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  1. diver dave, after a little investigation, we decided on Sunset Waters in Curacao. All inclusive, including drinks. American flys direct from Miami. Worth a look. Rand
  2. Well you're right Jeff. Just off the phone with American and we're cancelled out of our July trip. We went through Curacao last trip but ended up spending 3 extra days in transit as flights were cancelled to the point that we couldn't make it to Bonaire quickly. Thanks for the early warning. It's sad the way things are going. I'm sure the effects of the economy will put dive ops out of business. And continue to screw up dive plans going forward through the year. Guess I'll have to figure out somewhere else to go. Rand
  3. Congrats to all the winners. I've never seen so many stunning and unique images in one place. The bar is being raised every year.
  4. Very cool action Alex. The luck is with you! Rand
  5. Thanks Craig. It just seems like I was a lot closer underwater with it on...maybe it's that 25% thing...
  6. I've been doing some very non-scientific comparisons with/without my 2x teleconverter. I'd assumed (wrongly) that my working distance with the TC on would be quite a bit less than with the straight 105mm. But it seems that it's just the opposite. With the 105mm racked out all the way, the distance from the subject to the tip of the lens is about 5 1/2". With the 2xTC on, it's about 5 3/4". Does this seem right? And why? The teleconverter is not supposed to change the working distance of the lens but if you add the width of the converter, it should get shallower??? Rand
  7. I like the spotlight effect as well. The Wonderpus makes me wonder (sorry ) how the shots would look on a night dive with no ambient light.
  8. Well, I have to drag this out again as I've yet to achieve anything close to this with a DSLR. Taken way back with my much missed Oly C5050: Rand
  9. David, the last shot is really cool. I like the perspective in that one. Rand
  10. I'll add my vote for land based in this instance as well. Perhaps splitting time between Kima Bajo (very nice) resort to dive Bunaken and one of the others already mentioned for muck. It's a shame the Odyssea sank as it was a great L.A. Rand
  11. This is easily my favorite photo of the year. Shot up in Port Hardy. There were un-countable numbers of jellyfish in the water. During a safty stop, I took a few pics of them as they floated by. While up-loading photos that evening, I asked Alex about the small critters that were clinging to some of the Jellys. He explained to me they were amphipods. I wanted to see about getting a good shot of them and spent the following dives shooting some on safty stops. A Redeye Medusa drifted by with something somewhat larger on top of it. Closer inspection revealed this small crab. Rand
  12. Too funny, Keri and I were just discussing such a shot yesterday. It's on my dream list. I've seen video before but figure the odds of seeing it are miniscule. Thanks for posting the info. Amazing shot. Rand
  13. Congrats Stew. Beauty of a shot!! Rand
  14. Hi Linda, beautiful work but I've come to expect that from youl...;-) I'm not sure what kind of fish those are, but the 2nd to last shot in the Selects gallery is very cool. And it does seem some of the shots are a little dark but it may be my old screen. Just fyi. Rand
  15. Great set of images. I find the 3rd shot very interesting and appealing. Rand
  16. Hi Czyzyk, thanks for the feedback. I'd pre-set it to 5600k. Perhaps a bit too warm on the really shallow pics. Rand
  17. Photos from a recent trip to La Paz, Mexico. I used Alex Mustard's Magic filter on my Nikon 15mm lens with great result. Diving in very shallow water 15' (5 meters) and sometimes even shallower, with blazing sun made the filter really shine. And its great shooting without the strobes mounted. Oops! Time to leave... Rand
  18. Congratulations and Beautiful pics David. I like the second Blennie foto better. Goofy look of surprise. Rand
  19. I sent an email a few days ago but no response. Can you Pm me if you did not receive it?
  20. Good going Todd. Love to see the shot if you get the mag. Rand
  21. Great shot Carol. I'm still waiting for a good photo op with the Wolfies. They always seem to be "over there" when I've dove the Themis..safe travels. Rand
  22. Great shot of the Harliquin shrimp. Very cool. Rand
  23. Nice start Alex. That huge review screen really had me drooling. But I've decided to invest in (dry) Fixlights and lenses. LOL! Looking forward to the next installment. Rand
  24. Agree, the first shot is very nice. Unusual. Rand
  25. I'm spending a bit less time shooting and more looking lately. So my daily rate for 3 dives is around 100-125 snaps total. I'm always more than pleased if I get just 1 great photo per trip. And hopefully, 15-20 keepers to put on my website. Guess that would put me around 4% for a 5 day dive trip...which isn't all that good. LOL! Rand
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