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About pkrupela

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  • Birthday 03/31/1959

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    Southern California
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    Sharks - big, scary, open-water sharks - and macro on occasion. If it's new, different, and has an expedition smell about it - sign me up.

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    Canon EOS 300D (Rebel)
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  1. Has anyone dove at Ahe Atoll in the Tuamotu Islands of French Polynesia? I will be there in November and I'm curious as to how it compares to Rangiroa and/or Fakarava.
  2. I've been to Raja Ampat four times and never saw a mosquito - then again, I didn't do any of the shore excursions that may have been offered. The boats are far enough offshore to not worry too much about mosquitoes. But then again, I always take anti-malarials and my drug of choice over the years is doxycycline, 100 mgs per day. You have to take it beginning a couple days right before the trip and then for 28 days after you return, but there aren't any side effects. Some people get sun sensitivity but I've never had that happen and I actually get pretty tan in Indo. I also take Malarone with me in case I develop malaria, and the dosage for treatment is four tabs once a day for three days. This is the treatment dosage, not the prophylactic dosage. I'd rather take the Doxycyline since I know I tolerate it well and there are no real side effects as long as you don't take it longer than four months, which is why it's not an option for people that live in a malarial area.
  3. I am planning a trip for a small group of divers in early March to dive with, film, and photograph sailfish off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. We had a group interested in the trip, but timing issues with various group members began to get in the way, so I decided to put out an open call for divers that may find this interesting. It will be a land-based trip, with an experienced sailfish captain. The boat and captain have done this before, although the BBC was the first to film the Isla Mujeres sailfish only a couple years ago. Right now, the only date open is beginning 3/1/08 with the number of days to be decided by group consensus. I would say 5-7 days, and the cost per diver for the boat will be approximately $200-250 per day. Hotel accommodations can range from rustic to very nice, and we would be responsible for transporting tanks to the boat each day via golf cart. The weather can be rough, and the sailfish could be anywhere from 5-60 miles offshore. But generally speaking, we expect clear warm water, and anywhere from a few to as many as 30 or more sailfish feeding on sardine bait balls in the open water. This trip should only be considered by very experienced divers who have had experience with large pelagic fish (billfish, sharks, etc.), blue water, currents, etc. It is not first come, first served and I'm not running this as a commercial trip for profit. I want to make sure I have the right divers on this trip, so we can all have a great, unique, adrenaline-filled, and safe experience. If you're interested, contact me for more details.
  4. The picture of mine that she posted was either a) taken from a photo contest website which explicitly states that the images are the property of the photographers, or B) were taken and photoshopped to remove the copyright logo, because I have never released that photo to anyone other than the contest website without the copyright info on the photo itself. Either way, it's a clear violation of copyright laws. Also, should we all assume that iDiveChick is really dumb enough to not realize what he or she is doing given that a Google search of "iDiveChick" results in page after page of nothing but negative comments and complaints of spamming and copyright infringement. This is simply a person that believe that he or she can use the anonymity of the internet to do what he or she wants. Sorry about being up on a soapbox - "stealing" is a real hot button for me. And the tongue-in-cheek comments of the last poster did not go unnoticed. I'm just an amateur photog, and I imagine the pros deal with this stuff all the time. I plan on notifying Photobucket tomorrow, both in writing and verbally, of the copyright infringement.
  5. I just received an email from someone today who informed me that iDiveChick was also selling one of my photos on Photobucket. This surprised me since the photo has made the rounds on a number of boards, always with my copyright info attached. Pretty blatant, and I plan on contacting Photobucket and perhaps pursuing other alternatives.
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