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  1. I think I've got it...it's a Trapania, undescribed...you should let Bill know, as the range will be quite increased. http://www.seaslugforum.net/factsheet.cfm?base=trapwam Marli
  2. Jorunna funebris has a fuzzy texture and a definitely simpler head. This one is a puzzler, but the structure of the head will probably be the clue. It looks like the head of a Polcerid on a chromodorid body. I'll see what I can find. I'd send it to Bill Rudman, anyway. Cheers, Marli
  3. I have all of my dive gear and camera stuff insured through DEPP....is there a DEEP, too?? It's expensive, but covers more than my homeowners policy would. Cheers, Marli
  4. Sea Challengers is a great source for ID books: www.seachallengers.com My favorite is Neville Coleman's 1001 Nudibranchs. Cheers, Marli
  5. As one can tell from the varying opinions and the article on the link James posted, there are different opinions. I was not trying to promote something dangerous. I found that in a neoprene drysuit, the best way for me to stay in control of my bouyancy and stay warm is as described. One omission: I leave my drysuit valve open, unless I am below 100 ft., and then I just back it off a little. I can simply lean to one side and excess air vents. I completely agree one should be comfortable in the suit before dragging the camera gear along. I also believe that one should be experienced and comfortable diving in a wetsuit before diving dry, while others would disagree. I'm on my third drysuit, and every new one has had a learning curve, even after 900 dives. I have dive friends, including instructors that subscribe to each technique. Cheers, Marli
  6. James, It also sounds like your're not wearing enough weight. I'm sure that you're not wearing as many layers as I do in 43 degrees F, but 14#s?? Is your backplate heavy? I wear 32#s of lead, on a 125 lb. frame. I'm super bouyant, but you might want to add some lead, too. Cheers, Marli
  7. Gosh, Welcome to my world!! Really, since aquiring my housing, I find it a challenge to dive with the humoungous thing anywhere, let alone at home. One hint, just use enough air to keep the squeeze off, and use your BCD for bouyancy, too. That avoids the big air shifts. I hate ankle weights, so don't use them. I haven't even used my dome port yet; I'm still shooting wide with the (!) Nikonos. I'm often in current, so the more streamlined the better. I'll make the shift to d. when a compact SLR and housing with a large viewfinder materializes. I find the most difficulty when diving over reefs...walls are where it's at for me with "The Behemoth", as it is now called. It does get easier........I hope! Cheers, Marli
  8. Well, I'm a single female photographer, and the last three liveaboards I went on had three types of passengers: a) married couples B) married men with sons or buddies c) single women Nary a single man amongst the passengers, save the crew. <_< Back here in BC, it's about 60%- 40% men to women for divers. Since the advent of digital, I noticed a much larger number of men taking up photography here. There was a point a few years ago that 45% of all new divers were women between 35 and 45. I do think more men stick with it, and therefore end up interested in taking photos. Cheers, Marli
  9. Alison, You may want to post under the new migration thread, as it will be looked at by the "Powers That Be", so the issue may be solved faster. Cheers, Marli
  10. You're not logged in. When you are, you'll see the photos.
  11. and I'm not in Vancouver anymore....I changed my profile, but seems I still live in the city.... Marli
  12. Hi Eric et al, Every time I log in, I get a message demanding I change my email address....what's with that? Cheers, Marli
  13. Well, where else can you ski one day and dive the next? Actually had sunballs to photograph in Howe Sound yesterday! It was a balmy 50 degrees underwater. Quite toasty with enough layers to feel like the Michelin man. Anyway, I don't think it's a sweeper. The body is too elongate, and that patch that is glowing leads me to agree with your first guess. These things are like "silversides"...lots of species that are tiny and shiny. Gosh, it's too early for poetry! Looking at different photographer's and other sites, different species are called the same thing. I may try to send it to Paul and see what he or "et al" thinks.
  14. Hi Mike, Thanks. I have Myer's Coral Reef Fishes, and the illustration certainly doesn't emphasize the "luminous organ beneath each operculum" or have any colouration whatsoever. I looked up some images using the name, and I think you're right. At least to Genus, anyway. Thanks to a fellow Canuck! Cheers, Marli
  15. Aren't Boga a Caribbean species? Is there an Indo-Pacific Boga species? Cheers, Marli
  16. Hi, I took this photo a few years back at Leemus Island, near Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. They were being chased by a juvenile Blue trevally, which I unfortunately missed in the shot! I'm trying to figure out what they are. I'm thinking juvenile anthias, perhaps? Can't seem to find anything. I thought at first cardinalfish, but the forked tail seems not to fit. Any ideas? Cheers, Marli Wakeling
  17. Hi Robert, Impressive stuff! I particularly liked the schooling sweeper shots. I also like the macro soft coral shots. You have a nudibranch ID'd as Chromodoris lochi. I think it may be C. annae, which Bill Rudman says "is characterised by the dark specks in the blue areas". The orange and blue ones are always confusing, but C.lochi is usually light blue and pinky mauve. Interesting what you say about your scanner mirror...could that be what's causing little bits of missed info on scans from my relatively new Nikon scanner?? Lovely stuff; can't wait to be in your area of the world in a few months! Cheers, Marli
  18. That's great. I thought it looked similar, but without a "sailfin", couldn't make the distinction. Cheers, Marli
  19. Thanks, Luiz! Much appreciated! Marli
  20. I finally got a chance to scan this one that looks the same from Lembeh: the soft left side is from the sponge between my lens and the critter: darn. There's a similar, but differently coloured one in Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific, which was undescribed at publication: p.188 Marli
  21. Hmm, well my other guess was female dark headed blenny...there's lots of species which are near impossible to tell apart. I saw lots of really tiny ones, but this one was a bit larger...(we're talking puny, regardless). Alex's looks a bit like Starksia nanodes from Humann's 2nd edition, but you can't see the tail, so the defining spots can't be seen. Starksia hassi "has a diagonal bar at the base of the pectoral fin", which this one doesn't. There are tons of Starksia species listed on Fishbase without images, so it's difficult to say... So maybe I'll never know what mine is either...thanks for the guesses. Marli
  22. I agree with Giles. It's not a secretary nor a roughhead. Here's a photo that looks close, but only has Starksia sp. My question is...which specific species, if described? http://www.reefnet.ca/galleries/2003-07/LW...s/starksia.html Thanks for bring this up again...I've had no success. Cheers, Marli
  23. I'm posting this for a friend. It's a great setup; I use the same. Nikon F100 body,Aquatica A100 housing body with double Nikonos TTL connector,2 ports,some arms,1 zoom gear ,ETC Description: Nikon F100: Approximately, I shot 70 rolls of film since 2003 and It is still in an excellent condition. Aquatica F100 Housing:The Aquatica 100 offers more than basic controls for camera operation. It provides ergonomic access to all important camera features including the focus area selector, auto bracketing, command and subcommand dials. Depth rating: 330ft/100 meters. Precision casted, noncorrosive aluminum alloy body, fully anodized to military specifications with a two coat exterior finish of polyester powder electrostatic coating finish applied to all exterior surfaces. It has never been flooded,well maintained and excellent condition. Macro port for Nikon 60mm Lens: excellent condition. Extension ring for Nikon 105 mm lens or 17-35mm lens: Excellent condition. I have a few double ball arms, clamps, o-ring kit for body, port, and 17-35mm zoom gear. You can verify these items in the photo. Asking price: Nikon F100- U$ 550. Aquatica housing,ports and other accessories: U$ 1245. This is less than half of marked price, as you know, and I would like to sell the whole item together. Email me at jsail1472@hotmail.com.
  24. An issue has cropped up since installing XP SP2. Now, when my scans are finished, and I close the Nikon Scan 4 window, whether in Photoshop or Scan 4, the program closes. Arrgghh! I've unistalled and reinstalled, whilst being coached by Nikon Tech support, to no avail. I've seen other forum threads about this issue, and wondered if anyone else has encountered the problem and/or found a solution. The only way that works is to scan in Nikon Scan, save before closing the window, and then reopening in Photoshop. Everything worked just peachy before SP2. Nikon blames Bill G., of course, and won't admit they know anything about the problem. No need to tell me Mac's a better choice........... :wink:
  25. In the second photo, it looks like some sort of Triton. We have one in BC that has the same hairy bits. That's about all that I can guess. Cheers, Marli
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