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  1. Where's the "Hello, my name is Mark, and I'm an alcoholic, (all because of this crazy desire to get an image anywhere close to all the guys on WP)." phase??
  2. Spectacular (as always), Alex! Thanks for your continued inspiration and ingenuity. Cheers, Mark
  3. Welcome back to the water! Great images!
  4. Nice stuff, Scott! I need to escape the office & head down there soon. Mark
  5. Great images, Laz! Truly inspiring. Looks like a trip south is even more necessary for me...
  6. Wow - just came across these, Jeff! Really like them. Great stuff... Cheers, Mark
  7. My experience is limited to DUI. I currently have a TLS350 that has performed admirably. Use a shop that has experience measuring correctly for drysuits, try/test several if you have the opportunity, and don't skimp. (Sounds like any piece of dive or photo gear, huh?) Cheers, Mark
  8. Matt, You didn't mention any specific destinations, but I'd like to recommend Mike Haber & Mike Mesgleski of Jim Church School of Underwater Photography. http://www.jimchurchphoto.com/index.html Most of their workshops are aboard the Aggressor fleet, which as you most likely know, is scattered all over. Their style of teaching is very effective, and there's a good mix of lectures, one-on-one time, and assistance in the water. It's a worthwhile investment, and you'll spend time with some fun folks. Good luck, Mark
  9. Now the rest of us are anxiously awaiting the debut of your video of the good doctor cavorting around in the sea. Seriously, great video!
  10. What a great trip, Steve. Thanks for the commentary and sharing your opinions of Shearwater & Jim, too. Wistfully looking at the chain holding me to this desk... Mark
  11. Excellent job, Steve. Looks like it was a very productive trip. Looking forward to seeing more of your results.
  12. Got mine last week, and my girlfriend promptly stole it! Spectacular issue, as always.
  13. Nice effect, Carlos. I thought it was a shot of Earth, too. Mark
  14. Excellent shots -- you should be proud. Steve is right about the w/a stuff -- a lot of us need to move a bit closer. Keep up the good work & keep sharing... Mark
  15. Spectacular - keep up the good work!
  16. You're only as old as you act and feel. (Which certainly explains a lot about most of us on here...) Happy Birthday Dean, and thanks for all your great advice.
  17. Nice stuff, Jeff. Thanks for sharing your findings. Mark
  18. I'm going to toss in my one-and-a-half cent's worth... I went through similar issues when considering a drysuit purchase, too. My (now-ex)wife and I became enamored with the prospect of West Coast diving after a few non-diving trips to California and SE Alaska. (Living in Florida, and spending most of our diving trips in Caribbean waters, this was a new twist for us.) Even with all the cave diving going on in our part of Florida, it was difficult to find many brands represented well enough to do much in the way of side-by-side comparisons. One of the things we did as part of our "research" was attending a photo workshop put on by Joe Wysocki at Optiquatics (www.optiquatics.com). He has a partnership with DUI in which you try any and all DUI products, allowing you to experience the different suits and setups. (Much more so than the DOG rallys...) It was well worth the effort, and gave us valuable insight into drysuit diving. (It really sealed the deal wacthing the wetsuit-clad divers pouring pitchers of hot water down their suits before entering the water, too.) For us, knowing that drysuit diving would mean air travel to get to any destinations (not unlike you in Texas) we knew early on we wanted to go for shell-style suits over compressed neoprene, for ease in packing and drying. And the flexibility in undergarments was a draw for us. I also had the opportunity to try a Whites and found it to be good as well. Yes, we ended up buying DUI. I've got the TLS350. You may find this surprising -- after getting measured, it turned out I was the one able to buy an off-the-rack suit, and I'm built similarly to you -- 6'3", 235, 34" inseam. My ex ended up having to spend more on a custom-fit model. My experience has been good, but my recommendation is to try as many different brands and styles as possible to find the best price/performance/comfort/value combination for you. Good luck...
  19. My luck, I'd find something to crash into. A thought occurred to me while looking at the photos -- you could market yourself as a boat washer at marinas, using the exhaust water. It could pay for itself in no time! My next thought was: Isn't a bit early for April 1st??
  20. Alex, I'd like to add my warm wishes for a great birthday, and to take the opportunity to thank you for all the patient, selfless advice you provide along with the great inspiration to those of us eager to improve our shooting skills. Cheers, Mark
  21. Welcome, Joe. If you're like the rest of us, you'll find a wealth of information in the Search feature (under "My Assistant"), along with no lack of responses to pretty much any question you ask related to underwater photography. Mark
  22. Nice shot, Jeff. Was there last weekend, taking my youngest niece for her first manatee swim. (Needless to say, I earned a lot of "favorite uncle" points.)
  23. Yeah, you guys rub it in -- down there having fun whilst the rest of us are stuck at work (where even Northeast Florida it's cold this week)! Looking forward to seeing posts of some excellent shots. Mark
  24. This guy devotes his time to documenting the camera storefronts that come and go in New York. I found his site when shopping for lenses... http://donwiss.com/pictures/BrooklynStores/ I think you'll find On Time Digital related to AllStar Cameras. Here's another helpful research site: http://sheddingsomelight.com/buy-cameras/l...allstarfam.html Be careful... Mark
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