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  1. Peter, Very informative, nice to have some short concise user references on equipment rather than try to understand what manufacturer has written in a book.
  2. Starbuck, Looking at your shots it is easy to see that the 60mm one are sharper than the 18-70 one and I wonder if the fact that you are using a diopter is reducing the sharpness. I have used my 18-70 in a Sea&Sea housing (D70) with a flat port, and the images appear sharp to me. http://www.angelfire.com/trek/redang/2004/page2.html However I have always preferred using the 60mm lens even on my film cameras as it is the most versatile
  3. Not 100% sure but to me it looks like a Black spotted Moray Gymnothorax tessellata We have similar beasts on the east coast of UAE and Oman that we call Honeycomb Morays Gymnothorax favagineus
  4. Stunning shots Craig ..... now where is my Visa card 8)
  5. No Probs Leslie, I will check through my scanned slides and see what is reasonable to convert to jpg and send to you. As I mentioned I will be in Jeddah later this month so I can photograph the same pinnacle along with the dead area. It is difficult to photograph anything in the Arabian gulf off Dubai as the continual dredging has reduced viz to around 1 meter. What really upsets me is that is was forbidden to dive the Jebel Ali reef and then some barstewards build a man made island resort in the middle of it :x
  6. Good luck Giles, it looks really scary from what I have seen of Jamaica on the BBC
  7. Hi Leslie, I will be in Jeddah later this month and should have time to photograph a few areas where construction has caused reef damage. I have several shots of these reefs prior to construction for comparison, which you can use for purposes of reef protection and environmental education. Cheers
  8. I attended a meeting of the Emirates Diving Association last Wednesday http://www.emiratesdiving.com/ where a speaker from Al Nakheel gave a lecture on Sustainable Coastal Management with relationship to some of their projects, which in case none of you are aware includ several man-made islands off the coast of Dubai UAE and is basically responsible for the current 1 meter viz that we have here http://www.theemiratesnetwork.com/business...alm_islands.htm The fact that the second Palm Island project is built on a marine reserve appears to be of no consequence and most likely the population of dugongs on Jebel Ali Reef is not going to be taken into consideration over the extensive amount of money that will be made from selling property on these islands. Seven years ago just before I left Jeddah, there was a lot of reclamation in the lagoons on the North Obhur beaches with the lagoons being filled and concrete jetties constructed to allow limited people access to the reef from which they would fish, through garbage such as unwanted CDs etc. I used to dive from a private beach there (Blue Beach) and I took photographs underwater where a bulldozer was operating inside the lagoon destroying our visibility. The purpose was to record the pinnacle that stood out from the reef edge rising from 18M to 6M below the surface, before it disappeared forever. I can happily say that when I dived in Jeddah last June, the pinnacle still stands and is very much alive. However, the reef edge and slope down to 30M is completely devastated with only a hint of some corals beginning to populate the gray mass of dead corals reminiscent of a Soviet housing area. Unfortunately money overules everything.
  9. Absolutely, I have met divers who because they have done two back to back courses are now advanced divers even though they have only done 9 dives, and consider themselves superior over others who are still basic open water divers even though they may have done many more dives. It is all about money in several places there is no doubt about it, and while I think its great to get kids in a pool with scuba gear etc there should be more emphasis on environmental issues and proper buoancy control. My daughter recently became a junior Open Water diver, to be honest I would not have passed her, the buoancy control test was a complete farce, (I witnessed it - and she will not be returnng to that dive establishment for future courses) which is why I took her to a nice easy place to dive in Malaysia where she quickly learned (the way I was taught) what to do. And as for photographers in the survey - what credentials made a diver a photographer? My guess it was just any diver carrying a camera from a Fuji / Kodak disposable job to ... well what most of us on the forum use I'll get off my soap box now before I really get carried away
  10. Thanks Patriko, I will try and find out from one of my Nordic friends here what it might be.
  11. I cannot access the linked article, however I would guess they are including those who go down with disposable cameras and the like and basically not interested much more than taking a few snaps. What about new divers and those who only dive a couple of times a year on their annual vacation. From what I have seen they basically have very little buoancy control and frequently damage corals etc with bad finning.
  12. When I lived in Jeddah, we only knew of one spot where to find these creatures and that was at some black coral at 30M Did not give us much bottom time to take the pics (this was all pre-nitrox days). They are extremely skittish and this was definately a 105mm lens job. Congratulations on achieving it with a 60mm
  13. Hi Patrik, No need to tell me about bad viz, we have the warmth here but that is where the pleasure ends. Pic #2, is that some type of Scorpionfish? Certainly looks like a relative of the ones we see here.
  14. 40 foot, I am lucky to have 5 meters (approx just over 15 feet for the metrically challenged) on the east coast of UAE and 1 meter locally off Dubai. The whale shark shots are excellent all the same, it's about time I made the effort to get to the right place at the right time ... one day
  15. Had a trip to the east coast of UAE today and dived a couple of sites. Viz an unremarkable 5M Some pics at http://www.angelfire.com/trek/dive_uae/eas...ast/east01.html
  16. Better to have nice clean shots and do that sort of thing later in PS
  17. Number 1, perfect composition The others are too straight in the frame Alex, Why not just crop it slightly and reduce the amount of blue space keeping the same proportions. I have never tried super-macro using dioptres, depth of field must be really difficult and technically challenging
  18. Stunning shot Brook, what strobe and at what power did you use? Also, how big is this Sea Dragon?
  19. Hi Matt, Just found this request, you could try calling Jeff Beh in Penang 04-899-2708 He used to run boat dives from Penang up to Pulau Payer, sometimes doing overnight trips so you got a couple of night dives as well as a few day dives Cheers
  20. Really like the layout and the way you show the main image. Only one comment, I think your stonefish is actually a scorpionfish Cheers
  21. Look on the optimistic side little mermaid, if you were using film you would have spent some $ on the film and processing too
  22. Strange that you are experiencing this on Wide Angle, personally it is the only time I do use auto focus. I still have to get a focus ring for my 60mm and its driving me nuts trying to photograph stuff in poor viz. You may want to check what you have set your autofocus to work ... I do not have my D100 manual handy but you may need to adjust your settings
  23. Finishing off my Nitrox course today and dived the Zainab, an Iraqi oil tanker that was scuttled three years ago. Viz was the usual 2-3 metres as expected and I took the D70 down with the 60mm macro Lots of blennies but as I do not have my manual focus ring yet the autofocus drove me crazy so had to satisfy myself with this Chromodoris annulata, one of two I found. f32, with YS120 on half power + diffuser
  24. Hi Larry, I think if you posted the lobster pic in colour along with the black and white one the colour one would probably get the best vote. Personally I think B&W should be more for wide angle than macro, as it can enhance the feeling of the picture. The composition of both the black and white shots are excellent though
  25. The eye is in focus and that is what matters. Superb composition and view of a moray
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