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For Sale: I-Torch Video Pro 4 video/focus LED light 1400 lumens

09 August 2013 - 04:08 AM

I have put my used but in excellent condition I-Torch video pro 4 on Ebay to fund my upgrade to the I-Torch video 6.


These lights retail for $499usd new and I started the auction at $250aud. Open to offers also.


Here is the link to my auction: http://www.ebay.com....984.m1558.l2649


Here is a link to a review of the light: http://www.divephoto...o4-video-light/


Regards Mark


Grey Nurse Shark Rescue

26 July 2013 - 03:28 AM




It basically started out as what I do almost everyday and that is go out and take photos/video for myself and for the Diveshop I also work for (Sundive, Byron Bay).  In recent weeks we started to see you annual aggregation of Grey Nurse Shark which move into Julian Rocks Marine park over the Winter and Spring months.  With the Grey Nurse Shark here on the East Coast of Australia being classsed as a Critically endangered species we are fortunate enough to get close interaction with good numbers of the Sharks in a small area around Julian Rocks. I have seen how even in recent years the numbers of sharks that visit increase from only a handful to numbers which are hard to count  (as you can see with the video clip posted above showing the amount of Sharks in a un cropped 5minute clip). From my posting of Video and stills on Sundives Facebook page which also included shots of GNS which had large stainless steel circle hooks:




From these stills and video above the staff from Sea World on the Gold Coast decided that they would come down and check if the animals are still in the area. Couplr of dives later and we confirmed that the two GNS where infact still in the area and the rescue mission was given the go ahead for the next day.  Here is a few photos of that event taken from my iphone as I had my camera housed as a backup camera.



Heading down to Julian rocks onboard the Sea World research and rescue boat.



Back of the boat waiting for divers to return after the first attempt of capture.



2.4m Male captured after a 10 minute fight from being lassoed



Shark with a stainless circle hook from commerical long line fishers



The size of the hook removed after bolt cutters where used



It was actually an amazing story to have one of your photos start something like this rescue and to be able to be there through the whole event. 


Regards Mark


Shark deterrent wetsuits

19 July 2013 - 07:38 PM

I came accross this company recently and was kind of shocked by the whole idea of these suits and the use of marketing to promote them as a much safer product to deter Shark attacks.


Have a look at their website. At first I thought it was a joke but it is actual company that is seriously trying to market these wetsuits to the general public.




I had to laught at the comment that if you wear the diving camo suit that you be "hidden" underwater. 


The scary part of it is people will believe the marketing and buy and suit thinking that they are safer.


Regards Mark

Housing Sentry Vacuum Seal

18 May 2013 - 08:46 PM

Since everyone recently has been talking about Vucuum seals for housing I thought I input on my recent experience with Housing Sentry from Underwater Camera Stuff (http://uwcamerastuff...ry_overview.htm)


I decided to go with the basic setup which has no electronics and uses the manual hand pump. I installed the valve in the Hydrophone port of my Aquatica AD7000 and it took me a couple of minutes to do.


Here are some pics of the layout:











The basic setup like mine retails for $290usd plus shipping. 


Have used the setup for the past 3 weeks and think its one of the best things I have bought for my camera housing.  Like alot of other I think that every brand of housing should have this setup as a standard part in each new housing. 


I found that Bill and Mary from Underwater Camera Stuff great to order from especially for me here in Australia


Regards Mark

Leopard Sharks

28 April 2013 - 08:00 PM

Here is a collection of Leopard Sharks (aka Zebra Sharks to those in the USA) taken at Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, Australia. These graceful and often friendly Sharks visit every summer and often in large numbers.


Unedited shots taken with the Nikon D7000 and Tokina 10-17mm or Samyang 8mm.













And my current favourite:





Cheers Mark