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by stphnmartin
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Blakely Rock 8/17
Replies: 14
Views: 1071

Re: Blakely Rock 8/17

I used the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +. I'm still learning how to fly it well. There were seals on the rocks and I considered flying in close (if you look closely you can see some swimming underwater), but figured I'd best learn what rules there are about harassing marine life with a quadcopter first. Pl...
by stphnmartin
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Blakely Rock 8/17
Replies: 14
Views: 1071

Blakely Rock 8/17

Dived China Wall and Shangri-La off Blakely Rock on Sunday. The viz was a stellar 30 feet with plenty of octos and wolf eels. The fog was dense early and made crossing the ferry and cargo ship routes a bit sketchy. But, thankfully that burned off for a beautiful day. I tried out a quadcopter for the...
by stphnmartin
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Alki was 30+ feet this morning before the students got in. A little chunky up top but very nice below 40 feet.
by stphnmartin
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: A stranger for a buddy
Replies: 2
Views: 785

A stranger for a buddy

I was recently diving off the NC coast and had a terrible experience. I emailed some friends about it and will share that email below. But, basically, I'd like some advice about what you do when buddying with a stranger for a dive. Do you have any methods for evaluating their abilities? And, perhaps...
by stphnmartin
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Traffic
Replies: 23
Views: 2147

Re: Traffic

I used to live in NYC and nothing compares to trying to go crosstown during rush hour in Manhattan. Jimi Hendrix was right. By comparison Seattle has no traffic problems!
by stphnmartin
Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: You can never be too careful with your housing
Replies: 9
Views: 1144

You can never be too careful with your housing

One would think an underwater video camera housing would be very safe sitting on a kitchen counter. However, when you let your guard down, bad things happen. Apparently the cat felt it was not an expensive piece of underwater equipment but rather an emesis bucket. How it managed to get puke inside t...
by stphnmartin
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: SJI Jun 7
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: SJI Jun 7

Excellent pics yelloweye! Especially since the conditions weren't favorable at all.

Viz was a bit better today (brown soup was mostly gone), but winds curtailed diving and limited us to 2 dives today.
by stphnmartin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Alki cove 6/3 a murky 25 feet. Lots of particulate and jellies in the water column.
by stphnmartin
Sat May 10, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

5/10 Saltwater Park. Once below 50 feet depth it was a respectable 20 feet of viz. Actually, much better than I expected.
by stphnmartin
Tue May 06, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire trip
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Re: Bonaire trip

Thanks tangfish. I use a sony cx550 camera in a light and motion bluefin housing with 2 sola 1200s. I didn't even notice the green moray was going after a fish till I slowed down the video and noticed it escaping!
by stphnmartin
Sun May 04, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire trip
Replies: 15
Views: 878

Bonaire trip

Back in February I made my first trip to Bonaire. In fact, it was my first tropical trip ever and it was awesome to be free of a dry suit and on an island surrounded by dive sites. Coming from the puget sound, I had difficulty doing video having never experienced so much ambient light! It took me th...
by stphnmartin
Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Stubbies & Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Re: Stubbies & Worms

H20doctor wrote:I'd like to know how you get those still shots.?. I cant get them at all no matter how hard I try


I'd like to say I get the still shots from peak buoyancy control and very steady hands. But, the truth is I use a tripod. It's the only way to capture tiny creatures without the shakes.
by stphnmartin
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Stubbies & Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 815

Stubbies & Worms

Horrible viz at Redondo last night, but managed to get 1 minute of video:

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by stphnmartin
Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Sunrise beach 15-20 ft. Surprisingly clear in the shallows. No muck layer.
by stphnmartin
Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

3/23 Blakely Rock, 15-20 murky feet. Around 95 feet of dept it cleared up a bit to perhaps 25 feet. The sun was out!
by stphnmartin
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3081
Views: 272623

Re: Viz Reports Thread

3/16 at West Wall Fox Island 20 murky feet. East wall about 20 as well but less murky.
by stphnmartin
Sun Jan 26, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blakely Rock Buoys?
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Re: Blakely Rock Buoys?

To answer my own question, there isn't a buoy on china wall but there is in the east reef. Was out there today.
by stphnmartin
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blakely Rock Buoys?
Replies: 1
Views: 618

Blakely Rock Buoys?

Has anyone been to Blakely Rock recently and can tell me if buoys are in place for China Wall and the East reef?

Thanks!
by stphnmartin
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: BONAIRE - January 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 2352

Re: BONAIRE - January 2014

I'm headed there in February for the first time. I'm keen on hearing your report and tips for a first time visitor.
by stphnmartin
Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:25 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Some lumpies on a frigid night
Replies: 9
Views: 984

Some lumpies on a frigid night

27F degrees before getting in the water at Redondo last night. Usual cast of characters.

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by stphnmartin
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Tripod testing at Redondo
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Re: Tripod testing at Redondo

Thanks all. Keith, yeah, I know what you mean. I got tired of making myself dizzy looking at my own macro video. So, I went large and bought this trip. I considered building one, but once the parts were all assembled the price was pretty high too. http://www.backscatter.com/HostedStore.LassoApp?-Res...
by stphnmartin
Fri Sep 20, 2013 7:38 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Tripod testing at Redondo
Replies: 12
Views: 1208

Tripod testing at Redondo

Since it's getting dark earlier my buddy and I took a first night dive of the Fall at Redondo last night. I was using the dive to practice using a tripod with the video camera. While it's a pain to carry and awkward to work with, the results doing macro work are dramatically improved. Managed to cap...
by stphnmartin
Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:28 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Missing diver off Blakely Rocks
Replies: 47
Views: 6678

Re: Missing diver off Blakely Rocks

I can add a bit of post accident information as my buddy and I found the body yesterday afternoon off Blakely Rock. Originally we planned two dives on KVI tower, but after we drove down to redondo to launch the boat, we discovered the parking lot completely full with no place to park the truck and t...
by stphnmartin
Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:28 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Agate drift dive
Replies: 11
Views: 1412

Agate drift dive

With the super moon and ultra low tide today there was a ripping 7 knot current through agate passage. So my buddy and I took his boat out to do some flying underwater through the passage. It was a flooding current so we went north to south and tried to time getting beneath the bridge right at the p...
by stphnmartin
Tue Apr 02, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Redondo Lumpsucker hunt
Replies: 2
Views: 622

Redondo Lumpsucker hunt

Went looking to video a Lumpsucker Sunday night, but it was a fruitless search. Anyone have some tips to finding these critters? There was a giant crowd at Salty's for Easter, but my buddy and I had the water to ourselves. The particulate was starting to thicken. I'll try and attach a video for the ...