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  1. Yes have been diving there, relly quite enjoyed it too. The snorkelling just off shore is great as well. The classic dive shop in Barbados is West Side Scuba - http://www.westsidescuba.com/ been around for ever, always good when I have used them (it's been a while) I have also heard goo things about Barbados Blue - http://www.divebarbadosblue.com/ and Eco Dive Barbados - http://ecodivebarbados.com/ The last two I have never personally used. You will find your choice may be made up for you by where you are staying. But I would highly recommend whomever you dive with you do the Stavronikita at least once. Giles
  2. Thanks for posting .. one of my 'dives to do' is Mantas in Indo ... this garbage in the water is awful. I am actually a little bit shocked when i sit back and think of how they are filter feeders. I hate it when i get a hair in my mouth when eating. I will share this with my friends pass on some awareness.
  3. That girl was in the water with just a bikini in January?? ps. photos look like an amazing experience and as I am in Nassau regularly I may have to go give SC a try .. 6 years and never bothered.
  4. Personally i like the image, composition is not great for me .. but the image is nicely exposed with great colour graduation in the background. I would like to see the fish with it's head not at the center of the frame and not going left to right from the middle .. break the image up a bit differently with the subject. That sure is one fat lionfish too.
  5. I am sorry, and i know you said you couldn't get closer to your subjects but to me using a filter either on the camera or on the strobe is just hindering. If the face is looking blue or the diver in general is looking blue that is because not enough light is getting to the diver and or then to the camera sensor. If you are already using a strobe and you know you are not close enough putting a filter on will limit again the amount of light getting on the diver or to the sensor. Simple solution .. get in the models face .. take a photo. Talk to the dive buddies before you get in, tell them not to mind you and to just buzz by as close as they dare. This is the same for taking photos of people anywhere anyplace anytime .. especially if you don't know them. People don't mind having their photos taken, especially if you let them know why and offer them a copy. So give a little explanation, ask if you may take their photo and give some hints to them on what to do to make it look good Just my humble opinion. Giles
  6. Dive worldwide used to sell trips for an operator I used to work for. I know the guests paid and got a dive trip and we got paid as well. I have never booked a trip with any of them.
  7. That image is quite something .. is there a story in the article about how it was achieved if not will you be sharing that here ?? I have had quite a few close ups from hammerheads over the years (never with my camera) they always seem so curious and inquisitive. This image seems to capture that for me.
  8. I used a fisheye solidly through my 2 weeks of Sardine Run. Got great results.
  9. From the Article http://wetpixel.com/articles/wetpixels-new-design - The Picture of the Week contest is on hold, and will not be available until we migrate it over
  10. does [youtube][/youtube] still work? I tried it just now and it converted it to [media][/media] and then didn't show the video. So i tried putting in the entire link .. from youtube http://youtu.be/aLHB9BstJYQ for example between the media tags and it worked ok. does the original post here need updating ?
  11. Eden Rock can be done as a shore dive and you may even find people to dive with there. You can also do it on a boat for an extra cost. Pretty much all other operators will be able to take you there weather permitting. I don't want to list any here as I am probably slightly biased, but if you do want some advice message me and I can list my favourites for you depends on how you like to dive, each one has their specialities. I know them all and have dived with most of them at some point. Cheers.
  12. July in Cayman you will want to be trying out some of the Northside as well, it's Hammerhead and Eagle Ray season. Eden Rock is a seasonal classic shore dive in town that has swim throughs that are full with Silver Sides. If you book a session with Cathy I am sure she could teach you how to get that fmous shot, or you can shore dive it and try on your own If you can try to get some dives on Northwest Point / Orange canyon too .. as they are spectacular.
  13. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14269 sadly the images no longer show for these last two posts.: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=14407 http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=44462
  14. via: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/polaroid-xs7-xs20-xs100-hands-on/ all these adventure lines sure are making for interesting segment in the underwater photo/video line .. GoPro has been a huge hit there is obviously money in there, these don't go quite as deep for the same price, but the demo pic is even attached to a mask so the intended useage is being made fairly obvious. Just thought it was interesting to see someone else getting into this game. Any chance all of this will help to bring about cheaper prices for entry to an expensive hobby ... maybe they already have !!
  15. Just wondering if ES File Viewer would do it https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.estrongs.android.pop&hl=en
  16. for $300 i may get a GoPro with LCD as well ...
  17. Seriously .. is no one using a compact camera to shoot video underwater at all? Whilst I have not put my finger on a camera, I have been looking at strobes/video lights. it seems to me that a sola1200 would probably work best for video and not ultra wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) angle photography. I have other photographic strobes so they will do if i just want to do photo. cameras that jump out at me so far are .. Sony Rx100, Panasonic Lumix LX5, and Canon G1X. I believe all shoot 1080 rather than 720 video. Not that I think a difference would be seen for my uses. question is .. then as no one chimed in .. is this better off in the video thread and would a plain video setup be better .. using a video camera? Would the price be much different? Thanks in advance for any advice,
  18. Why can't canon just put this stuff in the firmware anyway .. glad to know it is out there .. will have a play with it.
  19. Personally I would rather keep my wrist mounted dive computer and regular camera. I don't see the need to potentially trash my phone by taking it underwater. I never log my dives or transfer data from my dive computer so having my dive data stored on my phone is of little interest. I can't see me pulling out my phone and showing off my dive profile to my friends at the bar. This seems like a complete gimmick to me that isn't needed and shouldn't be taken seriously. All your phone is doing is displaying data, an iphone is not exactly the cheapest display screen in the world. It's also not as convenient as my current dive computer, but i am sure there will be a wrist strap accessory for sale. Oh and perhaps they will also sell add on filters and lenses. The images and video will more than likely still be less than brilliant with such a tiny lens. Call me a cynic, but i don't see this as a good idea or a needed product.
  20. I am wanting to get a setup I can take on every dive with very little hastle. DSlr is fine and all for when I want to take photos, but i find myself wanting to go diving more and more without a big rig and still be able to shoot. I also want to get into video a bit more. So is my best option a compact that shoots HD video and get a video led light? the Go Pros look great and all .. but I think I would like a bit more control and to see what I am shooting etc. Compacts have come a long way since I last owned one .. i see a lot of people talking about the Sony RX100, What else should I look at .. any experiences anyone ?
  21. Ciguteria poisoning in Lionfish, this is the first I have heard of it, but i guess it is area dependant. http://www.greenantilles.com/2011/11/22/more-data-emerges-about-ciguatera-toxin-in-lionfish/ I always thought that fish that are predating on fish that live on wrecks would that make it more like, this article says otherwise. Very odd to see that some research was done here there has definitely been no question of eating them at all. The Dive staff here spear them and sell them to the restaurants for some good money. Have heard as much as $5 per fish. Most places $3. I am not worried about the poisoning, it doesn't sound like a wide spread problem, more like some guys found a few fish that had it in a certain area of a certain island. What ill effects are you noticing? I can't say that I have noticed any here. Infact we seem to have struck a nice balance with the amount of Lionfish around, enough to be seen but keeping the numbers low enough they are not as much of a threat. When I do it I use scissors to cut off the spines after spearing the fish.
  22. I would not eat it prepared that way, if it was to be cooked whole then I would remove the fillets before serving. I have had filleted and pan fried, ceviche, deep fried fingers battered. All of which were yummy. I also bbq'd a fillet once with lime and butter .. touch of salt and pepper .. awesome. here are some good recipe sites too. http://www.lionfishhunters.org/Recipes.html This site used to be good too http://lionfishhunter.blogspot.com which had ercipes at lionfishhunter.com but it seems to be gone now. It is a lovely gamey white fish that is probably one of the better alternative to everything that we shouldn't be eating. Even if the restaurant did it badly kudos for them to trying. Not many do even where it is easily available.
  23. I thing its a bit late once it's won .. but before a winner is posted and pref before the voting goes live then sure it should be removed from the competition. Once it has been voted for and won it unfortunately shows that no one knows the difference and so to remove it would be calling everyone who voted out as well as the entry. Maybe use it as a lesson .. lets do an id thread where common misnomers can be addressed such as this.
  24. I believe this image sends out the wrong message. I believe that no matter who you are and what you are doing there is a method of doing it that involves no contact with things that contact can damage. I believe that no one is perfect but can try their best. I believe it is arrogant to say it is ok to do something for the better good. (infact it admits guilt) All the stuff they have laying around them on the reef could easily be held by an assistant. But more than all of it, if you know you are going to be laying on the reef like that and you want to cause as little damage as possible put that second tank on your damn back and not loosely strapped to your front where it can bang away at the reef. Hell even novice divers learn to tidy away their hoses .. which isn't being done here. So with all due respect to the men and the work they do, it is complete rubbish to be saying "I can assure you that we actively strive to minimize any damage to the reefs" because quite clearly that is not true.
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