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Wow I don't see that everyday . Great set of images. TFS

John




Nov 03, 2023 at 03:18 AM
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Sounds like an awesome experience. Congrats! Nice work!

My son and DIL were stationed in HI for a few years, but recently changed ds. While they were there, we, of course, visited a few times. My son is a fish, lots of special ops water con, etc, plus natural. I suck at swimming, pretty much literally. I definitely tried to scuba with him. It did not go well. Any waves, and I basically tried to drink the ocean level down to where I could walk across the bottom. My wife was better at it than me, for sure. Anyway, point is, it is always impressive, to me, to see these kinds of photos. I love the ocean, but my skill set doesn't support that.

VERY nice!



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Wow, super cool, thanks for sharing. Incredible the variety of interesting sea life!


Nov 05, 2023 at 09:48 AM
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simply marvelous. thanks for sharing


Nov 05, 2023 at 09:55 AM
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johnohio wrote:
Wow I don't see that everyday . Great set of images. TFS

John



Thanks John.

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shredder1656 wrote:
Sounds like an awesome experience. Congrats! Nice work!

My son and DIL were stationed in HI for a few years, but recently changed ds. While they were there, we, of course, visited a few times. My son is a fish, lots of special ops water con, etc, plus natural. I suck at swimming, pretty much literally. I definitely tried to scuba with him. It did not go well. Any waves, and I basically tried to drink the ocean level down to where I could walk across the bottom. My wife was better at it than me, for sure. Anyway, point is,
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I used to get seasick regularly and threw up so often on divetrip as many of those trips were on liveaboard. At least one benefit of getting older is seasickness became much much less of a problem

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Jim Dockery wrote:
Wow, super cool, thanks for sharing. Incredible the variety of interesting sea life!

Thanks Jim.
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kdacharya wrote:
simply marvelous. thanks for sharing

Thanks





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Beautiful collection of images of critter we never see. Superb!
I thought I had commented when I first reviewed these shots a few days ago. Sorry to be late.
Congratulations on the FTOW.

Dave



Nov 10, 2023 at 11:04 PM
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Stunning images! WOW!
Carol



Nov 11, 2023 at 06:12 AM
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Fantastic photography! So well done!
Congrats!
Dan



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Outstanding. Something I'll never do or see in real life. Thanks for posting.
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Nov 11, 2023 at 02:04 PM
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dclark wrote:
Beautiful collection of images of critter we never see. Superb!
I thought I had commented when I first reviewed these shots a few days ago. Sorry to be late.
Congratulations on the FTOW.

Dave


Thanks, Dave

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CDalessandro wrote:
Stunning images! WOW!
Carol


Thanks, Carol.
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Fantastic photography! So well done!
Congrats!
Dan


Thanks, Dan
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surgemaster wrote:
Outstanding. Something I'll never do or see in real life. Thanks for posting.
Rex



Thanks Rex.



And thanks everyone for the vote



Nov 12, 2023 at 08:13 PM
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Awesome photos. Was it difficult or take long to encounter the photo subjects? Very impressive work.


Nov 12, 2023 at 08:35 PM
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Carmel Nikon wrote:
Awesome photos. Was it difficult or take long to encounter the photo subjects? Very impressive work.


Thank you. The first black water dive, we saw only tiny critters, very tiny octopus etc.
Then we moved to the other side of the bay (at Ambon Bay in Indonesia) and blanket octopus showed up very quickly both dives that we did there. At one stage, I actually saw 5 blanket octopuses near each other so lots of octopuses to share .

Paper nautilus showed up right after I saw my first blanket octopus. Not many people did black water diving in this area in the past as far as I know. Blanket octopus is supposed to be quite rare and is one the main hi light for people who dive in Anilao,
the Philipines from what I know. So it was definitely a treat and a big surprise for me.

The dive was so much fun and adrenaline was rushing. We drifted with the main spot lights well over a kilometer during 45 minutes dive and I did not even realized that there was quite a bit of current. That's how much fun it was
Of course we were hanging in mid water and it was pitched dark except for the spot light so there was really no reference point
to know how fast we were moving.

There were all kind of tiny critters, planktons etc near light source at all time so it is only a matter of picking out the right critters to photograph. Most are so tiny that it was a little difficult to see so there is always something to see or photograph the whole dive and most are quite fast moving so you just need to pick the right subject.



Nov 13, 2023 at 01:11 AM
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Fantastic shots! Just did some more research into blackwater at DEMA last week. Next on my to do list out here in Hawaii.


Nov 27, 2023 at 08:59 PM
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Nftypjs wrote:
Fantastic shots! Just did some more research into blackwater at DEMA last week. Next on my to do list out here in Hawaii.


Be careful. Hawaii is where blackwater diving originated as far as I know but I heard it is very hardcore, out in the middle of nowhere with very strong current that you need to tether yourself to the main light source. A couple of friends dove there
and they throught it was all a bit too much for them. The setup in Asia in general is much easier diving and less stressful, I was told.

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Nov 28, 2023 at 05:53 PM
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WOW!


Nov 28, 2023 at 06:46 PM
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Two thumbs up! Amazing images. Thanks for sharing.


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