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by stphnmartin
Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:29 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Open ROV Project
Replies: 40
Views: 4239

Re: Open ROV Project

Very cool! It would be awesome if it was wireless. Perhaps in version 2.0. :-)
by stphnmartin
Sat Nov 01, 2014 9:08 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

11/1 Cove 2, 20 feet.
by stphnmartin
Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Where are you diving this weekend?
Replies: 12
Views: 1494

Re: Where are you diving this weekend?

I think I'm going to hit cove 2 around 5:30pm today for an early night dive. Haven't been diving much lately and need some camera practice.
by stphnmartin
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:53 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Saltwater park from the sky and below
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Re: Saltwater park from the sky and below

Thanks. Actually, at low tide you can walk pretty far which some think is easier. Particularly when there's current.
by stphnmartin
Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Saltwater park from the sky and below
Replies: 6
Views: 855

Saltwater park from the sky and below

My buddy and I dived Saltwater Park yesterday and the conditions were very nice. Slack before a small exchange provided for zero current and the viz was a cooperative 25 feet with particulate. The reef was really teaming with life. More so than I recall in the recent past. Sometimes this site can be...
by stphnmartin
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:39 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

10/12 Saltwater park, solid 25 feet. Beautiful.
by stphnmartin
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Redondo 9/17 about 15-20 feet of viz but lots of particulate.
by stphnmartin
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 2321

Re: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?

You can try austin kayak instead of waiting for REI:

http://www.austinkayak.com/products/343 ... Kayak.html

I ordered a Tarpon 140 from them and kayak dived from it for a while. I stopped after my dive buddy, who I also convinced to get a kayak, got tired of the whole operation and bought a real boat instead.
by stphnmartin
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/31 Sunrise beach 15-20'.
by stphnmartin
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/26 super clear 35-40 feet @ redondo. Skates were everywhere. Very cool! At what depth did you find the skates? Get some vid?? -Eric Eric, We found the skates anywhere from 80 to 30 feet (we dropped down to the carousel and then angled north up slope back to the line a bit before the VW). And, by ...
by stphnmartin
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/26 super clear 35-40 feet @ redondo. Skates were everywhere.
by stphnmartin
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Blakely Rock 8/17
Replies: 14
Views: 1144

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: 1144

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: 3166
Views: 336047

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: 832

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: 2315

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: 1299

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: 659

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: 3166
Views: 336047

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: 3166
Views: 336047

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: 940

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: 940

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: 892

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: 892

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: 3166
Views: 336047

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Sunrise beach 15-20 ft. Surprisingly clear in the shallows. No muck layer.