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  1. I want to be unsubscribed from all of Wetpixel. TonyM
  2. DebF has just posted a new thread with facts about the Crocodile attack at the Blue Mangroves in the Misool area. She would have made this post but the Orchid lounge was closing and the internet connection at the Meridien Hotel was not working so I posted it for her. "I realize this is an ongoing thread in this forum concerning the recent crocodile attack, but chose to start a new thread rather than tack on a 3rd (or perhaps 4th or 5th by now) page on top of the speculations." The facts about the Crocodile attack from the Cruise Director and one of the divemasters. [EDIT BY MODERATOR (AM)] - Apologies to Tony for merging the threads - this post was in the original thread directing readers to the new thread (which in now merged into this discussion). Ihave updated the link so it still takes you to Deb's comments (above in this thread).
  3. Hi Lauren, How big was the Croc in your profile photo?
  4. DebF here on Tonym ID.. as I can't seem to resurrect my ID unused since '04... RickM.. Thanks for the compliment. I LOVE swimming with the silversides (or any good sized school of fish) and days like the one in the "Silversides" video are my favorites. Fortunately I get the chance to do it regularly as we do several trips in Raja Ampat every year for the last 9-10. Since it is so shallow and we are doing "open deck" where we can practically stay in the water all day, I've got lots of footage (I even skip meals) ... can practically keep the video shooting an entire dive. I've got some tapes that I've shown on a friend's HDTV and those watching said I could just put them to music with no editing. I think they would be an excellent way to put one to sleep! But when you are there it is really more exciting that just watching - what with the jacks and other fish attacking the balls, funnels and streams of formations of silversides. Sometimes even schools of Mobula Rays are going after them, but I've only got the rays on still photos so far. DebF
  5. Victor, Please wear your best looking wetsuit and mask so that you can model and look good like David Bearden and Bruce Magun did in the Silversides on the Reef Video.
  6. DebF here on Tonym ID.. as I can't seem to resurrect my ID unused since '04... Thanks! Yep.. I installed Edius Neo during a surface interval on the 12.1" laptop I carry on trips to do email and accounting. Still doing my editing on it in the office. I made one quick DVD to play at the Long Beach Show, just dragged in some 5-10 min. clips. These are my next two attempts at editing. The actual editing seems really easy (maybe because I'm not using an Adobe product?). Getting these two, with all the busy scenes, dark scenes, and high movement into Flash and looking good - not so easy. Maybe impossible??? The idea of creating each video from only 1 day's dives makes it easier as I don't allow myself to worry about going after better stuff from other days. Hard to limit to 5 min. even doing that. DebF
  7. DebF here on Tonym ID.. as I can't seem to resurrect my ID unused since '04... Mangroves: Vis varied throughout the day. Very clear early morning and until after noon. Then tide changed and crud floated in from the mangroves. Much of the stuff in the water late afternoon is tiny jellyfish (too small to make out in the online version but very cool to watch with the sun rays on a big monitor or TV). V clear again at night. Silversides: Very clear .. maybe 100ft vis. That one made before I had the WB control so the deep stuff is kinda weird colors.. lionfish, clown trigger at 80-90ft ... Vis can change wildly in a matter of hours. DebF
  8. George, when you get your email fixed go to Cityseahorse.com, there is a newsletter sign up button there, along with various other links for info about Raja Ampat.
  9. Hey George, I thought that you would have seen it before now, aren't you on the mailing list? It will be hard to replace you as a photographer not so sure about as a model.
  10. Deb Fugitt has been shooting video for 2 years on our trips in Raja Ampat. She has finally started editing and is creating a series of short videos, each made from one day's dives There are two new videos filmed in Raja Ampat by Deb that have just been put online. One of them is Deep Water Mangroves, and the other is Silversides on the Reef, two great areas in Raja Ampat with colorful inhabitants Raja Ampat Videos
  11. Dental floss is the best thread for making repairs to clothing, wetsuits etc, it is extremely strong. If you need some sutures in the field it can also be used for that, not self dissolving though.
  12. Hi Phil, DebF says that she will have her antique hair dryer on the May 2009 Halmahera trip in case it is needed to reduce the moisture on or in a piece of camera or housing equipment. This hair dryer has been traveling with us for the last 10 years and has never been used on hair but has been used on many pieces of photographic equipment by many people.
  13. Damn Mike, We advertise you as the one that can resurrect strobe functions on an Ike housing that was flooded and the TTL gizmo in it is too soggy to work. You worked a miracle for Mitch 2 years ago with your soldering iron, rewiring his Ikelite housing for manual strobe function saved his cookies for the week of diving in Lembeh after our Charter on Ondina . CitySeahorse or DebF will pay the overweight luggage charge for your soldering iron if you continue to bring it with you on our trips.
  14. Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh Strait - May 8-20, 2009, 12nts. Our Newest Trip Sorong - Halmahera - Bitung I scheduled this route for May 2008 and ran a "by invitation only" trip with a few selected divers who had been on multiple trips with me previously. Frankly, after hearing reports from others who had done this route, I was apprehensive, but this dive trip turned out to be one of our best trips ever. Consensus is that this Raja Ampat to Lembeh Strait trip produced some of the best images and was one of the most exciting trips we've made. We were all very pleased with the route and I'm looking forward to repeating it in 2009 with an open invitation to any diver who is qualified. Just hearing about the trip made Norb, our previous cruise director, jealous! The Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh Strait trip will spend several days in Raja Ampat, including Dampier Strait, with all the now-famous dive sites and including sites around Misool. Divers who have been to Raja Ampat already will get their "fix" of the best sites there before we move on. Fishy reefs and mangroves, rock islands, manta, piers with soft corals, walking sharks.... and then.... ... working our way west, we'll visit remote, seldom dived islands with remarkable and pristine (really) coral reefs, tiny islands and rocks that are covered in beautiful corals, overflowing with fishes.. and crawling with tiny critters.. especially great for night dives. Expect some unusual colors with corals abundant in shades of yellow and purple/red. And great underwater structures for wide-angle photography.. or even better.. video ! See more underwater creatures at Deb's Sample Gallery ...continuing on we'll zip up the western side of Halmahera stopping to dive sites in the strait between Halmahera and Pulau Bakan, including an amazing site where sharks cruised close by to check us out and odd sky-blue sea fans made a nice background for Blue Ribbon Eels on a pinnacle covered with huge sponges, a wide diversity of brilliantly colored soft corals and heaps of fish. In May 2008 a muck-critter night dive near our anchorage produced scores of nudibranchs, shrimps, gastropold molluscs, coral pipefish, etc..... ...after a day or so there, we arrive in the Gorachi Islands where the volcano islands of Tidore, Ternate and Makian rise out of the sea in the distance. Diving on rocks that just peek out of the sea, we'll be sure to repeat one where, when the current was running, was a maze of boulders covered with a rainbow of soft corals with 100's of yellow sweetlips resting in the valleys. Near the end of the trip we dive an extremely remote, small island where dive sites are few... fish are many. Especially barracuda. A school of over 1000 barracuda hang around the site in a school so gigantic you can't see all of it.. it fades off into the distance.. even in relative good visibility. Cruising jacks, midnight snappers... giant Napoleon Wrasse, fusiliers that buzz around us distracting us from the photography... ... and then we move on to end the trip in one of the best places for muck macro photograpy in the world, Lembeh Strait. We'll end the trip with some muck diving and for those who have time to extend drop them, their cameras & dive gear still wet from the previous day's diving at a Lembeh resort to continue a few extra days of muck. Nudibranchs with shrimp, hairy frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Mimic Octopus.. the critters are legendary. For my dive/photo groups I bring in freelance divemasters and guides to insure we have a great crew, above and beyond the liveaboard's regular crew. I have even been selecting the cruise director for the one I believe will do the best job for specific trips. (I'm in the process now of arranging freelance guides for our Nov 2008 and Apr/May 2009 trips.) Participation is limited to 12 guests. By limiting the number of divers, more diving is possible and the dive deck is less crowded. All divers enjoy unlimited dive time. You will have the freedom to enjoy your trip to the fullest as we never impose arbitrary time or dive limitations on many days we have an open deck so you can dive when you want. On our trips you will get more diving than any other trip to the same areas, plus extra dive guides and experienced tour organizers / trip leaders who will also help you organize your travel plans and look out for your best interest. As a guest photographer you will have the prime photo opportunities. We have chartered the ship SMY Ondina for our last 13 dive/photo trips and work together each trip to improve over the previous one. Our 2008 and 2009 trips are on SMY Ondina again! We love this ship, 2009 will be the 6th year in a row that we have chartered her because most of our guests tell us that they prefer SMY Ondina to any other liveaboard they have been on. Its not high luxury, but a comfortable ship laid out extremely well for diving. The winners of the 2004-2007 SMY Ondina Photo contest (free cruise!) have been guests on one of our charters. Deb has a Raja Ampat gallery including a short video clip from one of our May 2008 trips (just a sample really) and details of the trips here: Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh Strait Trip Information All 2009 Trip dates: Raja Ampat: Apr. 22- May 4, 2009, 12nts. $4095 Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh: May 8 - 20, 2009, 12 nts. $4095 Raja Ampat Nov. 12- Nov 23, 2009, 11 nts. $3895 Raja Ampat Nov. 26- Dec 07, 2009, 11 nts. $3755 Wholesale air flights, assistance with travel plans available for divers from the USA. Complete packages available including add-on diving in Bali, Lembeh, Ambon, etc. Contact Deb or Tony in Texas at 817.626.0636 or via email tours@cityseahorse.com by DebF for TonyM
  15. 2008 trips are all full Raja Ampat: Apr. 22- May 4, 2009, 12nts. $4095 Our Best Trips, Sorong - Sorong All divers enjoy unlimited dive time. You will have the freedom to enjoy your trip to the fullest as we never impose arbitrary time or dive limitations. On our trips you will get more diving than any other trip to the same areas, extra dive guides and experienced group leaders who will also help you organize your travel plans. As a guest photographer you will have the prime photo opportunities. Participation is limited to 12 guests. By limiting the number of divers, more diving is possible (4-7 dives per day). The itinerary for each trip is designed around the direction of the current, current strength, phase of moon and time of day to put photographers on the best dive sites at the best time to get good photos. We do not run a fixed itinerary every week, however each trip will visit all the good sites. All our trips are special liveaboard charters organized so that you can dive as much and as long as you like and target your diving at the best sites for photography and for observing marine life. See more underwater creatures at Deb's Sample Raja Ampat Gallery We had two excellent trips in Raja Ampat this spring. We hit the diving nearly perfect. Loads of fish, especially big schools of barracuda, massive block-out-the-sun schools of silversides being chased by gigantic schools of jacks and mobula rays. The usual hundreds of sweetlips, big schools of snappers, fusiliers, banner fish etc. Plus Coleman shrimp, blue-ring octopus, nudibranchs, shrimp gobies, mantis shrimp, wobbegong sharks, giant clams... etc. etc. I keep hearing from divers who didn't have good trips in Raja Ampat so want to emphasize that it is critical to dive there with someone who knows the dive sites and makes the effort to schedule the dives around the current directions and strength, phase of moon and time of day. As far as I know, these trips are the only ones organized that way. On the same dive site it will make the difference between a mind-blowing, action, fish-filled colorful dive or a boring nothing-but-rocks and reef fish dive. We have chartered the ship SMY Ondina for our last 13 dive/photo trips and work together each trip to improve over the previous one. Our 2008 and 2009 trips are on SMY Ondina again! We love this ship, 2009 will be the 6th year in a row that we have chartered her because our guests tell us that they prefer SMY Ondina to any other liveaboard they have been on. The winners of the 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 SMY Ondina Photo contest have been guests on one of our charters. We know the dive sites and where the best photographic opportunities are. Deb has a Raja Ampat gallery including a short video clip from one of our May 2008 trips (just a sample really) and details of the trips here: Raja Ampat Trip Information All 2009 Trip dates: Raja Ampat: Apr. 22- May 4, 2009, 12nts. $4095 Raja Ampat - Halmahera - Lembeh: May 8 - 20, 2009, 12 nts. $4095 Raja Ampat Nov. 12- Nov 23, 2009, 11 nts. $3895 Raja Ampat Nov. 26- Dec 07, 2009, 11 nts. $3755 Wholesale air flights, assistance with travel plans available for divers from the USA. Complete packages available including add-on diving in Bali, Lembeh, Ambon, etc. Contact Deb or Tony in Texas at 817.626.0636 or via email tours@cityseahorse.com
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