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  1. RSD,


    I used the 10x. I've shot with a 2xtc extensively the past 7 or so years and the Subsee is much better to use. The glass allows better AF without the hunting of a tc and it can be swung out of the way if needed. The TC forced you to stay with super macro for the dive. It may be a bit tougher to master than the 10x but it's a matter of lots of practice. The trick I've learned is placing the lens port at a proper distance before looking through the viewfinder. This helps with acquiring the subject which it usually the tough part.


    Here's one more:





  2. Daniel,

    I can't say if it's available to see in Asia but will say it's a great piece of kit. I recently spent 10 days in Wakatobi and really was impressed with my results. In the past, I'd been using a 2x teleconverter with the 105mm. The Subsee is a much better option, not just the obvious that you can swing it out of the way if you don't need it, but the glass is much superior as well.


    A couple of full frame examples:




    If you've seen these Popcorn shrimp, they are very tiny:





  3. 2009 was a little different for me than in the past. In some ways it felt like I hit a wall. Especially when it came to getting the WOW shot. There seems to be so many of them coming in from all over the world and the digital age for U/W photography is maturing. So, I've kinda come to a crossroad. Do I spend hours looking for the rare shot or just work on being creative with what's presented?

    I'm leaning towards the latter. This coming year will be spent working more on capturing patterns and texture. This photo was taken in Port Hardy, Canada and is one I'm pretty happy with:




    Wishing everone the best in the coming year.



  4. Wow, well...as nothing is confirmed yet, it's hard to make much of a comment. I guess what comes to my mind is the question of a "wild" vs domestic critter. When I was in PNG, they had an Alligator farm and they would rent you one for I think about $200. The idea was to take photos of it underwater without the normal risk associated with the wild ones. I considered it but in the end was too cheap to do it. LOL. But there is some question in my mind about the authenticity of such shots as far as a contest entry. Thanksfully, only one person has asked me if I put that crab on top of the Jellyfish.... :lol:



  5. We were on the Nai'a for 10 days last month. Thanks to LAUPS for such a great prize! They use two inflatables and split the divers among them. Then go to different dive sites. There were only 13 guests on our trip so I think we had 6 or 7 each but they do 4 dives a day and different people would sit out a dive so it was even less some dives. I did two dives with just 3 people.

    The crew is top class. The Camera room is fantastic. rows of outlets and 3 shelves high so you can store below and charge on the 2nd while assembling on the top shelf.

    The best part for me was the 70 minute dive times (longer if you just inform them that you'll be down longer) and dive freedom to move at your own pace. So to me, it didn't matter how manner people were on the dive, they are usually very large pinnacles so for macro, never a problem, wide angle at times required patience because of the bubble streams.

    Everything is taken care of for you, from your tank and BC at the ready in the dive boat to the crew hauling your camera system back and forth from the pangas. Just grab your masks and fins and hop on.

    The staterooms were large, food excellent and you get free beer or wine at dinner!!

    It really is a first class operation.



  6. I've been following this thread with some interest as we've got Wakatobi in our plans this February for 10 days. We are using Reef & Rainforest as a travel agent. Having been to Bali and Indonesia several times in the past, I can say that they've been extremely knowledgeable in booking the resorts and accomodations in Bali.

    There seem to be plenty of pros and cons on this destination. I'm kind of wondering now exactly what we'll find there now after reading this report and some of the comments. Especially by Drew whom I respect and know has the background to compare.

    I will do a report on Wakatobi when we return. Thanks Erwin.



  7. Congratulations Stephen. Mine came Tuesday and I couldn't believe it was Alert Diver. Not that the older version wasn't a great read but the photo print quality in this issue is outstanding. It was nice to read Dan uses an enviromentally conscious approach to it's paper and printing process.


    A huge improvement and makes it one of the top visually stunning diving magazines out there. The stories were great and the lack of Ads every other page is refreshing.



  8. That's a good question. I went through my photo folders from Port Hardy last week and it seems that with a mildy interesting subject, 6-10 frames were shot. Mundane perhaps 2. I don't think the kelp forest was minding the flash at all. And the Decorated Warbonnets can swim away if they don't like it so, they can control how many shots you get of them.

    Maybe a better question would be how many shots would/should you take of a stationary subject that doesn't move much that has eyes. Frogfish and Seahorses come to mind. Doubt multiple strobe flashes would bother a Nudibranch but how would I know? lol.

    It's a lot easier now to limit my shots of such creatures mainly because I've been fortunate enough to see them many times over the years. Different story of course if it's a new subject. The urge to get the a great shot of a Seahorse giving birth might overcome my normal restraint.

    When I'm diving with friends, if it's a nice set up and I know they want to shoot the subject too, I'll snap off 3 or 4 and then move aside.



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