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BrianM

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  1. #1 I've got a few shots of these from my 16 dives at Secret Bay last month. They were usually in small groups and looked like juvenile waspfish. I thought they were Cockatoo Waspfish (Ablabys taenianotus) because I had seen a lot of the adults there. #2 I think I saw this too. Tricky to get a shot of as they were more nervous than the Dactylopus species. I thought they looked similar to a Superb Dragonet (Callionymus superbus) btw. SecretSea18, yes Secret Bay is the site next to Mainit Point, as far as I know it's been called that for years, though obviously it's not a secret anymore. It is also known as Toros, because there used to be a couple of bulls tethered on the shore nearby to the left of the new hotel building.
  2. It's about 4cm to 5cm long and was found in shallow 3 metres depth. To me it looks similar to a Long Filament Dragonet (Callionymus keeleyi), except it doesn't have a long filamentous dorsal.
  3. Strange to find a shrimp so close to the surface and vulnerable to predation. btw. Cal, the shot's not that rare. JimC has told me he has a whole collection of butt shots. Probably his own.
  4. Alex, there's no need to dedicate a dive to filter photography, if you use a screw on filter, but it sounds like you are conceding that if you shoot raw and have good post processing skills, then there is no need for a filter anyway. If I understand correctly the other points being made here. Then using a filter or a manual WB adjustment in the water, reduces the level of blue & green light to a level similar to that of the red and as a consequence the exposure has to be bumped up to deal with the lower light, so making noise more likely. I'm sure someone will correct me if I've got that wrong. Though perhaps it's time to confess that I'm not a great fan of RAW, since in my post processing I have first to convert them to DNG then open CS2 (btw. I know I should have CS3) then get bewildered by all the available adjustments that I have to do in trial and error mode, until I get something just about adequate. I sometimes wonder if all I'm really doing in post processing is trying to perform the same steps that the manufacturer's in camera software does to get a jpg image. Isn't the manufacturer likely to have better noise reduction than I can achieve in post processing, after all they know (or should know) the characteristics of the sensor better than me.
  5. Good work Edmond. Did you know that Reefnet make adapters for Subsee now?
  6. Great macro work Simon, the shots are beautiful. Edvin, don't wind them up before I get there, that's my job! (btw. I'm older than both of you )
  7. The shrimp eel is a great find Les. Free swimming too. While we are on the subject of life being cruel, here's one also from St Vincent. I'm not sure what is or what's problem is.
  8. Awesome shots guys! Here's two of my favourites from the Perhentians, Malaysia. Porcelain Crab (Lissoporcellana sp.) I felt lucky to find this one on the outside of the soft coral, they seemed to hide inside most of the time. Close-up of a Shuttlecock Egg Cowrie (Volva volva). I just like the mantle shape and colours
  9. Well I'm really looking forward to our stay (13th Jan to 27th Jan) See you on the 13th Mike.
  10. Thanks again Leslie. Enjoy your Thanksgiving fest.
  11. The dive site is called "China Wreck" it's in a bay near Mirbat in southern Oman, about 45 minutes by 4WD from Salalah.
  12. Anyone got an ID for this hairy coral crab? Taken in Oman at depth of 8 metres
  13. Beautiful work Ross, very enjoyable to watch. Your fish and buddies must cooperate more than mine do in the composition.
  14. I took this photo in Oman recently. The markings on the head are colourful and fairly distinctive, but I can't seem to find an ID for it. If anyone can help with the ID please let me know.
  15. Thanks Ross, but I don't think the markings look right. Maybe it is two morays as Marli thinks, if so I would like to find at least one with the same head and mouth markings as mine.
  16. Maybe you are right, but it certainly looked like and moved as one moray. Unless it was an optical illusion, we both think we saw it joined as one moray.
  17. Help on ID please for this moray. Photographed near Mirbat, Oman in shallow depth of about 5m. It's a large moray, hard to say exactly as it didn't come out very far, but from what I could see of it coiled up, I would estimate over 1metre maybe 1.5m long.
  18. It's not in my excellent "Reef Fish ID - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas DVD". Perhaps in the next version then Les?
  19. Well done and congratulations Pieter. I look forward to seeing the online photos.
  20. Judging by it's size and markings I think it's a Honeycomb Stingray (Himantura uarnak) http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/ThumbnailsSummary.php?ID=5507 Another possibility is a Honeycomb Whipray (Himantura fava) http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSum...peciesname=fava Since this only gets to be 1.2m, I've ruled it out unless that guy on the dock holding the ray is a midget.
  21. Spen, have you got a close up photo of the spotted ray, or can you post a crop of it here?
  22. Perhaps the ray is Himantura imbricata or Himantura walga a type of Whip Ray. Looks like it's lost it's whip tail though.
  23. Wonderful photos and great dive site advice too.
  24. Jenny, lovely photos as always. Very colourful and artistic. 80% from night dives. Hmmm...maybe I will start doing more night dives.
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