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Searcaigh

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  1. Brilliant Blenny Shots Alastair
  2. I have sold images in the past and given them away for free too for a good cause as previously mentioned. Anything I put on the www is low res and has my name on it (which of course could be photoshopped out) I must admit I do like seeing my images published and sharing this with friends.
  3. Like that bike shot, had a few Triumphs in my time back in the 70s before turning Japanese then German! Bike shot of me below from 1974 and last November 2010 on a boat at PG
  4. Wow, fantastic images here really enjoyed looking at them. My favourite shot of 2010 was taken at Puerto Galera in the Philippines last November
  5. Simon, and everyone else who reads this. I was discussing this topic with some Malaysian friends last night and was reliably informed by somebody working for Malaysian Airlines that check in staff are encouraged to charge overweight baggage allowance and receive commission based on how much more income they bring in for the airline. So now you know, fly with another airline if possible. It is always good to check beforehand as scuba equipment is classed as sports equipment with some airlines.
  6. Just noticed this post as I trawl through stuff I missed. Having just returned from a week staying at El Galleon and diving with Asia Divers I cannot commend them enough from the Gas Analyser to the crew that take care of you. Two speedboats with double Mercurys are up and running, and the hot towels after the dives is just like flying business class. Nudibranchs abound and that shot of the Nembrotha chamberlaini is stunning. I have already booked up for a return trip in February
  7. Good read Simon, I really want to go to PNG some day, but daunted by your and other people's experiences. Just returned from Puerto Galera flying to Manila on Emirates. My hand baggage usually weighs in at 25Kg (pelican case with housing, ports and strobes and backpack with bodies, lenses and laptop), never an issue. My suitcase only weighs in at 27Kg with remaining dive gear
  8. I recently bought the Tokina ATX 35mm f2.8 Macro before my recent trip to the Philippines and managed some decent results albeit some limitation with f22 being the smallest aperture. Good enough for a large turtle shot (or shark) and possible to obtain decent macro shots too. Nice all round lens.
  9. Mares Abyss, still have my old Mares MR12 MkIII though as a back up (purchased in 1986)
  10. Definately not a fake, the couple who own the boat were interviewed on BBC, very close call
  11. I tend to do basic cleaning when on trips as I am only changing batteries / CF cards, so visual inspection to remove any crap that may have accumulated after rinsing well preferably in a shower post soaking. I do re-grease when changing lenses / ports and grease the threads on the strobe connectors at the beginning of a trip only taking them off at the end for full disassembly for my return home. I left a strobe connected for week once and had some problems removing it due to corrosion, you quickly remember your physics lessons from school days.
  12. Depends on who I go diving with. My diving friends know that I am a photographer and will be in the vicinity usually finding some subjects for me to photograph, especially nudibranchs. However I do carry a redundant air supply just in case. On dive trips I travel solo the majority of the time unless my daughter is with me, and she is happy just to tag along and watch her dad play with his toys. When she is not with me it can be hit and miss, but usually I have found good dive guides in Indonesia and Philippines who understand that looking after a solo photographer can be rewarding too ($$)
  13. I bet it is really rusty or do your cover it with silcone grease
  14. I use a mix of both and depending on what my primary purpose is to shoot, but as I mainly do macro my 60mm lens is the one most frequently used. I recently took only that lens with me to the Philippines and was amazed at the clarity of the water compared to the UAE where I live and really wished I had brought my 105mm. I sometimes use my 10.5 mm but found that for wide angle some versitility is required and have a 10-24mm, but not had the chance to use it yet.
  15. Does anyone know what has happened to the Sea&Sea shop at the Adelphi, Coleman Street in Singapore. The website is no longer running and the phone is disconnected. Has it closed for good, has Andrew Yeo retired? (I hope he is still in good health)
  16. Received a mail with this link from Dr. Ingo Burghardt and thought it might be of interest to some of us who just love these critters http://www.sciencealert.com.au/features/20090109-19669.html
  17. Just back from a trip to Redang in Malaysia, no mozzies thankfully during that part of the trip but I did get bitten 5 times in Singapore whilst drinking at Clark Quay. Serve me right for wearing shorts and not thinking about it. Drink dark rum ... apparently the smell comes through the skin pores and repels the mozzies. I combine this with these nasty smelling mosquite coils. Tiger balm on the bites if you have them stops the itch
  18. Thanks for the tips guys, I will make up some thin shims and see how it goes
  19. Bugga Sorry to hear that, I am going to be specially careful when I go on my trip to Malaysia next month and it will be back up back up back up. Chances of two hard drives failing must be really slim. Perhaps carrying a bunch of memory sticks as back up of some of the shots might help ... just in case
  20. I have a similar problem with my Sea & Sea housing for my D70. I can decrease the aperture but not increase it! Currently working on f16 and changing lighting power output on my strobes. I will be a bit miffed if I have the same problem when I pick up my D300 housing next month. Andrew Yeo of Sea & Sea in Singapore suggested changing the gearing and gave me a new one but I fail to see how this could be the reason (I have not yet changed the gearing)
  21. An old Italian lived alone in Chicago . He wanted to plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very difficult work, as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament: Dear Vincent, I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you were here my troubles would be over.. I know you would be happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days. Love, Papa A few days later he received a letter from his son. Dear Pop, Don't dig up that garden. That's where the bodies are buried. Love, Vinnie At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the old man received another letter from his son. Dear Pop, Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie
  22. Unfortunately will be on a plane coming back from Belgium and only back a day before going to Kuwait. Just been speaking to Stevie from Scuba Dubai about doing a re-breather course .... very tempting Planning next dive on June 5 at Dibba Rock again, despite the poor viz I had some interesting shots of tube anemones and want to experiment with double strobes and variable lighting
  23. Like everyone else above go manual. I nearly went crazy the first time I used the 105 on autofocus, couldn't wait to sort out a gear for it and use it manually. All my mates on the boat were laughing at me after that dive and said "now you know why we never use autofocus"
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