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  1. I thought the divers and guide looked familiar. Great video. Should be required for all new visitors to the Straight. Bravo. Cheers, Marli
  2. An update on this issue. After backing up everything (twice), I began to look at what could be causing issues. The only new program running was AMD Catalyst, which installed automatically when I updated my Graphics card driver. As I am not a gamer, I wasn't too thrilled that it installed with the driver. I disabled a lot of start up programs, used CC Cleaner, Revo Uninstall, and Tune-Up Utilities to give everything a good cleaning. I then tried to Uninstall Catalyst, which is not an easy task. I managed to get rid of everything that I could find, and removed the icon from the Program list. I reopened LR 3.4.1, and it seems to be behaving now. So, it appears that Catalyst was causing issues with Lightroom. I am going to wait a bit to update to 3.5, as losing two days of a holiday weekend was a tad annoying. Cheers, Marli
  3. There is one on EBay right now. EBay Cheers, Marli
  4. No recent changes. This is a fairly new computer: two months old. I am running Windows 7, 64 bit. i5 processor, 3.2 Ghz, 8 GB ram. I only store the last few trips of images on my desktop, everything else is on external drives. I tried to do a system restore, and was unable to restore back to before the installation. At this point, I will try to rebuild the catalogue that I was using. Luckily, I work a bit differently than most, and create catalogues for each trip. On the Lightroom forum, there are several people having the same issue. It does not appear to be widespread. Cheers, Marli
  5. Hi, I am a huge fan of Lightroom, and always wait until the official release, rather than being an unpaid guineapig of Mr. Adobe. I waste dan entire day dealing with the new update messing (and that is the polite word) with my catalogues. It froze and froze. I could hear something running on my computer, like a scan. Thinking it might be spyware, I scanned. I cleaned my registry, did a virus scan, yadayada. I optimized my catalogues, as they suggested after others complained. I actually deleted the preferences as they suggested, and it only deleted my registration of licence key, so I had to re-enter it. I finally removed 3.5, reinstalled 3.4.1, and I am now having difficulties with it as well. I am pretty convinced my catalogues are foo-barred. So, if you are using a Windows 7, 64 bit platform, be warned. What a mess. Cheers, Marli
  6. Please wait if you are using a 64 bit Windows 7 system. It totally messed with my catalogues. Freezing, freezing, like Antartica. I am putting in another post to reflect the specific problem. Hours wasted on a holiday. Cheers, Marli
  7. Thanks for your kind comments. Glad to be of help. Cheers, Marli
  8. It is a Branching anemone: Lebrunia danae. Cheers, Marli
  9. It appears to be this one: Marine Flatworms of the World Cheers, Marli
  10. I bought this suit for a Socorro trip, and had it been labeled correctly, I would have been thrilled. Alas, it bears no relationship to the manufacturers size chart, so I cannot use it. It was a deal, which I am willing to pass on. It is new, with the tags still attached. This is a women's Harvey's Cobalt Ti2 7/5mm back zipper full suit with a matching 5mm hooded vest. It is lined with a "skin-in" like material: very similar to a Henederson's gold core, but blue in colour. The suit is all black, with heavy duty knee pads. It was labeled Large , with "Short" added in pen. It is actually a Medium Short. I would think it is around a size 6-7. Measurements are as follows for the suit: Height 5'0" to 5'3". This is a short suit, so it is cut for petite women. If you are taller than this, it will be too short in the legs. The inseam measures 25". Chest: 32-34A to B. Waist: 25-27" Hips: 33-35" Weight: This is a guess, but I would estimate 110-120 lbs. The suit retails for over $250, the vest for $75. I am willing to let it go for $125, with free shipping by Parcel Post to the USA or Canada...or make me an offer! Paypal only. It is a beautiful suit for diving temperate waters. Cheers, Marli
  11. Probably a good idea. Shrimp taxonomy has been revised a lot lately. Cheers, Marli
  12. I have several sources for crustaceans (books). There is a Periclimenes ornatus and a P. inornatus to create even more confusion! Reef Creature Identification by Humann and Deloach picture a similar one as Unidentified. This Japanese sire shows the variability: Pericimenes inornatus Cheers, Marli
  13. It appears to be Periclimenes inornatus . Cheers, Marli
  14. Big points from me for weird. Very cool. Cheers, Marli
  15. There is a bit you can do in Lightroom if you simply have particulate to remove. You can also change the curve to strong contrast to boost the shadows. However, it is not just about shutter speed but strobe position and your angle of shooting. If there is something aside from water right behind the subject, you are going to illuminate it is your strobes are pointed straight ahead. It can often help to aim the strobes inwards towards each other and the subject which is in between. If you can go up to 1/250, do so. Cheers, Marli
  16. I have done this with my Aquatica handles, using a girly AA battery operated drill and fine drillbit. I have stainless rings on each side. I use them for a lightweight lanyard that hooks to a brass clip on my BCD, which is for the above mentioned not wanting to drop the gear concept. I also use the handle idea, but attach it to my ULCS strobe arms: it hold the arms together when being handled by dive op staff. Too many times I have had a situation where they have grabbed the strobe arms or banged the arms into the boat. It is, as you have seen in the other threads, easy to make yourself with dishwasher hose, marine grade line and a couple of stainless caribiners. Cheers, Marli
  17. Unfortunately, this is it. Cheers, Marli
  18. They have a strong resemblance to Murex egg cases I have seen photos of; perhaps that's what they are... Thanks, Leslie.
  19. You will be happy using the lens with the Sola light. Cheers, Marli
  20. Hi, I use the non-VR 105mm lens on autofocus. If I use a Subsee x5 with it, I often use focus lock and then rock back and forth a bit for focusing. Leave the Full/Limit switch on full to minimize hunting. Use a good focus light. It is critical for this lens, and frankly any macro lens underwater. You will be amazed at the difference in your ability to find focus. Cheers, Marli
  21. I'll check it out. I have sent this to a scientist that hopefully will find an answer. Cheers, Marli
  22. Nice shot of a Venus' girdle. Cheers, Marli
  23. Hi Jim, I can find Phimochirus; I think this may be one for the scientists....the area just hasn't been covered well, and the resources (save the Humann/Deloach fish book) are dated and slim on inverts. Thanks for the lead. Cheers, Marli
  24. We found these all over. I am assuming some sort of mollusc? Full ones were a dull purple in colour, empty, white like these. The individual "cases" were about one inch long. Any clues out there? Cheers, Marli
  25. This looks a bit like a Barspot cardinal, but the head shape and eye don't match. It was about 4 inches long, and found on a night dive. Look familiar to any one? Cheers, Marli
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