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by jmartel
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Catalina August 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Catalina August 2020

So what are the details about this vacation did you get on a boat go over to the island rent all your gear ? Or did you bring your own gear stay on the island for a couple of days... ? I did it in Feb of 2019. I brought my dive gear and we stayed on the island for a few days. Just rented tanks (and...
by jmartel
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Good Sites for Low Tide?
Replies: 6
Views: 670

Re: Good Sites for Low Tide?

Usually best visibility occurs just as the tide is reaching it's peak. That being said, low tide is fine too. Just worry more about currents depending on the site. http://www.deepzoom.com for planning currents and such for diving. Usually <0.5 knots is what you want. Some sites aren't current depend...
by jmartel
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Keystone Jetty
Replies: 18
Views: 4978

Re: Keystone Jetty

What's at Jack's reef? I don't think I've been there before. I've been out to the barnacle reef once or twice on favorable current days.
by jmartel
Tue May 19, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3171
Views: 349345

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Rockaway Beach on Bainbridge 5/16 was about 10ft at best, more like 5ft in the shallows. Lots of nudis out though.
by jmartel
Wed May 13, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Point Hudson on May 2nd
Replies: 4
Views: 1051

Re: Point Hudson on May 2nd

I need to get back up there. Haven't been in a while since I got my butt handed to me in the current.
by jmartel
Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: How do you store and travel with your photography equipment?
Replies: 6
Views: 2393

Re: How do you store and travel with your photography equipment?

Just saw this now, but since you have a TG-6 and a couple lights, you don't need a huge bag for your camera gear. I use this insert in a normal backpack for my carryon when I fly. I shoot an Olympus E-M5mkII so it's a larger setup than yours, so you should be perfectly fine with this. If you search ...
by jmartel
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Galapagos on the Deep Blue
Replies: 13
Views: 1545

Re: Galapagos on the Deep Blue

Nice photos. I'm surprised you saw a whale shark since it's out of season there. We did October in 2016 on the Aggressor and doing it again next October. I wasn't lucky enough to get the dolphins you did, but we got some pilot whales. The boat before us had a pod of Orca come through which I'm insan...
by jmartel
Sun Jan 05, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3171
Views: 349345

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Sund Rock yesterday was easily 25-30ft. Pretty fantastic.
by jmartel
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh 12/5
Replies: 4
Views: 680

Re: ThThTh 12/5

Here's some of my photos from a bit earlier in the night. Couple of lumpsuckers, lots of gunnels, lots of 3 lined aeolids, and a snailfish. https://i.imgur.com/jow5tHLh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/HkZf6GYh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/gzTxERQh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/e6Pe6Ich.jpg https://i.imgur.com/lnoBbPah...
by jmartel
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Sea & Sea YS-D2J Underwater Camera Strobe (SOLD)
Replies: 0
Views: 1990

Sea & Sea YS-D2J Underwater Camera Strobe (SOLD)

EDIT: Sold on Wetpixel. Up for sale is my YS-D2J (updated japanese made version, not original D2). It's had maybe 50-60 dives on it, still in great condition, never flooded. Selling because I switched to a pair of Inon z240's. Looking to get $500 for it. New is $689 plus tax. https://i.imgur.com/JL3...
by jmartel
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Great White Sharks at Guadalupe
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: Great White Sharks at Guadalupe

Interesting that there was only 3 cages for you guys. When I was on the Explorer we had 4 so there was plenty of room. I think I was in the water for over 24hrs total over the 3 days. I tried to use strobes when I did it but found that it just didn't work very well. All my shots that were natural li...
by jmartel
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Point Hudson
Replies: 6
Views: 661

Re: Point Hudson

Nice shots. Last time I did Point Hudson I didn't read the tides correctly and got my butt kicked in the current. Still need to learn the quirks on that site and when to get in.
by jmartel
Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Ththth 4/18/19
Replies: 33
Views: 2715

Re: Ththth 4/18/19

I'm going to plan on being here. Haven't been in the sound since the last ThThTh I did in Jan. Was in Catalina in Feb, but that's the last time I got wet.
by jmartel
Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Thailand - Similan and Surin Islands
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Thailand - Similan and Surin Islands

Nice photos, Derek. Yours are better than that person's instagram you linked, especially the second one. From what I was told, there are a number of dive shops in China giving out fake certifications and not really teaching students. It's something that's popped up and exploded in the last 5-10 year...
by jmartel
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh Pi Day Reunion Edition
Replies: 9
Views: 903

Re: ThThTh Pi Day Reunion Edition

Out. Apparently the mother in law is arriving that day.
by jmartel
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig
Replies: 9
Views: 2064

Re: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig

CaptnJack wrote:I would just get a steel and separate ali plates. But two plates is actually cheaper.


Adding to this, but if you get separate plates, rig up a new harness so you don't need to transfer it over. Webbing is cheap. Just transfer the wing and tank bands.
by jmartel
Thu Mar 07, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: THTHTH 3/7
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: THTHTH 3/7

I'm out. Might try and do next week though.
by jmartel
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: CANCELLED 2/7 ThThTh The Tunnel's open edition!
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: 2/7 ThThTh The Tunnel's open edition!

Out this week and next. Have fun guys.
by jmartel
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 1/31
Replies: 9
Views: 1097

Re: ThThTh 1/31

In this week.
by jmartel
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: ThThTh 1/24
Replies: 9
Views: 870

Re: ThThTh 1/24

Good call on the Retra LSD. I just got one in the mail yesterday. Wasn't there for this week, but I got this lumpie shot last week. This was with one normal flash and the second had a homemade 3D printed snoot on it. No ability to aim it other than guess at it. Gave in and bought the LSD instead fin...
by jmartel
Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Do strobes blind fish?
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Re: Do strobes blind fish?

Generally I try to only take a couple shots and leave the fish be. If they didn't turn out like I wanted, then I'll go somewhere else for a bit and then come back to try again. Don't like flashing them unnecessarily.
by jmartel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 1/24
Replies: 14
Views: 1373

Re: ThThTh 1/24

Out this week. Might try for next week though. Got a new snoot coming in for the camera rig to try out.
by jmartel
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh Post Apocalyptical Dive
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

Re: ThThTh Post Apocalyptical Dive

Probably in for this one.
by jmartel
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:00 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 1/10 Viaduct Apocalypse edition!
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: ThThTh 1/10 Viaduct Apocalypse edition!

Out this week. Maybe next week.
by jmartel
Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Recent Dives
Replies: 7
Views: 898

Re: Recent Dives

Looks like you're putting the new diopter to good work. I still haven't seen a sea angel.