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bversteegh
04-17-2008, 18:56
Just finished a quick 10 dives over 3 days in Lembeh. Still learning my new rig and shooting strobes manual - but had a lot of fun learning. No photoshop on my computer, so all as shot exported by Picasa. Off to Raja Ampat later this morning.

The lavender Rhino

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And a lacy Rhino, 10 meters away :D

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And of course some frogfish.

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Stargazer

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Hairy squat lobster

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soft coral crab

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harlequin shrimp

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Zebra Crab - tough to get the urchin to cooperate so I could shoot the crab - but we finally learned how to get along after about 5 minutes :twisted:

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CompuDude
04-17-2008, 19:14
I hate you a little bit.

But great shots!

:D

bversteegh
04-17-2008, 19:20
I hate you a little bit.

But great shots!

:D

It's a tough job - but somebody has to do it:smiley36::smiley36: Off to the airport - next 9 days in Raja Ampat - I can't wait.......

doczerothree
04-17-2008, 20:16
Great shots.(I hate you too:smiley2:)

fishballer
04-17-2008, 20:45
wow. nice pics.

DevilDiver
04-17-2008, 20:54
Great photos!! I believe your investment is paying off!!

Penguino
04-18-2008, 00:52
Fantastic shots. What setup are you using?

bversteegh
04-18-2008, 10:17
Where's the love out there:smiley2: Been a long day - 3rd world airports are toooo much fun. But finally have all my stuff, at the hotel killing a little time before we board in the morning.

I'm pretty sure all the shots above are taken with a 60mm macro lens on a Canon 40D camera. I did shoot the 100mm lens one dive; but we were seeing a lot of bigger stuff (frogfish everywhere) so I stayed with the 60 mm as it is a lot for flexible for bigger stuff.

Here are a few more:

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harb99
04-18-2008, 10:44
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beautiful shots - what is this fish?

CompuDude
04-18-2008, 13:02
That's a mandarin fish.

And I hate him even more now. :D

harb99
04-18-2008, 14:19
That's a mandarin fish.

And I hate him even more now. :D

Thanks

unclepooty
04-18-2008, 14:26
WOW! very nice

dbh
04-18-2008, 20:21
You do suck Bruce!

Looks like you and the new rig are getting along.

Dave

bversteegh
04-27-2008, 01:15
Hi everyone. Had a rough week in RA. My camera flooded the second day, no obvious reason. Didn't find any crud on the oring, but had a major leak at the top of the housing. Everything is insured, but still really sucked. On top of that, got a really bad 48 hour bug, actually too sick to dive (first time ever).

But what the hell, a bad week diving still beats work. I did have a backup P&S camera, so did salvage some pictures - will post some more when I get to civilization.

Aussie
04-27-2008, 01:51
Hi everyone. Had a rough week in RA. My camera flooded the second day, no obvious reason. Didn't find any crud on the oring, but had a major leak at the top of the housing. Everything is insured, but still really sucked. On top of that, got a really bad 48 hour bug, actually too sick to dive (first time ever).

But what the hell, a bad week diving still beats work. I did have a backup P&S camera, so did salvage some pictures - will post some more when I get to civilization.

Sorry to hear about the flooding and getting sick Bruce. I know the feeling.

Hope the insurance company sorts you out with something better than what you lost!

Regards Mark

MagnaBoxer
04-27-2008, 03:01
Nice photos Bruce. Hope you had a great time on your trip. Good to hear that you had insurance and hope you come to a favorable resolution with the insurance company soon.

DevilDiver
04-27-2008, 08:47
Ouch..... Sorry to hear about the flood and the getting sick. I am sure the insurance will do the right thing for you.

mixahl
04-27-2008, 08:59
Really Great PICS and sorry for the camera....Insurance is a blessing

mobeeno
04-27-2008, 09:43
Very smart to get insurance. Nice pics

chinacat46
04-27-2008, 10:54
Bruce,

Just curious those look exactly like the two Rhinopias I saw in December when I was in Lembeh. Did you see them at Aer Prang 3?

Sorry to hear about the camera but happy you are insured.

- Chuck

Babster
04-27-2008, 11:33
Those are excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing! :smiley20:

Feel better.

ratown
04-27-2008, 12:17
Wow, I need to get to Indonesia for a surf/dive trip before I die.

NoTime58
04-27-2008, 17:44
I hate you a little bit.

But great shots!

:D

Me too...cause I lost my camers diving in KeyWest back in February !! :smiley11:

jugglematt
04-28-2008, 04:51
WOW ,,,Very Impresive selection of critters .


Regards
Matt

jtkkym
04-28-2008, 05:50
Wow. Cool pics.

bversteegh
04-28-2008, 20:56
Thanks for all the nice comments and wishes. Finally feeling a little better today. At a friend's house in Singapore - leave for the states in a few hours. I do highly recommend Indonesia as a place to put on your "must see" list - great critters, healthy reefs, and pretty affordable. It's just a bummer it is so far from the states.:smiley19:

bversteegh
04-28-2008, 21:23
I'm baaaack with a few more pictures:smiley20:

I though this was kind of neat - notice the second little "invisible" shrimp above the other one.

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Managed to get whip coral shrimp in the frame on this one

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I thought the coloration was interesting on this wobegong - notice his tail is much darker than his body -

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My first manta ray photos

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bversteegh
04-28-2008, 21:29
found this whip coral with the polyps open

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banded sea snake

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crinoid shrimp

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TX1Chica
04-29-2008, 09:32
Wow, someday you guys have got to teach me how to take a picture. Those are amazing!

allison finch
04-29-2008, 22:44
Those were with your P&S camera? Which one???

CompuDude
04-29-2008, 22:53
Those were with your P&S camera? Which one???

No, DSLR, see post #8:

"I'm pretty sure all the shots above are taken with a 60mm macro lens on a Canon 40D camera. I did shoot the 100mm lens one dive; but we were seeing a lot of bigger stuff (frogfish everywhere) so I stayed with the 60 mm as it is a lot for flexible for bigger stuff."

bversteegh
04-30-2008, 09:45
Those were with your P&S camera? Which one???

No, DSLR, see post #8:

"I'm pretty sure all the shots above are taken with a 60mm macro lens on a Canon 40D camera. I did shoot the 100mm lens one dive; but we were seeing a lot of bigger stuff (frogfish everywhere) so I stayed with the 60 mm as it is a lot for flexible for bigger stuff."

Hi everyone - finally back in Dallas after 20 plus hours in airplanes yesterday - uuuuugh.

Actually, the last set of pictures I posted on 4/28 were all taken with my backup camera after the flood. It is a 3 year old Fuji F810 in an Ikelite housing - using a single Sea and Sea YS110 strobe and an external Inon closeup lens on a couple of the shots.

The huge difference between the Canon 40D and the Fuji is autofocus and shutter lag - the Fuji produces spectacular shots when you nail it; BUT it is much harder (at least for me) to get tack sharp focus, and I got a lot less keepers/dive.

DevilDiver
04-30-2008, 10:15
It goes to show that it's 50% equipment and 50% technique...

Great job! Glad you were able to salvage some of the holiday! I guess this will give you a reason to book another trip!

Let us know how the insurance works out for you. I think everyone would be interested to see how it is handled. :smiley20:

bversteegh
04-30-2008, 18:16
Bruce,

Just curious those look exactly like the two Rhinopias I saw in December when I was in Lembeh. Did you see them at Aer Prang 3?

Sorry to hear about the camera but happy you are insured.

- Chuck

Hi Chuck -

Yep, they were at Aer Prang 3. Probably 2 of the most photographed fish in the world. Also saw a little Ambon Scorpion Fish that dive also - I have never been able to get a good picture of the Ambon though, all those weird appendages make it really hard to focus over the entire fish.

allison finch
05-12-2008, 23:52
Wow, someday you guys have got to teach me how to take a picture. Those are amazing!

I have an idea....You take me with you on a trip to Lembeh....I'll teach you everything I know...(which isn't much).....DEAL???

lisacay
05-13-2008, 07:40
ok, i hate all of you with great pictures....man do i need that new strobe in a bad way...and more money to pay for a trip somewhere so i can use it.

bversteegh
05-14-2008, 20:09
ok, i hate all of you with great pictures....man do i need that new strobe in a bad way...and more money to pay for a trip somewhere so i can use it.

Money can be no object in pursuit of the perfect picture - uw photography is officially diagnosed as a mental illness somewhere I am sure:smiley36: Humm - I wonder if I could write off my trip versus my medical reimbursement account????

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Update on my insurance. They are paying declared value for the camera and lens. So a word to the wise here - if you insure your equipment with a personal property policy adder to your homeowners - make sure the declared value includes tax and shipping. I listed the cost I paid for the camera and lens on the policy before tax and/or shipping; and they reimburse EXACTLY the value you have declared for the item (but don't overinflate the value either - because before reimbursement, they check market value). Not a huge deal; but will end up costing me shipping (unless I find somewhere offering free shipping). Both the camera and lens are cheaper online than local - so sales tax isn't an issue.

We are still negotiating on the housing. I want them to pay for a factory refurb (replace all the orings/strobe connectors/retest) - their position is if the housing isn't demonstrably "damaged" (even though it was flooded) - it is not their cost for "preventative" maintenance. Since I don't have a camera yet to test the strobe hotshoes - I can't prove any damage (I did immediately rinse with fresh water and dry all the electrical connections) - there is no noticable damage or corrosion. But no way will I put 2000 dollars worth of camera and lens back in the housing until I KNOW it is 100%. Not sure yet how this will end up.

scubasavvy
05-14-2008, 23:26
Dude, that lobster is wicked! Nice shots!