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    San Rafael, CA

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    Nikon D200
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    Light & Motion Titan
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    Sea & Sea YS-90DX
  1. That's right but it's not unique to this Nikon camera. The Canon 5D and 7D apparently have a very similar disclaimer. Here's what the Nikon disclaimer looks like: http://nikonrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/...ent-licence.png Here's what the Canon disclaimer looks like: http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/4612/sc...101111at122.png If your really want to be bored to tears here's an in depth discussion on NikonRumors http://nikonrumors.com/2010/11/09/nikon-d7...ercial-use.aspx Edit: Oops, I should learn to read. I just noticed the link above is what started this thread. I'm sorry for the redundant post. It didn't seem like it was being made clear that this is a bit of a worrisome issue for owners of all video capable DSLRs, not just the NikonD7000.
  2. They look great. What do you mean by "unedited"?
  3. Hi Tom, The Aggressor was on a buoy right next to us. I only had one night to do this dive and I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. The dive master more than once reminded us that sometimes no Mantas show up and sometimes only a few. With this in mind I think I was too frantic to get shots when the slightest opportunity presented itself. In reality I had plenty of time and numerous close encounters. My advice would be don't rush it, despite the initial excitement. Take your time, watch the patters the Mantas are swimming in before shooting anything and plan a few shots. Then position yourself and let them come to you. My experience was that it's only a matter of time before you get buzzed by a 15ft Manta. I was constantly swiveling around trying to get the right angle when all I really needed to do was pick one and stick with it for awhile. David
  4. Love #3! The environment looks very similar to my home turf in Northern California.
  5. Here’s a small collection of photos from a recent night dive with huge Pacific Manta Rays in Kona. To be honest I was a bit over my skis having never tried to photograph large animals at night. As much as possible I wanted to somehow create images that revealed the elegance of these animals and none of the surrounding circus atmosphere. By no means did I do a great job but I had some modest success. I’d love to go back and try again. Here's a short blog entry I wrote for non-divers. http://davidsafanda.com/night-diving-with-manta-rays/
  6. Great. Thanks so much for the leads. Nice work John.
  7. I'm headed to the Kona Coast area on the big island in a few weeks and need to make some dive plans. Does anyone have any recommendations in terms of good photographer friendly operators? David
  8. But wouldn't it be nice to watch movies at full screen size in the proper aspect ratio. For a media consumption device the lack of a 16:9 screen is sort of unbelievable.
  9. Thanks for sharing all these great shots! Really nice work. I would love to join this trip next year.
  10. It seems like a lot of people advise against a checked Storm or Pelican case but I'm curious how many have actually had thefts as a result of this approach. I've used a backpack to transport my rig as a carry on but these days I've been traveling with family and kids and it has been much easier to just check my housing in a storm case. In the past couple of years I've done this on multiple trips to Hawaii as well as Eleuthera and GrandCayman. I've had no problems checking my underwater gear. Am I really just tempting fate?
  11. It depends on what you plan on doing with the image. If you're printing for personal use or gallery presentation I like Steve's suggestion. If you plan on selling as stock I wouldn't do any cropping. Better to let a designer take care of any cropping that might be necessary. Just my $.02
  12. I've always been intrigued by the Wetpixel shark/dolphin trips that are organized. However, I have also noticed that all of these trip descriptions contain this language: "We screen our passengers, and accept advanced divers with shark-diving experience ONLY. " That's cool and makes perfect sense but could someone please elaborate on exactly how much and what type of experience you're screening for? I've certainly seen sharks underwater. I even had a small reef shark bump in to me when diving in Kauai. However, I've never done the shark rodeo type dives that I see promoted. What type of dive experience is being referred to? Thanks David
  13. Perhaps it has already been mentioned but when traveling through Miami to GrandCayman recently, I noticed they offer some type of shrink wrap service for checked luggage. I didn't have time to look in to the details but the concept of having your bag wrapped tightly in shrink wrap on the departure end seems like it makes sense in terms of theft protection. Has anyone used this?
  14. Thanks for the input everybody. I'll try playing around with background levels.
  15. Thanks for the advice Tim. I'm pretty good with Photoshop. I'm a little worried that it would be difficult to get a natural looking edge between the eel and softened background but maybe I should it give it a shot.
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