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  1. Was thinking about spending a few weeks in the Galapagos this summer (June/July most likely) but unfortunately it seems like they are predicting an El Nino. Has anyone been to Galapagos in El Nino conditions and would advise against it? Would it still be worth it to go on the off chance El Nino doesn't happen? I didn't know how much it would affect wildlife viewing there next summer. Thanks for the help
  2. I just read this article The Packing Guide for Underwater Photographers|Underwater Photography Guide and was wondering what other underwater photographers do. I will be traveling from the US to Bali later this year for the first time, so the timing of this article was perfect. Currently I use a Porter hard case (44lbs loaded), and this works great traveling to the Caribbean since it fits nicely in the overhead bin. When reading about airlines weighing this bag/ case that has me worried. I did see that the airline has clear weight limitations for carry-on bags. I use a Olympus E-M1 with a Nauticam housing, 2 ports, 2 strobes, 2 SOLA lights, and arms. So my question is, do you agree with the article, or do you have different recommendations? I am looking forward to your feedback! Here is a link to the case I currently use http://portercase.com/main/product_info.php?products_id=73
  3. Hello! I just wanted to let everyone know that Pelagic Life opened a new section in thier website. Travel. Here they recommend the best seasons, places, operators and even accomodation for big animal encounters in Mexico. Check it out here: http://www.pelagiclife.org/#!travel/cmsw
  4. I am packing my Aquatica D90 rig into a rolling carry on bag, and I have a new (to me) 8 inch dome port. I wasn't happy just putting a piece of cardboard between the top of the dome port (in its neoprene cover) and everything else in the bag. I found the steamer basket from the Panasonic SR-DE103 fuzzy logic rice cooker fits perfectly, after trimming off some of the edge so that the basket fits inside the sunshade. The remaining edge rests on the lips of the sunshade and prevents the bottom of the basket from touching the dome. The neoprene cover fits over it all without a problem. I have made a gallery of the process: http://slickpic.us/407264UNTN The part number from the Panasonic website for the basket is: ARK53T975-W9 We own the rice cooker and never use the basket, so it didn't cost me anything. The rice cooker is really an excellent device, BTW. Willis
  5. We have 3 spots left (1 male, 2 shared cabin) on the Rocio Del Mar live aboard for the February 15-23rd trip to Archipielago Revillgigedos (Socorro Islands). You must arrive in Cabo, Mexico on the 14th. Price of the trip is 3295USD. This trip was sold out, but 3 people had to drop out. This is a trip for advanced divers. Socorro is all about big animal diving; leave the macro lens and diopters at home! We expect to see giant Pacific manta rays, Silky Sharks, Hammer Heads (Great & Scalloped), Galapagos Sharks and White tipped reef sharks. Tigers have been seen occasionally. Additionally we expect to see dolphins, huge schools of jacks and giant tuna. We have chosen this time of year to go to Socorro (my 6th trip there) because we feel that it will give us the best opportunity to encounter humpbacks (and their calfs) on SCUBA (no guarantees :-).) If you are interested, please contact me and I will answer any questions you have regarding the trip. There is also a lot of information about the trip and the boat at www.rociodelmar.com. (some of my images from past trips are there also.) I would love to meet some new divers and share this incredible place with them.
  6. I have been traveling to Providencialis for 13 years for the great scuba diving and underwater photography opportunities and part of a group of veterinarians that does volunteer veterinary work. I also travel to Grand Turk on the same trips. The crime has always been non existent on Grand Turk but always a problem on Providencialis. It is no longer just an inconvenience. Now the crime has gotten so bad, my cameras (D3s and D800 and lenses) were stolen within 48 hours of gettting to the Island - right in my house, while we were in the house eating dinner! Only got one afternoon dive before my equipment was stolen. Fortunately, we did not get held at knife point like an unfortunate resident the night before. It seems the natives in Providencialis are much more interested in stealing than tourism and are brazen and dangerous. The crime is at epidemic levels here. Stay away! If traveling to Turks and Caicos, go to Grand Turk - they are friendly (unlike Providencialis) and the diving is better than Providencialis, but most importantly you will not have your cameras and equipment stolen. March is a great time to photograph whales at Salt Cay (near Grand Turk) Sadly, I am doing volunteer veterinary work here for the next 2 weeks with no way to replace my cameras - It's almost not worth diving without a DSLR in my hand. Dr. Joel Murphy www.drjmphotography.zenfolio.com
  7. Join Us for a Photo Expedition to Taveuni, Fiji Oct 11-20, 2012 Optical Ocean Sales has organized a great trip to Fiji next October! This all-inclusive trip lead by owner Jack Connick, is going to the Garden Island of Taveuni for some awesome diving. Specially oriented to photographers, and arranged by Reef & Rainforests Travel Agency, everything is included; airfare from Los Angeles, 7 nights Ocean View rooms (double occupancy), 3 meals a day, 3 boat dives a day, tanks, weights and refreshments, as well as unlimited shore diving, use of kayaks and more! Download our flyer here. Taveuni is known as the 'Garden Island of Fiji' located 7 kilometres off of Vanua Levu. It is well known for it's flora and fauna and is a popular destination for many travelers. Numerous divesites lie just minutes away. Fiji is the soft coral capital of the world and coral in multicolored hues cover many walls and divesites. Fed by the nutrient-rich waters that flow through the Somosomo Straits, Taveuni's Rainbow Reef is home to one of the world's greatest displays of soft coral. 20 spectacular dive sites are nearby (between 10-20 minutes from the Dive Center), they have three 30-foot dive vessels that will whisk you away to the famous dive sites. Nitrox is also available. Great White Wall - Fiji’s most famous dive with an impressive wall 200 ft long and 150 ft deep. A tunnel in the reef leads to a breathtaking drop-off and a wall covered in stunning white soft coral. Annie's Bommie - A large coral head covered in soft coral of every color. With the current flowing, this site is aglow like an underwater Christmas tree and the density of the fish life has to be seen to be believed. Depth 15-70 ft. Cabbage Patch - A large patch of cabbage coral covers over 50ft is home to a variety of sea creatures. Depth 30-60 ft. Fish Factory - The place where fish are born - a vibrant dive site suitable for beginners up to advanced divers, with depths ranging from 32-128 ft and visibility 65-120 ft. Good for snorkeling too! The Ledge - Depth ranging from 25-130 ft which has a ledge at 45ft all around the reef with a variety of soft coral. The Zoo - With the right tides, this site is the place to see the South Pacific’s bigger marine creatures - schooling barracuda, white tip reef and bronze whaler sharks and, on those special days, eagle or manta rays. Depth 30-300 ft Nightly slide shows with photo help available, but this is not a class - lets learn from each other! Total cost is only $3750, all-inclusive from LA. A 3-Day extension for $650 is available. Non-divers are welcome at $3350. Call 800-359-1295 or email us today!
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