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by carlk3
Fri Mar 20, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Edmonds: Green Water for St. Pats
Replies: 2
Views: 516

Edmonds: Green Water for St. Pats

Last Tuesday, after some reassurance from NWDiveClub about visibility and wind, I ditch work and we go diving. Our goal: to explore near the Lopez Pontoon. We saw this area very briefly at the end of our last dive, two weeks ago. This dive, we surface swim (and swim and swim) to the south most blue ...
by carlk3
Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Re: Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?

Thanks & thanks! We are planning on diving tomorrow (Tuesday). Now, I'm hoping the winds -- predicted to be 9 mph from the S at Noon -- won't be cause too much surf.
by carlk3
Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?
Replies: 3
Views: 608

Does today's rain means tomorrow's bad viz?

We'd love to dive Edmonds tomorrow. The exchanges will be great. The latest weather reports look good.

But will today's heavy rain mean bad viz everywhere tomorrow?

(I don't have a good understanding of how predictably rain one day effects viz the next.)

- Carl
by carlk3
Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Bouyancy and Lead Weighting Fact Check
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Bouyancy and Lead Weighting Fact Check

I'm trying to understand buoyancy and played with this calculator, m. Here is what I observe with respect to Northwest drysuit diving for a 175 lbs diver. Does this ring true? ⋅  Going from Steel 100 to Steel 80 would lightens weights by 2 lbs (+ the weight of the tank) ⋅  Going ...
by carlk3
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:45 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

ScubaJess, Thanks! Our favorite part of the trip was two tanks of daylight cavern diving. I posted pictures to the Photo&Video forum a couple of days ago: http://www.nwdiveclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=23981 All these saltwater pictures were taken with a GoPro Hero4, natural light with a red...
by carlk3
Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Puerto Aventuras, Mexico
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

At the end of January, we did five salt water dives at Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. We dive, with a guide (and usually other divers) from little boats into reefs 5 or 10 minutes from the dive shop. On one dive, we follow this giant sea turtle. http://slugco.com/meta/GoProScuba/boat/Turtle4_small.jpg Di...
by carlk3
Tue Feb 10, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Daylight Cavern Diving near Puerto Aventuras
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Daylight Cavern Diving near Puerto Aventuras

Here are pictures from a two dives with Dive Aventuras in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. We returned two weeks ago. http://www.diveaventuras.com/ The meteor that (likely) killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago also formed the Yucatán Peninsula. The Yucatán is a pancake of limestone only 30 or 40 ft ab...
by carlk3
Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4173
Views: 406036

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Jan,

I loved the article about you and with your photos in Pacific Northwest Diver.
(Free on-line at http://pnwups.com/images/Archive/01.2015%20PNWDiver.pdf)

- Carl
by carlk3
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:54 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4173
Views: 406036

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Creepy
by carlk3
Sun Jan 11, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Why are all dive skins one piece?
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Re: Why are all dive skins one piece?

Does anyone like skins? Are they good for helping get the wetsuit on? (Is something else better? baby shampoo? It seems like the answer is always "baby shampoo")
by carlk3
Sun Jan 11, 2015 4:54 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Why are all dive skins one piece?
Replies: 15
Views: 1676

Why are all dive skins one piece?

Greetings, All the inexpensive dive skins we see are one piece. Wouldn't two piece be more convenient? Can any one suggest two piece sets that aren't $100 per piece? More Details: We think we want dive skins to go under our 5mm wetsuits (for ease of entry and a little warmth, for Playa del Carmen Me...
by carlk3
Fri Jan 09, 2015 4:36 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: New Video: "Easy One-Button Scuba Photos with GoPro Hero4"
Replies: 0
Views: 464

New Video: "Easy One-Button Scuba Photos with GoPro Hero4"

I've made a YouTube tutorial about how to take snap-shot quality stills pictures with a GoPro Hero4 (with no lights). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54bwE5N7G_c David Newman of GoPro was kind enough of sanity check the method. I recommend 2.7K resolution, but he suggests going all the up to 4K beca...
by carlk3
Sun Nov 23, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Hooray, I can now take medicore pictures (very very easily)!
Replies: 2
Views: 776

Re: Hooray, I can now take medicore pictures (very very easi

Hi, I'm trying to gauge interest in a better write up (and maybe a YouTube tutorial). ⋅ For divers who don't want the hassle of lights, do you think the Hero4 offers something new? ⋅ Are there other under-$500 cameras with ISO 6400 (which I think is what allows the 1/30 sec shutt...
by carlk3
Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Hooray, I can now take medicore pictures (very very easily)!
Replies: 2
Views: 776

Hooray, I can now take medicore pictures (very very easily)!

Greetings, Back in July, you came to my rescue when I posted "Help make my terrible photos medicore". http://www.nwdiveclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=23124&p=256509&hilit=carlk3#p256509 Thanks in part to your advice, I'm now happy with my photography set up, so I thought I would...
by carlk3
Thu Nov 06, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Advice for Cove 2 beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Re: Advice for Cove 2 beginner

Thanks everyone! We dove on Sunday and had a great dive. We have been diving exclusively at Edmonds, but now realize the benefit to getting experience in 50" of water instead of always being in 25" of water. I have some follow up questions if you're game: ⋅  If the map says that ...
by carlk3
Sat Nov 01, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Advice for Cove 2 beginner
Replies: 6
Views: 1060

Advice for Cove 2 beginner

What's a simple dive plan for Cove 2? (It will be our 15th dive and our first time in Cove 2 since our OW certification.) Looking at m it seems that people usually go down on the white buoy with the red strip and follow the correct line to the Honey Bear. (How about the yellow buoy instead and the o...
by carlk3
Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:51 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Beginners in Cove 2 on Sunday's low tide?
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Re: Beginners in Cove 2 on Sunday's low tide?

Thanks for all the great tips. Much appreciated. - Carl
by carlk3
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Beginners in Cove 2 on Sunday's low tide?
Replies: 7
Views: 838

Beginners in Cove 2 on Sunday's low tide?

We're thinking of diving at Alki Cove 2 on Sunday on the low tide (the slack is at 12:22pm, after a 10.5 ft exchange). This will be our 14th dive and our first dive in Cove 2 without an instructor. (We've been diving at Edmonds.) I'd love your option on the pluses and minuses. Other comments and adv...
by carlk3
Sun Jul 13, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: why? Summer low-low tides near noon, winter near midnight
Replies: 3
Views: 617

why? Summer low-low tides near noon, winter near midnight

Looking at the Tidelog book and m, it looks like the lowest tides of the summer (for example, today's -3.1 ft) are near Noon. In the winter, the lowest-low tides seem to be near mid-night. (I looked at Seattle and for 2014 and 2013 and 2020). I understand why the lowest low tides will be with near f...
by carlk3
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:32 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Beach naturalists:Walk on the bottom of the sea without gear
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: Beach naturalists:Walk on the bottom of the sea without

The lowest tide is tomorrow (Sunday, July 13) at 12:08pm. I recommend being on the sand by 11am. Seahurst Park is closed for construction this month. South Alki Beach will be know to divers as the Alki Pipeline. Civilians can set their GPS to Beach Drive SW & 63 Ave SW.
by carlk3
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Help make my terrible photos medicore
Replies: 18
Views: 1617

Re: Help make my terrible photos medicore

Does anyone around here use a red filter on their point & shoot? I assume if one did, you wouldn't then use artificial light.
by carlk3
Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Help make my terrible photos medicore
Replies: 18
Views: 1617

Re: Help make my terrible photos medicore

Thanks to everyone for their specific advice and also for the more general advice on diving experience and the distraction vs. added interest of photography.
by carlk3
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Help make my terrible photos medicore
Replies: 18
Views: 1617

Re: Help make my terrible photos medicore

Thanks, Thanks, Thanks Photo Doctors! ⋅ Desiccant and/or the cooler: That makes sense and I didn't see or think of it. (The air temp yesterday was 20°F warmer than the water temp.) ⋅ I did try some closer pictures (see attached), but that didn't work either ... likely because of ...
by carlk3
Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Help make my terrible photos medicore
Replies: 18
Views: 1617

Help make my terrible photos medicore

Greetings, Summary: What do you think I did wrong today? Details: I just got a point & shoot camera (a Intova IC 16) and tried it a Edmonds today. Visibility was 5 to 10 feet. We were in 25 to 30 feet of water. The pictures are really, really terrible. Much worse they things looked to our eyes. ...
by carlk3
Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:22 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Beach naturalists:Walk on the bottom of the sea without gear
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Beach naturalists:Walk on the bottom of the sea without gear

If you have friends or family who don't (yet?!) dive, but would still like to see what's down there, I recommend the Seattle Aquarium's Beach Naturalist program. July 12 and 13, with some of the lowest tides of the season, will be great days. Some of the best locations are S. Alki beach (south of th...