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Posted By: daacon, 03-05-2008, 04:47 PM

So did you know what PADI was? As part of our preparation for Mexico the kids and I got PADI certified for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus yes I mean S.C.U.B.A. baby ! We got pool certified needing 4 open water dives to complete certification then we went on 2 others for a total of 6 dives! It was great. These pics were from some point and shoots I rented as I did not want to spend $1k for some underwater housing for the K10D plus another $500 for a decent flash!

These range from 40 - 50 feet under the water - what a rush !

The Kids
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Me
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Of course the whole point is to see some fish !
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Coral
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Whatever else is down there !
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Air Tanks only last so long
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I know it was alot of pics - but man it was fun hope you enjoyed.

Edit: Wanna know the kicker ? In Mexico our instructor for certifcation , her mom lives about 2 blocks from where we live haha small world eh ?

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Cool. I got certified a couple years back. Being using a fujifilm f30 to take pics and recently got a sealife sl960d strobe for it. PS cameras underwater are the way to go I think. SLR is big $$$ and big risks.

Check out
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My first trip out with the strobe I forgot it was off the first two dives, and then there was a learning curve.... Plus then ear problems curtailed the trip on the 3rd day. *sigh* anyhow here's a few of the best from the last trip.






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Nice shots - I hear ya on the learning curve , I only have 6 dives and twice with a camera - I hope to get out again next year (not too many tropical waters where I am) - if rentals are only $30.00 day that is the way I will go for now unless I get more serious about it. I totally agree on the PS with a housing is the only way to go. External flash would be sweet though.
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Yeah,

I have various PADI, SSI, NAUI and CMAS certificates and hunderds of logged dives and many thousands of photos and hours of film.
We have been diving all around the world.

Be aware. It can be very addicting!

- Bert

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Hi Dave, that's a nice series of what looks like a whole bunch of fun. The only diving that we ever did was barefaced from the back of a boat just to cool off. Thanks for posting these.

Take care, Heinrich
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I go to the pool at the gym sometimes. Being a fat person myself I am pretty sure the other fat people there don't want me taking photos of them in their swimsuits.

Seriously though, those are some dang cool photos. I wish I were there, even if I had to stay on the boat.
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So did you know what PADI was?
If you look at the number and nature of some of their speciality courses you could be forgiven for thinking it stands for Put Another Dollar In

Be very careful, scuba is seriously addictive and the amount of $$$ you can sink into gear and dive holidays is enough to make the worst case of LBA look like pocket change.

Your photos are pretty good for a first timer, they'll get much better once you have nailed your buoyancy and trim.

I use an Olympus point and shoot and get some satisfactory results but I rarely bother because I am a real air pig with the camera in my hands.



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Great shots Dave, you have terrific color and sharpness for your first time. When I went to puerto rico last year I bought one of those underwater disposable cameras and my shots came out horrible. What really upset me was the shots of the beautiful white sand bottom that totally confused the camera and the shots came out terrible.

For example...

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Quite an achievement Dave and real cool pictures.

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Very impressive, Dave - from one who's used to shooting above the surface!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike L Quote
I use an Olympus point and shoot and get some satisfactory results but I rarely bother because I am a real air pig with the camera in my hands.

This is what that Mandrake action for photoshop I posted will do for you. (hope you don't mind the rehost I'll get rid of it if its a problem)

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This is what that Mandrake action for photoshop I posted will do for you. (hope you don't mind the rehost I'll get rid of it if its a problem)
No drama. I've downloaded the destructions so I'll give it a try.

Sorry Dave for the highjacking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bymy141 Quote
Yeah,

I have various PADI, SSI, NAUI and CMAS certificates and hunderds of logged dives and many thousands of photos and hours of film.
We have been diving all around the world.

Be aware. It can be very addicting!

- Bert
Thanks Bert I am jelous and I can belive it can be additive !

QuoteOriginally posted by Heinrich Lohmann Quote
Hi Dave, that's a nice series of what looks like a whole bunch of fun. The only diving that we ever did was barefaced from the back of a boat just to cool off. Thanks for posting these.

Take care, Heinrich
Thanks Heninrich it was a blast

QuoteOriginally posted by davemdsn Quote
I go to the pool at the gym sometimes. Being a fat person myself I am pretty sure the other fat people there don't want me taking photos of them in their swimsuits.

Seriously though, those are some dang cool photos. I wish I were there, even if I had to stay on the boat.
Thanks Dave at 6'2" 250lbs I can related on the wet suit showing all The joy of being in the water we are all weightless eh


QuoteOriginally posted by Mike L Quote
If you look at the number and nature of some of their speciality courses you could be forgiven for thinking it stands for Put Another Dollar In
Be very careful, scuba is seriously addictive and the amount of $$$ you can sink into gear and dive holidays is enough to make the worst case of LBA look like pocket change.
Your photos are pretty good for a first timer, they'll get much better once you have nailed your buoyancy and trim.
I use an Olympus point and shoot and get some satisfactory results but I rarely bother because I am a real air pig with the camera in my hands.
Thanks Mike Compared to what the initial certifcation cost the other two dives were cheap! But yep I can see where costs can mount up. I thought it was just me ! I am an air pig as well with the camera I get so caught up in seeing all that wonderfull underwater scenes. 5th dive I was down to about 500lbs when eveyone else had about 1000lbs, and yep my buoyancy needs some work for sure. being the first one out of air cost me a round of cervaza's! Awsome pic btw ...

QuoteOriginally posted by Tuner571 Quote
Great shots Dave, you have terrific color and sharpness for your first time. When I went to puerto rico last year I bought one of those underwater disposable cameras and my shots came out horrible. What really upset me was the shots of the beautiful white sand bottom that totally confused the camera and the shots came out terrible.
Thanks Tuner571 - one of the girls we dove with had a disposal underwater and much the same results. I rented a decent Canon and then a Sony (7mp ) the water was so clear that helped a lot. I wasted a lot of shots as well. Still at $30.00 per dive and we split the cost (so $15.00) for a pretty decent camera with underwater casing was a sweet deal gald I went for it.

QuoteOriginally posted by channeler Quote
Quite an achievement Dave and real cool pictures.
Paul
Thanks Paul it was even cooler being there

QuoteOriginally posted by Sailor Quote
Very impressive, Dave - from one who's used to shooting above the surface!
Jer

Thanks Jer I am not sure what I prefer - albiet the equipmnet above water is a whole lot better !

QuoteOriginally posted by Geekybiker Quote
This is what that Mandrake action for photoshop I posted will do for you. (hope you don't mind the rehost I'll get rid of it if its a problem)

Not a poblem for me at all that is a great picture and your PP makes it pop more. Thanks Iw ill give that process a go on some of mine.

QuoteOriginally posted by Mike L Quote
No drama. I've downloaded the destructions so I'll give it a try.

Sorry Dave for the highjacking.
No worries the more pictures the better I love all the shots !

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