I be back…

There has been radio silence on this blog as I have been away, diving in Indonesia, specifically all around Komodo National Park, with a few days on the front end diving in the Tulamben area on the northeast coast of the island of Bali.

Let me say right up front – it did not suck. In fact, it was all pretty much marvellous.

I took a lot of pictures, which I have yet to process. There seem to be two kinds of (diving) photographers – those who shoot, and at the earliest opportunity, download their images on to their laptop and then spend precious hours of their vacation working and tweaking their stuff. And then there is my kind – I prefer to dump the images as needed (ie when the card gets full), allocating them to folders that are simply labeled “Day 1/2” etc, etc. I will scoot through the files after download to make sure there are no major technical fubars with the images/camera, and at that time delete the total duds. And then I go soak in the views, chat with the buds, and have a beer. Or three ;^) It is not until I get home that I set to work on the images – culling out the keepers, tweaking them as necessary (and I try to do minimal adjustments – as I have written before, my goal is always to get it right, out of the box). It helps to prolong the afterglow of a great trip to revisit the images once home.

Anyhoo, in the weeks to come, as I recover from the dense fog of jetlag from which I currently suffer, I will be sharing some of the images from this wonderful adventure here on the blog. In the meantime, I invite you to view a short (10 minute), beautifully shot and produced video of our trip. It really tells the story of where we were, and some of the beautiful scenery and critters (both above and below the surface) that we we saw.

This video was shot by our outstanding Cruise Director, Michael Ishak, aboard the Komodo Dancer. Michael is Indonesian by birth, and is totally passionate about the ocean and its inhabitants. In the coming weeks I will be blogging a lot about our trip, including Michael’s crusade against the ongoing practice of dynamite fishing in Indonesia -specifically illegal bombing that is occurring in Komodo National Park. Let me just say now that we were, er, front row witnesses to this dangerous and environmentally devastating practice.

Michael has very kindly given me permission to share his wonderful video from our trip. Let it be a teaser for all that is to come…

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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2 Responses to I be back…

  1. Johnoly says:

    Completely agree about different photog-post-processing personality types. Same goes for story telling. On a liveaboard many divers read. I like to write instead. Since I’m the typical redneck diver who can’t recall what they had for dinner 2 nights ago (if U2>Redneck, lol) then I take about 15 minute chunks while others are reading/napping and write down what was wild on that day. But I can process 300 pictures in 45 seconds by hitting the “I feel Lucky” button. I’ve never adjusted light levels, removed backscatter, and can count on one hand the number of crops I’ve done.

    In the end, the test of a great trip is the level of excitement you infect in others. It’s where you just are bursting to tell others through words or pictures of what they are missing and you are repeating the same trip no matter what.

    Love your blog Judy !!

    • Judy G says:

      Hi John, and thanks very much for the kind words, and for reading the blog.

      I haven’t been very diligent about blogging over the last week. Bad me :^) I logged in today with the intention to start sharing some of the recent Indo trip pix, and found myself wading through 388 (!!!) annoying spam ‘comments’. You can’t just toggle them all (I have to click each and every one to mark it as spam, and then get rid of them in batches of 20 – Grrrrr!) I have just activated some spam blocking software, so hopefully that will help filter out the fluff. It was lovely to find your message amidst the detritus…

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