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In Topic: RIP Bob Cranston

04 June 2016 - 08:05 PM

RIP Bob!

In Topic: Indonesia Diving Location Recommendations

04 June 2016 - 08:00 PM

When you say budget, how much are you talking about?  The most convenient would be Bali.  Accommodations can go for even $40 a day (if you’re not too fussy) and depending on where you go, dives are in the $20-40 per dive range, depending on packages etc.  Obviously Tulamben is the place to be with a good variety of dive sites.  Then there’re the northern areas like Seririt, Pemuteran etc.  Bali is good for budget diving and a 2-3 dive day with accommodation will come in less than $150 even.  
Besides those well-trodden places mentioned above. there are some interesting off beaten path places which have good variety of diving.  Around Alor, you have nice walls and coral (although I’m no sure how the bleaching is this year.) as well as some very good macro.  I can’t tell you which resort to stay or which ops though, since I go there mostly with liveaboards but I do know there are a few resorts and temp trips which go out there during your time frame.  Pricewise, I’d put it in the $200+ per day range. Most of them have some sort of unlimited house reef dives scheme.
Way off the beaten path, there are a few places in Southern Sulawesi that hit the Wakatobi National Park (not the resort). For a real off the beaten path, a favorite of liveaboards going in/out of Maumere, Flores is Wodong Bay.  I have seen the beach cottages in the Wodong village itself, but never stayed there. Saw divers from the ops everytime we go there.  Nice macro and even a decent Japanese wreck.  There are backpacker places as well.  I just know the dive sites only and not the place that well.
Good luck!


In Topic: Mac Pro graphics card choices with Lightroom

22 May 2016 - 09:42 AM

If you are using a 5k monitor, GPU acceleration is more noticeable.  I don’t use LR but CC2015 PS, PP, AE and they all work much better with GPU acceleration, especially CUDA.  I don’t know if CUDA vs OPENCL is faster though for OSX.
If you use LR more often, then going with a CUDA Nvidia card would probably be faster, cos it is with my MP5.1 using PS.  But since you are using FCPX and I assume OSX.11/10, then you go also with the AMD R9 which are ROM flashed to work with macs.  CUDA isn’t great with the newer OSXes. Check out macvidcards for the R9.  Hope this helps.

In Topic: Reply for image/footage request for free

18 April 2016 - 07:48 AM

If they are just low browing (organizations who can pay but will try not to!), I just send them the price list, and they sometimes will buy. If they are really nice and new at it (students), I'm nice back.  If they are giving me BS like credit is best etc, I ignore.

In Topic: Sony A 7 Sii with Nikonos 15mm for 4K

06 January 2016 - 12:11 AM

It's excellent, Mark. If you have an old Nikonos 15 lying around, as I do, then it's worth getting the adapter.   However, the A7SII drinks batteries like alcoholic in an open bar!   The WB does have a bit of issue with deeper depths though and MWB though.