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Akulamd

Member Since 13 Mar 2008
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In Topic: Californian kelp forest

23 April 2017 - 08:58 PM

Last year was a bad year for kelp. We had a lot of kelp loss in San Diego and at Catalina. This year it should come back with somewhat colder water. You are correct in planning to dive with the wet suit on Catalina in July. It would actually be ok even further north, if you are not too cold- sensitive. A one day trip to Channel Islands out of Ventura is doable. There are a couple of boats - Peace and Truth as far as I recall were very good.
Have fun.

In Topic: White balancing

22 April 2017 - 12:16 PM

I have been shooting with Auto White Balance with my setup. I recently took a photo class with John at Buddy Dive Resort in Bonaire. He is quite a character by the way. He recommended Cloudy white balance setting on my D810. I have compared the images and experimented on Nikon NX-D (Nikon image editing/converter program). The advantage of NX-D that it does to RAW image exactly what the camera would do in my understanding. Anyway, it seems to me that the images in Cloudy settings are better right out of the camera, compared to Auto WB setting. They seem to require less adjustments.


In Topic: A nasty Honduran surprise

22 April 2017 - 11:52 AM

I believe that the border is sacred. Whatever the country thinks helps to protect/secure its borders is valid. Certainly, long lines are annoying, but they would not deter me from going to a country, if I really want to go.


In Topic: Best Bonaire Sites for Macro + Wide Angle

22 April 2017 - 11:42 AM

Just came back from Bonaire a week ago. There is a great dive spot called Small Wall. It is in front of Black Durgon Hotel. The other one is Something Special just south of the entry into the marina. We dove both from the boat so I couldn't comment on the ease of shore entry, but both were good places for macro.  Hands Off and Mi Dushi were both good for wide angle reef scenes. Those are the sites on Klein Bonaire. You can see my feeble attempts at both wide angle an macro here: http://golts.zenfolio.com/p430087121

Hope this helps. I am sure you will find plenty of stuff to photograph no matter where you go on Bonaire. We did not have a single dive where we didn't see both good coral formations AND interesting macro subjects worth a picture.

Have fun. Please, share the pictures when you come back.


In Topic: Bonaire 2017 trip report, slideshow, & video

18 April 2017 - 04:28 PM

Awesome trip report and pictures! I was there with 3 kids and my wife just two weeks afterwards. Happy to report that Laurent is plugging along and is doing a good job. Kids liked him. The frog fish migrated probably about 20 yards from where you found it and was living almost directly under the Little Buddy mooring in about 35 feet of water.
Anyway, great report and pictures. Thank you for sharing.
My pics are at http://golts.zenfolio.com/p430087121