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Hi all, I'm a new member and new to underwater photography. I was just wondering if there were any members near Cebu, Philippines, or Alberta Canada. If there are, please chime in here!

 

 

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Hi Tsetzin,

 

I'm in Edmonton and there is at least one other Alberta member on wetpixel, Calgary I believe.

 

Bart

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Hello Bart, good to hear from you. How is it that you became interested in underwater photography from such a place as edmonton lol?

 

Jason

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Hi,

My husband and I are both members of Wetpixel and we live on Salt Spring Island in BC. So, 2 more Canadians on your list.

Ann

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Hi Jason,

 

Apologies for not following up on this thread, you will normally find me in the critter ID and DSLR gear forums. I've been interested in anything living in water, well especially fish, from as long as I can remember. Got into diving in the 80s while a student in the Netherlands but lost touch when graduate studies and then work at the UofA in Canada took over. However, from 2000 on I've been back and got into UW photography around 2003 or so. Edmonton is a nice city but if you ask what is at the top of the list of my dislikes it is that there is no Ocean within driving distance. So the bad news is that it is mostly one 2-week scuba/photography trip a year, the good news is that I am now sitting in the airport and my flight to Europe leaves in 60 minutes. The trip includes 2 weeks of diving in the Red Sea and very much looking forward to it, especially with a bag full of new camera gear to explore.

 

What is your connection to Cebu/Philippines. I went to Batangas last year and expect that I will be back to that region on a future trip.

 

Cheers, Bart

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Hi Jason,

 

I'm in Richmond BC, I'm also originally from the Philippines. I'm an industry member here on WP as I'm a dealer for quite a few brands of UW Photo Gear as well as leading trips for UW Photographers to the Philippines. I just came back from 2 weeks in Anilao and will be doing Malapascua next year, last year I was in Moalboal & Oslob.

 

Cheers

 

Stewart

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Hi,

My husband and I are both members of Wetpixel and we live on Salt Spring Island in BC. So, 2 more Canadians on your list.

Ann

 

Good to see fellow Canadians :)

 

 

Hi Jason,

 

Apologies for not following up on this thread, you will normally find me in the critter ID and DSLR gear forums. I've been interested in anything living in water, well especially fish, from as long as I can remember. Got into diving in the 80s while a student in the Netherlands but lost touch when graduate studies and then work at the UofA in Canada took over. However, from 2000 on I've been back and got into UW photography around 2003 or so. Edmonton is a nice city but if you ask what is at the top of the list of my dislikes it is that there is no Ocean within driving distance. So the bad news is that it is mostly one 2-week scuba/photography trip a year, the good news is that I am now sitting in the airport and my flight to Europe leaves in 60 minutes. The trip includes 2 weeks of diving in the Red Sea and very much looking forward to it, especially with a bag full of new camera gear to explore.

 

What is your connection to Cebu/Philippines. I went to Batangas last year and expect that I will be back to that region on a future trip.

 

Cheers, Bart

 

Sounds like you've been doing this for quite some time. I Agree with you that Edmonton is sorely lacking in just about all areas of extra curricular activities. About the only thing you can do there is skate lol Good hiking / rafting / climbing / diving is hours and hours away.

 

My wife is Filipina, so we spend a lot of time there. In fact we spent a month in SE Asia last month (October, until Nov 15 i think) And I was able to experience my first earthquake and typhoon :o.

 

I also was able to take my housing out for the first time and get a lot of images. I was able to dive about 28 times in the 2 weeks I was there, and 25 of those were with my camera. I'm not so sure I was overly successfull in my image taking, but I did learn a lot, so while I go through the images I was able to get I'll hopefully come to a better understanding of what I did that worked and what I did that didn't work. I do a lot of photography here on land, mostly travel and landscape, so exposure wasn't an issue underwater, but I don't do a lot of flash photography, and that was definitely holding me back underwater.

 

How did your trip to the red sea go?

 

Hi Jason,

 

I'm in Richmond BC, I'm also originally from the Philippines. I'm an industry member here on WP as I'm a dealer for quite a few brands of UW Photo Gear as well as leading trips for UW Photographers to the Philippines. I just came back from 2 weeks in Anilao and will be doing Malapascua next year, last year I was in Moalboal & Oslob.

 

Cheers

 

Stewart

 

Hi Stewart, I was planning on Malapascua this year, but I'd done so much traveling already by the time the time came to go, that I decided I'd rather stay in Mactan and dive. Maybe next time I'm there I'll finally get there lol. How do you find Anilao vs Mactan (im sure you've dove off mactan before since its so accessible)

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Hi Jason,

 

Mactan really has no diving worth doing if you're going to Malapascua. As far as Anilao vs Mactan, don't even bother, Anilao is much better than any site I've done in Mactan.

 

S.

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Hi Jason,

 

You can read about my Red Sea vacation in the trip report I filed on Wetpixel (http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=50619). Since you are interested in the Philippines you may also be interested in my report on diving in Anilao the year before that (http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=49200).

 

For next Summer I'm looking at either North Sulawesi, Bunaken and/or Lembeh, or back to the Philippines. I've been in particular been looking at Moalboal which seems to have easy and interesting shore diving.

 

Bart

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Bart,

 

Personally, I found Moalboal to be a waste of time. Unless the big school of sardines are back at Pescador, it's not worth doing, go to Malapascua instead.

 

S.

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Hi Stewart,

 

I've been reading mixed impressions about Moalboal and think/hope it just depends on what the individual diver is looking for. Surfing the web gives the impression that Moalboal lacks larger fish but has easy shore diving with access to a coral covered shallow shelve on top as well as a wall close to shore. Lots of hidey-holes with blennies, gobies, cardinals, wrasses, damsels etc is all I need to be happy. Perhaps I should ask Jim Greenfield who was there in 2012 and also likes the small stuff.

Malapascua has the sharks, Mantas as well as macro but when I look for house reefs they talk about artificial reefs and muck. If you know about a place on Malapascua that is affordable and has a good house reef then let me know.

 

Bart

 

PS: I do enjoy invertebrates and the big stuff but more as a bonus rather than the main attraction.

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Sounds like malipasquas where its at on Cebu. I've never dove there, but I've been all around the island otherwise. The best place I dove was a Small boutique resort between cebu and oslob

 

I'll check out your dive reports Bart. I tend to dive a lot right at Mactan because my wife is from Cebu. I don't go to the Phils to "dive" but to see family, so when I'm there I just dive close by, which is all over mactan and the surrounding sanctuaries.

 

I suppose I wont know what I'm missing until I see these other places, so the next time were there, I'll make time to get to malipasqua and see :) I can tell from the images in those areas that the vis is a lot better than what Ive seen at Mactan for sure, which will make wide angle more feezable. Thats something I just couldnt make use of while on my last trip. which is to be expected with so much boat traffic there.

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