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  1. I'm looking to extend my flash cable from my UK-Germany housing (left plug) to my 2x Inon Z240 strobes (plugs on the right). Have not been able to find a wider cable (this one is about 2x45cm). Anyone suggestions? Perhaps I can extend one of the Inon plugs?
  2. In good condition, my UK-Germany housing for a Canon 5D (mki). Done about 200 dives with it, shows small signs of use but is mostly in great condition. As with any UK-Germany housing it is very solid built (aluminium) with a very nice dark grey coating. Pleas pm or email me for more info (info@rudgr.com).
  3. Incredible reefs at Eastpoint. It has been a Caribbean island's best kept secret for years - maybe you've heard some stories but not too many people have found a way to actually get there. Curaçao 's incredible east point diving has been talked about for years - no, call it: bragged about for years as the best diving site of the region. An area the size of St. Martin (St. Maarten) on the south-east tip of this island has been in private hand by the Maal family for centuries. Despite the fact that they would like to develop it for tourism purposes they have continuously been blocked doing so by the Curaçao government. What stayed is a huge wilderness area and supposedly almost unspoiled coral reefs, a rarity in this part of the world. Since the area is private property and outside access is rarely allowed by the family, the only way to get here is by boat. Niels Jorissen from DiveCharterCuracao has been the first to do so on a commercial basis, bringing small groups of 7-8 divers by Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB). Since conditions have to be good for diving the east (rough seas are the main spoiler) he also does trips to more common destinations like the famous Mushroom Forest and Wata Mula, always in small groups in order to maintain a good diving experience. But as he says "the best is east". It's mid-December as I join Niels from Caracasbaai, a famous and very popular area among tourists and permanent residents. Dark clouds gather in the distance, but according to Niels we'll be floating in sunshine in less than an hour; "what falls now, won't fall later at open sea". Once his RIB is in the water, we check our belongings, gear up and set everything up at the boat. With 7 divers things are tight but comfortable. The power handle is opened, the warm breeze floats across my face and I close my eyes in anticipation and excitement. After plenty times of diving with Niels the past years I finally make it to the Eastpoint, on a glorious day as well! Roughly half an hour later we are ready to go, it turns out there is hardly any current, a bit of a rarity. Good for us! The dive plan is simple: Love Cave to Tarpon Bridge, the first aptly named after a couple of mating Nurse sharks found here a few years ago, the latter after a massive underwater bridge frequented by schools of Tarpon. "Take it easy if you see them, let them come to you and you'll be almost within touching distance if lucky" Niels says before we finally enter the water. Unfortunately there are no Nurse sharks to be found in the cave, but it is still a wonderful sight to see, nicely overgrown with soft corals in the front. Just lying still to enjoy the view is the best way to experience it, even when diving with 7 others. Once the group has left I just silently enjoy it a little more. 24 hours ago I was stuck in an airplane for eleven hours, now I am totally zoned out on beauty. The Love Cave. Corals in abundance. Tarpon Bridge without the tarpons. Because of rougher conditions, hard corals are much rarer to find here, but soft corals are plentiful. Since nobody has the means of killing off Lionfish in this area they seem to be around in huge numbers. Funny enough: so seem the schools of small fish. I guess they mostly prey on the species that are close to the corals, the huge number of Damselfish seem to be able to escape the slaughter taking place all over the Caribbean. After arriving at the Tarpon bridge it turns out to be an amazing sight as well. However, lucking out again: no Tarpons to be seen. I guess they're out with the Nurse sharks. Time to end the dive and relax a little. Relaxation is literally around the corner where a very shallow lagoon protects us from the (small) waves, it's time for lunch and drinks and to enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the East. The Maal family may call it rubbish-bush in need of development, we kind of think the opposite. Perhaps it is a good idea to leave it like it is, there are plenty of hotels already and the pristine nature and reefs could do with the current low-key attention. Underneath our boat some huge Starfish seem to have gathered "it's the only place on the island where you find these in numbers" we are told. It certainly makes for a great photo-opp and our surface interval turns out mostly submerged. Surface interval. Loads of big starfish. Since there are only so much sandwiches you can eat, it is time to head out "we've kept the best till last, that's why we named it Best Reef" Niels tries to add to our excitement. And as soon as we enter the water we understand why. "Shark!" is called before we're even ready to descent. A massive 7 feet Nurse shark is lying at 30 feet, totally relaxed and we all manage to take a photo turn by turn without the animal even raising a fin. I've never been able to get close to one that was full out in the water so this one makes up for all the times I've tried and failed miserably. I'm literally lying next to it, dwarfed at least by a full foot. What a stunning creature. The reef itself is even more mind-blowing: row after row of soft corals in perfect condition. It seems to be a never ending field of softly waving jungle out here. No matter how far we try to look ahead: it's just corals, corals and more corals. With the light coming in from the right angle it is hard not to burst out in tears or shout your enjoyment. This is what you dive for, this is what want to see. This is truly Curacao at its best! Hello Nurse shark! Corals, and more corals. Best reef diving on the island, no doubt about it! © 2012 Rudgr.com (Facebook, Instagram) Equipment used: Canon 5D (mkI) Canon 15mm f2.8 fish-eye lens UK-Germany housing 2x Inon Z240 Strobes
  4. *** SOLD *** Housing for Canon strobes, designed for the 540EZ but will also house the newer 580 models (however, on/off switch won't work then). Has served me well for over 100 photodives (examples: samples but unused since I switched to dedicated UW strobes a year ago. (E)TTL cable and O-rings included.
  5. This one came out nice too, will probably be the poster boy for next years campaign with a slogan "come diving!". Great thing he already tagged himself on the organizers Facebook. He was easy to get a hold of to arrange a model release. I love this day and age!
  6. Yes, that time of the year again: 10.000 people taking a dip in the cold waters (8 degree) of the North Sea at the beach town of Scheveningen. A tradition that was sold out this year for the very first time. Only in Holland! Photographed with my 5D and UK-Germany housing and two InonZ240 strobes. Full manual setup. Photos were made for the organizer of the event, the soup brand Unox. So, happy new year from the low lands!!! Mass fun! I loooooooove you! (Photo courtesy of Fototoko) If you look well you can spot me halfway on the right hand side of this photo... Yes, it's COLD! Braver than his sister... #Winning © 2012 Fotograferen net Client: Unox
  7. Can anyone perhaps help me identify this Anemone? Hard to find info on the net about them. Photographed in Sardina, Gran Canary Island (Atlantic Ocean).
  8. Here's another one, taken a bit later:
  9. Thank you very much for the help! Rutger
  10. Green or Hawksbill? Looking for the right determination for this Sea Turtle (Lankayan, Malaysia). It looks like a Hawksbill turtle to me (pointed beak and the two visible "claws" on each flipper) but I'm not 100% sure. Anyone?
  11. This looks like a pretty helpful gadget! www.jaktogo.com
  12. Hi Brian, I came across your operation a few times, in a good way!, when looking for info on the web. I'll make sure to get in contact soon, I appreciate your reply! ALso, I've been in contact with the Spanish Tourism board in the Netherlands and they are relaying my request to GC, any help (accomodation) from you is surely welcome! Rutger
  13. Great, this helps a lot, can't wait to hear more! Anyway, enjoy El Hierro! I certainly did last year... :-)
  14. I think I have had that happen at least 5 times the past two years, in Europe, Caribbean or US. If I'm correct: you're allowed to carry a camera in your hand no matter the hand luggage. So when they do check it and see it's pretty much way too heavy I just suggest this solution myself which makes the lady behind the counter happy because the problem is solved without any fuzz and all according to the rules. Of course, the moment I leave the check-in counter and I'm out of sight everything is back in the case in no time!
  15. For a Dutch diving magazine (Duikmagazine) I will make a feature on Gran Canaria in May 2011. Anyone with good advice on what to do or not? My concept right now is to find an appartment in Puerto de Mogan (South coast) and work from there. - Exploring the (very touristic) South coast waters for a couple of days - Then focus on the North (Cathedral and the wrecks near Las Palmas) - And finally sive the East (Arinaga Marine Reserve). What operators are good to dive with and what divesite should really not be forgotten? All in all I want to spend about 6-7 days diving, is that too tight or is it sufficient to get a good grasp of the place? Any suggestions are very welcome!
  16. So, is the wise lesson not to use a tethered camera? Not sure if I'm comfortable with that but seeing this footage....
  17. An invitation to attend the Fotosub in El Hierro last year sounded almost too good to be true. But in fact it wasn't only true, it was also even better than expected. Great thing about attending as a photographer/journalist is that you don't have competition stress but do get to dive almost as much as you want with big shots like Alex Mustard or Kurt Amsler. For an inexperienced underwater photographer like me that is certainly a treat, the amount of knowledge one can suck up in just a few days is incredible. The lavafields outside our hotel in La Restinga So one chilly October morning I started out a long day of travel (or better: waiting at airports) from Amsterdam to Madrid, then off to Tenerife before finally boarding a small prop plane for the 30-minute flight from one Volcano island to the other. For those who have never heard of El Hierro (or Ferro as it's also called), I can't blame you: I had never heard from it either but I feel lucky to have that taken care of now. It's the smallest and most western of the Canary Islands, a very pleasant and popular island group near the coast of Marocco. Back in the days (say, about 2000 years ago), it was thought to be the end of the world and it hosted the meridian for a long time before it was finally noticed there was a bit more to this planet than previously thought. The famous Juniperus phoenicea trees at El Sabinar Small part of the rain forests The island hosts several volcanic outcrops and is exceptionally spectacular in nature: huge volcanic fields compete with Pine forests, rain forest or dry stretches of land depending on what square kilometer you happen to be at. I don't think I have ever seen such huge variety in landscapes in such a small place, no wonder it's now protected as an Unesco Biosphere Reserve. El Hierro is not only a fascinating place, it completely lacks any form of mass tourism. As it doesn't host a single stretch of decent beach (at least all year round) 99% of people don't even bother to come here. Which is perfectly fine to everyone that lives there or to anyone who does happen to visit. Photographer at work! Grouper & Trumpetfish combo, standard for El Hierro diving (diver not included) Sea Breams at the El Bajon dive site Basically, one could write endlessly about the beauty of the place but we did go there to go diving. The Photosub is big event for the Island group and is a quite popular contest for photographers from abroad. Very well organized with a lot of attention to safety and the well being of attending journalist/photographers I might say. Add a very easy-going atmosphere and some superb diving and you kind of get the idea: there are worse places to be. Everywhere. Kurt Amsler at work photographing Black Corals at 45 meters (145 feet) Arrow Crab (La Restinga harbour night dive) Diving hotspot and HQ for the contest week is the southern village of La Restinga, a quiet place with a good harbor and plenty of excellent diving opportunities. With a RIB it's usually not more than ten to fifteen minutes to any great divespot in the clear waters. From huge stone pillars that take ages to swim around with nice big schools of fish to deserted place where large Groupers loom. Any of the divesites host fantastic underwater views and scenery. No, one doesn't come here for coral formations but the rest of the wildlife more than makes up for it. So if you ever have the opportunity to visit: have no doubts about it, the place will blow you away. Under, as well as above water! Safety stop with a view, at Punta Miradero You can see the full image gallery (including larger sizes) here. And click here to see the article that was made for Duikmagazine (Dutch diving magazine). © Fotograferen.net
  18. Must agree with you, region also fits...
  19. I'm looking for an exact identification for these two nudibranch, looks like its from the Flabellina genus. They were photographed at the Wreck Graveyard divesite in Vela Luka (Korcula), Croatia last summer. Anyone?
  20. Thanks Chris for taking the time to answer, this helps really a lot! Alex Mustard also reccommended going for the Ikelites for their light quality and for being good strobes in the first place. Warranty is well taken care of in the Netherlands so that is not a worry. It's now a matter of seeing if the ettl can get working... Again, thanks!
  21. hmm, difficult. from the strobe comparisson I found pretty similar recharge times: 1.7 (Inon) or 1.5 (Ikelite). decisions, decisions.... :-)
  22. I've got a bit of budget (ca. €2200/$2500) to get a double strobe set for my Canon 5D (mkI). Seacam strobes are amazing but sadly unafordable so I've been eyeing the Ikelite DS161 (or the "old" 160, which saves a few bucks for a hardly different strobe) and the Inon Z240. Both look good: Inon is very lightweight but the Ikelite seems to have a bit better color temp. Set prices for both don't differ that much. Ettl is not a must but would be nice (it's kind of relaxed for shooting macro). Are there any strobes I'm missing out (Sea&Sea?) or does have anyone have some advice for me? It's highly appreciated.
  23. My photogear was on the boat On the heli I just used my Canon G9 to shoot a little video. I was amazed by the quality of it... I think the camera actually makes better video than it does images!
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