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gecko1

Member Since 16 Aug 2004
Offline Last Active Feb 16 2015 12:45 PM
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In Topic: Bali and Wakatobi

15 February 2015 - 11:56 PM

Hi Steve,

 

Thanks! In Bali I stayed at a hotel just NE of Denpasar. A friend of mine, Leon Boey, runs a dive shop out of the hotel: http://livingseas.asia. We drove to Tulamben (a bit of a drive) and Padang Bai (not too bad) each day. It worked out great though I might imagine that a resort closer to the dive sites would be more convenient though not being tied to any one area meant we had lots of options. The pier at Padang Bai has loads of potential as a muck diving site. I'd love to spend more time there.

 

Wakatobi is very nice. Healthy reefs, lots of nice coral and colorful reef fish, super easy diving. The resort is fantastic and has one of the best camera rooms I've seen. Maybe a bit of a tough place to shoot. It's great for pygmies (we saw them every day and 3 different species) but not a critter hotspot otherwise. (The guides tell me the Pelagian live aboard has some better muck sites but I can't confirm that as we were only at the resort.) For wide angle there are definitely subjects but the sites (mostly walls) have a bit of sameness to them. Not a big animal place at all. Still, I had a great time and would definitely recommend it.

 

Clinton


In Topic: Trip to Bangka- Indonesia

15 February 2015 - 09:03 PM

Nice work. I also especially like the Ghost Pipefish shot.

 

Clinton


In Topic: Antarctica February 2014

26 March 2014 - 05:52 PM

http://mattiovaska.com/gallery/195909


In Topic: Website Reboot

07 March 2014 - 12:07 PM

Hi Steve,

Thanks. I don't have any additional data at the moment (Though I think Exif data is there for exposure, etc.). When I get a moment I'll try update the descriptions with more location data. The tropical stuff is from 2 trips to PNG (Milne Bay for the first and the Bismark Sea - Kimbe, Witu, Kavieng, Fathers - for the second) plus a trip to the Solomons. PNW stuff is mostly the north end of Vancouver Island while Alaska stuff is all over SE Alaska. Think the other galleries are pretty specific about the locations (Monterey, Cordell Bank, Puerto Vallarta).

 

Cheers,

 

Clinton


In Topic: Mugged by a Giant Octopus

18 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

Pretty certain this was a different octopus. The other encounter was in Bluefish Cove 3-400 meters west of where we were. It's possible an octopus could move that far in a week but the one that made the news appeared to me to be missing a chunk of one arm which wasn't the case with this guy.

 

Clinton