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  1. The critters seemed to be out in force at Tulamben! I did 7 dives over two days last week and even though the viz. was unusually mediocre, there never seemed to be a lack of macro subject matter. Here are a few images. All were taken with the Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 70-180 plus Nikon 6T close-up lens. Some cropping.:oops: The rest can be seen at reef.smugmug.com Delicate Ghostpipefish portrait (Solenostomus leptosomus) Nembrotha kubaryana nudibranch eats tunicates for breakfast! Always a favourite of mine, the "Marilyn Monroe" of Nudis, Chromodoris kunei. A nice yellow Clown Frogfish The rare Tiger Shrimp A tight macro of the common Blue Seastar. I'ver always been attracted by the colour and textures of these! Cheers. Michael.
  2. I agree with Don. I shoot this lens exclusively with my D200 housed in a NEXUS housing and find the AF bearable. I've only used it in Indonesian waters and rarely even bother to mount the focus light. Here's an AF example with a tough dancing subject taken last weekend in Tulamben.
  3. Jeff, Well done! Beautiful cover shot! Cheers. Michael.
  4. Thanks for your efforts, Marli and Leslie. Much appreciated. To answer your question Leslie, these were photographed where found. Why anyone would move one of these to a crinoid is beyond me. I can't recall whether or not the crinoid had possibly attached itself to some coral. If it did, is it possible the crab climbed in to investigate? Any other ID input would be much appreciated. Michael.
  5. I'd be grateful for some help in identifying these two crabs from the Tulamben area, Bali. The images were taken last weekend. Thanks! Michael. Crab 1, in a Featherstar, depth approx. 20 metres. Crab 2, on soft coral, depth approx. 25 metres.
  6. While it's interesting that you pick up on the cameras used, what really jumped out at me in terms of the DEEP Indonesia contest results, was that WA dominated and Macro stuff didn't seem to be well represented among the winners. There were a couple of obvious WA categories such as "Reefscapes" and "Divers", (not even a macro category it seems) but even in more general categories such as "animal portraits" and the presumably wide-open "Indonesia" category, WA dominated. Is macro dead? Cheers. Michael.
  7. From what I can see of it, I would guess it is a Dwarf Lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus. Michael.
  8. Congrats on the purchase, especially with the 6T. Your mod mentioned above has nothing to do with the 70-180, correct? Michael.
  9. I too, am very sorry to hear about your problems. I have the Sea&Sea TTL converter with the NEXUS D200 housing, an INON Z-220 and Z-240 strobe. I've logged about 20 dives with the set-up so far, and have not experienced any problems remotely similar to the photo you have posted. The interior of my unit's compartment is spotless as well. Just curious, did you ever change the battery on the unit? I'd be interested to hear what Sea&Sea analysis turns up. Good luck. Michael.
  10. Hi Marco, Nice to have met you in Tulamben. Great images, by the way. Some of those critters look familiar. I look forward to seeing more of your images on your website. Cheers. Michael.
  11. Thanks to all for the comments. They are much appreciated. Hi Matt, How do the colours appear now? As far as the Harlequin Shrimp are concerned, I shot them as I found them. However, of course I can't speak for the group of photographers who were there several minutes before me.
  12. I spent two photo days in Bali, specifically diving at Tulamben and Seraya. Here are a few samples. The rest can be seen on my BLOG at http://reefwreck.blogspot.com/ I couldn't ask for better conditions with calm seas, good weather and viz. between 20-30 metres. A special thank you to Tony Medcraft and my favourite dive guide, Made, at Tulamben Wreck Divers Resort, where I stayed and dived with. http://www.tulambenwreckdivers.com All photos were taken with the Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm plus Nikon 6T, housed in a NEXUS housing, twin INON strobes wired through a Sea&Sea TTL converter. Everything worked magically, after I worked out a few user error issues. Most post-processing was done using Nikon Capture NX, which I recently bought in Hong Kong. Cheers. Michael. A couple of Harlequin Shrimp, Seraya, Bali Whiskered Pipefish, Seraya, Bali Warty Frogfish, Seraya, Bali Zebra Crab who looks like he needs some dental work! Denise's Pygmy Seahorse, Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Bali Elegant Squat Lobster The rarely seen yet elegant Twinspot Lionfish, Tulamben, Bali
  13. My apologies if this is already widely known, but at least with the Nikon D200 you can set the camera to number your images sequentially up to 9999. It's done by choosing Custom Setting d6, File Number Sequence, "ON". The sequential numbering will continue even if you change or format cards. The image number can be viewed "in camera" by viewing the image and toggling through the image info in the LCD. Michael.
  14. Hi Peter, Nice shot! Sorry to hear about your f***d. Are you no longer in Karimunjawa? Michael.
  15. Very nice, Peter. I've been to Kura-Kura twice, back in 2000-01 or so when I was living in Jakarta. A group of us used to take the train from Jakarta and overnight in Semarang and in the morning take the the resort's fast speedboats to the resort. The resort was new, in a beautiful, ideallic setting, consisting of lovely teak cottages with AC and a very peaceful environment. As I was a relatively new diver then and not yet into UW photography, I can't comment much on the diving other than we were the only divers around! What's it like there now? I'd love to see more photos from there! You may see me back! Mike, The Karimunjawa islands are in the Java Sea just off the north coast of central Java. Check out the map on Kura Kura's website: Kura Kura-getting there Cheers. Michael.
  16. Hi Ivan, Good to see you here! Beautiful stuff! I especially like the pygmy with the nice backlighting. I really appreciate your help during my trip to Lembeh. I'll more than likely be passing through Singapore before the end of the year, so it will be nice to meet up again. Cheers. Michael.
  17. If you'll excuse the pun, just to close the loop on this, the girth of the Micro-Nikkor 70-180 is too much to be mounted by the Canon lens collar. Cheers. Michael. P.S. Although far from ideal, for topside use I still can get half-decent results using the camera tripod mount since the lens tripod mount has been removed.
  18. Boi, Thanks for your reassurance. I'm liking this lens a lot topside, and I'm looking forward to trying it out UW. Here's a topside sample, with a Nikon 5T added. The lens flare was added PP. B)
  19. It may not be that obvious, but the D200 also has an "ISO-Auto" feature under "Metering/Exposure" not/not under "ISO Sensitivity".
  20. Just a note to follow up on the issue of permanently removing the tripod collar. I called ahead to the Nikon Service Centre in Hong Kong and they said they could remove it, but they weren't sure how long it would take. Earlier this week, I walked into their service centre and explained to them I wanted the collar removed. The technician immediately surmised it was for UW use, and 30 minutes later the job was done. The collar was returned to me in one piece. Labour cost was the equivalant of about US$ 30. I was very impressed with their prompt and efficent service. I wouldn't have minded if they took a little longer, as I needed more time to browse through all the neat Nikon gear on display. A question though: Upon removing the collar, they noticed that there was an opening in the side of the lens barrel where the collar had been. They were concerned about leaving the opening exposed, so they put some tape around the barrel to cover the opening. It's not clear to me what the opening was for (access to lens gears possibly?), but is the tape good enough, or should I be concerned? Thanks. Michael.
  21. Thanks James for your prompt reply. I think this is the Canon lens collar you are referring to. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller...list&sku=186247 Perhaps I'll take a chance ordering it and see if it fits properly. Cheers. Michael.
  22. Ditto. Also, are the handles removable for stowage? TIA. Michael.
  23. Are there any port/housing (D200) options that do NOT require the removal (permanent) of the tripod collar on the Nikkor 70-180mm lens? I haven't been able to find one. Alternatively, if the tripod collar is removed, are there any viable options on a reasonable budget to add a removable tripod collar to the lens for topside use? TIA. Michael.
  24. In Kuala Lumpur recently, I picked up the Ferrari's "A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife" at Kinokuniya. The soft-cover book covers 600 Indo-Pacific species (Fish, Flatworms, nudis, Cephalopods, Crustaceans, Asteroidea, Ophiuroidea and Echinoidea). It is well organized, the layout is nice and the photos are very good to stunning. Each species has info. on Distribution, Habitat, Size, Life Habits and Underwater Photo Tips. I recommend it for anyone interested in Indo-Pacific "muck" diving. It's also currently available at seachallengers.com and Amazon.com. Cheers. Michael.
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