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  1. Great report! I am heading there in July for the shootout, glad to hear the pelagic action is still good
  2. Hi Chris please send to news@wetpixel.com
  3. amphibico sell the best one for video. Colour chart on one side and white balance on the other.
  4. i really want it to be the juvenile form of the giant squid
  5. As an add on to the photos and video I uploaded the other day here is a brief trip report on the adventure we had out there. It's actually from my blog so it may seem a little confusing to some if you don't know me already Cendrawasih Whalesharks And this is copy and paste for those who don't want to click and see photos but you should click anyway haha Everyone has heard the old story about the “hot new spot” for diving and that you have to get there before everyone else to truly see how amazing it is. Well.. seems I am always the one who comes too late. I got to Palau after the 98 bleaching, I still haven’t been to Tiger Beach and everyone has photos of the tigers now..etc etc etc… Well, last week I finally made it to just such a new place in Cendrawasih Bay in Papua province of Indonesia with the Dive Damai liveaboard.. and hot damn! It really did live up to its name as the hottest new place to experience. This is not just some superlative either, as the photos may show. Seriously, how do I explain the experience of being immersed in the water for over 2 hours with non stop interaction with 4 whalesharks? I don’t think I really have the writing skills to describe it properly, it is just something that you need to see and do for yourself before they disappear (which I really hope they don’t!) In Indonesia there is type of fishing platform called a Bagan that is made from Bamboo and has a variety of nets hanging from it that capture baitfish during the night by attracting them with lights. In the Nabire region of Cendrawasih Bay, the local population of whalesharks has discovered that these fishing platforms are a great way to get free grub! Luckily, the fishermen, whom are all from Sulawesi, have decided that the whalesharks are good luck as opposed to being pests that raid their catch and suck on their nets. The lure of quick money from selling the shark fin is hopefully something that the fishermen will not fall prey to in the future. The whalesharks come to the Bagans late night/early morning and will hang around all day if the fishermen feed them. Therefore, in order to dive with them we needed to send out a boat to find one of the bagans that had some whalesharks and let them know that we wanted to dive. The fishermen kindly obliged and continued to feed the whalesharks small fish and “fish mince” so that they did not go away. When we arrived at the bagan we could see 3 whalesharks cruising about under the surface so of course everyone got in and went right to it! We weren’t exactly sure how the sharks would react so we were all a little cautious at first to see what would happen. However, the sharks didn’t mind our presence at all, they were just interested in the nets, the food, and the water that the fishermen would pour into the sea from a bucket (have to look at the photos to understand). Some of the whalesharks were so curious that they would just swim straight into a diver without a care in the world and then continue to push that diver along! We debated whether that was aggressive behaviour or just curiousity but we couldn’t really tell. One thing that was interesting is that they knew exactly where the divers were at all times, as they would swim over you or past you they would lift up their fins to avoid running into the diver, except that one curious one of course. The most interesting behaviour of the sharks was when they would do a tail stand and hang in the water column with mouth pushing through the surface while the fishermen poured a bucket of water and some fish into their mouths. Pretty incredible to see 2 or 3 of them crowding into the area to get the treats. One thing that we weren’t expecting was the presence of a sailfish below! As the fish that the fishermen threw into the water slowly sank into the depths a sailfish came in on several occasions to gobble them up and then on the second day we not only had a sailfish but a blue marlin as well! After 2 hours of swimming with the sharks and emptying our tanks we got back into the skiffs and headed back to the big boat for lunch. Much to my surprise, no one wanted to head back to the whalesharks in the afternoon, everyone was too exhausted and wanted a nice easy reef dive haha. So for the afternoon we did a small bommie not too far from the boat, I was surprised with the reef life as I saw a napoleon wrasse and a grey reef shark of all things. There was certainly some bleaching damage to this reef but we weren’t expecting too much so it was not a bad dive, the most lobsters I have ever seen that is for sure. When we got back to the big boat there was a whale shark cruising under the boat itself! So a couple of us were able to get in and get a short bit of video of it, pretty cool. The following day we set off at 730 back to the same fishing platform for another encounter, we even brought some of the boys from the boat such as the cooks and restaurant crew who wanted to snorkel with the sharks. All I can is that this second day was even better than the first! We had 4 sharks and they were there the whole time, our encounters with them were off the charts and once again, 2 hours of in water activity ended with empty tanks. After heading back to the big boat for lunch everyone was chomping at the bit to head back to the whalesharks again, no one was too tired this time as the shark action was so good in the morning. Even after a 3 hour break we were greeted by 2 sharks and within 15 mins of us getting into the water we had 4 of them swimming amongst us once again. A few of us got out of the water after only about 90 mins (instead of 120!) and got up on the fishing platform to watch the fishermen feed the whalesharks by hand. This was a pretty cool experience as the whalesharks would stall on the surface with their mouth open and it was simple just to throw a couple of small baitfish into their mouth! Wow! You could tell the fishermen had a relationship with the sharks as they would just pour water into the ocean from a bucket and the sharks would come right to the spot. They would even reach down and the whalesharks allowed themselves to be stroked and petted like an oversized dog. Overall, although we didn’t get a chance to explore much of the rest of Cendrawasih Bay what we did find on the reefs was encouraging. The information and GPS points we have from CI and Burt Jones and Marine Shimlock means we have quite a few good reefs to check out on the next trip and I am excited to go back next year and dive these places. I am even more excited to dive with the whalesharks again! I can’t wait, I took over 1000 photos and about 20 minutes worth of video but I still want more! Head over to my Latest Photos page to see more examples of the photos.
  6. is cool eh? You should see it from the surface too.. he opens up and says ahhh
  7. why so cheap? is it a non full featured version? Doesn't FCP usually sell for over $1000? Is this a FCP lite? like photoshop elements sort of thing?
  8. Hey all, here is a little video of a whaleshark feeding at the surface in Cendrawasih Bay in Papua province, Indonesia. Pretty amazing! Don't mind the shaky video effort I will post a better short video soon
  9. would be interested in your thoughts about Cabilao. Still good? which of the places you went was the best diving/most appealing photographicaly? That zebra striped Crinoid shrimp at the end is outstanding
  10. Thanks guys, Whaleshark City it is! haha for #4 i just wish i had a flatter sea.. could get a really cool split for sure. As for the rest of the diving out there, some very nice hard coral and some good diving just to the north of the whalesharks. It really needs more exploring but I already have some good spots that have been explored. Can't wait to get back there and do more exploring, as well as more whalesharks To get there is best on a liveaboard (I was on the Damai, we were the second liveaboard there in the last few years) there is one small resort about 36 miles away that do a trip to the sharks once a week. I will be heading out there again in 2012 on the Damai for more
  11. Ok, I have just come back from a check out trip to this region and all I can say is WOW! Here are some photos to illustrate what you will find on this trip, we had 4 whalesharks together for 2 hours, amazing. Down to 4 places remaining.. More here: https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3460...mp;l=890385cdb7
  12. Well, WOW is all I can say to sum up my experience with the Whalesharks in Cendrawasih Bay in Indonesia, we spent 6 hours in the water with them over 2 days last week and it was incredible. You could dive or snorkel, it didn't matter as they were all over the place We had 4 at one time, all within sight and pretty much within touch distance as well, we didn't touch them but one certainly wanted to touch us as it kept bumping into divers, too funny. These whalesharks hang around local fishing platforms offshore and the fishermen feed them on baitfish, the sharks also suck on the nets at the same time to try to get at the fish. This is not a location like many places where you see a whaleshark and have to hope it comes past you, these whalesharks are always right there! I took over 500 photos and could have taken tons more.. it is probably the most amazing whaleshark encounter out there at this time... Here are some photos to keep you enthralled, i am editing some video too More here: https://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=3460...mp;l=890385cdb7
  13. Oops!the aussie is coming! Hide your daughters and your sheep! Have fun, the mojave steve mentions is really good
  14. your dad was ansel adams right? soy doesn't impress anyone, least of all chicks so you should buy my 15mm
  15. what do you mean? He plays with breasts for a living and he has one! totally not fair on all fronts eh?
  16. i can sell you a 15mm and viewfinder for $2000 if you would like Nik 5 body costs extra
  17. always wondered when film would become like bell bottoms and disco music.. a cool retro thing for the young uns didn't take long! yes, your d80 is the perfect polaroid for film... google it if you don't know what polaroid means Nik 5 and the 15 should be perfect i would say. set the lens to 3 feet and shoot with the setting between f5.6 and 8 for infinite focus. you can focus 6 inches from the lens as for the film to use.. do they still make film?! i doubt you can find bw slide film so would have to be some sort of print film. go with 100 as anything higher is too grainy
  18. strange, i went through there on the 25th and no such problems for me... do give us an update if you figure it out
  19. The SDAA Shootout? It got canceled at the last minute...
  20. nice pics.. i see Kay was on the boat with you.. Which boat were you on?
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