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phielan

Member Since 21 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Jun 16 2012 01:17 PM
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In Topic: diving in Hawaii

16 June 2012 - 08:32 AM

Hey Gina,
Interested in your experience with them. Here is my trip report that was posted. Are there any similarities? http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=42090
Steve

PS. Sorry Gina, just went back to the original report and saw your experience posted there and can't delete this one.


thanks everyone for all your replies we have decided to go to oahu and dive the north shore there. I will post how everything was and went when we get back.



Phielan

In Topic: YS110 vs YS110alpha. Differences?

29 May 2012 - 07:26 PM

I started with a 110a and then picked up a used 110 as well and it lasted for about 20 dives before I relegated it to a back up it was constantly taking too long to recycle as well as not going off at the exact same time as the alpha so I was getting half lighting for my photos. Not too bad if I was shooting w/a but for macro it was useless. best of luck.

In Topic: diving in Hawaii

29 May 2012 - 07:22 PM

Been to Kauai 2 times so no expert at all. Only giving what I know.
Staying at Poipu beach is really nice. The beach is not crowded. There is a mix of sand lovers, snorkelers and surfers.
The beach has stretches of sand ringed by rocky outcroppings on each side. This lets the surfers have a spot further out while the snorkelers and swimmers have calmer water. This pattern of sand, ringed by rocks is repeated several times, rather like individual pools with a barrier between. Its quite lovely.
I would not describe it as great snorkeling but it allowed me to introduce my daughter to snorkeling for the first time so that made it special. No coral, just rocks with various fish around.

Did not do any diving either time so have nothing to add in that regard.

The helicopter ride across the island is magnificent. Taking the helo trip without the doors was wonderful for photographs - no reflections. A 12-24 lens was nice to have in the copter. Take an SD/CF card with plenty of space on it as you might take many many photos and its nearly non-stop great views so no good time for a card change.

Hiking the canyon lookout trail at KoKee state park was wonderful. After the first hour, we never saw another person. It was like owning the island.


thanks very much for the information. It is great to hear about the shoreside attractions and will definately keep in mind the helicopter ride!