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  1. Shot in vivid mode (VV1 i believe) on the Sony A1 and seems to have worked out well. Anyone else have a favorite mode to shoot with other than SLOG? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Hi there, Video on a mixed diving trip (half dive center - half Liveaboard) in Thailand in March 2022. First we head towards the region of Krabi and Koh Lanta in the south, diving in Koh Haa, the archipelago is pretty, few divers, visi 25 meters.Then back to Phuket, some very good sites: Racha Noi, Racha Yai, King Cruiser and Shark Point : to be transparent, the visi is very random on King Cruiser (7 meters) or Shark Point (15 meters) Finally a "Similans and Surin" liveaboard, for this part I don't have too many words...however, what impressed me the most were the diversity of the coral, the colors, the underwater landscapes, hunting scenes and Richelieu Rock. Shot with 1DX MARKII / Housing Nauticam / Lens SIgma Art 20mm / no Additional lights Have a good week. Olive
  3. Just heading home after an excellent week’s diving in the Turks and Caicos islands with Explorer Venture’s liveaboard, TCI Explorer II. Boat, crew, food and diving all really good and I’d happily recommend. I did 21 dives, skipped the 5 night dives, and covered a mix of walls and reef tops. Usual mix of Tropical Western Atlantic species including reef and nurse sharks and turtles. Some macro but wide-angle was pretty much king. I’ll happily send/post more details if anyone is interested. I’ll post a couple of pics when I’ve processed them.
  4. I hope it's appropriate to ask this. Let me know if another forum is the best place for this question Have any of you ever travelled with Blue o Two for their Red Sea trip? Also, has anyone ever taken the Ultimate Red Sea itinerary? From looking at the website (https://blueotwo.com/boats/m-y-blue-melody/729e5bc56792e07bb11f727fd97ade81), the trip seems cover top sites in both the North and Southern Rea Sea. Most itineraries look like they make you choose between North and South. So, I am liking the Ultimate Rea Sea itinerary because it gives a little of both. If any one has travelled with Blue o Two and/or did a Ultimate Red Sea-like itinerary, I'd appreciate your thoughts and experiences. I'd also welcome anyone's thoughts on the subject matter of picking a good liveaboard itinerary for diving the Red Sea. Thanks Svati
  5. I took a trip aboard the MSY Seahorse in the Banda Sea back in late September/early October. The primary goal of such a trip is to see schooling hammerhead sharks. This was my second attempt and managed to get some good footage of them. It's really quite a challenge to capture them well as you never know when they will show up and how close they'll be. The GH5 has a hard time focusing on such a subject in the water column at a distance. My strategy each dive was to swim off the wall, turn around and focus the lens on a contrasty area on the verge of visibility. Then, I would keep my fingers away from the focus lever for the rest of the dive! When we finally encountered the school, I had to make a few short fin kicks towards them till the focus peaking appeared around them on the monitor, then pressed record! Here is the video of the trip. Comments and critiques are welcomed.
  6. Had an epic trip to the South of Phuket aboard the Deep Andaman Queen, my favorite liveaboard in Thailand!
  7. At the end of Jan 2020 I was fortunate enough to visit Myanmar on one of the last liveaboards before Covid shut down the borders and diving was halted. The 7 day trip aboard the Deep Andaman Queen was beautiful, with dives in Similan Islands & Surin Islands before crossing the border. Sadly it was most likely a La Niña year, with cold green water and limited visibility at most of the dive sites. It did however bring about a lot of stingrays and most excitingly, multiple observations of the newly described Ranong Guitarfish (Rhinobatos ranongensis). We also had multiple Blotched Stingrays, Jenkins Whiprays, Bluespotted Stingrays & Eagle Rays. Sadly no sharks or big Mantas on this trip, so I guess we'll have to go again someday!
  8. Living here in Sint Maarten we are extremely lucky that COVID is not the same scale of a problem as in Europe or the US. As a result, my partner and I have just booked with a group of friends on a liveaboard operating out of Sint Maarten heading, in May, to Saba. The trip should also have taken in diving off St Kitts but that's not feasible for COVID reason. But hey, diving Saba works for me! Photos and explanations of the camera facilities on the boat don't say much (which may actually say a lot!). So has anyone been on the Caribbean Explorer 2 and can tell me any more about camera facilities or general operations? Many thanks, guys
  9. Hi Divers Shot this short promo video for a liveaboard company in the Similans a little while back. Unfortunately no sharks or big rays but still a lovely trip with great conditions. What do you think of the video? Does it make you want to go diving? Thanks for checking it out!
  10. I had the good fortune of doing multiple trips this past season to the Similans on-board various liveaboards and decided to make a short video, highlighting parts of the trips, how to go there and what you might expect to see. I also did a weeks trip to Myanmar, thinking of making a similar video for diving there. Would it be of any interest? Thanks
  11. Hi everyone, most of us are home to avoid spreading the virus. Some of my beloved ones are contaminated, so please take care of yourselves. This doesn't happen only to others... Here is my Thaïland 2019 showcase on Manta Queen 1 in Similan Islands. Like and subscribe to my YouTube channel to reward my work if you think it deserves encouragement. Have a great weekend and be safe. Bruno
  12. 2019 PHILIPPINES SUPER TOUR - ONE SPACE LEFT Male co-share room WHALE SHARKS, THRESHER SHARKS, INCREDIBLE MACRO - This trip HAS IT ALL Join Tim & Simon for an amazing Journey through the BEST of the Central Philippines!! Sadly one of our guests has had to cancel due to health reasons. This opens up a spot for one male guest. Join Tim Rock, Lonely Planet author and photographer and publisher of The 50 Best Dives in the Philippines and Simon Pridmore, author of the Scuba Confidential book series, as your hosts for an amazing trip to some of the top sites the Philippines has to offer. Excellent for both macro and wide angle photography. CENTRAL PHILIPPINES SUPER TOUR JULY 1 THRU 13, 2019 Read all about it here. https://timrock.photoshelter.com/p/2019-philippines-tri We will board from the beautiful Atlantis Dumaguete Resort "AZORES" the Atlantis first class liveaboard. Diving that once took a month by land to see can now be experienced easily by liveaboard ship through our first class 12-day charter to several beautiful Philippine dive locations. WHALE SHARKS, Oslob, Sumilon Island, the huge Sardine School at Moalboal, Pescador Island & Malapascua’s Gato Island. Also Monad Shoal, known for frequent sightings of thresher sharks as well as manta rays.The dramatic walls of Balicasag, then Apo Island and the world-famous slopes of muck diving heaven at Dauin. This is an itinerary is hard to beat if you want a wide variety of locations as well as incredible diving.
  13. Hello, just came back from a 11 day liveaboard cruise at the Maldives. All pictures shot with the Sony A6300, Sony 10-18f4, Sony 90f2.8 macro OSS, Nauticam housing, Sea&Sea YS-D2, DIY Snoot, Saga +10 diopter. Hope you like them Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr Malediven 2018, Carpe Diem liveaboard by Oliver Leyba, auf Flickr
  14. I'm looking at booking a private group charter on the ScubaSpa in the Maldives. I unfortunately won't have time to do the usual site visit/test trip due to scheduling, so I'm looking for feedback from anyone who has been on their current boat and experiences their services first hand. Luxury level of the boat? Quality of service? Issues you experienced? Problems/obstacles to be aware of? This group is a traveling group of glamour/nude models, shooting mostly for playboy and maxim magazines. We'll be doing very limited diving, mostly looking for remote beaches, privacy, and complete relaxation on the boat when not working. Quality of service/food and level of luxury are the two biggest concerns for the group as this is 50% vacation as well. Thanks for your input!
  15. We have a last minute availability of a space in a Budget cabin on the Mermaid 1 liveaboard for a trip to Komodo! This is with a male so it's best that the space would go to another male. The dates for this trip are 1 - 10 June 2018, in other words in around 3 weeks time from now. The Mermaid 1 is the flagship vessel of the Mermaid fleet, this 9 night trip will depart and return to Bali. Therefore, there are no domestic flights needed. All of the best spots in Komodo will be visited on this trip with amazing black sand sites in Sangeang, Manta Alley, Horseshoe Bay, and Castle Rock all on the itinerary. The space is 2900 Euro (approx USD $3473) plus a National Park/Harbour Fee of 150 Euro (approx USD $180, paid directly on the boat). The Komodo itinerary is a special one as there are really amazing encounters with mantas, big schools of fish, beautiful reefs for wide angle opportunities and world class macro life as well. A member of the Underwater Tribe will be on hand to help with all photo related questions. This is not a Photo Workshop but there will be plenty of photo talk and some casual presentations about the best way to capture stunning images in the Komodo area. For more information please visit: Komodo 2018 Or email us directly at info (at) underwatertribe.com
  16. Hello, My family and 3 friends are a part of a group going on a liveaboard trip to Komodo. We had one of our group drop out, so we no longer qualify for the 10% discount. We would like to get that discount back. Please contact me if interested. Mark markaverett@comcast.net
  17. Hi there, new here and want to share a glimps of one favorite dive location, namely Palau in Micronesia. Enjoy
  18. Time to check one off the bucket list!!! We have had two spots open up on our March 2018 trip to the Maldives. Can be any 2 people willing to room together. Arrive in Male no later than March 1 in am, with afternoon flight on March 1 to Raa atoll (part of the package). Stay in a brand-new 4-star resort in a beach bungalow on Mar 1, 2 and 3, diving from Raa atoll Mar 2, 3 & 4 (water bungalow upgrade available). Resort owned by the Carpe Vita partners. Afternoon of Mar 4, board the Explorer Venture Carpe Vita liveaboard for a 7 night trip (lower deck berth), ending up back at Male on Mar 10 and flying home Mar 11. Airfare to & from your location and Male NOT included. Fantastic group discounted rate of $3,360 per person. Serious interested parties, PM me. $800 due upon booking $900 due June 23, 2017 Balance due November 20,2017.
  19. Turn what many call the Trip of a Lifetime into a reality with this special prices on our Galapagos photo workshop. This will be an epic trip with a rarely offered 10-night trip to see hammerheads, mantas, marine iguanas, penguins, batfish, seahorses, galapagos sharks and more. The trip is timed for the best hammerhead and marine iguana encounters, best visibility and best water temps. Extra time at Darwin + 3 land tours. Trip will be on a newly refitted Siren Fleet vessel. The trip is hosted by Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler and features daily photo seminars, image reviews and one-on-one photo instruction. Dates: April 10-20, 2017 Price: 50% off retail price! Email Bluewater Travel for more details! Learn more: http://www.bluewaterdivetravel.com/galapagos-island-underwater-photo-april-trip
  20. Hello Wetpixelers... We have one last room available for our trip to Raja Ampat this coming March. The trip runs from 19-27 March Sorong to Sorong on the Mermaid 2 liveaboard. We have one cabin left, the pricing is 3200 Euro per person plus the 200 Euro Park and Harbour fees (payable on the boat). We will do 3 day dives per day (pretty much unlimited bottom time) plus a night dive. We will be hitting all of the best spots in the Misool area and the Dampier Strait area as well. As an added bonus at no extra charge, we will be conducting casual talks about underwater photography each day and how to improve your photographs. This will be a fun trip with a group of great people. If you are interested in grabbing this last spot please let me know here or email at info@underwatertribe.com Thanks Mike
  21. Hello Wetpixelers! QUESTION: I will be taking my first-ever liveaboard trip on the Palau Siren in 1 months time. For those of you who have been on this boat, wondering if it's necessary to bring my own soft sided-cooler/rinse tank? We'll be going to New Zealand afterwards, so not too crazy about lugging this thing around, but my camera's well-being comes first over mine...obviously..... Thank you in advance, wondering because I've heard some reports of rinse tank bad-behavior on other liveaboards, (which is to be expected, I suppose), so wanted to see what the rinse-tank to diver ratio might be on this one. -KTDG
  22. Beyond Here There be Dragons! Komodo Island, Indonesia (Laboanbajo to Maumere) Underwater Photo Expedition on the Damai I Liveaboard. January 28 - February 8th, 2017 Komodo National Park, located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin. Located at the meeting of two continental plates, this national park constitutes the “shatter belt” within the Wallacea Biogeographical Region, between the Australian and Sunda ecosystems. The park is identified as a global conservation priority area, comprising unparalleled terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The dry climate has triggered specific evolutionary adaptation within the terrestrial flora that range from open grass-woodland savanna to tropical deciduous (monsoon) forest and quasi cloud forest. The rugged hillsides and dry vegetation highly contrast with the sandy beaches and the blue coral-rich waters. The park is best known for the Komodo “dragon” monitor, the world's largest living lizard, measuring up to 8’ long! Upwelling of nutrient-rich water from deeper areas of the archipelago is responsible for the rich reef ecosystem. Because of the strong currents formed by the tides going in and out of the north, the reefs off Komodo have incredible species diversity. The variety of marine life that you can see in Komodo rivals any of the world's best dive destinations. From sunfish, mantas, dolphins and eagle rays to pygmy seahorses, ornate ghost pipefish, clown frogfish, nudibranchs and blue-ringed octopus, all are at home amongst a spectacular range of colorful sponges, sea squirts, tunicates and corals; Komodo is a macro enthusiast's heaven. For wide angle photographers there are lots of great walls, sea mounts, huge sponges and opportunities for larger animals like sharks, mantas, tuna and rays. It is also home to dugongs and other mammals. In Jan/February, when we are going, there are generally less than ideal conditions up north, but good conditions in the south. Horseshoe Bay a favorite spot, is cold in the summer - in the 60's at times. But in the winter, it's bluer, clearer, and warmer, getting into the 80's, but still with incredible marine life. The other benefit of going to Komodo during the winter is that almost all other liveaboards have moved east to Raja Ampat, so it tends to be way more "exclusive", with very little competition for dive sites. This charter is a re-positioning cruise, as the boat leaves the Komodo area and goes to Flores Island. Although 11 days in length, we are only being charged for 10! Access is good from both ports; easy non-stop flights from Bali. Our schedule in Komodo itself for the first 6 days mostly focuses on the southern parts of the area. Horseshoe Bay (Nusa Kode) includes world class dive sites Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Torpedo Alley, Pelican Head, and Rodeo Rock (amongst others). One could easily spend a full week diving just this area, and be very happy and productive. After day 6, we will head east from Komodo, crossing the N. coast of Flores, diving along the way. There will still be good diving, but more motoring than the previous week (there may not be night dives on the days with long crossings). There are more macro opportunities in these few days, but also some decent walls, and a very interesting visit to Komba volcano for a dive and evening "fireworks" show (Vulcan willing). MV Damai I This beautifully designed wooden boat been designed to offer a personal luxury service that only a vessel of this size that is dedicated to small groups can provide. With an overall length of 40 meters (130 feet) and a beam of over 8 meters (26 feet) the vessel has 7 staterooms with a choice of single cabins, twins, doubles or two spacious master cabins. All cabins are furnished with queen or king sized beds, and ensuite heads. The vessel has been designed with three large deck areas for relaxing in both the sun or shade and for enjoying relaxing massage and spa treatments. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers large dive stations with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separate camera work stations with integrated 110v and 220v charging station for each photographer. The vessel offers a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 4 to 1, ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard. More on the Damai 1 Liveaboard Here. Take a 360° Photo Tour Here. Sign-up Here, or Call 800-359-1295 or Email us for more information! Download a trip flyer Here. Your trip leader Jack Connick from Optical Ocean Sales will be available to help you with presentation on subjects ranging from strobe positioning to Photoshop Lightroom. He is also available to help you with equipment issues. Take part in as much, or as little, as you like. Prices: Twin Share Cabin (1 cabin - 2 spaces available): $5600 Single Cabin: $7350 Note: The boat is more than half full and cabins (1, 2, 5, 6, 7) are booked. The remaining cabins are large and comfortable for either one couple or a single. We do have the flexibility to take either female or male singles at this time. 50% deposit upon booking, final payment due Sept 2016. All deposits are non-refundable, but transferable to another person for the same trip. Included in your Package: • 12 Days/11 Nights on board the Damai I Liveaboard • 4 dives a day offered • Photo presentations & assistance • All meals served in a fine dining environment • Beer, drinks and 1 glass of wine each night onboard • Airport transfers to/from boat Not Included: Airfare, $110 for Nitrox, Equipment rentals, Park & Port Fees. $42/day all-inclusive rate available. Komodo-flyer.pdf
  23. I just got back this weekend from my first liveaboard trip on the Cayman Aggressor IV. I’m new to diving (only had 10 dives before the start of the trip), and this was my first diving using my underwater camera setup. I didn’t set my expectations too high for myself in terms of photography, but felt like I still came home with a few keepers. I also greatly improved my diving and buoyancy skills and am getting more and more confident underwater. Overall, the experience was excellent. The crew did a great job of making everyone feel at home and safe, and they did it with a lot of fun and humor. The food was very good, and the diving was beautiful. I have nothing but good things to say about this trip. This was one of the Jim Church School of Photography trips, which was good not only for the guidance on photographing underwater but also because the group is like-minded and all have similar goals: to get good photos or videos of what we find while diving. This also meant that the dive sites catered to photographers and I expect to take more of these photo-themed trips in the future. Mike Haber was our instructor and he did an excellent job. Here are some of my photos:
  24. Hi I spent the days frrom 9. oct. to 19 oct. this year on board the Don Questo on a route to "deep" south from port Sudan. This turned out to be an excellent diving trip on little dived dive sites. First impression was that this was an old boat, actually an trawler from Englan, my lasting impression is that this is one off th to best liveaboard I have been on besides the Ocean Hunter III at Palau The Don Questo is run by captain Lorenzo from Italy, he has been running this boat from 1998 in Port Sudan and has and good knowledge about the divesites. Down to business, diving. Water temperatur from 32 to 34 C all the trip, a little to warm for most sharks. the rest was a nice colorful, photofriendly diving. Offcourse a div on the wreck off S/S Umbria is mandatory in Sudan, as well on the site off Cousteau's Conself II station on the Reef Sha'ab Rumi. From here in it's all about reef diving down against the Eritrean border and back again. With some Hammerheads, some Silky Sharks, alot of dolphins around the boat. and millions of colorfull fishes.
  25. Komodo season still going on and we had so many amazing experienced last trip on Black Manta 02-07 JUL 2015.It's such a lucky trip.We have load of Mantas in Manta alley 15+ manta chasing around for mating ritual,School of Cownose ray it's a mini migration that happen annually,Feeding frezny of Whitetip reef sharks and Giant Trevally in Castle rock!!! We have 2 resident eagle rays which have been in Manta on the moon more than a month.We think about we should named this eagle ray soon.Theyjust stick around and feeding on the ground everytime.What'sut macro stuff,Frogfish,Ladybugs,tons of nudi and 2 Rhinopias still there. It was ahhmazing and so lucky trip with lovely and funny guests who always have a big laugh for the whole trip on board. Camera info: Panasonic GH4 + Nauticam housing + Lumix 7-14mm +Olympus 60mm macro+2 iTorch Pro 7 + Xit404 tripod Cownose ray footage from GoPro https://www.facebook.com/livingdreambynu https://www.nuparnupong.com https://www.whitemanta.com
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