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In Topic: Family friendly destination with good photo ops

14 January 2015 - 06:38 AM

Two very different ideas:

Vanuatu is close, affordable, fun, and has a range of resorts at all prices. Diving is good in Santo, fair near Port Vila, but the resorts and restaurants and adventure activities are plentiful at a range of price points. You can even day trip to a volcano. I can't imagine a family not finding enough to make all ages happy.

Bohol is maybe a bit further than you want to travel (SYD-MNL then a 1 hour domestic flight) but is a great family destination with excellent beaches, very good resorts, and great diving. There really is something for everyone.

You are right, Anilao has great diving but not much else for the family and no beaches. The Solomons are a good consideration for culture and diving when your son is older and the rest of you are up for adventure but also prepared for mishaps! The rest of the Pacific islands are either too difficult or too limited in options. NZ in the north is great but not in July. Fiji is tough to beat (I lived there for 4 years) but somewhere new is always good.

In Topic: Leak Sentinel from Vivid Housings

12 January 2015 - 01:55 PM

I've now had the Leak Sentinel installed for 8 months, during which time it's probably been on about 40 dives.  It hasn't been off the housing since the day I installed it.  There is no sign of galvanic corrosion anywhere.  The thing has worked flawlessly every time - worth every euro for the peace of mind! 

In Topic: A few shots from Lembeh

11 January 2015 - 04:14 PM

Excellent images all.  I especially like your use of plenty of negative space and the jet black backgrounds.  I struggle with backscatter in these shots as we are usually shooting around a lot of turbidity in the muck, so will eventually start playing with a snoot also.   Nice work!

In Topic: Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

03 January 2015 - 10:19 PM

it is so difficult to pick one best or favorite image!  My favorite is a group portrait I shot of my sister, brother in law, niece, and nephew in Anilao on their first ever tropical dive, after 10 years of waiting for the kids to be old enough to dive with us, because it is such a great memory of their experience.  But this is one of my best of the year technically, straight out of the camera with no adjustments at all:



In Topic: Olympus OMD-EM5 body and batteries

18 December 2014 - 05:51 AM

I might be interested. Please post when you have inspected and can verify condition (operation, not just cosmetic) and shutter count.

You didn't happen to also buy any lenses that your're wanting to pass on cheaply, i suppose? :-)