Great White Dive

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  1. RSnodgrass

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    Finally after almost 15yrs I booked a trip to go cage diving with some great whites about two years ago and convinced 8 of my family members to join. I don't have too many photos done yet but here are two to get it going.
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    Great photos! Love the B&W one especially!
     
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    So cool, thanks for sharing! Where did you do this at?
     
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    Went Guadalupe with one of the crews the discovery channel has used a few times. It normally doesn't need to be booked so far out but we were trying to get enough family to take over the whole boat (o:
     
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    Nice Jason. How long were you in the cage next to the sharks?
     
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    Personally, I was in the cage for 6hrs a day but the standard rotation they set up was for 3hrs (split into 4). It was nice because they always had two open spots in every rotation to jump in.

    It was a five day trip out of San Diego with a company called Shark Diver (very well put together outfit) which was convenient since the island is a little south in Mexico. Then on site for a little over two and half days.

    Seemed like most people were either impacted by the cold enough or wanted to watch from the surface that it was easy to get room with 16 people.
     
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    Thanks. Sounds like you had s grest time.

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    Not as good of a photo but I wanted to show it's eye! Not a lot of people know they have a ring of baby blue that is something awesome to see... and creepy because you can tell when they all of the sudden look at you (shiver).
     
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    Zoomed in, didn't realize how small it was on my phone.
     
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    Here's one where I finally got it rolling it's eyes back showing the white callus on the back of them.

    Also a less known fact is they do not have a white eyelid like many other sharks so the callus is their version of it to help protect their vision. It can be up to an inch thick I'm told.
     
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    Very nice, thanks for sharing your great pics
     
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    I've been thinking about this dive trip as well. Have not booked yet. Checking out May, 2017. Have losta questions. Can I PM you?
     
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    Absolutely! I have plenty of opinions to share (o:

    Might be just a easy to talk on the phone sometime as well.
     
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    I was wondering what you did post production to reduce the underwater "haze", or was the water that clear?

    Also, do you have a photo printer at home. If so, what type?
     
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    No photo printer, I use BayPhoto out of Florida for any specialty prints and my Walgreens here is pretty accurate most times for regular. (I do however always print one sample photo there before committing)

    I use a color monkey to convert the color of my monitor to the "real" color so prints look the same as they do on the screen. It takes the ambient light into account as well otherwise if you do part editing at night and part in day the photos done at night usually end up WAY too dark. Eyes play tricks on you based on ambient light.

    For post I use Photoshop and always edit in raw first but I'm no expert. The haze is easiest to reduce in two ways that I've found... 1) increase the "blackness" & contrast when in raw mode 2) auto correct (o:

    As for the location the haze was reduced some BUT of all the places I dove I've never seen clearer. I have had extremely few particles to remove and could see 150-200' every day which is normal there. Also, I have 10-20mm lens so they may look far away but most are a 2-6'. Less water in between=more clarity as you probably know. The b&w profile was about 15' away?

    *Edit, there is also an adjustment for gamma exposure and something else in regular mode of Photoshop the show all together when adjusting. These can also help the haze alot!
     
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    Fun fact, great whites dorsal fin can rotate! I watched one turn around where it's head stayed in the same place while it's back end slid out like a car on gravel. Couldn't believe my eyes.

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    Messing around, actually we never sat like this, there was always too much going on and your head had to be on a swivel.
     
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    Thought some of you would like to see the video I made from my trip. It took me awhile since I had over 200 hrs of film to narrow down and much of it would make you sea sick watching (o:



    [youtube]U0c1cqxMVxo[/youtube]
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    The film and editing are awesome

    How did you get the shot of the boat in the beginning from another perspective - guessing there was a another boat there or maybe that was your delivery to the dive boat? Wait - did y'all launch a drone? Whoever controlled that things was amazing!

    Did you have a cam sitting there to video (2:20) when the assistant starting hauling out the dive gear in the dark just at sunrise or were you standing there filming?

    The audio snippets spliced in during the video really add to it (2:46) : )

    Dexter Britain!!! OK, I am done ugh - so much win and I am only halfway through
     
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    OMG - I got goosebumps - that was so cool dude - thank you for sharing.

    I love how you did an intro - filmed the shark dive - then a closing - well done sir!

    Not gonna lie - I got annoyed when they wouldnt let the sharks eat the fish head and rallyed when they got em! Poor things are just tryin to get a bite man! I get its chumming to get them around for y'all to see - but dang, let a shark eat! lol

    Friggin amazing - I gotta do this now after seeing this vid!


    Side technical question - do they use the "thumbs up" sign differently there than what is taught in PADI?

    PS - they counted the rigs left behind to make sure there was no "Open Water" situation right : ) heh heh
     
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    The black and white shot at the top may be the most magnificent of its kind. Seriously, just stunning.
     
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