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Hi everyone,

 

I just got back from 12 days in Rajah Ampat on the Ondina. This was a Deb Fugitt charter focused on photos and video, so the best part was if we liked a site and didn't have to move, it was "open deck", allowing us to dive pretty much as much as our computers would allow. The route was Sorong to Lembeh via Halmahera.

 

"The Passage", a narrow gap between two islands

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"Airboret", a village jetty with a giant school of bait fish, juvenile batfish, hunting trevally, and great critters

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Colorful and lush reefs were everywhere (this one's Kaleidoscope)

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Bantai Sago, a small island in the open strait - if you are patient, they will come!

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And Lembeh is, well...Lembeh!

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Great group, great crew, great trip! The rest of the pics are at http://gallery.me.com/philsokol/100158

 

Phil

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Outstanding images Phil! The wide angle work in your gallery is really breathtaking. Congrats partner. How did the rig hold up?

 

Welcome home,

Steve

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Thanks guys!

 

Steve, the rig worked great. I did have a small leak on the last day, last dive in Lembeh, so I missed the shot of the zebra crab in the fire urchin as well as the tiger shrimps (those guys are small!), but a little hair dryer action and things are working well again :)

 

Phil

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Wow, that is one fine gallery! Sounds like you had a great trip!! I concur with the others, the wide-angle stuff is really, really awesome! Thanks fo sharing,

 

Mike

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great work Phil, I love the sweetlips, razorfish and catfish shots among many others. Sounds like a great trip.

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Great stuff!

 

It sounds like a lot of travelling, Halmahera to Lembeh...

 

I think that I like the frogfish and the sunbursts best, but the rock window shots are pretty cool, too. Where were they taken? Reminds me of Boo.

 

Tim

 

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Thanks again for the compliments!

 

You're good, Tim - the window shots are Jamur Boo!

 

Phil

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Brilliant shots!

 

That firsts ones a knock out

 

Cal

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Sounds and looks like you had a great trip Phil. Some beautiful images. As Cal said the first one is amazing.

 

All the best Stew

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Loved your wideangle shots. Really superb.

 

Must have been a stunning trip.

 

Thanks for sharing

 

Puffin

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Phil, it's your fault I'm now late for work. I was just going to take a quick look at a few of the pics in your gallery but got totally drawn in. They are incredible! I couldn't get enough and looked at every single one. I fully expected to enjoy the WA as that is my preference to shoot and I was not disappointed, but the macro work really surprised me and I thought there were some truly creative shots. Well done and I look forward to your So Africa images!

 

Karen

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Those Batfish in the bait shots are really cool. Great gallery.

 

Rand

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Congratulations Phil! This is one of those galleries that make me want to jump in the water right now!

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Wow, Phil! Great stuff, both macro and wide angle!

 

That's the same route I did with Deb last year, so I can imagine first hand all the great subjects you had, but I am REALLY impressed with how many of them you managed to capture so well in that gallery! Superb, just superb! :):P

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Wow, thanks for all the wonderful compliments! And thanks to Deb for a great trip!

 

Phil

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Hi everyone,

 

I just got back from 12 days in Rajah Ampat on the Ondina. This was a Deb Fugitt charter focused on photos and video, so the best part was if we liked a site and didn't have to move, it was "open deck", allowing us to dive pretty much as much as our computers would allow. The route was Sorong to Lembeh via Halmahera.

 

"The Passage", a narrow gap between two islands

post-14526-1243192535.jpg

 

"Airboret", a village jetty with a giant school of bait fish, juvenile batfish, hunting trevally, and great critters

post-14526-1243192524.jpg

 

post-14526-1243192547.jpg

 

Colorful and lush reefs were everywhere (this one's Kaleidoscope)

post-14526-1243194390.jpg

 

Bantai Sago, a small island in the open strait - if you are patient, they will come!

post-14526-1243192506.jpg

 

And Lembeh is, well...Lembeh!

post-14526-1243192495.jpg

 

Great group, great crew, great trip! The rest of the pics are at http://gallery.me.com/philsokol/100158

 

Phil

 

 

 

 

Great Images !!!!!!!! Nice job!!!!!!

 

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Gorgeous. Guess I know who'll be kicking butt in the remaining 2009 SDUPS monthly comps!!! Phil, it will be an honor to have my hiney punted by those images. Look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Allison

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Fantastic images!!!

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Amazing composition here...esp. that first one. Thanks for sharing your outstanding work! Robyn

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