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  • Birthday 10/05/1959

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    San Francisco Bay Area, CA

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea DX-1G; Canon Rebel Xsi [above water]
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    Sea & Sea
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea YS-90DX
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    Ultralight tray and strobe arm
  1. Great shots...guess I will be brave enough to post my first one...this was my favorite shot of the year...although maybe not the best. It was shot at Ship Rock off Catalina Island, California. You can see it here: little fish big kelp Happy holidays all Libby
  2. I found Wetpixel when looking for advice on replacing my flooded camera I received great advice and since then I have mainly lurked and learned One day I hope to have pictures worth sharing [i do keep working on it!] Libby
  3. Hi I have the same computer and can't say I have had this particular problem, however, I believe that the wet contacts are underneath the rubber boot that covers the computer. It may be that you have sand stuck in there rather than water. Getting the boot off is not obvious, although when shown not too bad either. I had the store owner that I bought it from have a look, my problem was that it suddenly went to 5 feet diving while I was sitting on the surface. From what I remember, he popped out the compass and the took out the allen screws that were there, this then allowed him to pop out the computer. You may want to take it to where you bought it however, my 5 foot problem never went away and they ended up replacing my computer. Good luck
  4. octopus

    Silica gel??

    Actually, if you will be in warm air and warm water, it is probably best not to assemble the housing in a cool room...you may risk getting fogging by condensation that way. But as I said I did dive with my A40 with no silica get, although the housing did come with some defogging agent to put on the lens. In any event I had no problems with it. As to the flood I had, when I disassembled the housing afterwards it seemed there was a sand grain in the O-ring that I missed. All I can recommend is to be really careful when sealing the housing and make sure there is nothing in the way of the o-ring that will prevent sealing...and if you have a chance, give it a dunk in the bathtub, sink, or bucket and look for bubbles or signs of leaking before you take it into the salt water. In fact if you haven't done that yet, it is a good idea to check the empty housing to make sure all is OK.....
  5. octopus

    Silica gel??

    I used my A40 and housing without silica gel and all was fine [until I flooded it, but that was sand in the O-ring I think <_< ] However, I have been putting in 'moisture munchers' with my A95. I got them at B&H photo. There are a variety of types out there, you can probably get them wherever you got your housing.
  6. When I go diving and don't think there will be a good source of water or a bucket, I take along a dry bag [like you use for paddling, etc.] and fill it with water [yes I know that is opposite of its intended use ]. I have a clear one that I got at REI that lets me see the camera/housing/etc while soaking. You can use it for salt water or to fill with fresh if you have the option. Have fun in Mexico
  7. Hi Trevor Wonderful pictures. I actually just got the housing for my A95 [replacing my poor flooded A40 ] and have a quesion on attaching the YS-90DX strobe. I already have the strobe and fiber optic cable which I used previously with the A40, attached with the supplied velcro mask. For the WP-DC50 housing, is it necessary to completely block the flash, or is using the diffuser sufficient? I did test placement of the fiber optic attachment and at the moment have it on the top side of the diffuser 'box'. Looks like I will now have to start saving towards some lenses. -Libby
  8. Sorry to hear about losses both ways. It might be something to do with San Juan. I flew through with a group of friends last year to and from Bonaire. Two different friends were traveling with checked Pelican bags one with dive gear and the other with a video rig. When we arrived back in San Francisco, neither was latched correctly and in the case of the video gear things were every which way. Luckily nothing was stolen, but an immediate complaint to AA about the condition of the luggage was met with a 'it is the fault of the TSA employees not us' attitude. Hope all turns out well for you.
  9. I absolutely agree with you...and by gentle nudge was referring to the earlier post on getting the crab to move. Perhaps one of the problems is patience..I have found that by sitting still and just watching the area around that was at first seemingly sparsely populated begins to fill again as the local residents accept you as non-threatening and then you may get a chance for some spectacular shots...but it is not guaranteed and for some that is the problem. Your philosopy of it doesn't want to play let it be seems good to me. However, the problem of 'anything to get the shot' remains. On a recent dive trip my buddy and I watched a photagrapher sprawl in the coral trying to get a macro shot of something...somehow I can't imagine that his picture was so important as to justify the damage he was doing rolling around. When our group discussed it later, one of the members surprised me by saying that a photagrapher that he had taken a course from said it was sometimes unavoidable to touch the reef if you wanted to get a good shot. Now while I am pretty sure that laying on the reef was not on his mind, however when I asked he said it did mean more than a finger placed on a dead patch to steady yourself. Personally, I am not sure that any shot I would possibly take would justify deliberate damage to the environment.
  10. I would have to agree with the importance of education and awareness. I did learn in Open Water class not to poke, touch and harass the sea life. While more in depth coverage of marine habitats would be a nice addition to beginner classes, you have to consider the practicality. What should be included in that section? All types of marine environments? I learned to dive in the kelp forests and didn't make it to a warm water location for 1 1/2 years [50 dives later], so I learned what I needed to know locally. However, in my OW class we also had people who were doing classroom/pool locally, but planning on there checkout dives and diving for warm water immediately. I have also witnessed experienced divers that are so occupied with their viewfinder that they seem to forget about where their fins are...videoing them during a photo dive would probably be very educational since on dives without a camera they are very aware. Everybody could benefit from a review of their skills now and then. But it really boils down to where to draw the line...and that is a harder question to answer. As with anything, the extremes are easily identified, but it is the gray area in the middle that gets murky. The reality is that just by being there a diver is already causing stress for some of the fish, etc. The best course is to understand the environment you are diving in and photographing and to limit yourself to 'gentle nudges' and other intreractions that don't cause lasting harm to the subject. To that end, it seems that the code of conduct referenced above does have a really good set of guidelines.
  11. Ditto on the not trying to freak DJ out...I was just remembering back to the fun of the first tour of the pool as we all happily bounced along the bottom As to the mask flood exercise..4 out of 5 of my OW class tried to flood it from the bottom during our check out dive [sad to say I started that trend :oops: ]. Anyway..don't worry about the swimming too much..one of the best divers I know barely knew how to swim when he started diving. Have fun with your class!
  12. Well, you need the weight to counteract your bouyancy, so if you let go when you remove them you may find yourself ascending quicker than you ought. But indeed the fun is just beginning..will look forward to hearing how you enjoy your first submersion and tour of the pool and how mask flooding and removal go.....
  13. I would have to agree with the above...bouyancy control takes a bit of practice and fine tuning. And I would have to add navigation to the list..while concentrating on everything else it is pretty easy to get a bit lost underwater..especially in lower vis situations and long surface swims back to the boat or shore aren't too fun. Then there is the warm vs. cold water diving. You get to deal with alot more gear and weight in cold water. But the kelp forests are pretty amazing Good luck with your class
  14. Hi I think it is probably specific to older Macs. From my home [OS9/G3 Mac, slow connection; university dial up] I can't load the homepage. Through my computer at work [new PC, fast connection, same university system] there is no problem. I tried a few times at home and it always ends stuck on one of the thumbs, although not the same one each time..but end result is the dreaded force quit. :?
  15. Greetings I figured it was only polite to introduce myself as a new member. My name is Libby and I am a research scientist by day...have to pay for dive gear etc. somehow! :wink: I have been lurking for a bit to gather some information, but joined when I found I could actually answer a question..and I needed to post one of my own [it is elsewhere in the forums]. I have moved into UW photography as a way of sharing the beauty of the UW world...and to answer all the 'what do you see down there?" questions. Looking forward to learning more from these forums! Libby PS I picked octopus as they are one of my favorite underwater critters!
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