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  1. Housing in excellent condition; recently undergone complete servicing and replacement of o-rings. Cost $1,300 Sea and Sea Dome port $265 Sea and Sea TTL converter $260 Nikon D300 (body only) Cost $550 Great for experienced and beginners alike!
  2. Thanks Damo. Responses aren't yet reflexive to situations, so there's a lot of bubbled, "oh crap" underwater emanating from my reg. But appreciate tips, and shall keep at it !
  3. Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.
  4. Hi Guys, Once edited, I try to save a photo in jpeg mode, and also as a photoshop file. The latter,however, never works as it can't be opened by PS. Is there something I'm doing wrong? Apologies for the simplicity of the question, and thanks in advance. Max.
  5. Thanks in advance for looking at the photos : always welcome the chance to learn from you guys. Max.
  6. Just a few pics. Mantas were active and beautiful to watch. More to come. Hope you enjoy. Max.
  7. Thanks guys; you're very generous, (sorry about accidentally uploading one image twice.) But yes, it was amazing to merely slip into the water and be witness to such breathtaking creatures. I was very very lucky indeed.
  8. Had amazing encounters with Humpbacks courtesy of "Conscious Breath" at the Silver Banks off the DR coast. Just some pics for your enjoyment and review. Safe diving. Max.
  9. Wow, Steve, thanks for the advice...I really like what you did with the manta. You say you used "Lightroom". I'm also a newbie to Photoshop CS4, of course. Do you suggest using Lightroom or can this also be achieved with Photoshop? I am happy to add some more pics since I don't have a website album. I'm kind of self conscious about the quality of my shots I guess.
  10. Hi Guys, So I'm still new to this, but wanted to post some photos I took on a recent Maldives trip. The trip was great, and this is only my third trip out with my camera, (Nikon 300, Sea and Sea housing, Sea and Sea 110a strobes, Nikon 12-24 lens). Be gentle with me
  11. What's your experience with the Nikon 18-55 lens? Oops, make that 17-55 lens.
  12. Hi, We were fortunate enough to dive off the live aboard Ocean Hunter 3,(Fish N Fins) ; wonderful ! They are definitely the best. Continued land based diving with Fish N Fins, from Palau Pacific Resort.
  13. Hi Guys, Dumb questions but how do we get t shirts and decals? Thanks. Max.
  14. Hi Doug! Now comes the work of reviewing the pics with your DVD which you so generously provided on Photoshop. Had a wonderful time ! This digital stuff is very very cool !
  15. Thanks guys. These are all great suggestions!
  16. Being relatively new here, please accept my thanks to all for a wonderfully informative and friendly site : I've learned a great deal, but obviously have a long way to go. I recently purchased a Nikon D300, Sea and Sea housing with a Tokina 12-24 and dual Sea and Sea 110a strobes. Photographing has been a great experience. However, a friend was using a sigma zoom lens on a D90 with Ikelite housing, and I realized that it would be very useful to bring the larger, and sometimes rather shy bigger fish in closer. Can I ask what you guys recommend? Many thanks!
  17. Flying back to Palau fills us all with great anticipation of superlative diving. Big animals, pristine reef, sun filled days and the inevitable desire to never leave. After 3 weeks, all of those anticipatory expectations were not only met, but exceeded. But there is more than mere diving going on in Palau as attested to by the recent declaration of Palau as the first shark sanctuary area at the UN. While Palau is serviced by an array of operators it is Fish N Fins who have struggled unrelentingly to make inroads on both a local and international level regarding the issues of marine conservation. From their efforts, the Micronesian Shark Foundation has emerged, as well as educational programs for local schools regarding the benefits of shark preservation and a systematic attempt to debunk the myths of the shark as an insatiable aggressor and man eater. Further, they have established relationships internationally to commence the monitoring of the shark population, their behavior, migratory habits and seasonal changes by tagging and radio monitoring. These activities demonstrate more than a mere commercial interest in the tourist industry. It is evidence of a firm commitment to both Palau's future and the environment which are inextricably connected. I mention these issues because as divers we inevitably benefit from such foresight and commitment and inherit the legacy of such efforts every time we dive. In selecting which dive operation to frequent, it may be of interest to consider these facts. Of course Fish N Fins has a superlative operation. Their dive boats are pristine and well maintained. The dive guides are attentive, and Tova and Navot Bornovski are gracious and accommodating to all their guests making every effort to ensure that no detail is overlooked. They are well aware that people travel a great distance to fulfill a long held dream of diving in Palau and they are determined not to disappoint them. A last dive to Blue Corner? Let's do it. A night dive ? You're not too tired. then let's see what we can do! Everyone is well aware of what Palau has to offer. Thanks to Tova and Navot Bornovski of Fish N Fins, that marine heritage is much more secure and waiting there for all of us.
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