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  1. Wolfgang, I completely agree with you that to keep any animal including salt water fish and corals intensive research should be done, while I would like to see people proof basic knowledge or have license I don't think that would ever happen. I agree that farm raised fish are more expensive than wild caught but I think simply if you cant afford the farm raised one then dont buy the wild caught one. It is estimated that 70-90% of wild caught fishes dont even make it to the tank as they they along the way, so I think its fair to say that wild caught fish do have shorter lifespans than farm raised fish. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tropical-depression-your-saltwater-fish-tank-may-be-killing-the-ocean/ Of course there are exceptions as you have pointed out with your fish. The lifespan of saltwater fish, either farm raised or wild caught is also dependent on the caretaker and given the lifespan of your fish I suspect you are quite knowledgeable and do a great job. To answer your provocative question regarding whether it is better to keep fish v eat them I would say that it depends on the fish and how it was caught. A fish that is not threaten that you caught yourself is a lot less ecologically damaging than an aquarium fish caught with cyanide. Of course the argument is reversed when you compare dynamite fishing/long line/gill net to a farm raised aquarium fish. I am vegetarian, I turned vegetarian a few years ago for environmental reasons, not moral or health reasons. I will still eat occasional fish/meat but only under certain circumstances such as fish I catch myself.
  2. This is the lesser of two evils. Cyanide poisoning for aquarium fish causes complete devastation to corals and invertebrates whose body mass cannot handle the cyanide load. Wild caught fish also have a markedly decrease lifespan in captivity and new advances in fish and invertebrate reproduction have made aquacultured corals and fish easily accessible and leaves wild fish in the ocean. If we could convince all salt water fish owners to only buy aquacultured fish and corals the worlds ocean would be a much healthier spot. I unfortunately stand on my soapbox as a remorseful prior saltwater fish owner.
  3. Hello everyone. I will be heading to Indonesia (Lembeh, Bima, Bali) for 3 weeks in August-September. I am a doctor and I collect all the supplies that cannot be sterilized or reused due to the standards of practice in the US but are usually widely welcomed abroad. I will usually take these supplies and donate them to the local clinics or hospital. Does anyone have any contacts in the medical fields in these places that could use the supplies. I have tried to ask the local dive companies that I am going with but nobody has answered me. Thanks.
  4. I really enjoy diving a bit farther north in Amed. Its a very sleepy fishing village but amazing muck diving right off the beach. It is also a short boat ride from the Liberty wreck. I dive with a small company Amed Zen Divers, the owner is Wayan he always leads my dive, just me and him. We usually spend about 90 minutes each dive on the water. I always tell him what it is that I want to see and he finds it for me. He also charges the same as all the other dive shops for a 2 tank dive but its incredibly awesome to have your own guide for an unlimited time.
  5. I shoot with the Nikon D7200 also and I use the Nikon 60 mm 2.8 micro for macro and fish photography. Since you are using it on a crop sensor it ends up being closer to a 90mm. I have not tried it but I understand one of its draw backs is for super macro as it would be very difficult to use multipliers since its focus distance is so close. It is an amazing lens and great autofocus for macro, with most photos at tack sharp. Ive used it from the tiniest Shaun the sheep nudibranch to great fish portraits. Below are a couple of samples, check out my flickr for more. https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/camera-lenses/af-s-micro-nikkor-60mm-f2.8g-ed.html indonesia-28 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-39 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-38 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr You can also use the Nikon 105mm, which with a crop lens would be like using a multiplier for supermacro. I have it but have not used it underwater. My understanding is that you have to use the manual focus mostly.
  6. None of these photos were shot with a snoot. The black background was all done in post. I have a 10bar snoot and I honestly cannot get it to light up in the area that I want in focus even with the laser pointer. Through trial and error Ive learned to expose the subject while underexposing or leaving the background out of focus and then blackening it in post. Hope it helps
  7. Some more shots Indonesia-18 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-19 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-55 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-64 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-10 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-12 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr
  8. I use an Evecase Extra Large DSLR backpack. I can fit my Nauticam NA-D7100 housing with camera in place, 2 Sea and Sea YSd2 strobes with strobe arms and clamps, extra batteries and chargers, zen miniport and tokina 10-17 and nikon 60mm and port. Also my sola night sea and focus light, viewfinder, dive computer and macbook. It does get to be quite heavy but thus far has never been weighted on international trip and it was only during a domestic that I had trouble fitting it into an overhead compartment. https://www.amazon.com/Evecase-Camera-Daypack-Backpack-Accessories/dp/B00WQTLB0G
  9. I have to agree that it may be a mixture of things. Strobes would definitely help bring the colors back but im not sure if it would help with the haziness. Some of your shots that have the worst haziness your shutter speed is below 1/250 which is probably introducing some motion and making it look worst. I would make sure you have a good moisture absorbent and clean the lens/sensor and try again.
  10. what settings are you using? strobe or no strobe?
  11. Hi Errbrr Its a pygmy blue whale, but dont let the name fool you they are 22-25m long. They migrate from Australia up through Indonesia we found them in the Banda Sea. I went with the liveaboard Pindito who does a dedicated whale and macro cruise. We spent 2-3 days looking for and snorkling with dolphins and whales, at some point we could count up to 8 whale spouts around use. The passengers are divided into the 3 tenders and they drop you in front of the whales paths so you can see it. The dive trips definitively take a lot of memory space. I have opted for a dedicated 10T hard drive for all my past and future dive trips. I usually take somewhere around 3000 photos in a weeklong trip. A lot of them are repeat of the same subject just trying to get the picture I envision. I've gotten better with subsequent dive trips at deleting all those that I know I will never look at again. I usually will edit around 150 or so. While I find it best to go chronologically I usually do end up jumping around while I edit.
  12. A couple more pictures. It is far more fun to shoot than to edit. Indonesia-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-38 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-37 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-31 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-50 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr Indonesia-34 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr
  13. i just started https://www.instagram.com/kdgonzalezphoto/
  14. Hello everyone, After finally having some time off of work I have started to edit my photos of 2 recent Indonesia trip. The photos are of mixed location and represents Komodo in October 2018 aboard the KLM Mari, and November 2018 from Amed, Bali and aboard the Pindito sailing Ambon to Sorong. I still have a lot more photos to edit and will be updating regularly. Check out my flickr page for the entire album. indonesia-17 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-21 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-18 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-28 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-23 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-5 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-24 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-25 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-19 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr
  15. Looking for critique on the following images of a hairy squat lobster. Taken in Komodo, November 2018. I really want to like the last image since its the one that its facing towards the camera the most but I cant seem to edit the shadows around it and I find that very distracting. Can anybody venture a guess whether the small one in the right lower edge in the first picture represents a juvenile or just another species? Thanks indonesia-21 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-23 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr indonesia-22 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr
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