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by coldfinger
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4751
Views: 654668

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Many thanks, Jan. I learn so much from your posts and love your photos and cartoons. It will really be said if the bull kelp does not come back to Keystone. I thought folks might be interested/saddened in this recent Smithsonian article on this massive die-off of California kelp forests, attributabl...
by coldfinger
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Warmest Dry Glove Liners?
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Warmest Dry Glove Liners?

If, like me, you have Raynaud's (fingers turn white/numb/useless when they get cold), take a dose of a dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker (amlodipine, nifedipine, felodipine; they are blood pressure meds. and require a prescription) maybe 4-6 hrs. before diving. I could not dive here without th...
by coldfinger
Fri Feb 26, 2021 11:20 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Warmest Dry Glove Liners?
Replies: 7
Views: 1010

Re: Warmest Dry Glove Liners?

I just got a pair of these wool/fleece liners and they were warmer than my previous double-liner solution (the big yellow things that came with the dry gloves and smaller, polypro liner gloves). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L6WQ9V4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=11 Is dex...
by coldfinger
Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Orcas and more
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Whales: Orcas and more

Yeah, hard to imagine anyone being entertained just by watching amazing creatures swimming in the water. :clap:

Thank you again for sharing!
by coldfinger
Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Whales: Orcas and more
Replies: 9
Views: 1357

Re: Whales: Orcas and more

Very cool, thanks! Any recommendations for locations having a decent probability of seeing orcas from shore? We've lived here 22+ years and I've seen 1 doral fin (male) once, from the Tsawassen ferry. Skunked at Lime Kiln Park. If COVID ends and we're still here, we should definitely go out with Wes...
by coldfinger
Tue Aug 25, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Free Dry Suit
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: Free Dry Suit

Any clue how it might fit someone 5'10", maybe 145 lbs, size 10-10.5 shoes? My older son is moving back home and, while I know the large Apollo is listed for heavier folks, the height and maybe boots seems like they could and it would let him decide if he likes cold water diving.
by coldfinger
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness
Replies: 11
Views: 1910

Re: Jellyfish Stings and Weirdness

I wouldn't be freaked about about future anaphylaxis. It is totally unpredictable and this doesn't sound to me like an allergic reaction. It sounds more to me like possible systemic venom (neurotoxin) absorption, for which I know of no good treatment other than minimizing exposure/absorption. If itc...
by coldfinger
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: UW Camera Equipment "Sale"
Replies: 8
Views: 4054

Re: UW Camera Equipment "Sale"

I had non-buyer's regret today and found the price for the Backscatter miniflash+snoot was $349, not $314, on Backscatter. Google found that Optical Ocean Sales (here in Seattle) has it for $314 (+tax; no idea if Backscatter charges tax) with free shipping. So, if you're teetering on the fence, the ...
by coldfinger
Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: UW Camera Equipment "Sale"
Replies: 8
Views: 4054

Re: UW Camera Equipment "Sale"

That is a good price for the Backscatter mini-flash/snoot. The price really was $499 a few weeks ago when I looked it up after seeing a buddy's pictures. Now I have to decide how lucky I feel and if I can justify more money on dive gear. Thanks! (I think...)
by coldfinger
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: A Game Changer in Underwater Photography
Replies: 10
Views: 4356

Re: A Game Changer in Underwater Photography

Interesting. I've mostly switched from strobes to using 1 or 2 very bright, cheap video lights (<$50 each on eBay) and shooting in burst mode. For non-macro shots, I have to adjust white balance, but have been impressed with how well that has been working on RAW images that have a fair amount of dep...
by coldfinger
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:41 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Re: Drysuit repair

Unless it's just a pinhole, my inclination would be to glue a patch on the inside for structural integrity and then Aquaseal on the outside. But that could be overkill; Aquaseal does seem to stay on well after it cures. Or at least Aquaseal on both sides (do 1, let it cure, then do the other).
by coldfinger
Sat Jul 27, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Drysuit repair
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Re: Drysuit repair

If it's just a small tear and you know exactly where it is, why not just use a drysuit patch kit? Haven't needed to do this yet, but I'd wonder about putting the patch on the inside so air pressure pushes it against rather than away from the hole. You could even put some Aquaseal on the other side (...
by coldfinger
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Cleaning out the closet
Replies: 17
Views: 3343

Re: Cleaning out the closet

PM sent about 5'10" male High Tide Custom drysuit.