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  1. When a competition "stretches" the category, it's leaving those who play strictly by the rules at a disadvantage. Perhaps another great Blennie shot could have won but wasn't entered by someone who understands the difference. FWIW. Rand
  2. Lembeh is a great destination. It's, as mentioned, critter diving but there's plenty there, more so really than most dive destinations. I've been several times and will be back in September. Since it is your anniversary, I'd suggest routing through Bali. Spend some time there relax, catch up on sleep, wait for your luggage....lol, then catch a flight to Menado. I've gotten fairly decent rates from Lion air to Menado. As I recall, the airfare was about 1/2 of Silk air via Sing. I route on Cathay Pacific. Sea-Lax-Hkg-Dps.
  3. Eric, I received an email from Club Cantamar in La Paz a few weeks ago. They have a new (I'm not sure the boat itself is new) LA and part of one itinerary is diving with the Humbolt squid. FWIW. Rand
  4. Alex, Getty doesn't normally consider wildlife photos in the same context as everything else. You can license to Getty version 1 of the Lionfish/glass fish shot and then sell the version 2 to a magazine etc. There comission for RM is 30% RF 20%. I'm not advocating joining one way or the other but my thought is your exposure to clients is magnified significantly with Getty.
  5. Awesome. I've got to get over there some year. Thanks for sharing them.
  6. The field is being leveled. The photographic result distincton, ie: publishable images, between "Pro" and amateur underwater photographers continues to shrink as the technology improves. To me, it's simply moving toward an objective of perfection through technology. The goal, seemingly, is to produce the perfect photo with the least amount of input, (Dare I say: Thought?) from the photographer. This leaves the photo itself, the vision & story behind it, as the last remaining element that distinguises one photographer from the next. So, embrace these new technologies Alex, for someone who makes a living by the camera, anything that lightens the workload has to be seen as a plus. But you're brain's still on the hook for the final creativity of the image... Rand
  7. Beautiful photo Don. I dove the Zero about 5 years ago. It had such an aura around it. So many questions in my mind. I begged to go back on a second dive as I realized that after shooting every angle on the first one, that I hadn't taken the time to actually "look" at it. Thanks for the info as well. Rand
  8. That's pretty darn cool. Thanks for sharing the video. Something to look for. Looks like it just hatched?
  9. Indeed!! We head down Thursday. Thanks for the teaser! Rand
  10. It's really nice to see video of that wall. I spend so much time shooting and neglecting to take a step back and see the whole thing. Thanks for sharing and I'm envious you saw the Dolphins. Very cool. Rand
  11. I used that combo a few years back. It was quite the macro setup at the time if you used two diopters. Some very good super macro came from that Oly5050.
  12. It's not the best system for sure. I also lightly grease the inside of the cap where it meets the o ring. After years of using these strobes, one flooded the battery compartment, and I'm sure it was due to the o ring not properly seated. Good news is, after rinsing with rubbing alcohol and light scrubbing with steel wool, it still works.
  13. He's got a jellyfish shot of mine up. When I google that photo title, (Rand McMeins Transparent jelly), I get 44,000 hits. Sounds like I've got my work cut out for me...
  14. Nice shots Tom. What a great place to spend your birthday. There was a Denise on the house reef earlier last year fairly shallow as I recall. Tough to shoot as there's always some current. Is it gone?
  15. Hi Spencer, The 60mm and 105mm are two very important lenses in my kit. I wouldn't rate one higher than the other. They both are very useful. The 60mm more for stationary type macro subjects that allow you to get closer than a more active one. Getting closer reduces the water between lens and subject giving a sharper image. Putting a teleconverter on a 60mm is a bit dicey in my opinion. It allows you to get extremely close to the subject. So much so, that it's quite possible to be touching it if you're not careful. Just my 2cents. Rand
  16. Hi Bruce, I've got a bunch (Sadly) let me know. Rand
  17. La Paz 2011 I’ve made arrangements with Club Cantamar for diving the week of October 8th departing October 15th 2011. Reserved 10 rooms and one of the larger dive boats. We’ll need 20 people to fill it and get our own dive sites on the boat. The basic plan is to dedicate a couple of days to diving with the baby sealions and then play it by ear on diving the other popular dives. They had Whalesharks this year so I’m hoping we get lucky enough to have them around too. & Maybe get lucky with some Hammerheads as well. Basic info: 7 nights accommodations/ 5 days diving……….$914.00 per person This includes: Airport transfers from La Paz Intl. Airport to Club Cantamar Daily breakfast 2-3 dives per day depending on weather Lunch on diving days Sales Tax. Additionals: Park fees: $20.00 per person (for the week) Spotter plan rental $200.00 per hour. IF we decide to rent one for Whalesharks Nitrox: $100 for the week Cabo San Lucas Airport transfer to Club Cantamar. $65.00 per person round trip. Dinners at Club Cantamar. (recommended as there’s no place close to eat) $14.00 per day per person Deposit: $200.00 per person due by Feb.10, 2011. Balance, $714.00, due August 8th, 2011 E-mail me at: randapex@att.net Rand McMeins
  18. Ikelite DS51 digital Strobe. New in the box. Never used. Warranty card included. $325.00 OBO. Plus shipping/Insurance Email me at: randapex@att.net Rand
  19. Another vote for Club Cantamar. Been there 3 times and loved the whole operation.
  20. Beautiful cover shot Alex. But I'm really LMAO at the possible Cheetos connections...Great job.
  21. Wow James, both shots are stunning in their own way. Great photos.
  22. NWDiver, Very nice report. I applaud you're W/A shots as well. We were there for 10 days in February and reading your report mirrors our experience. Best overall diver operation I've ever been to. One thing I found a bit different was your saying every night was a buffet? We ordered from menus several times over our stay. Maybe half so, not sure what the deal is on that. Perhaps the low number of divers when we were there. Wakatobi rocks, if it weren't such a PITA to get to, it would be a regular destination I'm sure. Stew, all the things that were issues in the past have been worked out. They are going out of their way now to make sure everything is good. They will ask you several times during your stay if everything is Ok. And fix it if it's not. Other than the currents which are present at times and can be annoying when shooting super macro they are over the top with customer service. Rand
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