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stewsmith

Member Since 27 Dec 2005
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10 day Bahamas trip - Dolphin Dream Feb 2017

02 November 2016 - 01:08 AM

A single place may be opening up on my 3rd Dolphin Dream charter. We will be heading to Bimini ( Great Hammerhead & Bull Shark ) and then heading to Tiger Beach ( Tigers, Lemons, Caribbean Reef and Nurse Shark )

The trip starts on February 18th leaving from West Palm Beach and returns back to WPB on 27th February. I will know by mid November whether this single spot has become available due to a cancellation.

The price of the trip is $3200 excluding tips

For further information and to get on the waiting list please reply to this post

Moving of critters for competition entries

16 April 2016 - 03:43 AM

Ok so here's the deal. Various people have been constructive in promoting the awareness of critters being manipulated into better photographic positions to acquire a more dynamic image. For sure these images look very nice and to the lay person that does not enter into the underwater world, without doubt would seem genuine.

From what started off as a concern regarding critter manipulation in photographs being entered into competitions, the topic soon changed course and then went into the ethics of touching, herding, feeding, using flash lights and more in general and not specifically for competition entries.

My personal opinion is that if the critters are touched, moved by experienced guides and then returned to their exact original habitat after a few photographs then I don't think too much, if any harm will be done to the critters. I often use the analogy of taking a child to a rock pool with a net and catching crabs and shrimps. I'm sure more harm will be done to critters by the use of a net than by being moved by an experienced guide underwater. I know myself that had my father not taken me to rock pools in the West Country when I was a child then my passion for the ocean might never have started.

What I am concerned about, is what the manipulation debate was born out of. It was regarding competition entries so I would like the topic to head back there and stay there. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions on the subject and nobody needs to be dragged across hot coals for having a different opinion than someone else. So please keep the discussion civil.

For some reason judges are allowing what appear to be critter manipulated entries into competitions. Do you think that they are doing their job as a judge properly by allowing such images to be entered?

A few people that have judged in competitions have come forward to argue that if they have no evidence that manipulation has happened then they can't disqualify the entry.

Shark feed dives are also being discussed and again there are good points raised by both sides of the argument. Please don't bring this subject up as this will move away from the purpose of the post. Please just discuss critter re positioning for entries into competitions and whether you think that they should be allowed.

Blue Manta Luxury Liveaboard - Raja Ampat - Misool 7th-15 March 2018

20 March 2016 - 02:11 AM

I have a few spaces available for a Raja Ampat - Misool trip on the luxurious Blue Manta Liveaboard.

 

Trip date: 7th - 15th March 2018 leaving from Sorong and returning to Sorong.

 

The usual cost for this trip is $4000.00, I am offering this trip at $3600.00 excludes park fees, flights and gratuities. 

 

Only a 10% deposit required now to secure your place. The balance will be spread out over the next 23 months with a further 10% deposit required 12 months prior to the trip start date, followed by a 30% payment 6 months prior to trip start date, then balance required 2 months prior to trip start date.

 

Link to video of the Blue Manta Liveaboard - http://www.whitemanta.com

 

For additional information please email : samui13@aol.com with subject heading Raja18

 


One lens for Raja / Misool

22 February 2016 - 02:11 AM

If you could only take one lens on a Raja/Misool live aboard what would it be