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by RVbldr
Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3151
Views: 327095

Re: Viz Reports Thread

4/11 Friday afternoon, Cove 2, Navigation by braille above 30', then opening to the usual 15' viz below that in the dark.
by RVbldr
Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:29 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3151
Views: 327095

Cove 2

0630 AM today, generally about 15' viz throughout the site.
by RVbldr
Thu Apr 03, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3151
Views: 327095

Sund Rock

This afternoon, a nice goopy 3' down to about 10' then opened up nicely to about 20' below 30 fsw or so. The deeper the better.
by RVbldr
Sun Mar 23, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Input Regarding Dive Lights Requested
Replies: 12
Views: 1183

Re: Input Regarding Dive Lights Requested

DRIS is now making a soft handle for the 1K shorty http://www.diverightinscuba.com/catalog/lightsrecreationallights-drisdivegear-1kshortygoodmanhandle-p-3915.html A Dusty's in my purchase list for sure, but in the mean time, I'm using a DRIS 1000 and the DRIS shorty and they both work very well even...
by RVbldr
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:42 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 62580

Re: Sea star die-off

Not sure if this is just wishful thinking, but in the nasty viz that was Cove 2 Sunday AM, we did see what I thought were two Morning Sun Stars, each about 6" across. Unfortunately, since we were doing a class, no pics. These were the first sun stars I've seen at Cove 2 in months. Also happened...
by RVbldr
Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 62580

Re: Sea star die-off

If I'm not mistaken, we saw two small sea stars at Cove 2 today, both about 6" across which is a positive change from the last several months. No pics since we were doing a class, and since there were no pics, the smallish GPO resting in the open in about 10 FSW near the north end of the beach ...
by RVbldr
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: St. Lucia
Replies: 2
Views: 631

Re: St. Lucia

All boat dives off the west side. The diving at the Pitons was by far the best, general decent reef condition but a lack of the bigger fish.
by RVbldr
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:24 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: St. Lucia
Replies: 2
Views: 631

St. Lucia

Got to escape the NW and head to St. Lucia for a week in the sun and warmth! Some sites had some marginal viz due to rains but other sites were stellar! Good to get away and dive in 80F water for a change...but it's good to get back to the local water for sure! Here's some photos from the diving tak...
by RVbldr
Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Sea star die-off
Replies: 274
Views: 62580

Re: Sea star die-off

Last Friday, Octopus Hole was also looking healthy with out any signs of disease amongst any of the species.
by RVbldr
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Wide Angle in the Hood
Replies: 2
Views: 578

Wide Angle in the Hood

So my wife got me a new wide angle for my Sony RX100 and I figured I'd give it a try out at Octopus Hole on Friday. I'm suffering through only one YS-D1 strobe, so a second is on the list.. For a first time over at the Hood, it was nice to see the sunstar population still healthy.
by RVbldr
Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Octos
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Re: Octos

Not at all, I use the SP S600 for primary so I'm keeping that. The Oceanic is the Alpha 9 Octo version, vs. their straight Alpha 9 so I may just need to do the comparison.
by RVbldr
Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Octos
Replies: 2
Views: 509

Octos

I have an Oceanic Alpha 9 Octo with the SP MK25 1st stage. Sitting around, I also have an old Sherwood Magnum that can't pass the bench check on the 1st stage due to some old service bulletin and parts availability. If the 2nd stage would pass a bench check, would it be beneficial to swap out the Oc...
by RVbldr
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: NWDI Closing (Bellevue)
Replies: 4
Views: 980

Re: NWDI Closing (Bellevue)

Yep, off 405, go east through 2 lights and it is/was on the right, half way up the hill all of .5 miles of 405 and about 2 blocks from UWS - Bellevue.
by RVbldr
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Wetsuit help
Replies: 9
Views: 1459

Re: Wetsuit help

Northwest Dive Institute on NE 8th in Bellevue had some really nice deals on 3mm Cressi suits, but you'd need to call to see what they had left. I used one down in Turks and Caicos last April and it was just right.
by RVbldr
Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3151
Views: 327095

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Not sure if this was a fluke or not, but Edmonds was probably 10-15' close to shore then 20+ out at the pontoon this morning on a 7' ebb tide. Awesome!
by RVbldr
Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: RAW photos. What is the point?
Replies: 17
Views: 1876

Re: RAW photos. What is the point?

Other than some major backscatter removal, I'm not sure what PS is going to give you over LR digital processing; you might hold off on that purchase until you really need it, or just figure out GIMP. You might also search around on the web, I believe Adobe has some decent tutorials on using LR which...
by RVbldr
Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:26 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: I need help with my dry gloves please
Replies: 33
Views: 4181

Re: I need help with my dry gloves please

+1 on the rubber gloves over the rings. I use the latex gloves (m) with liners and they work great. The liners are thinner polar tech gloves from REI and seem to keep hands warm even if flooded and I find they are warmer than the cheaper wool inserts. You keep the wrist seals in the suit, just in ca...
by RVbldr
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3151
Views: 327095

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/31: Three Tree, 3:30 PM, going on high tide. 4-5' in the shallows, then below 20' opening up to 20-25 down to 75'.
by RVbldr
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: "It's a desert down there"
Replies: 14
Views: 1712

Re: "It's a desert down there"

Was thinking the same thing on Thursday evening...I could have spent the whole dive around just one of the boats taking shots of all the different small critters.
by RVbldr
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: 8/22/13 Redondo
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: 8/22/13 Redondo

You and I both!
by RVbldr
Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: 8/22/13 Redondo
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: 8/22/13 Redondo

Worked like a charm! Thanks! I think Mheyns is now anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new suit!
by RVbldr
Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:02 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: 8/22/13 Redondo
Replies: 7
Views: 824

Re: 8/22/13 Redondo

I think myself and two others were the guys doing the safety stop while you were heading out and I think I got the same pics of the same octos as well. Certainly a nice evening for diving for sure.
by RVbldr
Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: RAW photos. What is the point?
Replies: 17
Views: 1876

Re: RAW photos. What is the point?

Just adding on as a RAW convert, I shot some blue water in jpeg with a new Sony RX100 and did OK on the post processing, although I just couldn't get what I wanted from Light Room on the jpegs, but then when moving to our local green water, I found shooting in RAW really allows some spectacular reco...
by RVbldr
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: New Dive Map for Cove 1
Replies: 1
Views: 444

Re: New Dive Map for Cove 1

Great timing...I just did the data collection yesterday AM for the same DM project! I didn't find the monolith either, but we only got to about 45' feet or so. Looks like you ran into all the stuff we did as well including the commode!
by RVbldr
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Thank You Seven Sea's Scuba
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Thank You Seven Sea's Scuba

Just curious, but how do you tell the difference between a Lion's Mane and the Egg Yolk jellies?