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Parso

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  1. Thanks for the comments. I used a Canon 50D in an Ikelite housing, with 2 DS-160 strobes, along with the Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens. ISO 200, f9, 11mm and 1/200 sec.
  2. Here's a shot of a Great White I took off Port Linchon, South Australia, back in July. Great White Shark by MJParsons Photography, on Flickr
  3. Taken with a Canon 50D in an Ikelite houding with dual DS160 strobes with a Tokina 10-17 lens at a pretty shallow site called Fairy Bower which is in Manly, Sydney, Australia. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8544/8705496153_82ffdd4495_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8411/8706618346_8d0e0e32e8_z.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8706559250_2876087094_z.jpg
  4. Hi All. In July I am heading to South Australia to cage dive with the Great Whites, with my Canon 50D in an Ikelite housing. I recently brought a Tokina 10-17 fisheye lens for the trip. I have the Ike 8" dome port, but would need to buy the superwide mounting body #5510.11 to use the lens with the 8" dome. My other option is to buy the 6" dome port #5503 and shoot with the dome shade removed. I have read that, in the cage you are better off with a less bulky rig. I was wondering if one or the other improves or detracts from the images. So the question is, am I better off with the 8" or 6" dome port. Thanks in advance for your replys.
  5. Great shots. Looks like you had some awsome vis. Its a shame about the fish hooks and line attached to the sharks though. All to common at a critical habitat site on the East Coast of NSW unfortunatley.
  6. Great shots. I take it these were taken at Beqa Lagoon. I dived there a few years ago with a Nik V, but didn't manage to get anything close to this quality.
  7. I took this shot not long ago at Magic Point, Maroubra, Sydney. A great dive, with about 5/6 young endangered Grey Nurse Sharks.There is an estimated 300/500 sharks of this type left on the coast of NSW. Currently, there are 10 critical habitat sites that the State Government has identified as aggregation locations for these sharks on the east coast of NSW. Unfortunately, in a half hearted effort to look good, and bowing to the fishing lobby, the Government still allow people to fish in these critical habitats. I have dived at a number of these sites and have seen many of these sharks, with fishing hooks caught in their mouth, gills, or body. Obviously this type of interference with their natural well being has a great effect on their existence. I'm sure a lot of people out there are familiar with this type of pathetic response from our so called leaders. Sorry for the rant. Comment on the Photo are more than welcome. Cheers.
  8. Took this 3 weeks ago at South West Rocks, NSW, Australia. Note the wire trace in its gill's.
  9. Awesome. I think the world definitely needs a bit more of that, in this day and age. Thanks for sharing. Like everybody else, viewing that, has made my day. Parso
  10. All I can suggest is contacting Ikelites service department and hopefully getting a solution off them. Best of luck. Let us know how you get on Cheers Parso
  11. Before I start, let me say that I take full responsibility for the mishap that happened yesterday. I thought I would share this experience with everyone here on Wetpixel to hopefully reduce the chances of this hapening to someone else with an Ikelight housing. I believe some minor modifications to Ikelights port lock realese system would minimize the chance of this situation being repeated. I had my 40D in an Ikelight housing with an 8 inch dome attached. I had set the rig up as normal at home, and had immersed the set up in my fresh water wash tub to make sure all was well. There were no leaks. I arrived at the dive site, geared up, made sure the sync cord nuts were tight, did a final check and started to walk into the water. The water was just above my knees and I was just about to submerge the housing fully when I felt something on the housing move abnormally. I looked down and noticed that one of the housings port release buttons had disengaged and there was a gaping hole with water going into the housing. Obviously, I aborted the dive immediately. As I was a fair way from my car with no towel nearby, I re-engaged the port lock and headed back to my vehicle. Once back at my car I stripped the rig down and discovered about 1 1/2 to 2 table spoons of water inside the housing. I removed the battery and the CF card from the camera and dried every thing as best as I could. At this stage, I had no idea how the port release button disengaged. I loaded everything in and headed home. At home I wiped, dried and soaked up all the remaining water the best I could. It was now that I tried to figure out what had happened. I reinstalled the port and as before, I simultaneously slid the port lock release buttons into place. On hearing a definite click, I assumed the locks were in place. On closer inspection, I noticed that only one lock had engaged. I pulled gently on the port and the release button slid back quite easily revealing the same situation I had at the dive site. I had stupidly beleived both port locks had engaged when I heard the click of just one lock engaging. I believe if there had been 4 locks at 90 degrees to each other, or even 3 locks at 120 degrees to each other, the chances of the port disengaging from the housing would be greatley reduced. Even better, a baynet fitting, or a screw in system similar to the way the port is attatched to the dome would reduce the risk even more. Just to finish up, I let the camera sit overnight surrounded by silics gel satchels and when I fired it up this morning it worked just fine. I installed it in the housing this afternoon and the electronics for the strobe also appear to be fine. I now believe in miracles. Thanks for listening Regards Parso
  12. Hilarious photo. I would not know whether to laugh or cry.
  13. Hey Mike Crocodile attacks, like shark attacks usually, are few and far between. As a rule,they occur in what we call the "outback", which means North Queensland, The Northern Territory and maybe North Western Australia. The victims are usually tourists who are not familiar with the country side. If a crocodile attack happens, the press will milk it for all it is worth, just like a shark attack. As we have had 3 attacks in such a short amount of time, the response from all types of media has been unprecedented. There have been reports that shark numbers are on the increase. Wouldn't that be a nice change from the norm. The last I heard was that the State Government was reviewing its shark sighting systems (small plane flyovers).
  14. I'm thinking the increased number of incidents in Sydney actually have a lot to do with a number of suggestions that have been made above. The water quality around Sydney has definitely improved. At the moment, with warm water temperatures around 23 to 24 degrees C, there is a lot of fish, both schooling and pelagic around, and as we know, if you have schooling fish, you usually have feeding sharks, (just look at the sardine run in Africa). Maybe the 3 attacks are just coincidence. Who knows? While any attack is bad, we must remind ourselves that there has not been a fatality. My main concern is the irresponsible and ill informed response by the media. We had one bald headed idiot host of a morning news show suggest we start wiping out all sharks around Sydney. We certainly don't need that sort of knee jerk reaction. I don't know what it is about a shark attack that gets the press in such a frenzy. Maybe it goes back to all the hype that surrounded the movie "JAWS" all those years ago. We have had unfortunate children that have been killed by dogs, sometimes the family pet gone bad, and the press never go as crazy on that sort of incident. Have a shark attack, and all hell breaks loose. Hopefully, one day we will have responsible journalists who will report the facts , and not sensationalize the incident to sell more papers or improve TV ratings, though I won't hold my breath (I think I just answered my own question). Cheers Parso
  15. Just thought I'd let everyone know that we had another Shark attack in Sydney this morning. That's 3 in about 2 weeks now. Very unusual indeed. Last I heard the victim is in hospital in a stable condition. He was a 15 year old kid surfing with his dad. The attack happened at around 6:45am. The sharks are definitely not doing them selves any favors at the moment. The press has already gone shark crazy. Lets hope common sense prevails, and that the victim makes a speedy recovery. By the way, I was lucky enough to photograph some 1 meter dusky whalers at Shelly Beach this morning.
  16. Just a thought on how to guarantee bad diving conditions: Buy a Canon 40D Body. Get an Ikelite housing and Tray for said camera. Argue with wife on the ammount of money being spent. Then purchase Sigma 17-70 macro lens, and a Canon 60mm E-FS macro lens along with an 8 inch dome port and a port to suit the 60mm lens. Sell just about every thing you own on E-bay so you can buy a DS-160 strobe and sync cord, plus some ULCS arms etc, and then intend to practice, practice, practice on your underwater photograghy skills. This is how to guarantee the longest spell of bad diving conditions I can remember. So to all divers in Sydney who are used to the great conditions we usually have, you can blame me for stuffing it all up. Hopefully things will return to normal soon. Regards Parso
  17. #4 does it for me, all very nice though.
  18. Hi to all I,m in the market for an Ikelite Port #5502 to suit Canon EF-S 60mm Macro lens. If anyone is keen to sell one, please contact me at easternbluedevil63@yahoo.com Cheers Parso
  19. I cant help you with the accommodation, but I can with the diving. The water may not be as blue or clear as the GBR, but given the right conditions there is some great diving in Sydney. There is both excellent boat diving and shore diving. Some of my favorite boat dives include The Apartments and the Wall at Long Reef, DY Wide, North and South Heads, and South Maroubra where there is a school of Grey Nurse Sharks. Good shore dives include North Avalon, Freshwater headland, The Ocean side of Shelley Beach, Shark Point and Bear Island. This is a good web site to check out .......http://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info/viewpage.php?page_id=100. I hope this helps you out as far as diving in Sydney is concerned. There are many great dive shops that will be more than willing to help you out. Have a great trip. Cheers Parso
  20. Looks like a great trip. My wife and I stayed at Garden Island Resort on Tavieuni for our honeymoon and looking at your photos definetly brought back some great memory's. Thanks a lot for sharing.
  21. So are you suggesting, CADiver, that we just give up and let this rape and pillage continue till it is to late to do anything. That seems to be a rather harsh attitude towards the oceans, especially from a diver. I agree that the earth has some very major hurdles to jump, and to jump these hurdles we have to inform and educate people, and if this film helps to do this, as far as over fishing is concerned, then I say "well done".
  22. Very disturbing stuff. Its a shame that we as a society have allowed things to get this bad. I mean can you believe that in the 21st century, countries still hunt whales, let alone what is happening to the shark populations of the world, along with all the other plundering that goes on. Lets hope that some of our elected politicians and decision makers sit up and take a bit of notice of this film, stop sitting on their hands, and do something about this disgraceful situation before it is to late! I shall step down off my soap box now. Cheers.
  23. OK OK-so it does get better than mine. Half your luck wagsy. I'm extremely envious.
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