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  • Diving Trip at Kasawari Lembeh Resort in the Lembeh Strait
    ve had the benefit of a bit of time to reflect upon things And partially this was out of necessity as I foresee the distinct possibility of life being too chaotic for me to spend much time writing after I leave Lembeh What I learned is two things First it s exhausting preparing and writing regular blog posts after doing multiple dives then downloading and processing images I ended up getting only four to five hours of sleep on many nights resulting in my constantly being in a semi permanent daze on land only of course Second I think that in retrospect I ll find that it s good to post along the way like I have internet connection and personal fatigue allowing and then re read those posts later and put something longer together when if I have time All in all though I feel that it was worth the effort of posting and I hope you enjoyed seeing just a few of the amazing critters here whether you ve visited Lembeh previously or not I have many more photos quite a few in fact that I haven t even looked at after downloading which I ll endeavour to do something with later One thing that made this trip really special was being able to share it with some great friends who share my passion for the ocean and everything in it Aey Mean David Sanah thank you Add to that hanging out with the terrific team at Kasawari Lembeh Resort again making new friends with the participants in Scubacam s photo shootout abusing Andy the guy who left his hood behind embarrassing Nus the guy with the much too cute pointer and this trip was much more than a dive adventure It s been a 2 5 week

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  • Unusual Fish in the Lembeh Strait
    but I m not sure It reminds me somewhat of a stylised Chinese stone lion the kind guarding gates It looks sort of like a grumpy little pokemon too It was quite active hopping around a lot in a clumsy comic manner frowning all the while I ve never seen this fish before and Nonsix has only seen it once before so it can t be all too common Any fish aficionados out there have an ID for this critter Whatever it is I love everything about it On a separate note we had our first evening photography discussion last night with the photo workshop participants Though it was just the first day of shooting there were quite a few amazing images The best part of the evening for me was looking at the images everyone else had taken and discussing how the images were taken what could have been done differently or not and gawking at some of the strange creatures other people had seen Many of the questions uncertainty seemed to center around effective lighting so I m thinking of doing a demonstration tonight using my three land strobes and a un lucky volunteer from the group The

    Original URL path: http://www.tonywublog.com/journal/piscine-pokemon (2016-04-26)
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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Trips Workshops Friday Mar 18 2016 2016年ザトウクジラツアー 2016年トンガ王国のザトウクジラツアー Continue Reading Photography Trips Workshops 日本語 Tuesday Jan 5 2016 Trip Snapper Spawning And More Trip to see and photograph Twinspot snapper Lutjanus bohar spawning aggregation in Palau April 2016 Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Trips Workshops Tuesday May 7 2013 Diving with Spawning Aggregations in Palau This is the final part of a series of three posts about spawning aggregations of Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Trips Workshops Tuesday Dec 11 2012 Belugas and Humpbacks 2013 As usual it s been a whirlwind of activity since getting back from my recent Palau trip In particular I ve been typing franctically to catch up with months of email backlog The end is within sight but for every email I manage to slay it seems that at least three more emerge like menacing beasts from nefarious nether regions of cyberspace In addition I ve been trying to get organised with my trip schedule for 2013 It s looking like I ll be on the Continue Reading Places Adventures Trips Workshops Wednesday Dec 7 2011 Whales Whales Whales If you ve been following my ramblings in recent months it s probably obvious that I ve been spending an increasing proportion of my time

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Trips Workshops Saturday Mar 14 2009 Moody Stonefish Stonefish are ugly There s no way around it I did my best with this image to at least make the fish look somewhat aesthetically pleasing It s always an uphill struggle with stonefish The Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Trips Workshops Wednesday Mar 4 2009 Off to Lembeh I m off to Continue Reading Places Adventures Trips Workshops Wednesday Feb 18 2009 The Eastern Fields Await Yes I know that the news is filled with stories of doom and gloom end of the world scenarios and panicky pundits all over the place But no matter how bad things look you still have to plan dive trips There are a few places left for the Eastern Fields trip I m doing with Continue Reading Places Adventures Trips Workshops Monday Jan 5 2009 Lembeh Strait and PNG Trips If you re looking for an excuse to go diving this year there are a few spaces left for a couple of trips that I ll be on The first trip is a dedicated photography video trip to the Lembeh Strait from 14 to 21 March arranged by Continue Reading Trips Workshops Tuesday Sep 23 2008 Tonga 2009 Trip Full My Continue Reading Trips Workshops Monday Aug 25 2008 Tonga 2009 I m putting together my schedule for next year in Tonga For the past

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  • Divers with Blackjack B-17 bomber wreck | Milne Bay, PNG
    legs of this adventure however I had to give in sigh and we visited a couple of wrecks including this well known site at Cape Vogel where a B 17 bomber known as Black Jack sits at 40 metres Black Jack B 17 bomber wreck at 40 metres Bob Halstead above Craig Dewit near the prop Julian Cohen at the nose Given the depth we didn t have much time The visibility didn t look all that great so I decided to skip the strobes and just go with high ISO Before jumping in I took a guess and set the ISO at 2500 with f8 aperture and 1 100 shutter which happened to work out perfectly The main advantage of doing this is that I didn t have to worry about backscatter or lighting such an inherently dark scene Also with limited time at depth and the mind numbing effects of narcosis I didn t need to worry about strobe settings only camera settings Had I guessed incorrectly about the exposure it would have just required a tiny bit of fiddling to figure out what would work The primary disadvantage is added grain noise But DSLR sensors are good

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  • Lubricogobius dinah goby | Milne Bay, PNG
    anxious that we might not find any gobies and if we did that I might screw up the photos as these fish are small skittish and live down at 30 metres or more They have a tendency duck inside their homes at the slightest disturbance When you re down deep there s not a lot of time to twiddle thumbs while you wait The first bottle we checked was a blank but the second was occupied Bob left me at 30 metres where I spent 40 minutes approaching fish If you re a diver you re probably thinking 40 minutes at 30 metres That s serious deco time It was Actually I was on a rebreather which was a big help first because it helped to minimise sounds associated with exhalation and second because it allowed me to maintain a high PPO2 and stay down longer with minimal nitrogen saturation Almost sounds like I know what I m talking about doesn t it Anyway the upshot is that without the rebreather I would ve been significantly more time restricted and nitrogen loaded and the sound of bubbles may have kept the fish from growing comfortable with my presence Even with the relative silence of a rebreather the gobies ducked into the bottle as soon as I approached but after I waited 10 to 15 minutes they came out again Little by little I closed the distance until I was near enough to nail a few images like this Super macro shot of Dinah s goby Lubricogobius dinah Behavioural note When the gobies eventually grew accustomed to my presence one always the same individual stayed in the bottle all the time The other fish swam outside often perching atop the bottle entrance but more often hovering five to 10 centimetres above

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  • Super Macro Goby Faces | Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
    red light function which imparts some colour contrast for a smidgeon of extra help discerning lines and edges Disclosure Sola 600 provided by Scubacam and Light and Motion I chose Inon S 2000 lights because they re compact and light while providing plenty of light for macro photography If you try taking photographs like this with a DSLR you ll need to use manual focus as teleconverters reduce incoming light levels in a big way In this instance murky water and overcast skies made focusing even more of a challenge I think this is a Cryptocentrus cinctus shrimp goby Gobies are generally skittish fish You would probably be on edge be as well if you were subject to the constant possibility of being made into a mid morning snack by a larger animal But it s actually not too difficult to approach gobies if you keep a few things in mind First descending from above rarely works You should get low to the ground preferably lying on the sand or rubble Obviously you should make sure you don t crush anything in doing so but fortunately shrimp gobies often make their homes in places where nothing else lives Second control your breathing so that you don t spew bubbles all at once If you exhale in a sudden manner you create a series of explosive sound waves that smack the fish in a manner similar to the shocking sensation you d experience if a squadron of supersonic jets buzzed you at close quarters while doing Mach 5 Rayed shrimp goby Tomiyamichthys sp in almost the exact same place I found one five and a half years ago Get your camera and strobe settings right before you approach To do this try aiming at a rock or some other inanimate object

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  • Description of Workflow I Used to Create My Ambon Video
    video files I import them as Referenced Files into a separate Project structure in the same Aperture Library and again use a Smart Album to select the audio files I like I keyword and caption all the files I can so I m able to search for specific files later At this point in my workflow all my favourite files will have been distilled into a series of Smart Albums which means I can view listen to all my selected files whenever I want Projects and Smart Albums in Aperture It s also very easy for me to remove files from Smart Albums without actually deleting any files or to assign new files to Smart Albums This is perhaps the single most useful feature of Aperture for me imposing order on chaos I can t overstate how powerful this sorting capability is If you keep everything in traditional folders on a hard drive and look through them manually it would take you much much longer to find and keep track of the files you want As a bonus I use Aperture to do 90 of my photo editing meaning that I don t have to resort to Photoshop too often a good thing given what a Photoshop dunce I am And here s another kicker I use Aperture to Trim video and audio clips Aperture plays the H 264 video clips from my DSLRs with ease so I can view select and Trim my video clips to just the parts I want Aperture can do the same with audio files This capability is vital as preparation for the next step Edit Media With all my media organised and sorted into Smart Albums photos 90 edited in Aperture and video and audio clips Trimmed to relevant sections I m ready to proceed to the core of the editing process By now I have a storyline in mind so I have a decent idea of what media I ll need at specific stages of the editing process As a general rule I start with audio whether it s background music interviews sound effects or ambient sound It might seem counter intuitive but I ve found that audio is the most important part of a visual presentation If I know how the audio for a project will go it s relatively easy to adjust the visual elements If I try setting the visuals first and then adjusting audio I usually end up with a big mess Maybe it s just me but that s what works for me So if Photo Mechanic is the core of my media acquisition and Aperture the core of my media organisation process Final Cut Pro is the core of my editing process FCP is part of Final Cut Studio FCP is a challenging piece of software to get your mind around The first time I tried FCP it took me a couple of days of futzing around until I got the hang of the program but I

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