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Graham Abbott

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    Dear friends, divers & expats alike,

    One of our fellow diving, photography, marine life & conservation enthusiasts has fell really sick and is in very serious need of our help.


    Please check out this link:


    For those of you who may not have had the pleasure of knowing, diving with or being guided by Housi. He worked onboard Pindito for many years and was a fantastic dive guide and cruise director. He recently worked more land based with Mutiara Laut Silala...


    Just think about what if this was you or your best friend would you sit back and do nothing? Every dollar helps!


    Open your heart and help a brother...

  2. Yeah, that looks like the one! We'll have plenty of time to go in search of other unusual critters soon hey! I take it you've seen the other one that lives in the Xenia?




    Hi Graham, ive seen this shrimp in 2005, and we have a lot of photos of it. We found it in Wakatobi. I was never able to get a proper ID. I believe I asked on here, but I cant find the thread right away..


    Here's one of the images from our wakatobi gallery:



  3. Scubastu/Cor,


    Thanks for the help here! So basically if I want fine detail work on glossy prints I can only really go as big as it says you can go in, say PhotoShop? But if I want to print much bigger I can upres to what ever I want... Is this right? If so what is the best way to upres? So far I've trying this by resizing in small stages.


    Plus, so far I've only been working with jpgs. I know there's a lot of talk about jpg's not being as high quality as raw or tiff or what ever. Though Jim Watt, who was probably the first really top digital UW shooter (and who probably sold more UW images than most pro's) only shot jpg's. SO what is the real difference between the formats for printing use...


    AND PLEASE - no long winded technical jargon replies that are gonna baffle the hell outta me... I only a dive gide n ain't so gud wiv stuf lyk dat!

  4. I know very little about printing, I had some prints done while I was in the US and was very impressed at how come they out. I'm not thinking of doing some more...


    I know that my Sony only does prints up to about 14inches. What is the biggest I can take photo's from Nikon D300 to, and what about other good digital camera's.


    I know the Hasselblad is probably the best for size, for what about a camera not so expensive???

  5. Plus, on a fun SCUBA side note, I can throw one hell of good over/under Halloween party! (I tend to do things with passion! :drink: ).

    Hi there Kristy,

    A partier too, sounds great... More party people on Wetpixel the better I say!

    Good luck with the photography, look forward to seeing some of your photo's on Wetpixel soon!

  6. Marjo,


    Thanks so much for the response and putting in a separate thread here... I had issues a few years ago with seeing these animals taken onto reefs to be photographed and then being published in dive mags.


    Great photo's too - well done!


    I don't have issues with Nautilus being brought up. The problem is when they are taken onto reefs. These animals don't live on reefs and in my mind if they are to be photographed they should be shot in open water. I was very glad to see that you shot them in open water.




    Thanks for the great poem!

  7. I have just found out that there is one boat in Indonesia that is now adding yet more extra chargers to their clients, and get this - even after they have paid in pull...


    First of all, can they do this legally?




    Has anyone heard anything about other boats world wide doing this?

  8. Great to see all these Sony users, remember folks, use a bit of Photoshop and you can create fantastic images. Here is a hints and tips sheet I created a long time ago. It does need an update as I've since learnt more about this great little camera. Right now I've been playing with the Sony T20 which is what all my latest images are coming from.


    Diving 4 Images - Sony T series Hints & Tips!


    Probably the number one camera for basic underwater macro photography that fits into your BCD pocket!


    • The super macro feature on this camera is probably the best of all small sized cameras on the market now! You need to adjust a few settings regularly to achieve the best results.

    Press “MENU”, the 2nd feature from the far left is the exposure control "EV" use the up & down to adjust this feature, this is a feature I personally use most often. After this you need to learn about the flash control, 3rd feature from the far right. There are simply “High”, “Normal” and “Low” settings, these are easily moving up and down! Always remember your first photo should only really be as a test shot, take a look at this shot, then set the camera accordingly, I am usually shooting -1.0 to -2.0 EV and often I will be on the lowest flash setting, unless I am shooting a very dark subject! Play with these two settings more than the others; it is a basic camera therefore very easy to understand!

    • Using the internal flash you will need to make sure the flash will be hitting the subject in the right direction for best lighting, most point and shoot type cameras are the same.

    For instance - if you are shooting a nudibranch, the flash should ideally be directed towards the animals front end (it’s face), you may often need to move the camera so that the internal flash lights up the whole animal and does not leave any shadows. I often shoot macro with the camera held vertically, this allows me to have light coming from the top thus covering the animal! Sometimes I will shoot upside down so that the flash is lighting the animal from the face on.

    • I rarely try to shoot the shot as I would with film - with film I would make sure to have the shot fully framed correctly, however with the small point and shoot cameras doing this rarely gives good enough flash coverage. It is easy to frame the shot correctly, however getting the lighting right is not so easy with small cameras which have small flashes and limited range. In order to make sure you have good lighting It is generally better to shoot for the lighting rather than to fill the frame. I do this later by cropping the image to suit! Allowing for cropping later will help you create a much better image. Remember you are rarely going to need a huge blow up of the image!

    • For animals larger than say 6” / 15cm it is best to use the close up feature and not the super macro feature. I find it not so easy to get enough quality lighting from the macro feature when I am more than 6”/15cm away from the subject. With the close up feature you will need to make adjustments on the flash and exposure differently as for super macro.

    • Another great feature on this camera is that it will save your settings, if you want to change the flash power, when you click menu it will always be on flash power till you change the setting again, if you want to frequently change the exposure setting, you go to exposure and the camera will remember where it was last set and it will always show up first on the feature you last used. Other small cameras do not allow this and on some point and shoot cameras the user has to go through a series of menus to find the required adjustment.

    • Learn Photoshop, I personally use Photoshop Elements for simple quick edits like cropping. Then I would use Photoshop CS for any more advanced editing. I find Elements is much quicker and simply to use!

    • The battery life on my T1 does not last a very long time - I can easily get one full dive without any problem, though for longest life it is best to turn the camera off after you have taken your shots. The newer T series camera’s have been upgraded and have much longer battery life.

    • I use a 256mb memory card and find this is more than enough; I only really need to download after about every 2 dives! Always shoot on the highest setting. To quickly check you are shooting the highest image size, press the feature that looks like a bin, move up to the highest setting and leave alone!

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Always remember to keep good buoyancy at all times, by doing this you will not damage yourself, your dive gear and more importantly any of the precious corals. Even on soft sandy sites, try to keep off the sand, even your fins… the slightest fin movement on soft sand will create unwanted backscatter we all hate so much.

    Please remember all corals are living animals and every reef should be treated like a well cared for Prize Winning Garden!

  9. Hey, excellent set of photo's.


    I'm very keen to hear about the nautilus photo and how they done this. I know quite a few people who have been on trips to PNG when this was done. They told me about parrotfish, wrasses and other fishes coming to eat the nautilus. What was your experience like?

  10. I have been there and around there over 20 times. December is raining season. Rains from end of November till end of February early March. FYI.... Never know the weather, you could get lucky but I wouldn't take the chance. I belong to a club there, if you send me your email if we have a spot I will let you know. Going with our club will save you more than half.

    I have been spending quite a lot of time in Irian Jaya in December and have found December to be an excellent time for diving there... From late September through to May has been fantastic for me! Weather patterns are changing so much that you may get unlucky anytime, anywhere nowadays!

  11. Thanks for the warm welcome. All the pictures are from PNG.


    Belize was my first warm water trip after I decided to start to diving again. At that point, I was just glad to convice the wife that we had to do it by liveaboard and didn't even consider camera equipment at that time. The captain of the Sun Dancer mentioned that he was heading to PNG the following summer and it wasn't too hard for us to decide to tag along. Naturally, I couldn't go 1/2 way around the world and not take a camera, so yet another piece of insanity was brought into my life.

    Oh OK, I thought the boxer was an Indo-Pacific species!

  12. Dwi, my partner has very recently been down to see the immigration guys and we have two options. I've asked her if she can ask a few other specific questions, once I get these questions answered I will post the news.


    One of them was to pay an amount of money but this was only for a small amount of gear!

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