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  • Advice about Clothing, Shoes, Etc.

    #4 Posted : Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:42:15 AM

     

    Another comment about U/W cameras. First the conditions- visibility, wave action, depth, varied from day to day and place to place. Visibility ranged from less than 12' up to 100.' Taking photos of fish, etc. while snorkeling on the surface in most part is a waste of time, unless you are in VERY shallow, clear water. With most U/W cameras you must get extremely close, 1' to 5,' away for a decent shot. If you are a competent swimmer/snorkeler and dive down it is easier to photograph fish- but they likely won't look like the same fish you see in identification guides because with every foot deeper, the water filters out more and more of the reds and yellows from the visual spectrum, so you are quickly left with everything washed-out dull blue/green. I have done quite a bit of SCUBA diving and snorkeling and U'/W photography, and am a very capable swimmer, but even so it was a challenge to get good photos while snorkeling. Fish don't like to stay still and pose! On this trip I shot U/W videos only using a GoPro and an LED array underwater light (which unfortunately quit on me after just a few dives. I also wore a weight belt (20 lbs?) to counteract the buoyancy of my warm water skin suit (I did not wear the supplied wetsuits- too buoyant) to make it easier to dive down- typically to 5' - 12' to capture fish shots. The naturalists and I used camera poles sometimes to get closer to fish, but they make it hard to accurately aim the camera. I ain't as young as I used to be so my typical photo plunge was around 30 seconds before I had to head to the surface and gasp for air. By the end of each snorkeling session I was pretty winded and tired. If I get a chance I will extract some sample stills from a few of my videos and post them here. I don't know what they will do on the Silver Galapagos, but the naturalists on the Isabela II made a slide show with stills and videos taken of our surroundings and of us on land and in the water. They put it on a DVD and our TD had it duplicated in Guayaquil and gave everyone a copy.


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  • Panama Canal tour, partial review and tips

    #2 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:24:51 PM

     

    Got it. Thanks.


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  • Bus time

    #3 Posted : Wednesday, January 16, 2019 9:07:32 PM

     

    Epearlrn said:

    Contemplating this trip for 2020. My husband and I would like to know how much time is spent on the bus, especially when traveling from one country to the next. Are you ever stuck on the bus for little ne’er than two or three hours adt a stretch. Thanks in advance for the info!

    I also do not remember more than one long day but importantly, is the tour never goes more than about an hour and a half without stopping for a break and when you do, there is usually something interesting to see and do . What I do remember for sure is that it is one of our favorite of our 13 Tauck tours. John


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