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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!
  15. I have the same set up as you and have noticed the same problem with shallow diving. I find that a battery lasts about 2 hrs on continuous auto focus. If I am diving shallow where I think I might run low I just switch batteries between dives. I really don't find it to be much of a problem because I have a second battery. Only if you are doing more than 2 dives and have no access to a charger would I find this to be a problem. You could also set your camera to turn off more frequently when not in use. There are 1 and 5 min settings. I don't like to do this though cause it takes too long to start up. I'm afraid I will miss a great opportunity. Sandy
  16. After reading all of the post and again looking at my lionfish pictures from NC, I am wondering if there are 2 different species there. The first picture I posted has antenae. Is this Volitans? The next 3 seem to be Miles but I question the first shot. Thanks for differentiating the flamingo tongue and McGinty's cyphoma. I have a picture of McGinty's cyphoma with the shell exposed.
  17. Marriad, Thanks for the biology lesson on the cyphoma. I have not heard it called that before. How is that differentiated from the flamingo tongue? The lion fish sure are pretty but it is interesting to see the impact they have on the reef. We use to see lots of Sandtigers on the Naeco and since the lion fish have arrived there are none there. I wonder if their being there has affected the sharks? The Papoose is not far from the Naeco and there are now only a rare Sandtiger on it and it used to be heavy populated (although we don't see lionfish there either). Makes you wonder what makes the sharks hang aroung a particular wreck? and do the lionfish impact on that?????? Sandy
  18. The flamingo tongue was taken on the Carribsea. I have seen several of them there. That is my favorite wreck out of Morehead (and of any other wreck I have ever dove). There is so much to see. Sometimes you miss the little stuff cause there are so many Sandtiger sharks on that wreck but if you can ignore the sharks for a little bit you can find some great macro stuff. The wreck is so alive. It's fun to show my pictures to others that are on the same dive. They often miss the macro stuff. What dive op do you dive with? My husband crews with Diverdown so we make it there about 20 days a summer. Sandy
  19. It took me a second look to see the moray in the 3rd shot. Did he go after the fish? I wished you had been down along side them instead of over them shooting down. Shooting down on subjects often flattens the image and gives a less pleasing composition. I love the 2nd shot. Sandy
  20. That is too cute! I love the soft look it has. Did you do something to soften it? Gives it a nice "baby" quality. Sandy
  21. More lion fish from North Carolina.
  22. Thanks for getting rid of my extra post. How did you do that? I felt like such an idiot. I'm glad you fixed it before the rest of the board figured out what an idiot I am.
  23. Just took a dive trip to Morehead City, NC. Had fantastic weather and great diving. Went diving 7 days in a row. Must be a record in NC. Let me know what you think. Can you believe we now have lion fish in the Atlantic? This was taken on the wreck of the Naeco in 140 ft of water. This is the 3rd year I personally have seen them there. They seem to be doing well. I saw 6 in the limited amount of time I had on the wreck. They are now featured in the Aquarium in NC. (where you can see another of my lionfish pictures).
  24. I love the crab shot! The pattern of the reef against the pattern of the crab make an interesting shot. Good job! Sandy
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