Personal choice this. I find no issue with keeping a track of my buoyancy using both drysuit and wing.
I have to disagree. In the 1980s a number of British divers drowned, tipped over and held head-down when making shallow-water entries or exits with over-inflated drysuits, but there are also rapid ascents, caused by confusion between drysuit and BC, that are equally dangerous.
And if the thing does get away from you, relax and enjoy the ride... just breath fast on the way up!
And that's just stupid, I'm afraid. Many British diving fatalities are associated with rapid ascents.
It will be 10m/33ft MAX so not too much to go wrong.
Unfortunately, that's completely wrong. Shallow dives are where drysuits are at their most difficult. Small vertical movements result in large changes in bouyancy; the suit is much easier to drive below 10m...
I remember Tim and Alex had a roving rhino issue a few years back! . The Tulamben beach shoreline is lined with smooth rocks, some pretty large, which makes it difficult for ingress and egress for shore diving with a big rig and gear, especially when the waves get a little choppy...
... and someone may have the photographs of me falling over with my Nauticam rig to prove it! I recommend leaning on your partner and both putting on and taking off fins in 3-4 feet of water...
Posted by tdpriest
on 28 September 2014 - 04:09 AM
Just remember that creatures move around and that "here today, gone tomorrow" is the rule: good guides are a godsend! Mantas (and Mola mola) are unpredictable, and you can spend a lot of time for little photographic joy: on an 8-day schedule I would think hard about giving them a miss. 8 days isn't even long enough to do Tulamben justice.
Here's what I found in Tulamben (Scuba Seraya) and Menjangan (Mimpi) a couple of years ago.
As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,
But this style is not popular in Japan.
Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,
The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.
The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.
Please accept my apologies for the (glitch-squared) below...
Protection and prophylaxis because, yes, dengue fever is nasty, too.
I am not a doctor and don't play one on TV
Nor is anecdote a substitute for evidence. The advice from colleagues in Infectious Diseases Medicine is protection and prophylaxis. I use malarone where it is appropriate because doxycycline is substantially more unpleasant in my experience.
I'm pretty sure that this conversation recurs on Wetpixel every couple of years.
The Ferrari's book MacroLife is very good, even if it's officially about Malaysian and not Indonesean creatures. Most of the "critters" are in one book, not the two or three from the excellent Humann/DeLoach series...
Auto exposure almost always seems to over-expose, at least with of my Nikons, over the years. The EXIF data says "pattern" metering, which has probably completely misinterpreted the scene: spot metering can be better underwater. TTL strobe settings can help, but in the end almost everyone comes to manual exposure and manual strobes for wide-angle images.
I'm pretty sure that you can select the focus point and keep Auto metering: there should be a combination of Menu and camera settings to do that on such a sophisticated camera. I've certainly done that with a D200 and all my subsequent cameras.
I find it quite surprising that there could be a chummed dive at night? Is this true?
I read that the dive was at dusk. Shear Water still, as far as I know, puts out a scent trail from bagged chum that is protected from being eaten in a crate. The sharks aren't fed. Both Shear Water and Dolphin Dream have years of experience with doing this: Jim Abernethy's briefings and organisation are precise, and the crew will pull out divers who are not putting shark awareness ahead of their camera: I know, that was me on my first trip.
... I would encourage the moderator to keep condolences and wishes separate from people seeking to comment on the circumstances of the event...