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  1. Anyone out there been through San Juan recently? I know there used to be a lot of camera gear that went missing through there a few years ago but what about now? Should I avoid the stop over there?
  2. Looks like some kind of monster from the Transformers movies
  3. I'm not going to read any more of your blogs until you are all back...it's too depressing reading it as a blow by blow description. I have two months without my cameras now!!
  4. Having just returned from the trip I am reading Eric and Tony's blogs and wishing I was still there. I'm really looking forward to the Ambon trip in November now. Diving at night you see much more in the way of crustaceans and octopus, not so many fish. When you do find shrimps or fish they seem much more amenable to close up work. The resort itself is very well set up for photographers with a huge camera room. This is my third trip to Kasawari and it won't be my last. The dive guides are extremely knowledgeable and won't let you carry anything. The staff have remained the same for the last three years and the food has improved dramatically since last year. Don't go there if you plan on losing any weight! Here are a few shots from the trip. There are more on my Flickr site.
  5. I have taken delivery of the Inon Semi-Fisheye with a Canon 7D in a Zillion Housing last week and have been testing it in Thailand. After trying to use AF and stubbornly refusing to switch to manual, it finally occurred to me that manual focus was the only way to achieve sharpness (It can take a while for simple concepts to sink into my thick skull). I am still not totally satisfied with the sharpness of the lens and I am unsure if it is due to the ISO setting creating some noise, I have been shooting from 200 to 1000, or the fact that I need reading glasses and although it is only slight, the correction is not dialed into the camera and so is throwing my focus off. It could also be due to some quite strong current and having to make micro adjustments hanging upside down with my head buried in a crack in the reef. Anyway, I will be doing some adjustments to the viewfinder to eliminate that problem, and will post again in a few days. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love this lens and the things you can do with it. It produces photos that are not possible with any other combination. I am a great fan of the distortion of fish eye lenses and to get it from macro subjects is a real blast for me. Here are a few shots that are uncorrected for sharpness. I will add some more to my flickr site in a day or so. 1/125 f32 ISO200 1/160 f32 ISO400 1/160 f29 ISO200 1/100 f32 ISO500
  6. I took this photo during my annual pilgrimage to South Australia with Rodney Fox. This 3.5m Great White was not at all shy and was making slow loops out of the gloom towards the cage 18m down. I was hanging out of the window looking through the viewfinder and as I saw him coming closer I was zooming out from 24mm to 12mm. It was only as he filled the viewfinder at 12mm that I raised my head and realised he was a lot closer than I had thought. I didn't know it was possible to move so fast when you were frozen to the bone after being in 15C water for two hours, but adrenaline is a wonderful thing! Happy New Year everyone www.flickr.com/photos/juliancohen/ julian@juliancohen.com
  7. I remember wondering to myself as it was happening if I was scared or not. I actually wasn't and was just thinking "get the shot, GET THE SHOT !!" About 5 seconds before the shot I was standing at that corner of the cage taking photos as the shark came up for the bait and then turned towards the cage. I stepped backwards with my finger on the shutter and this was the best of 3 shots. It is something I have always wanted to do, and would do again in a heartbeat. Rodney Fox was on the boat for this trip and is a lovely lovely man and very committed to saving the sharks.
  8. I've just come back from a 5 day trip in South Australia with Rodney Fox. It was an extremely well run operation and we were blessed with sharks all day every day. There are photos on Julian Cohen Photography. I would appreciate some constructive criticism. Here's a taster for you.
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