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#1 albert kok

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 12:12 AM

This week we spent two days in Crystal River with exceptional warm weather (running up to 80 F). Viz was poor outside but better inside the springs
You now need to obtain a permit if you want to dive under the surface with your snorkel to 'shoot' the manatees. For first results see: http://www.flickr.co...57629064342593/
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:32 AM

Nice pics; where does one obtain the permit? Clearly you had one.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 12:57 AM

Nice pics; where does one obtain the permit? Clearly you had one.



You have to contact the Manatee centre in Crystal River (mr. Ivan Vicente). If you have no commercial interest
the permit is free (otherwise it costs 100 dolars). They give you a yellow vest to wear while snorkeling.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:44 AM

looks like you had lots of fun :-)

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:38 AM

looks like you had lots of fun :-)



here you see a snorkeler with the required yellow vest!
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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:51 AM

and here one of our shots in the spring
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Posted 24 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

and another
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:18 PM

I'm hopefully going next week. What lens/body were you using? I'm in Florida shooting caves, so am wondering if I should run with 15mm fisheye or 17-40mm on 5d3. Thanks, ds
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:09 AM

Fisheye is generally the better option.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:46 AM

Agree on fisheye. I used a Tokina 10-17mm. Also, I'd recommend avoiding strobes. You can use them if you purchase a $100 license, have diffusers on and limit to one flash every 5 seconds. However, I found there was so much particulate in the water that no strobes was best for eliminating back scatter.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

Thanks guys, I was also wondering about strobes. Am heading out there Monday-Tueaday and I hear the manatees are there and water is quite clear. Hopefully it won't be raining like it is here I'm Marianna right now. Regards, Damien
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:16 PM

I was during the same period at the 3 sisters spring and was able to shoot without any permit; I didn't use strobes



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 01:08 PM

That are some rally cool animals.

I would also vote for a Fisheye. You can usually get very close to them.


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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:44 AM

Here also very beautiful pictures . I must go there !! :)



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:30 AM

The best thing to do is join a local company, like Birds Underwater, that have a good reputation in the area. Their boats take 6 persons, but you can also arrange a boat for a smaller group (like two persons) which costs somewhat more money. Early in the morning (say 7 o'clock) is the best time to go to the Springs. Later you will have the kayak people and other boats that are moving in.



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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

I'm hopefully going next week. What lens/body were you using? I'm in Florida shooting caves, so am wondering if I should run with 15mm fisheye or 17-40mm on 5d3. Thanks, ds

that was Nikon D7000 with Tokina 10-17. Fish eye seems to be the best choice. My best shots were inside the springs with clear water. You could even try an  'under-over' shot  to capture some of the nice vegetation and trees around the springs.. But even under the surface you can get a nice (albeit distorted) view of the surface and background vegetation. Try to be on the same level or a bit below the manatee with the camera tilted slightly upward. And don't chase them! Good luck..Al


Edited by albert kok, 26 March 2013 - 12:36 AM.