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Paula Schi

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  1. As I haven't written that many posts here on the board I do want to let my fellow readers in on this. When I saw this news contribution on CNN I was in complete shock and really sad what things are done in the name of "education". :-( A summer camp called "Coastal discoveries" in Newbury, MA claims to be a marine education camp... http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2011/0....whdh?hpt=hp_t2 and this one... http://www.digtriad.com/news/watercooler/a...chusetts-Record Guess killing sharks is the best way to show kids their mission "to share our love of our ocean environment and to teach respect for its fragility." -Lee and Bob Yeomans I am thinking of writing them a mail but I guess it won't help anyways. I mean- hey- "its just a shark". Shame on these guys... :-(
  2. I will have a look at it tomorrow since I will be in the water and give some more feedback.
  3. Hi- I have the 5d2 in a Sealux housing. The housing is nice, compact and not bulky- not like some others I had looked into. The guys at Sealux are great- if you have any special wishes they'll see to it that it works out for you. In my case- I wanted to have the shutter release lever modified so that I could reach it better (I have small hands). No problem. The slide to place the camera on is great- just pull it out. You can also the the cam in the housing if you want to change lenses- there is a release lever on the outside so you just have to take off the port/dome. Hope this is enough info- if you have any more questions give me a holler :-) BTW: I wrote a critique on digideep.com in german with some pics: http://bit.ly/flizad
  4. Hi Paul, actually I'm really not sure. I guess they bring the patient or organs to another airport which is open and then fly from there. I only do upper airspace control (everything above 25,000 feet77,5km). I don't like doing overtime myself because it's just giving my employer company the feeling that I will come in for anything. Money makes things easier but it cannot replace time. The job is stressy enough and it has been once said that controllers have one of the lowest life expectancies. As far as I understand the situation, the AENA was willing to pay high overtme wages since they didn't have enough personnel. That's where the high income comes from. Then AENA said thea have to work more- raising the yearly work time from 1200 to 1800 hours per year (that's round about the hours a controller does per year here in Germany) for the same pay. Now, last week the government brought in a new policy which states the ATCOs have be on standy-by 365/24, lowering the minimum rest times (here in Germany I have to "wait" 12hrs until I can work again) and then the stuff I wrote in my reply above. So as far as I see it- it's not really aout the money anymore. Anyhow: let's get back to talking about diving ;-)
  5. Thank you Drew for writing what it is like (I am an ATCO myself)... There is no denying that the Spanish ATCOs earn a whole lot of money. I don't even get half as much as they do. But anyhow, that's what the AENA (the spanisch NATS, FAA) is paying them for doing overhours since they don't have enough staffing to get the job done. I have no idea why they haven't hired more, but one thing I do know is that you can't find 'em around the corner (we have the same staffing issue)... They raised the working hours from round about 1200 per year to round about 1800 per year this spring. Now their working hours are simliar to those that I do... The new thing that was decided last week by the government was that they get no pay for: their annual medical check-up (same thing which for mandatory for pilots), stand-by duty (365,24) and if you are needed elsewhere, then you are transferred within a week to another part of the country. And whoever is yelling for the military come and do the job- then bring 'em on. But is what can happen if somebody does a job that they are not trained for (you have to get trained and checked-out on a sector to be able to work it): http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/s...000/4202039.stm And: Regarding military taking over ( anywhere ) this is 2010 in the EU where licensing is in force, Military controllers are not licenced/trained for En-route civil ops. For TWRs at airports this is different ( mixed ops ) . Also numbers are not at all the same , a few hunded licensed military controllers in Spain 1800 civil. Comparison with Reagan/USA/1981. in 81 huge overstaff in FAA, low working hours , so firing 60% workforce was mitigated by : calling back retired people, management and a few ( hundreds ) of military in some TWRS. Then they enforced 6 days/ week of 12 hours/day to that workfordce, and still it was a mess for 12-14 months ( big delays in the New york area,many incidents). Resolved after 4-5 years only... I would like to add that it's a no-go just to walk out off the job and bring the country into complete chaos! If there is a strike, then it has to be made possible that medevac and ambulance flights can be done. It has to be a legal and announced well in advance so that measures can be taken...
  6. It's a pity on what's going on, but these guys are fed up and are just fighting back. Firing them is not going to help much more, since I suppose there is not enough military personnel to handle the traffic at a day to day basis... air traffic controller's don't grow on tree's...
  7. Hi, I took pictures with the 1G with the Wide Angle lens. It's the same lens, just different camera. http://forum.scubatoys.com/gear-informatio...html#post385696 It's a mix of different pics, but the following were taken with the WA lens: 1 (diver and table coral) 5 (the reef pic) 16 (turtle) 17 (sunball) 18 (grouper) 21 (red coral and sun rays) 23 (red corals and wreck) 25 (anemone fish and diver) 26 (soft coral & sunball) 27 (swimming ray) 28 (ray lying in sand) It's a great lens, and really worth using it. BTW: the first scubatoys thread is about an Inon lens which isn't the "original" sea&sea WA lens. Regards, Paula
  8. Thanks for the info on that. I've already booked since friends of mine are instructors there. I was on Vilamendhoo in 2006 when Werner Lau still was there. Great spots and a great housereef. Don't know anything about babysitters though.
  9. I am a little confused. Who is Lars? There is no Lars as faar as I can see on the homepage. I am going there for a few weeks in April so I was just wondering...
  10. Hi to all :-) I am posting this question in all english reading uw-photography forums, so you may find it somewehre else. Maybe somebody can help me on this; I am getting weird information regarding the stacking of the 125 close-up lenses for the 1G/2G. There is a big convention going on in Düsseldorf (Boot 2010) and sales people are telling me that you cannot stack the 125 lens on top of eachother. They said that stacked lenses wouldn't allow the camera to focus correctly/sharply. I have read about people stacking a few of them on top of each other and having no problems. Can anybody please confirm that I am right and these salespeople are wrong? Best regards from Germany, Paula
  11. When you are using RAW you don't need to WB (although I have also heard you should do it). I take all my pics in RAW and do the WBing at home. What you may also want to try is this: It worked very well on my bad cyan pictures
  12. My condolences go out to the family and friends. I also hope that those who had to witness his death are coping with it. It is hard- a good friend of mine died 5 days after drowning and being resuscitated last month in Egypt. Paula
  13. Hi Karel, thanks for your post...I will relay your ideas to him
  14. Hi, I am posting this question for a friend of mine who is having some issues with his G10 (OEM housing). The frogfish was taken in 22meters depth in the Maldives with the following settings: Exposure time: 1 / 25 F-stop 2,8 ISO 400 manual mode (P) ambient light My guess is the combination of too long exposure, large aperture and the ISO number. Any other ideas? He is pretty desperate since he isn't coming back to Europe until February... Thanks for you help! Regards Paula
  15. Hi Sean, I have the DX-1G with the 110a strobe and unforutnately the TTL doesn't work the way you may expect it to. The problem is, that the camera sends out a pre-flash before really flashes and the strobe follows that pre-flash giving you a darker picture than you may want. It should be the same thing with the 2G. I have started a shooting in manuel 1 mode and it works fine so far. No shot missed out. You have to think about how you want a shot, but once you have figured it out it isn't really that hard at all. Lots of luck! Paula
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