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Sep 22, 2013 20:25 |  #1

Went out diving this weekend to an area that is on the backside of Catalina Island called Farnsworth Banks. The diving out here is more advanced. It is open water and deep as well. This site is one of the few places in the world that has purple hydocoral. Also, there are usually torpedo rays here. Torpedo rays you need to stay your distance as their defense mechanism is that they produce electricity. They produce enough electricity when startled to stop your heart. Not a good thing when you are done over 100 feet.

Here are a couple pics of torpedo rays:

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More pictures of the beautiful dive site can be found here:
Farnsworth Banks 09/21/13 (external link)



  
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Sep 23, 2013 16:04 |  #2

Interesting critter. I used to love fishing at farnsworth up until the new regulations. Great shots. I like the sculpin pic also.




  
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Sep 23, 2013 17:39 |  #3

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Interesting critter. I used to love fishing at farnsworth up until the new regulations. Great shots. I like the sculpin pic also.

Thanks...well for us divers the new regulations are awesome. We used to have to compete with the fishing boats for the areas that we would like to dive on. There is a pinnacle at 55 feet that we usually anchor on. That is the largest pinnacle.




  
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Sep 24, 2013 11:55 |  #4

Killer Shots! Thanks for sharing


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Sep 24, 2013 12:40 as a reply to  @ EveryMilesAMemory's post |  #5

Here is another one of a torpedo ray. I blackened out the background due to the backscatter:

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Sep 24, 2013 12:46 |  #6

Almost looks like you're looking at the surface of the moon.

How far away from these rays are you? What sort of underwater set-up are you using?


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Sep 24, 2013 13:27 |  #7

EveryMilesAMemory wrote in post #16321691 (external link)
Almost looks like you're looking at the surface of the moon.

How far away from these rays are you? What sort of underwater set-up are you using?

I try not to get to close as these eels can put out a strong electrical shock if they feel threatened. I was say within 10 feet of the ray.

I am using a Canon 5dM3 with a 17-40 f4 lens in an Aquaticia housing. I also am using two D161 Ikelite strobes.

Thanks for the compliment.




  
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Sep 24, 2013 13:30 |  #8

I normally shoot with a 5DMKII and a 16-35mm Lens, in a Ikelite housing. So I have to be pretty close to the creatures I'm shooting, which is why I was asking what you were using.

Thanks for the info and you have great work on that link provided


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Sep 24, 2013 13:50 |  #9

EveryMilesAMemory wrote in post #16321784 (external link)
I normally shoot with a 5DMKII and a 16-35mm Lens, in a Ikelite housing. So I have to be pretty close to the creatures I'm shooting, which is why I was asking what you were using.

Thanks for the info and you have great work on that link provided

Thanks..I used to have an Ikelite housing for my 7D. The Aquaticia is night and day between the Ikelite. I didn't like the Ikelite buttons. Also, the port locking system on the Ikelite sucks. I bought a 3rd party device that went over the top part of the dome that screwed into the spot where a focal light would go.




  
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Sep 24, 2013 14:05 |  #10

WOW! Just sat browsing their website. Those look like some beautiful housings!! Thanks again for the info


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Sep 27, 2013 04:30 |  #11

seaninsa wrote in post #16321776 (external link)
I try not to get to close as these eels can put out a strong electrical shock if they feel threatened. I was say within 10 feet of the ray.

I am using a Canon 5dM3 with a 17-40 f4 lens in an Aquaticia housing. I also am using two D161 Ikelite strobes.

Thanks for the compliment.

Same set up as mine. Only mine is 5D M2


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Sep 27, 2013 04:33 |  #12

EveryMilesAMemory wrote in post #16321784 (external link)
I normally shoot with a 5DMKII and a 16-35mm Lens, in a Ikelite housing. So I have to be pretty close to the creatures I'm shooting, which is why I was asking what you were using.

Thanks for the info and you have great work on that link provided

I've used Ikelite housing and I had bad experience. It's leaking (not heavily) but dripping water from the top. Fortunately, my camera is OK. I switched to Aquatica, and I'm happy.


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Sep 27, 2013 10:36 |  #13

Now you guys have me all freaked out about my Ikelite :(


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Sep 28, 2013 10:49 |  #14

SOX 404 wrote in post #16328696 (external link)
I've used Ikelite housing and I had bad experience. It's leaking (not heavily) but dripping water from the top. Fortunately, my camera is OK. I switched to Aquatica, and I'm happy.

The Aquatica is night and day between the Ikelite but also 2x the cost.




  
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