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    Sony RX100II, Sony 7a, Canon G30 Video
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    Nauticam & Gates
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    Sea & Sea, Light & Motion, I-Torch
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  1. Fiji is great and the people are amazing. Boat diving is the way to go, but again looking for a place with shore diving. Bonaire "style" but in the Coral Triangle.
  2. Thanks all. Okinawa is not one we considered. As you get old you start thinking about this. I don't think we would live their full time, we will keep a condo stateside. Another list of countries it is "inexpensive to retire to": Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and even Bali made the list. The trick is find just the right spot in each.... 'https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/retirement/countries-where-you-can-live-comfortably-on-social-security/ss-BB1ftdP6?li=BBnb7Kz
  3. Thanks, for wide angle I use the Nauticam WWL-1. Works great. Using a pair of Sea & Sea YSD1, have two pairs. For the net on the wall I think I used all four.
  4. Not much to add. Any macro shots in this gallery were taken with the RX100III, Nauticam housing, flip diopter holder and Nauticam CMC-1. I admit I enjoy the flexibility. https://aquabluedreams.com/#/gallery/indonesia-ambon-alor/dsc02703
  5. Visa issues can be dealt with. Way back, when I lived in Taiwan after some stretch of time we would have to leave the country for 48hrs(?) so we would just fly to Seoul or HK for a couple of days. The better half loves macro. I, of course, enjoy landscape/WA so the perfect spot would have a bit of both. Don't need Raja epic walls, but something beyond a 6'x6' rock in the muck.
  6. Enjoyed Bonaire but Southeast Asia has spoiled us. Actually the Philippines is an area we should investigate more. We went to Dumaguete once and enjoyed it.
  7. Starting to look forward to retirement and "post covid" traveling. We have done a fair amount of diving throughout the coral triangle. We love Lembeh, Raja Ampat, Solomons, Micronesia, even took a day to look at property in Bali. The ideal spot is somewhere we can Shore Dive! Just roll out in the morning and dive. We love Asia and have spent enough time there to know the realities of life in these areas. Once again we think Bali first but what spots are we missing??? Ideally...Shore Diving, not ALL muck diving as much as we like it. Water has to be warm, the better half wears a 6mm in 80 degree water. Some form of Villas for long term rent. Yes, I want AC and a dipping pool. Walking distance or short car/scooter ride to the store and some simple restaurant fair. We are older so don't need the crazy nightlife and bars. Any ideas? Of course always happy to hear about the dream vs. reality.
  8. Next time you dive Emerald Bay take a metal detector! lol. My father was in law enforcement and dealt with fraud at the casinos. One thing people did was hammer down pennies so they would fit in the dime slots, back in the late 60s - 70s. They had to be "taken out of circulation". Most I think went to the Feds for melting down. But we took a few bags of the shiny coins and would throw them overboard watching them drift down to the bottom.
  9. Chris, so played with the Dive Galleries and can't find a way to scroll through them. It is touchy but if you take your cursor to the bottom or top of the galleries an up/down arrow appears that will then scroll. Tom, you join others in wanting captions. I'm a little burned out on the site right now. But the way covid is going I will probably have time.
  10. Thanks so much! Will review the dive galleries. The site really is our version of "family 8mm movies", lol. I thought about cutting down all the galleries to just the "best of" but as I approach 60yrs old I want keep the memories;)
  11. Hello, Slight update to website. It would be great if others could take a look and see if there are any glitches. Of course open to suggestions to changes. https://aquabluedreams.com/#/page/home/ Thanks!
  12. A quick trip we took to Coz last year. I miss our Indo live-aboards but there is something to be said for two dives then the pool and drinks with umbrellas..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YIT7tz4CDM&t=4s
  13. The RXs are not super strong with macro but with diopters and a steady hand they are fair. This gallery were all taken with the RX100IV. Some fair, "fill the frame" macro shots. https://aquabluedreams.com/#/gallery/indonesia-ambon-alor-2015/dsc03901/
  14. Getting "long in the tooth" article I wrote years ago but still relevant, imho. I shoot the RX100IV and for my purposes it is great. You can see it used in the Tonga gallery where it "struggles" natural light, wide angle. In the Fiji gallery it does great with strobes and being able to go from macro to wide in one dive. https://www.aquabluedreams.com/#/page/my-digital-de-evolution/
  15. As a long time fan of compacts like the Sony RX100 series the move to cell phones "makes sense". The issue for me is always low light capability. When we went to Tonga and shooting natural light you could really see the difference between my RX and another shooters full frame rig.
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