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  1. Hi- I am in Cozumel through 4/4/18, and having trouble with my dive operator. Despite their having a good reputation and being one of the more expensive operators on the island, they are putting me with new divers breathing air whose idea of a dive is to float as fast as possible over a reef, making it impossible for me to stop long enough to work underwater. I am coming up with half a tank of Nitrox after a dive spent trying to keep up with the newbies until they run out of air, bottom time or both. Are there any photographer friendly dive operators I can switch to? I am going to give these guys one more chance tomrrow, but if they can't put me in a decent group I have to make a change. Thanks for any help.
  2. I took this photo last week in Cozumel, I personally quite like it, lol, but a friend found it too busy. I am new at underwater photography so my question, are "busy" photos liked by many or are the more simple shots more desirable or is it all up to individual taste? I am very open for critique because I want to learn!
  3. Took a first trip to Cozumel recently with Aldora Divers. Here are highlights from 30 dives. Comments and critiques are welcome!
  4. Hello everyone I am looking to progress into underwater photography with my DSLR camera. I live in Cozumel Island, here we have giant reef structures and 100 ft. plus visibility. This are perfect conditions for underwater photography and filming. I actually have a Canon T3I or 600D camera and a pair of gopro's. I would like to hear any recommendations or tips in order to buy my equipment. Should I stay with this camera? Which housing is good for me? Where can I buy it? New or used? I've done some research and this camera is pretty good for beginners, I am really interested in buying a housing for less than 200 ft. depths but they seem to be very expensive. I am and student so my budget is kind of restricted. Also I will be glad to contact or provide any recommendations to anyone who is coming to the Yucatan Peninsula. Thanks
  5. Shot on my GH-3, Lumix 7-14 lens, Nauticam housing
  6. Hi There, I am going out to Cozumel for 2 weeks diving in July this year, and having never dived in the Caribbean area, I am unsure as too what lenses to take. I normally go to the Red Sea and mainly just leave my TOkina 10-17 on my camera for most of the week, and enjoy the wide angle shots of all the reefs there. However there are few decent pictures from Cozumel on the web so I don't know whether the fisheye lens will be too wide. Due to baggage restrictions I can't really take more than one lens/port combination, so I am OK with the 10-17 fisheye, or is it best to take a macro lens or 10-14 wide angle. Thanks!
  7. Going end of June for a 9 days trip to Cancun area for diving and I need to tips regarding where to dive and some decent dive shops. I will start with two days on Isla Mujeres for whale sharks snorkeling. The plane will arrive Cancun around 1600 and then I will go to the Island. Should I make a booking or just fix it there? Any tips which company I should go with, or are all the same? Is it any points doing any normal scuba from the Island also? Done more or less all my diving in South East Asia in good locations so a pit picky when it comes to dive sites. After that I have different options: I want to do some diving in the cenotes (fresh water caves / holes). Any tips for where to be located? Playa del Carmen or is Tulum OK, any good dive shops which are recommended? And finally; how is the diving in Cozumel? Is it worth going out for a couple of days? Thanks in advance Vaga
  8. Join us at our 4th Annual Underwater Digital Fiesta in Cozumel, Mexico. Bring your camera and improve your underwater photo skills, participate at the Underwater Photo Workshop. April 12-19 and/or April 19-26 The Underwater Digital Fiesta is designed for the novice and the advanced photographers that want to learn how to improve their underwater photography skills. This event also provides an opportunity to test new equipment and helps you to decide whether to choose new or to upgrade your underwater camera and housing. It is an opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and to have photos critiqued by a professional underwater photographer. Just Diving If you decide to join us for the dive and the fun, no worries! You could turn out to be our underwater model, having fun posing for the camera in front of a reef. You decide on how to spend your time with us. All that matters is having fun! Extend you stay If you are planning to stay a few extra nights you can join professional photographer Phil Rudin on a private photo shootout/advanced class for an additional fee. Contact us for more details. Packages from $743.50pp For rates and more information visit: http://underwaterdigitalfiesta.com Hurry space is limited!!
  9. In the months of May through September are the arrival of Whale sharks in the northern Yucatan Peninsula. This Congregation is the largest of these animals through all over the world. Let me explain how this starts. The first sightings were made by fishermen in Holbox. They started with this activity over 4 years ago . Studying behavior and migration of the animals, they have moved now to blue waters, north of Isla Mujeres, which is why we left north of Cancun or Isla mujeres, to navigate to this area. In Holbox mixing the water from the Gulf of Mexico, takes a greenish color. We see them north of Isla Contoy swimming in blue water , doing a better encounter. Last season National Geographic channel and Scuba diver life web site , contacted us to film these animals, the world's largest fish, is an animal that transmits calm and completely harmless, is surely a unique spectacle. Safe and fun for all the family. We sailed about 1:10 - 1:30 minutes to encounter site. On the way sometimes we find and swim with Manta rays ( Manta Birostris ) and Dolphins. Having located the specimens we do snorkel with this fantastic creature until the cold makes us out of the water. About 2- 3hrs. More info here http://www.mydeeplife.com/swim-with-whale-sharks.html Best regard,s
  10. In addition to our regular annual photo workshop we have added a second week. Come to one or join them both! Special Advanced Workshop with Jack Davis & Bonnie Pelnar July 20-27, 2013 For the more advanced digital photographer and those interested in DSLR video we have added a second week-long workshop featuring both Bonnie Pelnar and Jack Davis. Jack is one of the world’s leading experts on Photoshop, as well as himself being an award-winning photographer. Jack is coauthor of the bestselling guide to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book. His latest book, How to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, showcases the process of going beyond what was shot, to crafting what was experienced. This workshop will focus on topics like the latest camera RAW conversion features of Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom for underwater photographers, processing video from your SLR, point & shoot, & GoPro cameras, and advanced shooting and lighting techniques. Both Bonnie and Jack will be diving with you every day. You can join either workshop separately or attend them both. There will be a small bit of overlap in the topics covered, such as the introductory presentation and Photo Composition presentation, but the majority of the topics will be new. A deposit of $100 holds your reservation and spot in the workshop. For complete info visit Under Watercolours For those interested in staying an additional day we are offering an optional day trip to snorkel with the whalesharks at Isla Mujeres. Cost is $200 plus and extra night at Scuba Club. For those interested in coming in a day early we are offering an optional day trip around the island of Cozumel with a visit to see the crocodiles at Punta Sur.
  11. 12th Annual Underwater Photo Workshop & Contest July 13-20, 2013 We've been running workshops for many years and this one will be the biggest and best of them all with lots of fun, prizes, photo pros and surprises! Here's your chance to get all your questions answered and improve your underwater photography skills. Everybody is bringing cameras to capture the beautiful reefs of Cozumel. This workshop is designed to show you how to use your digital camera and get the best shots possible when shooting underwater. No camera is too big or too small! Not only is this workshop a lot of fun, but you'll learn all about how to improve your underwater photography by shooting better and improving on what you've captured by using Adobe Photoshop. Your instructor and host is Bonnie Pelnar. Bonnie has made 36 trips to Cozumel and she knows where and how to find the best Cozumel has to offer and can show you how to capture it with your camera. Scuba Club Cozumel offers FREE unlimited shore diving, day and night. The area in front of SCC is the BEST shore diving in Cozumel. Cozumel muck diving at its finest! In addition to the presentations and seminars, Bonnie will be available to dive with you each day. We will set up a special photographer's boat, so if you wish to dive with the rest of the shooters, you are welcome to come along. At the end of the week we'll be having a photo contest with an awards ceremony and prizes! A deposit of $100 holds your reservation and spot in the workshop. This year will be our biggest and best yet, with great prizes, photo pros, demo gear and more! For complete info visit Under Watercolours This year we have also added a second week with Adobe guru, Jack Davis. Come for one or join them both. More info here. Here is what some of our past workshop attendees had to say... "This was one of the best dive trips I have ever done. Bonnie seems to have the perfect formula mix of having fun as well as serious underwater photography instruction for those wanting to improve their uw images. I had just bought a new housing for my digital camera and Bonnie patiently answered my numerous questions on the new rig. She also shared her vast knowledge freely with the participants. I plan on doing future UW Photography Workshops with Bonnie." Ellen - Portland, Oregon "Bonnie is a great teacher. She's very patient and knows her stuff. Everyone came away with great new tools for photography. I especially liked her Photoshop classes." Andrea - Laguna Niguel, California "We had a marvelous time at Scuba Club Cozumel with Bonnie last February. I can't wait to go again! She has great tips for getting the best presentation from my underwater photos. Besides, it's PARTY TIME whenever Bonnie is around, ha!" Helena - Mammoth Lakes, California "Just when the vacation began to wear off and I started to get back into the swing of reality I received a DVD in the mail from Bonnie. It was a collection of photos from our workshop trip. It brought tears t0 my eyes. Some were tears of laughter, others were from the great memories of all the new friends I made while on board the Solmar V. Who knew learning could be so much fun?" Marj - San Jose Trip report from a previous Underwater Photography Workshop at Scuba Club Cozumel
  12. Join us for a fantastic dive trip to Cozumel, Mexico APRIL 20-27, 2013 The Underwater Digital Fiesta is designed for the novice, and the advanced photographer that wants to learn how to improve their underwater photography skills. This event also provides an opportunity to test new equipment and helps you to decide whether to choose new or to upgrade your underwater camera and housing. It is an opportunity to meet old friends, make new friends, and to have photos critiqued by a professional underwater photographer Phil Rudin and Fred Dion If you decide just to join for the dive and the fun, no worries! You could turn out to be our underwater model, having fun posing for the camera in front of a reef. You decide on how to spend your time with us. All that matters is having fun! $719.50pp Double Occupancy Diver Package Includes: 7 night’s accommodations (Standard Room) 5 Days of 2 morning tank dives Welcome Tank at the day of your arrival Unlimited shore diving 20%off at the Hotel Beach Club Nachi -Cocom Workshop/Instruction And much more…. For more information and to book your trip Visit: www.underwaterdigitalfiesta.com Or www.mexicandiver.com
  13. Hi Everyone, I would like to share my first attempt at underwater photography. I just got back from 11 Days on Cozumel where I stayed at the Iberostar Resort / Dressel Divers. I also shot video which I am still sorting through and will post the result when it is done. I learned a lot from this adventure including: - Starting out shooting in Manual / Manual Strobe equates to about 20% more air consumption (Thankfully not an issue for me as I usually finish a dive with 1500 PSI) - I want a second strobe - The need to really extend the arms out on the strobe for WA to avoid Backscatter - Diving in a recreational group can make it difficult to spend the time to get the results I wanted - Minor scratches on the outside of the dome are not an issue, however dust inside the dome is very bad at large apertures - What settings on the 5D make life easier and more difficult! I shot all images in full Manual both Camera & Strobe and RAW format Setup: - 5D Mark II - Sigma 15mm FE 2.8 - Ikelite Housing - 8" Ikelite Dome - 1 X Sea&Sea YS-D1 Strobe - Sola 800 Photo Below are a few photos, if you would like to see more in a slideshow fashion you can check them out @ frameamoment.com/underwater/ I would like to thank my Fiancé and Best Dive Buddy for her help and allowing me to spend a small fortune on Gear. Any comments / critique are welcome
  14. Here is my first attempt at an underwater video with an SLR I did not use a red filter as I was shooting both video and stills, I need to figure out how this would work for both. I do shoot in RAW so if there is a way to do this please share! Setup: - 5D Mark II - Sigma 15mm FE 2.8 - Ikelite Housing - 8" Ikelite Dome - 1 X Sea&Sea YS-D1 Strobe - Sola 800 Photo This is a link to some of the still photography I did http://wetpixel.com/...showtopic=48308 Viewed best with a good sound system cranked and in HD! [vimeohd]52645702[/vimeohd] https://vimeo.com/52645702 This was my first attempt with a GoPRO and no LCD shot last year [vimeohd]26882598[/vimeohd] https://vimeo.com/26882598
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