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About ajay

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    Sony Nex 7
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    Nauticam NA Nex 7
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    Inon Z220s
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    Subsea +10 macro
  1. Thanks Simon, your thoughts are very useful indeed! Dear Akoni, I have heard you (above) and several other knowledgeable folks on this forum say either that they don't like Sony cams. Typical reasons I hear are (a) poor UI of the menu (b) poor skin tone on humans. Personally, I have found myself unable to distinguish subtle color differences among these good cameras, and I have just loved the two-wheel design of the Nex-7 (unfortunately abandoned by Sony) that allows really rapid change in [aperture, time] in manual mode. I wonder if you can share your opinion about Sony cameras? I do know some folks like the fast focusing of advanced Nikons, but I'm just not inclined to carry the much larger 850/800 type cams, nor do I like the kludgy adapters required for the new Z6/7. Thanks Ajay.
  2. Hi Simon, Thanks for the article. I have been mulling a change in my setup (from Sony Nex-7) to the A7RIII, a plan that's on hold until we can figure out when world travel, and scuba trips, can resume.. I was planning to use the Sony/Zeiss 16-35 F4, and I hope you could give me some advise about which of the two (16-35 vs the much wider 8-15 that you chose) you would prefer in general. In my mind, the trade-off is that with the fisheye, I have to live with the idea that all photos I take will have that look.. whereas with the other, i would get most photos relatively rectilinear, except with really big fish close up.. Thanks! Ajay
  3. A wonderful interview/article, 121. It was Paolo's amazing photos from Triton (which he posted couple of years ago) that inspired me to go there last year. The photos in that article are really great.. I would love to hear more discussion on how you set up and shoot those late flash panned shots.. You folks should consider a follow-up article -- few people are traveling to dive these days, so the articles are even more welcome. Ajay
  4. Love the tuna and the schools of jacks and barracuda. Looks like Sipadan is improving once more, perhaps all the strict measures and controls are paying dividend. Thanks!
  5. Maybe the subject in that image is protesting, but what a wonderful collection of images! Thanks!
  6. A little over a year ago I was also trying to decide between Canderwasih and Triton. Picked Triton, and it turned out to be a wonderful trip. Some wonderful wide angle opportunities, plus whale sharks, plus amazing macro. I think Leeza is still running the operation there.. she's wonderful! I don't do too much wide angle photos, but you can get a sense of the macro from my trip report. Best Ajay.
  7. Hi all, On a recent liveaboard (Emperor Explorer) in Maldives, trip titled "best of Maldives" was nothing extraordinary for the first few days.. strong currents, moderate viz, etc. But then two days changed it all. On one day this juvenile whale shark came up to our boat and stuck around with us for over four hours.. and on the day after, we had a wonderful couple of dives with the resident nurse sharks in Alimatha. Here are a couple of pictures (downsized). A more detailed trip report with larger images is on my weblog. Cheers, Ajay
  8. Ha.. sounds like you are ready to move on to behavior photos. Cheers Ajay
  9. There have been many good images posted by Mike Bartick and others from Anilao lately, that I'm almost afraid to post mine. These are form a short trip to Anilao at the end of May. Notable for me: First time that I saw the Ocellate octopus (a type of blue ring) and an interesting fight between two octopi during a night dive. I expect there may be more _really nice_ images form Anilao coming on this forum -- a gang of people with really nice gear and better skills than me had just concluded the Reef photo gathering in May. I look forward to their posts. There is a brief trip report and more photos on my website. Cheers Ajay
  10. Great video.. perfect choice of soundtrack :-) Ajay
  11. Thanks for the report & fantastic (!) photos. I think I may need to put Dumaguette back on my bucket list of places to revisit. Ajay
  12. Hi all, We did six days of diving in Triton Bay in Mid December, inspired mostly by Paulo's trip report that appeared here a few months ago. The attraction for me was the promise of the combination of whale sharks and excellent macro. Promise delivered, and then some -- the resort has resident Epaulatte and Wobbegong sharks just in the house reef. My trip report, together with images can be found here: http://iez152.ieda.ust.hk/TRITONBAY_DEC2018/TRITONBAY_DEC2018.html Here are a few photos, hope they add some color to your day to start off 2019. Cheers, Ajay.
  13. Hi friends, Need your help to identify the critters in the two attached images. The mollusc (??) burying itself in the sand is ~2cm; there were many of these spread out around the sandy bottom at the house reef on a night dive. The tiny orange critters on the sponge are no more than 1mm each; they look like baby shrimp/crabs just emerging out of eggs?? Any help appreciated! Ajay
  14. HI Mike, I am guessing your group is expereinced with Raja Ampat already, but in case anyone is interested to know how the diving was last month, on the same boat, here is a link to my trip report and photos. Cheers Ajay.
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