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  1. Yes. This is our most common route to Indonesia these days. We've done about 10 times. It is all about the airline you choose, not the airport. I have never had a problem yet. I've flown JAL, AA, Garuda, and Air New Guinea. Just remember. Things always change and never for the better. Transiting isn't an issue.
  2. I read the announcement, but never saw the finished product. Did a production run actually make it to the market? If so, how many are out there? Wouldn't mind having one if I can find one. Wondering what ports it uses. Thanks for any info.
  3. While out and about in Dallas, we stopped for lunch at The Porch. http://www.theporchrestaurant.com/ It's an excellent restaurant with tasty indulgent menu items. I happened to notice that the specials board had "Grilled Black Tip Shark". As one might expect, this bugged the heck out me. This morning I remembered this event and I went to their website and emailed the managing partner. I provided links to Shark Angels and to Shawn Heinrich's web page showing the devastation caused by shark finning. About an hour after I got to work, I received a call from Justin Beam, the general manager. He said he and the executive chef discussed the matter and had looked at the links. He said they would pull the menu item immediately and never offer shark again. I thanked him. I wanted to share the positive experience. Granted, this restaurant is part of the Consilient Restaurant group, which focuses on local farm to table type restaurants. Anyway, we now have two more people on our side. BTW, the restaurant group consists of some pretty good eateries: Hibiscus Fireside Pies Victor Tangos AF+B (Ft. Worth) If you are in the Dallas area, they are worthy of your business.
  4. I've got three. Too bad you didn't post earlier. Just returned from Coz on the 15th. Make me an offer.
  5. Just stick inside your neck seal. That way you never forget where you put it. Put a little hole in the cover and tie string through it and attach to something close by where it won't get in the way, e.g. strobe arm.
  6. It's looking like it will be backordered until February. My current Mac Pro has three 4TB internal drives plus the 1TB boot drive. What do I do with these other internal drives?
  7. I've been limping along for the last year waiting for new Mac Pro "coming soon". My Mac Pro at home is so long in the tooth and I've been uninterested in trying to improve its performance, since a new model has been iminent for so long. Anyone with some inside info on availability? December is almost half over.
  8. For still images, I liked Panorama Factory by Smoky City Design Can't answer video question.
  9. It helps that you don't have to open it up after 24 or 36 shots.
  10. I don't have a simple solution, action or pre-set. I divide and conquer in PS. Create a duplicate layer. Mask off the Manta. Copy that layer. Inverse the mask. Now you have two layers that can be adjusted, one for the manta and one for the blue water. A shorter method is to create a saturation adjustment layer and create a mask for the manta. Pick the best white balance for the blue water. Desaturate the manta only to some degree.
  11. I may have a pair. Will check size tomorrow.
  12. I am highly ambivalent about Wakatobi. First, you will love the rooms and food. It doesn't get much better. I've always considered it to be 4 star diving. I would place Komodo and Raja Ampat in the 5 star category. I don't know Sipadan, but all the other locations would be superior to Wakatobi for macro. So, yes, it is conducive to good photography, but they have rules (flashing cirtters and god forbid you pull out a tripod). But I'd rate other places higher. Wakatobi has a lot of wall dives, but these would be your wide angle dives, not your macor dives. The best macro sets at Wakatobi are for the most part not wall dives. Currents are quite varied. It is no bigger issue at Wakatobi than other locations and probably less. The marvelous house reef can be done as wide angle dive a long the wall or a macro dive on top. I'm not a fan of Lorenz. All of the staff are gone since our last visit with the departure of Iman Baldwin. I've heard they have gotten a little strict on their diving. Only rarely does someone say they had a bad trip to Wakatobi. They might have had a better one somewhere else, maybe for less money, too.
  13. I still have mine. It is one of two Nikon lenses I still own, even though I don't own a Nikon camera any more. I have used it alone back in the film days, with and without diopers and teleconverters. The big problem was that with two SS200 strobes pushed forward and a long lens and port extension, it could fatigue your wrists very quickly (no Stix or floaties). With TC and diopter it was also hard to even find your subject in the old non-magnifying viewfinder. I did use it with the D100 and it's sensor crop along with lighter strobes, no TC. Worked very well getting some jittery blennies. It is wonderful for giving you plenty of working distance and if you can balance your rig, it would indeed be a good tool for jittery critters. I don't think lighting will be a problem these days. I have no issue running at ISO320, which over 2 stops better than the days of Velvia 50. As I said, I still have the lens and the port. I'm going to hang on to them. You never know. The last time I used it on land was shooting butterflies in an inside aviary (aviary isn't the right name, but I don't know the name for a butterfly containment area). Oh, in today's world, it would be considered very slow to focus. But so am I.
  14. It is the least expensive route, but can cost you in the long run if you need it. If you make a couple of claims on your homeowners policy, they will cancel you. It's just the way they are. So, you make a claim for camera gear, a claim for some roof damage and the next thing you know they won't renew you. Then you go to another company and they jack your rates way up. Your ability to get homeowners' insurance is tainted for a long time, even if you no longer carry the camera gear on your policy. Claims are claims. Depending on where you live, YMMV.
  15. I've been on the Galapagos Aggressor II three times. We didn't have to paddle or do any fishing. Sounds like a good deal to me, 2 for 1. That's like, almost around 50% off.
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