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Chris, why don't you post your sperm whale photos or give the link to MDA with them.

 

P.S. I'm waiting for you in Izu...

 

Probably will have to go up there (Nasu Kogen) to visit you, huh?

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Hi Guys,

 

I thought it was about time that I introduced myself seeing as I already convinced two of you to deep freeze your Microdrives.

 

I am based in London where I work for Cap Gemini Ernest and Young, running a team of Solaris sys admins and have also just formed 'What is Bobo Ltd' a Graphic Art Design company with an old colleague (he is the arty one).

 

As far as scuba goes I was fortunate enough to be dragged off by my Dad to learn to dive at the age 12 in Singapore and have been lucky enough to dive on five of the six continents, South America has currently escaped me (but I am hoping to dive Galapagos next year). I work part-time as a PADI instructor for Diving Leisure London and also run their UK dive club together with my girlfriend Karen. The UK dive club's aim is to introduce new divers to UK waters in a safe and controlled manner, as contrary to popular belief there is an awful lot of life to see.

 

I first dabbled in underwater photography when I was about 14, on holiday to the GBR in Oz but I was limited by my pocket money and unable to afford any equipment and to be honest I was more than happy just to be diving. So next attempt was using a friends Nikonos V in Dahab about 4 years ago. The results were disastrous. Finally when digital cameras came on to the scene I opted for an Olympus 2040 and PT005s and I was away. Since I have added an epoque wide angle lense and an ikelite DS125 then lost the lot in Eygpt ! So I am rebuilding my setup with a Fuji S2 and Aquatica housing a 60mm macro lens to start off and I think that I will get another DS125.

 

Thank you for all your help so far and the warm welcome,

 

Rob McMahon

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Hi, I'm Karen, a basketcase and am just getting into the realm of digital u/w photography...

I work for Canon (not the imaging group, darn it! They get to play with all the new stuff!)

and decided that I would dabble with my S45, Canon housing and Ikelite M50 strobe with a sensor.

(Strobe and Ultralight tray and arm are hand me downs from my husband who shoots a NikonosV.)

So for relatively little outlay, I think I have a pretty decent set-up!

The gear hasn't gotten wet yet... but next week, we are off to Palau aboard the Ocean Hunter! :D

Hopefully I will have good luck as some of the other newbies with their cameras!

(And, the gear will at least get wet in a pool... unless I can manage a trip to Monterey this weekend!)

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Welcome Karen,

 

we are allready a bunch of Canon "S" Series User here and are happy about evry addition.

 

I'm looking forward to see your first tries

 

Simon

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Well I guess I had better chime in after that comment of Simons :D

 

My name is Tim, and I am In Canberra Australia ( yep..landlocked!!). Have been diving for too long and taking pictures not long enough!

 

Managed to lose my first (canon) Digicam overboard in the coral sea the first day of a 7 day liveaboard!! :)

Now have another canon (S45) and figured on REALLY losing money next time so added the Inon D-180 strobe, inon Macro and proably Inon UWL 100 wide angle any day now!

 

Off to Papua New Guinea in a couple of weeks to give it a real try out...

 

So far learned heaps at this site and am very impressed by some of the pics!

 

Great to be here!

 

Tack

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G'day Tim, thanks for joining us and welcome to wetpixel. Looking forwards to seeing your PNG portfolio when you return. Hopefully you will be entering some into our on-site photo competition.

 

Cheers,

 

Bob

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Greetings from Indianapolis! (although born and raised a Texan, Houston no less!)

My name is John. I design and build high end custom homes here in Indy. My Site Been certified since '77 and an instructor since '92. Spent nearly 15 years as an advertising photog before taking up building. Had a half dozen careers in between. Don't know why I never made the connection between diving and photograpy until recently.....go figure! Dave Hass turned me on to this site and I have been dipping in and out of it for the past couple of months. There's some great stuff here. Looking forward to getting to know you guys!

 

John

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Hello all, and I'm pleased I found you.

 

I'm based in East Anglia, England and have been taking photos for 7 months. I have a Reefmaster digital and find it easy to use, especially as I don't take photos on land.

 

Lesley

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My name is Robert, and I'm a government relations consultant. Originally from California, but have been living and working in Asia (Hong Kong, China, Japan) for more than 20 years. We're currently living (but not working) in Bali.

 

I certified as a diver at Maumere Bay in Flores in 1993. All our diving has been in Southeast Asia.

 

My first underwater camera was an MX-10 (which I still have). I went to a housed (Subal) Nikon F801s in 1999. I've just acquired a Fuji S2 (also Subal-housed), and have just taken it on its first trip. I've got some images online on my website (www.tabula-international.com), mostly film scans, but it also includes the first pictures I've taken with the new digital camera.

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Here to add another Canuck to the list, my name is Stewart and I live in Richmond BC, a suburb just south of Vancouver. I've been diving since 1994 and have been up and down the west coast of Canada, southern California, Honduras and much of the Philippines. I also lead groups of divers (mostly uw photographers) for dive trips to the Philippines every spring.

 

I own a digital mapping/scanning and drafting service so I get to play with quite a few high tech toys. I started in UW photography with a S&S MMIIex with the full complement of strobes and lenses, I sold that and moved up to a housed Canon EOS A2e in a Subal housing. I've also gone into a side business doing commercial photography and have shot a cookbook, parts catalogs and a couple of billboards and have started a commercial stock site with a few other local underwater photographers at Final Frame Stock Images

 

I've put about 9200 images through my EOS 10D and will soon be housing it in likely the Jonah housing.

 

Wetpixel is an addictive resource!

 

Stu

 

:)

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Hi,

 

I am CeeDave also known as Chris. I've been diving about 10 years and taking underwater photos about 6 (Aquashot->Nikonos SB105 20 mm->CP5000 DS 125 WCE68 Ike, still have 'em all). I only do two or three trips a year...time and money. My great love is big critters, so I ration bucks to go to places like Galapagos and Cocos. The best big critter diving in Baja don't sync with the academic world, so I haven't been there yet. As an engineer, I like to understand the theory behind the pictures. I drink frequently, smoke repentantly, and run nonetheless. MY day job involves "geostatistics", which addresses the estimation of uncertain data in a noisy environment...rather like demosaicing...it all converges in the end.

 

Cheers.

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Hello I'm Dan i live and work in Atlanta GA so i travel to dive and love taking photos

i have had Nikon 950, nikon 5000, and now have a nikon D100 in a nexus housing which works great i try to go diving every month as long as my wife and 3 young boys let me!!!

next trip is OCt 25 to Bonaire to try out the new camera on some macro critters

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G'day, I'm Whitey.

 

Don't know much about underwater photography, but that's why I'm here!

 

I shoot with a 10D when I'm above the water, and just bought a large ziplock bag (Ewa-Marine) to take it underwater in - wish me luck!

 

To pay the bills, I occasionally work as a physician. So far I've dedicated 2003 to nature photography, above the water, which has led me to my current state of near starvation.

 

Recently spent 2 weeks at Ningaloo Reef in the NW of Australia, and have just settled down to live around the area, possibly as part of a longer term project to photograph the marine life here.

 

It's good to be back in the water!

 

:(

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Hi Folks,

 

As you probably guessed my name is Karen and I live in CA in the Bay Area. I've been diving for a few years now and took up u/w photography recently. I currently shoot with the Olympus C4040 and the PT10 housing with two strobes. I still consider myself a newbie since I don't always take my camera out when I dive in Monterey (Gasp!)

 

I'm beginning to get serious about taking pictures and I just picked up the Fuji S2 and am looking to buy my housing (I'm soooo excited!)

 

During the day I manage corporate partnership programs (marketing). I like to ride my bike and have recently taken up sprint triathlons. I also love to dance and have recently taken up Tango ;-)

 

I love traveling to warm water destinations and have recently fallen in love with Thailand and hope to go back next year.

 

Well, I think that's about it. Looking forward to posting some pics very soon ;-)

 

Karen

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hi all from the blue mediterranean sea in the Nice area

i shoot with a Oly 5050 in a PT015 with Ur/Pro CY for when I am diving in warm waters :( . Just splurged on a Inon WAL and am looking at a D-180 strobe to see if i can do something with.

spent 3 years in south east asia where i officially learnt to dive and developed a strong taste for warm waters.

am now getting used to semi-dr 7mm suits :blink:

hopefully will be able to post some pics soon

/paul :blink:

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Hello!

I'm Flo from Paris -France...

I discover your site from a french forum which talk about diving(plongeur.com). I'm a newbie in under water photography and trying to get better (if I can :( ). I use olympus c50z, and dive everywhere I can !!

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Bonsoir Flo

i'm From Paris too, using a C5050 too (that's until i get a housing for my D300 :(

 

I'll go and check out plongeur.com tonight!

 

 

Alex

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Hello All

 

My name is Des Paroz, and I live in Sydney, Australia.

 

Been diving about 10 years, taking photos for about 8 - 5 seriously. Started off with a Nikonos V, and then moved to Nikon F80 in an Ikelite housing, which was a great housing, and can't speak highly enough of it

 

Moved over to a Sea & Sea housing simply to get a super dome port for under/over and wreck photography, basically.

 

Recently invested in a D100, and am now awaiting my Aquatica housing to arrive.

 

Out of diving I am a e-Business Director for Acer Computer Australia.

 

PADI Master Instructor and TDI technical instructor. Don't teach much these days, as every dive teaching is a dive where I don't go with camera!

 

Australian by birth, and have lived in Japan, Hong Kong and the US, but mostly Oz.

 

Dived in Australia (NSW coastline lots, SE Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea), PNG, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Thailand and the US (quarries of the mid-West, and Florida).

 

Website at BlueBeyond.com.au

 

Look forward to sharing with you all

 

Best

 

Des

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G'Day Des, and welcome to Wetpixel! We're looking forward to your postings. And you're going to love shooting the D100 in the Aquatica housing.

 

Jim

 

:rolleyes:

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Hi Des and welcome to Wetpixel!

 

It's great to see some of the "regulars" from the uw-photo list making their way over here...:-)

 

Cheers

James Wiseman

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Hi Folks,

 

Well, since I've been posting for a week or so I might as well check in. My name is Doug and I am a dive instructor (PADI Course Director) living and working on St. Croix US Virgin Islands for the past 5 years. I learned to dive in San Diego in 1973 and have been an Instructor since 1986. I was a serious landscape and studio photographer earlier in life and have shot 2 1/4, 4x5 and 8x10 film platforms bothin the studio and in the backwoods. My u/w photography started with a Nikonos II camera and a bag of flashbulbs, but I've owned and shot u/w Nikonos 3, 4, 5's, Hasselblad SW, Nikon F2 and F3t ( which I still shoot once in a while in a Tussey housing), a Beauleau 16mm movie camera and for the past 3 years a slew of digital cameras which include a Canon S-300, Olympus Stylus 400, 750UZ, 5050, and Nikon CP-5000 with more strobes than I know what to do with. If I could get my Sinar 4x5 with a digital back and Schneider 75mm in a housing, I'd sell my truck to make it happen (do they make housings for Speedotron studio strobes?). Or not... this year will probably see mee upgrading to a DSLR though.

 

Over the years I'm been fortunate to live in or travel to Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Fiji, PNG, Cayman, Cuba (can I say this and not have homeland security after me?) and at leasta dozen other Countries. Still wanting to get to many places, but Cocos is my next trip.

 

Currently I work for a dive Company "St Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures" teaching IDC's and other specialty programs (photo, wreck. nitrox etc) and diving as much as I can, as well as renting Olympus digitals cameras to the masses. Last year Rodales ranked our shop #2 in the world and staff #1 in the world, so obviously the hard work is paying off.

 

I am enjoying being a forum member, and have already added a few posts of my own. James you and Eric must have a lot of patience to moderate some of these forums, or else a weird sence of humor. I look forward to adding my 2 cents worth.

 

Doug

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Hi all, I am Motz from Malaysia. I work as an IT consultant dealing with Networked Storage.

 

I have been diving for over 2 years now, logged about 90 dives. I took up photography soon after my first couple of trips. It's so addictive! Keep wanting to get better shots each trip. I am really hooked on uw photography now, wish I can go out more often. Did my Rescue and now planning for DM.

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hey all,

Have been diving for 20 years and 4500+dives in a variety of enviroments. My favorites would have to be wrecks and caves. Diving almost exclusively on rebreathers for the past 5 years. I have used a variety of equipment, But my staple has been an f2 in an Ike housing with a variety of strobe/lens configurations.

I have just decided to go digital by purchasing a d100 and to my suprise, Am the proud owner of an aquatica housing for it as of this morning( today is my birthday and I've got a wonderful girlfreind). Any guidance as to where to go from here would be great. Thanks in advance. Ted

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Welcome Ted

 

Sounds like you've got a great setup.

 

Take a look at the DSLR forum, and search back for at least the last 90 days. You'll find a lot of info on the D100 / Aquatica combo

 

Good luck and look forward to sharing with you

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