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by coldfinger
Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: New camera, new pbotos
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: New camera, new pbotos

Pretty nice! Are you doing anything special to get decent depth-of-field? I have an A6000 and with the 16-50mm kit lens, I found the DOF with a +10 diopter just paper-thin, so I moved to cramming in the 30mm Sony Macro lens (which sorta, kinda, barely fits in the Meikon case, but sometimes acts up a...
by coldfinger
Fri Apr 29, 2022 9:32 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: jelly fish Movie
Replies: 13
Views: 1346

Re: jelly fish Movie

Really nice movie, thanks! It reminded me of maybe 5 years ago, early in my diving career, when a buddy and I did a night dive at Three Tree. We had heard bioluminescence was active so agreed to turn off our lights periodically and check. Coming back, we got some flashes. Then, near shore, we ran in...
by coldfinger
Thu Feb 24, 2022 6:22 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Apollo large neoprene drysuit - free! - GONE
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Re: Apollo large neoprene drysuit - free!

Suit now given away. I hope it is good for many happy dives!
by coldfinger
Sat Feb 19, 2022 11:00 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Apollo large neoprene drysuit - free! - GONE
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Apollo large neoprene drysuit - free! - GONE

[NOTE - edited from original post last night as I went and looked at it and realized I had misremembered some things.] I was gifted an Apollo Bio-Pro neoprene drysuit a while back that I had hoped to use if my brother got certified and came to visit. Alas, that is never to be, so I'd like to gift it...
by coldfinger
Sat Feb 19, 2022 10:56 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Match for a M/L Hollis F2 fin?
Replies: 0
Views: 394

Match for a M/L Hollis F2 fin?

I have a pair of M/L Hollis F2s that I have used for travel in the last several years. Alas, one of them developed a crack through the middle strut/pillar, so it is floppier than the other. Glue did not hold and Hollis was of no use (out of warranty and they don't sell singles). So does anyone have ...
by coldfinger
Mon Nov 01, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Tank shrimp from Three Tree?
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Tank shrimp from Three Tree?

Thanks! I thought about that (I've never seen either one before) and, now that you make me look more, I think deep blade is probably right. There is a toothed ridge that I think is on the top (and not far side, as I had been thinking) of the carapace. Size (~1") is right, substrate is right for...
by coldfinger
Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:49 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Tank shrimp from Three Tree?
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Tank shrimp from Three Tree?

Can someone who knows confirm if this is a tank shrimp? Looking through Lamb and Hanby, it seems to match that much better than anything else. They state it is rare in Puget Sound and I've certainly never noticed one before. This was down in a crevice and its movement caught my eye. DSC01017_DxO.jpg...
by coldfinger
Mon Sep 13, 2021 9:37 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: The Mola Mola Mission
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: The Mola Mola Mission

We saw several (from above the water) on a whale-watching boat in Monterey Bay a couple of years ago. Don't know how common they are there, but there were a few. But if you want to see them from underwater, probably not helpful - not close to shore. But quicker/cheaper to get to than the Galapagos.
by coldfinger
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: August at Skyline
Replies: 7
Views: 1920

Re: August at Skyline

Very nice, sharp, colorful, and well-composed. I'd be interested in what you conclude about video light(s) vs. strobe. I switched to video lights so I can shoot in burst mode (with a Sony A6000), which seems to get me at least 1 shot in a burst in focus. But I keep thinking I should try a strobe aga...
by coldfinger
Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 5087
Views: 785229

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: 2299

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: 2299

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: 2632

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: 2632

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: 1041

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: 3425

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: 5549

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: 5549

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: 5855

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: 3019

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: 3019

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: 4953

Re: Cleaning out the closet

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