Posts Tagged "schooling fish"

NCUPS September Minicomp Entry

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

Underwater 3D with Mark Blum

Friday night was the NCUPS (Northern California Underwater Photographic Society) meeting. The featured presenter was Mark Blum showing his underwater 3D images. That’s right underwater 3D! The images were great and I learned all about how he creates his images using a rig with two DSLR bodies attached to one lens (which can be changed out depending on what he wants to shoot) then put into a large housing the whole thing weighing around 50 lbs! We all got to wear the funny glasses which are polarized and each side blocks out the polarized light from the other side allowing the image to display in 3D. If you look at it without the glasses it just looks blurry, like motion blur. The images were taken in the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The strange underwater creatures there looked really amazing in 3D! I wish I could show you one on this blog but if you want to see them you will have to go to one of Mark’s presentations or buy one of his specially outfitted 3D books. Visit Mark’s website for more information.

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SCUBA Seraya, Liberty Wreck, and Living Zen (or visiting it anyway).

Posted by on Jun 11, 2011

The next stop on our Bali/Komodo trip was SCUBA Seraya, located near the well-known dive area in East Bali, Tulamben. From the airport it took about three hours to drive there with the driver stopping a couple of times for us to photograph the scenery as we went. It really was a beautiful drive!
Rice Fields in East Bali

At Seraya we were greeting by the staff who hauled all our bags to our room; and us to the reception/dining area for a cold drink. We did the necessary paperwork and were shown to our room. After settling in and eating lunch we headed to the dive area where we tried on rental gear and helped our assigned dive guide, Wit, to set up our gear to our liking. For the rest of our stay we didn’t have to touch anything except our wetsuits, masks and snorkels, and cameras. The dive staff takes care of everything!

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Indo Siren, Komodo Dive Liveaboard

Posted by on Jun 4, 2011

Randy waves from the deck of the Indo Siren.

We went to Komodo with Worldwide Dive & Sail on board the Indo Siren. Our trip was only the third sailing of the Indo Siren. She is all fresh polished wood and shiny white paint with blue sails and canvas trim. There are three decks; the lower deck with passenger cabins(also kitchen, laundry, crew quarters etc.); the middle deck with salon, dive deck, and dining area; and the top sun deck (where there is no shade). 😉
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AMAZING KOMODO!

Posted by on May 22, 2011

One word for Komodo diving and the Indo Siren…AMAZING!
We saw and photographed so many things that I have never seen before, mostly big stuff, like huge schools of Fuseliers, Trevaly jacks, big and little white tip reef sharks, bumphead wrasse, and….yes Big Bird! Yes we dove with manta rays! There were also turtles, masses of colorful reef fish, and a couple of divers were buzzed by a dolphin! There were also lots of small critters which I will show in another post.

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