Friday, December 30, 2011

My Last Post of 2011

Well, I am still in China...having a great time. I was talking with Tika (my wife), and we were saying how great this year (2011) has been for our really has been a great year. Of course, every year being alive is great. We have so much to be thankful for. I am hoping for some new things on this blog next year...and hope to expand my traffic...word of mouth is always best, so please don't hesitate to share my website with your friends and family if you like my photos...

I hope you all had a great year, and have even a better year next year!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

From The Archives #7

I remember taking this shot while on my safety stop at the end of the dive. I saw the snake come out of a hole, and dived down for a quick shot with only a couple of breaths of air left in my lucky with this shot though...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

From The Archives #6

One of the fantastic reefs in Raja Ampat...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

From The Archives #5

I remember this spot so well because the current was REALLY strong. I remember just sticking out my arm with camera in hand snapping this photo as I held onto a rock for my life...

Monday, December 26, 2011

From The Archives #4

I took this photo on a reef named after me..."Scotty's Reef"...we may have been the first people to ever dive in this spot, and I liked it so much, my friend Max named the site after me...incredible corals!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

From The Archives #3

This was actually the first underwater photo I had published...from one of my favorite dive sites called, "The Passage"...

Have a great weekend, and of course, Merry Christmas (on Sunday)!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

From The Archives #2

This was back in the days of many Mantas...last time I was at this spot, we only saw one the old days (5 years ago), there would be 15+ Mantas swimming around...not sure what has happened to them...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On Vacation...From Archives #1

Sorry for not posting anything the last two days...I have no internet at home.

I am off on vacation until the 5th of January, so will post some photos from my archives the next couple of weeks until I return from China with some new photos.

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sunset From The Cliff

Just a short hike up a small hill on Pulau Kri, there is a small bench where you can sit with a cold beer and watch the sunset. After the afternoon dive, I would take a quick shower, and go up to this spot...a different view every night...

Have a great weekend!!

I am off on vacation the next couple of weeks, so will be posting some photos from the archives...hopefully, I will return from China with some new photos!!

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sorido Pier

Not sure if you will like this or not...I am still playing around with Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2...what do you think?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gold Fish

A combination of Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2 and Nik's Color Efex...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cool Nudibranch

Not sure how I missed this photo when I was browsing through my latest underwater stuff...but somehow I just "swam" right by it which is usually what happens underwater...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Hidung Merah Circus (Red Nose Circus)

I have a buddy that has started a little circus. He offers clowning lessons for kids that live in some of the poorest villages in Jakarta, and then gives a big show for the community...the TV channels come, and usually a big crowd of people. What he does for these kids is priceless...below is a photo of the youngest group of kids in his troupe...too cute!!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Papuan Kids

Bring out your camera in Papua with a bunch of kids around, and this is the kind or reaction you usually get...pretty funny...I like the two little puppies in the corner of the frame...

Hey, it's Friday!! That means the weekend is near...woo hoo!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Another Black n White

On a roll here with Black n White....why not another one?

This one also processed using Nik's Silver Efex Pro 2...

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Gili Air in Black n White

I don't do a lot of black n white, but from time to time, I like it. I have been using the new Nik Silver Efex Pro 2, and it is awesome...such a variety of presets available, and you can then adjust the presets to something you like...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

A Swarm of Fish

I have been watching a series on the BBC about "Swarms"...they have some amazing footage of swarms of fish, birds and insects and talk about the behavior of the swarms as a whole....really interesting stuff. I couldn't help think about that series when I saw this school (swarm) of fish around this reef head. They all acted as "one"....really amazing stuff...

Is this photo too "tall" for your monitor? It fits nicely on my iMac, but don't want you to have to scroll up or down to view it...let me know in the comments if it is too large, and next time, I will re-size photos like this...

Monday, December 05, 2011

Glass Bottom Boat

I had accidentally left my camera set at ISO 2500 for this shot, but amazingly enough, it didn't come out too grainy...but don't ya hate it when you forget to change the ISO back to "normal" settings?

Friday, December 02, 2011

Mike's Point

Happy Friday!! Don't you just love Friday's??

This is a shot from one of my favorite dive sites in Raja Ampat...Mike's Point, named after my friend, Max's son. The currents can be fierce at this spot, but currents bring with them big fish and lots of them. On this particular day, the currents were fairly mild, and I was able to sit next to this big rock that had fallen from the island above, and watch the schools of fish stream by...I could have sat there for hours...

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Red and Black

Sometimes I get bored underwater...after over 4000 dives, it gets to a point when you have seen most of the stuff there is to see, I give myself little challenges...try to get photos of only certain colors, or a combination of colors, or look for new and interesting patterns...etc, etc,, this is one photo I took for one of my personal challenges...I was looking for the colors red and black, and trying to make the most interesting composition I could find with those colors...I should start a contest with something like this...would be a cool challenge for a bunch of divers to do all at the same time...