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Hello everybody,

I just returned from a 3 week trip to Indonesia.  My first week was spent in Lembeh with NAD Lembeh and had the opportunity to go on my first black water dives.  Needless to say I quickly became addicted and didnt miss any dives. 

A quick review of my experience with NAD Lembeh.  I will echo most of the reviews I have seen on the website regarding my experience, it was phenomenal.  Although this was my first trip to Lembeh and thus have nothing else to compare it to I will say that I will not be staying anywhere else during any future visits.  I had a nice room by the beach, bed was very comfortable and AC worked to perfection.  The food was fantastic, and they were very accommodating since I am vegetarian.  The dive boats are great with ample room for all on board.  The staff carry all your equipment to and from the dive boat and set it up, including the camera.  The camera room was very ample with lots of charging space.  There are computers to edit/post but I did not take advantage of this service.  Since I was in a room by myself I had my own dive guide/buddy/photographic assistant which was Andri.   He was great, very patient and never in any rush to move on.  It didnt matter whether we spent 30 seconds or 30 minutes in a subject there was never any rush.  

Here are a few shots taken during black water. Critique highly encouraged.  Many more to come including during regular dives. Many more posted on Flickr. 

Larval wonderpus

48730385348_5d2f06cab1_c.jpgBlackwater-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48730986957_27c8d58237_c.jpgBlackwater-2 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

Larval mimic octopus, maybe?

48743526433_a2af3deb1e_c.jpgblackwater-7 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48744257567_8e23006752_c.jpgblackwater (1 of 1) by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

Larval long arm octopus

48744450417_1bdabb167f_c.jpgblackwater (1 of 1)-5 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48744631712_9f848bdc3c_c.jpgLarval Long Arm Octopus by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48744273171_e611e699f5_c.jpgblackwater (1 of 1)-6 by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

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female paper nautilus/Argonaut riding plastic trash. Although I did see many riding their normal jellyfish, this one made me sad considering the amount of trash we are putting into the world and our oceans.

48744253638_fb3995343f_c.jpgFemale Paper Nautilus by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48745550256_8bbc04b21c_c.jpgpaper nautilus/argonaut with plastic trash by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48744765087_34807e43d6_c.jpgFemale Paper Nautilus by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr 

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Lovely images! Well done.

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Excellent images.  Tell us about your lighting setup, it produced fantastic results. 

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Hi Troporobo

I use a pair of YSD2.  Speaking to a lot of other photographers during this trip they had either tried the YSD2 or knew of someone who had tried them with pretty poor results. Although the complaints seem to be with support if something goes wrong rather than the actual strobe.  For what its worth when I first purchased my strobe one was firing without a flash trigger and it was replaced within a week by Sea and Sea. 

The strobes were set up above the port, about 2 and 10 oclock position and close to the housing, almost to the point of touching it since most subjects are less than 1 foot from the port.  I was shooting at +0.7-1.5 EV on both strobes. 

I use a sola red 1200 for a modeling/focus light. 

 

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Wonderful pictures. How do you like the YS D2s performance wise? I am asking behause you mentioned „poor results“ or was this just concerning support? 

Looking at your pictures performance is pretty good. :) 

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Hi Tutup,

 

For what its worth I have had a great experience with my YSD2.  The complaints that I had heard was that if something goes wrong with the strobe customer service was a nightmare to deal with; however, this was explicitly customer service in Japan.  One of my YSD2 was firing without a trigger right after I bought it, probably less than 1 month.  I contacted US customer service and I had a replacement not a repair within 1 week.  My personal experience with customer service has been exemplary.  The YSD2 perform optimally for me and I highly recommend them. 

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Hi Karyll,

thanks for the feedback. I was undecided between the YS-D2s and the upcoming Retras. But for travelling the Sea&Seas are not as heavy and what I read so far, the YS-D2Js appear to be a lot more reliable compared to former models.. Guess I will give them a try finally. 

Cheers

 

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a few more nautilus pics.  These were riding their normal jellies rather than trash

48751227903_d9518a86ec_c.jpgpaper nautilus/argonaut on jelly by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48751305748_4f6a9e4ed2_c.jpgpaper nautilus/argonaut on jellyfish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48751551356_5d7a752f51_c.jpgpaper nautilus/argonaut on jelly by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

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diminuative paper nautilus/argonauts. these guys are dwarfs in comparison to the large females

48755320067_6c25b57e04_c.jpgmale paper nautilus/argonaut on jellyfish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

48755123876_467c84596b_c.jpgmale paper nautilus/argonaut on jellyfish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

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These are all wonderful, but I find the cardinalfish and pipefish images spectacular.  Again, well done!

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So many amazing shots - well done! I love the flounder, and the second shot of the long arm octopus.

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Fantastic photos!

Did you do all the dives in the strait?

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On 10/1/2019 at 8:01 PM, errbrr said:

So many amazing shots - well done! I love the flounder, and the second shot of the long arm octopus.

yes.  they were all shot in Lembeh strait

 

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I was fortunate enough that one of my images was selected as a finalist for the Santi Photo Awards.  The winner is selected by popular vote. Would appreciate your support. 

http://contest.santidiving.com/

 

48751681211_722c2077c7_b.jpgpaper nautilus/argonaut riding jellyfish by Karyll Gonzalez, on Flickr

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Hi Gonzales,

Beautiful photos...

 

Can you please state which camera,lens, extension and domeport was used?

 

Wolfgang

 

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It is a beautiful shot. I would strongly suggest entering some of these into "real" photo competitions with judges, instead of popularity contests won by those with the most facebook friends.

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nikon d7200 w/ nikon 60mm lens.  nauticam housing and port

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