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  1. Dear Wetpixel'ers, I am looking at going to Sri Lanka this winter to (hopefully) free-dive with the blue whales. We will be a small group of industry members going and are looking for advice/recommendations from someone who has done first hand experience with the whales in Sri Lanka. Recommended companies to go with? Best places? Personal experiences (good & bad)? Esspecially we would like to know how the whole show is run, we want to avoid being part of some big old whale-hunting-party at all cost Any input would be greatly appreciated! Warm greetings from Lembeh Strait, Morten
  2. Hi Aaron, There are some beautiful images in there, well done. My favourites are the Black-finned Snake Eel, the Yellow Pygmy Goby and the Feather Star silhouette! We will be looking forward to seeing more!
  3. Hi Vkids, Triggerfish sure can do some damage, if that is made by a triggerfish or something else entirely is hard to say, but it wouldn't surprise me if a big Titan Trigger could have done that to a plastic dome. They are evil animals! Greetings from Indonesia, -Morten
  4. Hi Matt, This is a good question! As you can read in the previous posts everyone has made their own, often very different, experiences with carry on luggage. I happen to work in a place where almost all of our guests bring heavy camera gear and this is what I can tell you: 1: Bringing underwater housings, domes, lenses, cameras is not a problem. Security might wan't to have an extra look at it because they don't know what it is. I have never heard of anyone being denied bringing their UW camera as a carry on because of having the items deemed "dangerous" or such. 2: More and more airlines have started weighing carry-ons. In fact today I had guests arrive, coming from the US with Singapore Airlines, they had to talk to the local airline manager to be allowed to bring the 13kg of carry on camera gear that they had with them. Max weight allowed was 7kg, but in the past they would never weigh the carry on. It would be quite interesting to start a thread about which airlines weigh carry-on luggage on which stretches! Greetings from Indonesia, -Morten
  5. Hi Babcock, Since I never shot with the Vixia HF G20 myself it is hard for me to compare the two, they are completely different machines both capable of producing great quality video when in the hands of the right diver. Hope that you find what you are looking for! Sincerely, Morten
  6. Hi Cal, If you are going to Tulamben then you can't miss Seraya's Secret, just in front of Scuba Seraya, fantastic muck dive, I have dived it very regularly over a period of 5 years and it never disappoints! Bring a 100mm Macro. Highlights at Seraya's Secret: -Harlequin Shrimp -Tiger Shrimp -Various tiny frogfish -Ghost Pipefish -Both common and Pygmy Seahorses -Lots of nudies About 1km further North-west of there in front of a Temple there is another great muck site, the dive-site is called Melasti and since a few years there has been a sign on the side of the street pointing to the entry point. Bring a 60mm Macro. Highlights at Melasti: Giant Frogfish Rhinopias (they used to be at 32m, straight down from the middle of the small reef past the artificial reef) Coleman Shrimp Doto Sp (Donut Nudibranch) Leaf Scorpionfish Broadclub cuttlefish Lots of Ribbon Eels, blue, yellow and black Ornate Ghost Pipefish Hairy Shrimp Both divesites are 5min by car south-east of Tulamben, get a good guide to take you there and you will have a great time, enjoy! -Morten
  7. Hi Babcock, You might want to have a look at the Canon GX7 and the Sony RX100, they are both small cameras with the option for taking great stills and videos underwater. In the last few years I think it is safe to say that these cameras have been some of the most popular compacts for underwater photography. The Canon will have better white balance which is vital for video but if you're a pixel peeper then the Sony RX100 might be a better option for you. Either way you will have a lot of fun with them and you will be able to make some amazing imagery! Equally, or even more important are the lights and diopters, make sure you get some great quality video lights and a top quality diopter (like the nautical CMC) and it will make a world of difference! We will be looking forward to seeing some pictures on the forum soon! Sincerely, Morten
  8. Dear Dilma, Greetings from Indonesia! As a few people have mentioned in previous posts it sounds like it is less of an issue with Whitebalance and more of an issue with general settings. With you camera/strobe setup you will without a doubt be able to take some amazing pictures. Which lenses do you usually use? For shooting small objects (macro) without the need of having a blue background I would go for these settings: Whitebalance: Auto Shutterspeed: 1/250 Aperture: f.16.0 ISO: 100 Flash: TTL *Please note that you have to enter manual mode to be able to choose these settings. The settings above should give you consistently good macro shots to start out with, now if you are shooting wide-angle then it is a whole different game! Let us know how you come along and feel free to post some pictures for us to have a look at! Sincerely, Morten Hansen
  9. +1 for the S&S, maybe you should consider the INON S2000 as well, that a fantastic little strobe. Your CanonS110 will fire a flash which is then transferred via a fiberoptical cable to your external strobe. Something that you must consider is how much power your strobe will give out. This will depend on which mode you have/use for your strobe. If your strobe ONLY can be used in manual mode then you will have a hard time shooting with your camera in Auto mode. Your camera will chose its settings depending on your ambient light, but if you and/or your strobe doesn't know what your camera is doing then you will end up with a lot of over/underexposed images. Not good! If you shoot with your camera in auto mode then I would strongly suggest that you get a strobe that can "mimic" the strobe power from your Camera. That way you will get a lot more properly exposed images. This "mimic" feature is called STTL on INON strobes, the S2000 also has it. Believe me, for a beginner photographer that STTL mode is worth a million bucks! If you are comfortable with shooting in manual mode (setting your own shutterspeed, aperture and ISO), then you can of course use a strobe in manual but as I said, STTL makes your life a lot easier! I hope that helps, Lots of greetings from Indonesia, Morten
  10. Such beautiful sharks! Well done on the pictures, gotta love those big eyes!
  11. I sort of figures that there would be a very small chance to see gws around Montague, my sister is a bit nervous though and I guess she needed to hear it from someone else. I am thinking about heading to South West Rocks as well, it seems like a really cool dive-site, better totally skip out on Foster and go Fish Rock instead?
  12. Quick last question to this topic, any chance/risk to see great whites on the seal dives in Montague or on any of the dive-sites above? I do realize that the ocean is a big pond and that these fish swim great distances and could be seen almost everywhere, what I am asking is if there is any real chance to see them? Thanks again, and happy new year!
  13. Dear Doug, Yes I use a flat port regularly for both my 60mm and my 100mm, the reason that I want to use the Minidome is that I want to shoot medium sized subjects, and since a flatport increases magnification with 33% through refraction I wont be able to fit "bigger" things in the frame without backing up too far The point of using the 60mm under a dome is to be able to shoot bigger things than you can when shooting behind a flat port. Best regards, Morten
  14. Hi everyone, Here is a question for you techies out there! After reading a few posts on shooting with the Canon 60mm Macro behind a minidome I decided to try it out today in the pool before heading to Australia to hopefully shoot some seadragons and other medium sized subjects. I have a Canon 7D, Canon 60mm USM, AquaticaA7D housing, Aquatica 100mm minidome and Aquatica extension rings. I tried it 3 different ways: 1: Without extension ring, it could hardly focus, it would only focus on subjects >50cm from the front of the lens but even then with a lot of "searching" for focus. 2: I tried it with the 18456 (16,5mm) extension ring, and that helped but I still did not get 1:1 magnification, minimum focus distance was still increased and the focus was still a bit slow 3: Finally I tried with the 18453 (28,5mm) extension ring and it worked well. Can anyone explain to me why this is? It seems that other people have managed to use the 60mm without any extensions? Best regards, Morten
  15. Fantastic! This forum never disappoints with great local knowledge, thanks Drew and Nigel! After doing a lot of research and after reading your advice I decided to leave out Byron Bay as it is a bit far to drive from my base in Sydney, so my plan is as follows: 1: Narooma -Montague Island (2 days of diving) 2: Sydney -Magic Point (2 days) -Kurnell (1 day) -Bare Island (1day) 3: Forster -Seal Rocks (2 days of diving) Now all I need is a couple of good dive-shops, any recommendations? Thanks again for your help, Best regards, Morten
  16. Hi Shane, Looks like you are doing some amazing stuff up there in the north! Another place has now been added to the bucket list! Unfortunately I presume it is going to be even colder (if possible) than our Nusa Penida dives! Lots of greetings from Bali, Morten
  17. Hej Rene, Nice to see a fellow Dane on the forum, welcome! If you want to shoot wide-angle wrecks in Denmark you are in for a challenge. I recall some pretty murky waters! I use the z240's and am very happy with them, the light is slightly cold which will give you some beautiful green background colors in Danish waters and the option to shoot with the strobes off camera is great! A good technique to use for shooting WA in low visibility is close focus wide angle, see the link for more info: http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/close-focus-wide-angle-underwater I believe that the ysd1's are a bit more powerful, and if you want to shoot with for example a 10mm fisheye that might come in handy but you would also be fine with the z240's! Enjoy and hope to see you around on the forums! Best regards, Morten
  18. Thanks for the input guys, much appreciated! Since I will be visiting my sister who lives in Sydney I thought that Magic Point would be a good place to start out as its right around the corner from where she lives, apparently there are quite a few grey nurse sharks around that spot as well? I wall also thinking about Bare island to try and find some seadragons. I already thought about hitting Montague Island, Fish-Rock and Julian Rocks. I am not particularly interested in tropical life as I dive every day in Indonesia and get my fair share of tropical fish and critters up here. I am more interested in the bigger animals that can be seen in subtropical/temperate Australia, my wish list is: 1: Lots of grey nurse sharks 2: Weedy sea-dragons (I know they are not really big, but gotta have it on the list) 3: Seals 4: Schooling fish 5: Good visibility Taking that into consideration, would it still be a good idea to take Julian Rocks and fish-rock into my program or should I stay further south? I did Jervis Bay 2 years ago with Crest Diving and had a good time with loads of Wobbegongs and some other cool stuff, but no seadragons/seals/sharks. Thanks again, Morten
  19. Dear Dave, I never realized that the weight of the wing wasn't put up online. I think that if you would be very concerned with weight then Apeks would probably be able to answer you that question if you would write them an email. Since I work/live in Bali I almost never travel with my kit, so its not a huge issue for me. I would check it out for you but I don't have a scale that would fit a wing, no matter how small it is Best regards, Morten
  20. ##Update## If anyone out there are interested, I bought the Apeks WTX-D18 in May 2014 and have now done about 150 dives with it. The materials are great, inflator is great, the wing is of course tiny but has enough lift to be used with my new 7mm semidry, yes I know its crazy to dive with a suit like that here in Bali but Manta Point and Crystal Bay gets damned cold in august/september! I can release air from the inflator while remaining completely horizontal, something that was not possible with my old OMS wing. All in all I am very happy with it and would recommend anyone who is not diving "overweight" and who are looking for a streamlined setup to go for it! Happy bubbles, Morten
  21. Hi everyone! I will be heading to Sydney to visit family in January 2015 and would like to get a couple of dives in while I am there. I don't mind driving around a bit as I have a full month time there. So lets line them up, what are your favorite dive-sites in NSW and why? I have a fair amount of experience, currents/rough conditions is no problem. As usual your advice is much appreciated! Lots of greetings from sunny Bali, Morten
  22. Dear Bill, Thank you, I am doing very well and the diving just seems to be getting better and better the longer we stay here I will start looking into it, I might as well try to let the images work a little for me now that I have them. Just to make sure, what do you mean with writing, you are thinking magazine articles/equipment reviews etc? Hope you are both doing well, all the best from Bali, Morten
  23. Hi everyone! By now I have quite a few nice underwater pictures lying around on my hard-drives and I was wondering if anyone out there actually manage to earn any money on pages such as shutterstock.com etc? Or is it simply more trouble than its worth? Any advice would be most appreciated! Best regards, Morten
  24. Dear Tony, I was recently looking for a way of mounting my diopters on my Aquatica MF macro port and found a bunch of great products, only thing is that I think the prices were a bit steep for such a simple thing. I actually ending up buying a plastic food container that fits my port, did a bit of cutting, made some holes for air to escape and it works like a charm. The fit is very strong, actually its strong enough that I have no problem walking around with the diopters on my housing on land without worrying about them falling off, and it ended up costing me only 2$ and half an hour of work Having said that, the adapter from Ikelite is "only" 50$ and it looks like it will do the trick as well Have fun with the critters! Best regards, Morten
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