about 2m deep so would be suitable for snorkelling and there are weedy seadragons there. 


If you are driving the (much longer) coastal route to Sydney there are a couple of scuttled tugboat wreck dives at Eden. And then the diving at Jervis Bay is excellent.

In Topic: RETRA Strobe Thread

18 March 2018 - 01:34 PM

I agree with Alex (because who wouldn't!) and while I struggled to pick it in side by side shots from different dives at the same site, I know my local dive sites and I prefer the photos with the retras. The retras gave me completely different (better) light quality from the first dive there, even with strobe positioning all wrong and backscatter through the shots. The colours are better and the hotspots/throw/eveness was nicer. 


Some of my negatives are teething issues that I will get used to. I just hope the reliability is there, because I've had a lot of problems with overheating Z240s and I'm hoping to move on from that. 

In Topic: New Inon Z330

18 March 2018 - 01:05 PM

Inon were not all that responsive to my melted tubes/capacitor, but that may have been the dealer intermediary and their communication. Repeated full dumps at 28 degrees with no burn out sounds like a great improvement. Typically I would lose the tubes on one out of my six Z240s on each week-long tropical cave diving trip. 

In Topic: Coral whip goby

16 March 2018 - 05:53 PM

Your first shot is my favourite - good eye contact and dynamic lines through the picture. I want to like the third one as I love the colours, but maybe it could be improved by angling the other way?


Great shots all three regardless, good focus.