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    Default Diving safari in Maldives (report with pics)

    While some of my friends from the diving club have saved for this trip for a while, and its their
    “ ones in a lifetime” experience, I have to admit that I’m a little bored,
    As this is my 3th Maldives dive cruise,
    but nevertheless always interesting.
    Here is a short report,
    I’ve put some boat pics in this post, not to be banned 


    this speedboat brings us to the safari boat


    Here’s the taxi parking at Malé airport


    This is the port/anchorage for the diving safari boats and yachts


    Preparing for a dive on the Doni (small extra boat with the diving stuff)


    And some underwater pics




    Every day we spotted Dolphins


    Current was quite strong at some corners, but my dive systems are OK.


    can you spot the scorpion fish ?














    we were dropped in a group of Dolphins




    To be cont.

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    Those plates in the last pic look rather small, did you come home hungry?

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    You know that we enjoy fresh fish for Dinner, here we were spoiled














    3 dives we saw manta’s


    The very rare and difficult to find frog fish







    During a night dive we saw 5 octopus









    our safari boat has a strange (wrong) shape, but we enjoyed the trip



    Pictures are made by one of our friends; Jaro, he's good !
    Last edited by BartW; 20-04-11 at 22:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longjohnsilver View Post
    Those plates in the last pic look rather small, did you come home hungry?
    couldnt you wait until I finished my post ?
    moreover these were the plates from the desert

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    Quote Originally Posted by BartW View Post
    couldnt you wait until I finished my post ?
    moreover these were the plates from the desert
    He may have meant, the food shots were not to your usual high standard Bart .

    Great photography, looks like a fantastic holiday.
    I dare say your slight lack of enthusiasm in this holiday could have something to do with being pre-occupied with the new boat. You've just put a lot of energy and focus into your newest toy.

    The pics with the eels emerging from between the rocks, remind me of glove puppets

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndieMac View Post
    The pics with the eels emerging from between the rocks, remind me of glove puppets
    Yeah, I see what you mean.
    But trust me, you wouldn't say so when looking at that beast in flesh, from one foot or so distance...


    Thanks Bart for your report, some very nice stuff here.
    The pic with the clownfishes which seem to be swimming together with the divers in background is lovely, for instance.
    Are the original pics saved directly as JPG files, or does your camera shoot in RAW format?
    Because if the latter, it's relatively easy to remove the blueish dominant, getting more natural colours.
    I tried to do that on the pic I just mentioned, to give an idea, but there's only so much that can be done with JPGs.



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    Your mate Jaro is really good, fantastic pics! I especially like the two with lurking moray eels and divers on the background.

    He must have a decent kit, the lighting seems to work perfectly. And the water is so clear you can't see it. Just amazing!

    Thanks for posting!

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    Great pics.

    Looked like you had great viz underwater.

    Interesting that all the outboard powered boats have two engines.


    I'd love to have done that trip. Envy envy.
    RELAX, Rum is the answer. Now what is your Question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapisM View Post
    .
    The pic with the clownfishes which seem to be swimming together with the divers in background is lovely, for instance.
    Are the original pics saved directly as JPG files, or does your camera shoot in RAW format?
    Because if the latter, it's relatively easy to remove the blueish dominant, getting more natural colours.
    I tried to do that on the pic I just mentioned, to give an idea, but there's only so much that can be done with JPGs.


    well done, your collor editing , much more natural now !

    the pics are original, from the memorycard from the camera, in JPG,
    Jaro is good, he tries to make them as good as possible without correction,
    he might do some correction afterwards, but in this occasion I got the pics, before he could do any editing.
    I'm alway's surprised by the deep collors he can acheeve,
    can only be done with manual settings on the camera he say's.

    I've no experience with making underwaterpics, nor editing photo's, But
    I used to do underwater filming, made at least 10 holliday report films, Sony digital film camera and underwater housing, max 75m (but it is tested at 83m depth) but not anymore on this trip, was fed up with the hassle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scubaman View Post
    Your mate Jaro is really good, fantastic pics! I especially like the two with lurking moray eels and divers on the background.

    He must have a decent kit, the lighting seems to work perfectly. And the water is so clear you can't see it. Just amazing!

    Thanks for posting!
    yes he's member of a small group underwater photographer enthousiasts, many years experience,
    Only know Jaro sinds last year, but I like the pictures he make.
    camera and housing is Olympus, and lenses are Inon, flashlight I don't know.
    equipment is good, but not exceptionally expensive

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