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#101 pats0n

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 01:09 PM

Couple of bait ball action shots - these ones are not best quality but I think they demonstrate what bait ball diving is all about pretty well:

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 01:13 PM

Great images Alex! I'd love to see what you think best quality looks like. :)

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:00 PM

Wow!...enough said.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 02:56 PM

Alex,
There is an almost 'painted' quality to these images, unlike anything I have ever seen underwater. Really exceptional.
Are these straight out of camera as shot, what, if any, post-processing have you done? Can you give us EXIF data?

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 03:10 PM

Alex,
There is an almost 'painted' quality to these images, unlike anything I have ever seen underwater. Really exceptional.
Are these straight out of camera as shot, what, if any, post-processing have you done? Can you give us EXIF data?


first four I posted are straight out of camera shots with some very minimum contrast/saturation correction (none of first four are cropped) - conversion is done in Adobe Lightroom and sharpening for web is done in Photoshop;

second two are more difficult shots due to bigger lighting difference of the scenes, so I used Capture NX for conversion which does better job in pulling shadows and filtering noise then Lightroom for NEF's, especially in D300 14 bit mode. First image of two is cropped and second has some retouching (some dolphin tails are removed from left bottom corner). That's pretty much it.

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 03:19 PM

Great images Alex! I'd love to see what you think best quality looks like. :)

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Thanks ! Well, I guess I will have to keep few images for upcoming competitions, to preserve "wow" factor intact :ninja:

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 04:35 PM

first four I posted are straight out of camera shots with some very minimum contrast/saturation correction (none of first four are cropped) - conversion is done in Adobe Lightroom and sharpening for web is done in Photoshop;

second two are more difficult shots due to bigger lighting difference of the scenes, so I used Capture NX for conversion which does better job in pulling shadows and filtering noise then Lightroom for NEF's, especially in D300 14 bit mode. First image of two is cropped and second has some retouching (some dolphin tails are removed from left bottom corner). That's pretty much it.

Each image has EXIF preserved.

Thanks, I love that light. Especially the last one you posted.
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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:53 PM

Thanks ! Well, I guess I will have to keep few images for upcoming competitions, to preserve "wow" factor intact :P


Enough WOW for me! :) :ninja: :P Posted Image


I have this and next year´s holidays compromised but I have to go there! Posted Image

Luisa says to get to married and get 15 more days off by law! :lol:
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Posted 13 July 2008 - 08:08 AM

Enough WOW for me! :) :ninja: :P Posted Image
I have this and next year´s holidays compromised but I have to go there! Posted Image

Luisa says to get to married and get 15 more days off by law! :lol:


That might be totally worth it ! :P ;)

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 10:31 PM

Hi from Sydney Drew - well done on a spectaclar run, that's what comes with going so regularly, some days it just has to come together when you are onsite that often. Spectaculat photos! The sail fish, speechless ..... (and you know that is hard for me :) )

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 11:30 PM

Hey guys!

Private question but what does a trip out there normally set you back?

I just cant drag my eyes away from some of these photos................

Does any one have a link to more?

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:07 AM

Hi Cal,

I'm signed up for the Island Dreams trip next year. Cost is $3895 for 10 days, not incl air fare or the add-on safari that you're going to want to do somewhere :D Check out www.divetrip.com.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 10:32 AM

Hey guys!

Private question but what does a trip out there normally set you back?

I just cant drag my eyes away from some of these photos................

Does any one have a link to more?

Cal


Hello Cal

I think that is not JUST the money but the risk of not getting a good week etc... I would think one needs ten to fifteen days and, in my dayjob case, booking months in advance which adds more risk to the holiday :D

But I have to go anyway! (I am starting by telling Luisa that water temp is about 26 degrees :P :D )
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 10:36 AM

Hello Cal

I think that is not JUST the money but the risk of not getting a good week etc... I would think one needs ten to fifteen days and, in my dayjob case, booking months in advance which adds more risk to the holiday :D

But I have to go anyway! (I am starting by telling Luisa that water temp is about 26 degrees :P :D )


I fully agree with you, in 14 days we had 11 days on water, and only 4 days of actual diving - and I consider this as successful trip. For me it would be successful with just one bait ball dive, anyway, thing is totally worth all waiting. And if you are open minded enough there is always plenty of things to enjoy - dolphin/whale watching/swimming, birds, beautiful scenery. Setting your expectations for this trip as low as possible is best approach for planning.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 12:03 PM

I think that is not JUST the money but the risk of not getting a good week etc

:D:lol: Oh how much is half full? If you only knew how many people spent how many days to get 1 day? :P

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:27 PM

excellent up to date info, great photos. excellent photos , amazing photos and an absolutely excellent topic. Thanks so much for all the info, you guys who have braved the elements to bring back some amazing shots and a life time of memories to keep for yourselves.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:21 PM

:P:lol: Oh how much is half full? If you only knew how many people spent how many days to get 1 day? :D

:D

Could you ellaborate (is that well writen? :D ) on what are aproximately the good months and how much can that vary? I mean, if you had to choose/book a period of 2-3 weeks with four months in advance when would you book? and: how many dry/bad days would be an approx average? Are there many ops down there?

All this is to start making up my mind! :D

Thank you very much! :)
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 04:29 PM

wow...........


Thats a fair bit out of my price range being a uni student and all.

I guess i'll just have to look on and admire

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 06:34 PM

:D

Could you ellaborate (is that well writen? :P ) on what are aproximately the good months and how much can that vary? I mean, if you had to choose/book a period of 2-3 weeks with four months in advance when would you book? and: how many dry/bad days would be an approx average? Are there many ops down there?

All this is to start making up my mind! :D

Thank you very much! :D

I have a better chance picking the lottery than giving that sort of info. It's nature man. Read the reports from the last 3 years.
As for ops, as of now, I believe there are at least 4 commercial operators.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 11:22 PM

I have a better chance picking the lottery than giving that sort of info. It's nature man. Read the reports from the last 3 years.
As for ops, as of now, I believe there are at least 4 commercial operators.


Somehow I knew I would be answered something like that! :P

I will check last years´ reports :D
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