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  1. I have taken 2 liveaboard trips to Turks & Caicos. The 1st was aboard the Sea Dancer in February. The weather was rainy at times and we had some rough sea conditions but the diving was fantastic. The humpbacks are there at that time and we saw several on the surface. 2 divers had a chance encounter with mother & calf along a wall. they said they thought a sub was coming up the wall. They had great photos. You could hear the whale song all the time even when you'd never see them. That was very cool. We saw tons of Eagle rays and a few sharks (mostly reef). We enjoyed the trip so much that we went back last April after the Sea dancer was exchanged with the Turks & Caicos explorer (previously the Carribean explorer in Saba). We had dove with the Carribean explorer and it was fun to dive again with the same crew in a new location. This time the weather was much better but no humpbacks, fewer eagle rays and more sharks. Great diving! Definately one of my personal favorites. Sandy
  2. Besides the things you've already discussed, I enjoy a dive location where you can lead your own dive. So many places you are put on a "cattle boat" and asked to follow the dive master. This is terrible for shooting pictures. Not only are you bombarted with divers kicking and banging into you with every photo subject,but you are also forced to move on too quickly. That's why I love live a boards. You control your dive. Sandy
  3. We were just in Costa Rica in November and had a great time(7 days diving and 3 days touring). The diving was good with lots of marine life but be prepared for low vis. Our dive conditions changed daily. 20-50 ft vis. Variable currents and water temps 65-75. We stayed at El Ocotal and had a great time. We dove Catalina and Bat Island. Ronald and JO-JO were great dive masters. We booked our trip through Costa Rica Dive. I would highly recommend Rolando Arburola. He coordinated our trip and acted as our personal guide on our adventures to the Arenal volcano, canopy tour and rafting. He pays attention to every detail and could not be more accomidating. We are planning a return trip in May. Check out our trip report. http://www.costaricadive.com/tripreport/tendays.htm
  4. Just returned from Cozumel. Had a great time. The winds picked up a little mid week and the Harbor master closed the harbor for a day. Our dive master invited us to dive the cenotes with him. This was my first experience with cave diving. We dove "Dos Ojos". What a great experience. Quite challanging for UW photography though. This is one of my favorites. What do you think?
  5. I spotted this twice in Cozumel. I don't believe I had ever seen this before. Can anyone identify it for me?
  6. I am leaving for Cozumel and am ready to take my new Wide angle lens diving. I have the Nikon coolpix 995 housed in the Aquatica 995 housing. Santa brought me a new Aquatica wide angle lens and I need some pointers. My camera has a wide angle lens that is formulated for the Nikon wide angle converter for the camera not the one for the housing. Should I use that setting? Any other suggestions? Can't wait to show some of my shots! Sandy
  7. Ken, Congratulations on your seaslug find!!! It's the little things that make us happy! (at least when it comes to seaslugs! LOL!) Sandy
  8. Now that you say that and I look more closely maybe it is not the frogfish. This is the same spot I had seen the frogfish on and kinda assumed it was him. They are equally as ugly. Here is a wider angle of the fish I recently seen. And here is the Oscillated frogfish I had seen earlier in the same locale. They do look different. Now that you see a larger view is it a smooth skinned scorpion fish? Thanks for the ID! By the way Vlad, they are finding silverware on the Schurz that Isabel has uncovered. Sandy
  9. The vis was crappy. Since I have taken several pictures of him before I decided to try macro. Here is my attempt. It looks like he has tons of parasites on him.
  10. Vlad, I found them on the top of the sub just behind the conning tower. There were 6 juveniles and the egg case. We had bad vis (about 5 ft on the sub but 50-100 above 80 ft) that day with Isabel on our tails. The surge was really picking up and it was everything I could do to stay still enough to get the shots. We actually went into DECO that dive because we ran into the egg case on the way back to the line with no time left. With plenty of air, I couldn't pass up the opportunity and stayed a minute or two longer to get some pictues. I will be back down next weekend Oct 25-28 for 4 days of diving. I'll let you know if any are still there although I can't see how it is possible. It will be fun to get out after a hurricane to see if anything gets dug up. We saw our frog fish on the sub again too. He has been in the same spot the last 2 times we were there. About 10 ft behind the conning tower on the port side about half way up there is a bracket that is shaped like a u. Maybe to hold a torpedo. He seems to like to perch on there. Take a good look next time you are there. Sandy
  11. I was very excited last month when I emailed Bill Rudmen from the sea slug forum with a unidentified sea slug. This past weekend we got in a few dives before hurricane Isabelle on the U352 where I discovered several juveniles along with their egg case. Check them out on the Sea slug forum Seaslug Forum I wonder where my new found friends will end up after the hurricane? Sandy
  12. I have noticed ( and I'm not at all complaining) that scuba diving has a larger proportion of males to females. I don't believe that photographers in general are more male dominated but being that diving is more male dominated I'm sure the same goes for UW photographers. I was on a trip this summer to NC where I was the only female on a boat of 18 males. We had 2 spots open and on the second day a couple decided to join our trip. The girl was from France and she sat down beside me and asked. "Are the proportions of males to females always like this?" and I responded "No they're usually better, yesterday you weren't here." I'm on that trip again next year!
  13. Where did you find this guy? Great shots! What a great find ! Sandy
  14. I love the second shot. You sound a little spoiled. Looks like you got some great shots for being unmotivated. You have seen some things that we on the east coast have not seen. Your lighting and compositon are exceptional!
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