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In Topic: Snorkelling advice in Trinidad?

31 March 2015 - 12:53 PM

Thanks TQA, good to know it's not worth exploring too much in Trinidad.

In Topic: Snorkelling advice in Trinidad?

20 March 2015 - 05:33 AM

I thought i'd share my experience after having been there.


The best place to be would be, according to locals, the Tobago island, where you do have nice reefs and clear water. The Speyside beach came highly recommended (more than some other spots that got famous after Cousteau, but degradated since then).


If you're stuck in Trinidad like me, well there's a part of the coast covered with mangroves that is a bit special (i did snorkel mangrove in Bali and liked it though).

My free time was very limited, but i went to some of the northern beaches:


1/ Maracas Bay.

Quite a large & beautiful beach, with a fishing village on the rocky west side. That's the place which came recommended for snorkelling as you could see baby sharks there.

Wheather was bad so i had terrible viz and not sufficient time to properly investigate, but there's probably some potential.

One thing to note is they serve "bake'n'shark" (shark burgers) on that beach, and you can see the reminders of shark heads on the beach, they attract the local vultures, plus quite a few pelicans.

I was sad to see one baby hammerhead's head in particular... But at least the locals are eating the whole fish, not just taking fins.


2/ Las Cuevas Bay

Beautiful beach, and here the rocky side + fishing village is on the eastern side.

On this one i spent more time snorkelling, but even going ~200/300 meters, you don't get much depth (3 meters max), and the viz was also terrible (due to weather? i don't know).

Underwater i saw small black fishes and sponges, i'll see if i have any decent picutre, doubt it.


3/ Blanchisseuse Bay

Litterally means "laundry lady" in French, i let you guess the sea conditions then - i haven't been there.


That's it for my very limited exploration (4 hours).

Bottom-line: if you're in Trinidad, it's recommended to take the cheap flights to Tobago (20+ flights daily, 25mins distance, 48 USD round-trip).




In Topic: Olympus 60mm macro focus distance display.

15 January 2015 - 09:47 AM

On a similar note, i wish sooo badly that Oly would let you select the focusing range electronically, as the lens switch isn't accessible while in a housing.
I've sent them the suggestion months ago, no feedback...

In Topic: Good Nikon FX Format WA Lens?

08 December 2014 - 01:52 PM

Sigma 15mm 2.8 fisheye has, in effect, the same minimum focus distance as the Tokina 10-17.
I didn't want to use my Zen 100mm dome with the Sigma, as I didn't want to shave the lens hood off, and after weighing the pros and cons as well as speaking to some knowledgable folks (Thanks Jack at OOS), I chose the 170mm Zen glass dome. 

Good to know, thanks

In Topic: White balance and the E-M1

06 December 2014 - 07:22 AM

Related question - does one need full Photoshop to do the basic manipulations to photos that I'm most likely to do, like WB adjustment, or does something like Photoshop Elements or Lightroom have enough capabilities?  From what I've read, Lightroom is more for photo organizing.

During your dive you could, from time to time, e.g after a significant change of depth/ambient light, shoot at a neutral object for reference.

Later in lightroom, you take that reference pic, automated white balance adjustment via the picker and... you just copy-paste that WB adjustment setting to the next few RAW pictures, as simple as that :-)