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  1. Someone I know has just posted a link on FB for a print shop that I think is based in the UK. It appears they are selling prints and have a search engine on the site to look for suitable pictures. A sample search of "Nudibranch" brings up quite a few known photos including a few by David Doubilet as well as others. They seem to think that they have somehow devolved themselves from any copyright breaches due to some half arsed statement on their site. I've attached a screenshot of this statement. So as the law stands are they taking the piss or have they found some loophole around current UK copyright law enabling them to make money from others work? BTW the site is called wallpart.com
  2. I have the Flare version and it is a great light - also got it from Alex. You do need a spare battery though if you are multiple diving.
  3. Thanks for all the comments folks. I will speak to the local rep about getting the buttons replaced, in the meantime I'll try flushing it all out. As for the Wd-40 - there aren't any O-rings in that part so it may be ok, as long as I am conservative with what I use. Will give it a try.
  4. I've just recently returned from the UWMP 3 event held at Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao. Had a fantastic time with some great people hunting for all the critters Anilao has to offer. I'd spent a fair bit of time checking tunicates during the trip, looking for the little green shrimps that inhabit some of them. Luckily on my final dive of the trip I found one. I knew I had one chance at the shot as these buggers tend to disappear with any disturbance. I set the strobes to the side pointing inwards to try and get a glow inside the tunicate and luckily it came out half decent. The shrimp did indeed disappear never to be seen again. Quite happy that this was my final shot of the whole trip.
  5. Not sure if anyone else has had this issue. The red safety lock buttons are becoming increasingly difficult to press in when I am opening my housing. Its a NAD7100 housing and I'm getting worried that my camera will one day become trapped inside. So just wondering what might be a good solution to ease the buttons up a bit. Would soaking the entire housing in salt away be a good idea? Or is there some sort of lubricant that might help free up the buttons movement. As always any advice is greatly appreciated.
  6. I've had my Nauticam housing for my D7100 coming up to 2 years now. To be honest I can't fault it. I've never had any issues with it, easy to use, easy to maintain. It even has a useful button for flipping up the on camera flash if you forget to pop it up whilst assembling (I had a friend who had the housing for 2 years before he realised this).
  7. Well all credit to the folks at Nauticam, they are replacing both float arms for me.
  8. I wondered if anyone might be able to help. I have a set of the Nauticam Carbon fibre float arms and one of them appears to have taken on water. I can hear it sloshing around inside and obviously this is affecting the buoyancy of my rig. I had a look at if there was a way to open it to check the seals but the screws and each end appear to be in pretty firmly and I didn't want to go to town on it in case I snapped something. So has anyone else had this issue, and if so how did you resolve it.
  9. I still have my UFL-2s and they are still going strong after 4+ years. I now use them with my Nikon D7100 and have never felt the need to change . Most of my work is Macro and so the zoom function is great - but yes more battery strength would be nice.
  10. I saw someone post this recently on Facebook, someone appears to be making a nice little collection of other folks images - also appears copyright info etc is being removed. I'm sure a few of our members may recognise a few shots. Not really sure what we can do about it though. http://igviewer.com/luv_scuba
  11. You could always try something a bit different - how about Socotra Island. It lies between Yemen and Somalia, stunning scenery and pretty much virgin diving. They do flights there from Dubai now, or you could fly into Yemen and then get a connecting flight. Planning on going once the Monsoon is over in September/October.
  12. The new camera and lenses arrived today, the 105mm is a bit fat.......but she is pretty
  13. Good point about the 60mm and need for the TC. Will be interesting to see what the in camera 1.3 crop does with the 105mm when married with my Subsees. If I can put the 1.4 kenko on as well then I should be able to get some good Macro. We have some very small Nudis in the UAE.
  14. Thanks. What I wanted to know as it doesn't seem to be covered in the system chart was what combination would I need to use the TC with my 105mm or 60mm?
  15. I have been using an Olympus e-520 for the last 4 years and have finally decided to make a change of system. So I've just ordered the new Nikon D7100, along with the Nikkor 105mm, 60mm lens. I've also ordered the Tokina 10-17 as well as a Kenko 1.4 TC (Teleplus Pro 300). I am also putting together the list for Nauticam goodies that I need for my new setup. So my questions are as follows. Is it better to get seperate ports for the 105 and 60, or will the port extension(21130) on the 60mm port be functional enough for the 105 - and will the focus gear still work? I've noticed in the port system chart the extension ring for the Tokina port if you marry it with the Teleconverter. Can this extension also be used with the 60mm and 105mm ports if I marry them up with the Teleconverter, and will the focus gears still work? Basically I'm looking for the most flexible and practical setup for my nice new system. Also I currently have the Reefnet flip diopter holder that fits on my Olympus port. Does anyone know the measurement for the Nauticam ports as it would be nice if I didn't need to buy a new holder. Any advice or experience will be greatly appreciated.
  16. Thanks for the tips guys. I did try and get the Lionfish from the front but he wasn't being cooperative.
  17. Now I pretty much just concentrate on Macro photography ad have never really spent any time on Wide Angle of any kind but lately have been looking to extend my skills. This last weekend was my first proper attempt. I live in the UAE and visibility is a constant problem with 5-10m vis seen as the norm. Luckily on one of the sites this weekend the vis was about 20m, but there were still a lot of particulates in the water. The following shot was taken at 30m using an Olympus e-520, married up with the 8mm Oly fisheye + a 1.4 teleconverter. Shutter speed was 1/125, ISO 200 and f6.3 if I remember correctly. I used two strobes set on TTL, with the let hand one dialed down slightly. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as I am still trying to learn Wide Angle. Thanks in advance.
  18. Divers For The Environment magazine is the local dive magazine for the UAE. Not the widest circulation out there but I'm happy nonetheless (we all have to start somewhere) My article starts on page 38 for those interested. Hopefully it will show the UAE is not all about Dubai and its glitzy buildings. http://issuu.com/allylandes/docs/eda_march_issue_2013_single?mode=mobile&origin=email P.S. the use of the word Nudibranches was changed by the editor from Nudibranchs for some reason, just in case anyone thinks it was my doing
  19. Ok this one was taken in the UAE at 15m depth. Was about 20mm long. Any ideas?
  20. Just head for Bunaken, they have some great reef walls with sone drift dives. Just don't get too excited when a dark shadow crosses above you blocking out the sun, it will only be a trash bag.
  21. There aren't really any dive operators as such that specifically cater for UW photography in my experience. Muscat and a bit further north at Al Sawadi there is an operator called Extra Divers, they also have a centre at Khasab. German run and pretty professional. Quite a few of us UW photo guys tend to dive the Daymaniyat Islands when down in Oman proper. For Musandam there are a few more operators on the Dibba side - you will need to drive through the UAE to get there. One is called Nomad Ocean Adventures - the owner is a UW photographer and caters for us the best he can. Just don't expect any centres to have a dedicated room with air hoses and charging points. Another one to consider if going through the UAE is Divers Down who are based in the Miramar just north of Fujairah. Most of the UAE based photographers use them - and they have a nice little wreck called Inchcape 2 which on average has about 12 species of Nudibranch on it as well as some resident Fuscus Seahorse. We actually keep finding species that aren't meant to be in the UAE such as Spiny Tiger Shrimps, Xeno crabs, Polycera sp and Aegires villosus.
  22. Thanks for all your suggestions - looks like it is 1, 3, 6 & 9. Unless I take any killer shots this weekend. Going to have my first bash at CFWA to try out my new port and 8mm fisheye.
  23. As part of my recent birthday celebrations my other half got me some credit at a local canvas print shop - so have enough for 4 large prints (everything is a bit pricey in the UAE). I have narrowed it down to the following shots but can't make up my mind, hard to be self critical. So if you kind folks could help, I'm looking for impact shots for around the house to brighten it up a bit and provide conversation pieces. Here goes (Apologies for the pic overload)
  24. Hi, my name is Stewart. I'm British but currently live in Dubai. Spend most of my freetime getting wet in Oman (Musandam, Daymaniyat Islands) or off the East Coast of the UAE. Been taking moist shots for about 8 years, and am currently using a Oly E-520. Recently went to Lembeh (KBR) and am eager to learn about going Super Macro. A few examples of my mediocre efforts are contained on the following links. Lembeh Album Bunaken Musandam 2011
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