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  • Last Flight Out Photography!

    I get this question a lot..."Scotty, why Last Flight Out Photography?".

    Well, let's say you are on a trip to some exotic location like....uh....Iceland, for example. There are three flights heading home on the last day of your trip...one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and the last flight leaving just after dinner. Which one do you choose? If it were me, I would choose the Last Flight Out because I want to spend every last minute I can getting just ONE more shot....know what I mean?

    This blog/website highlights my favorite photographs from trips I make around the world. There's nothing I love more than sharing my passion for photography.

    I am a High School Photography Teacher at the Jakarta Intercultural School in Jakarta, Indonesia. If you are ever in this part of the world, give me a call, and we can go out shooting together. Thanks for visiting my site, and please come back again and again...

Sorry about the recent closure of this site

I am not sure why bludomain can NOT remind me to update my domain name every year, and not sure why I can pay for multiple years. Yes, it is my responsibility to remind myself to pay for my domain name each year (15 bucks), but that date is January 11th, and I am just getting back from vacation, and it’s the start of the new year, and is just not in my mind…

Every year for the past three years, one of my faithful readers (usually Kes Klare…thanks, Kes) sends me an email telling me my site is down.

I then contact bludomain, and go through the three day process of getting my site back up on-line. Arggggh.

Underwater Photography Contest

I one of the judges for the 2015 Raja Ampat Kapolda Cup. All photos were wide-angle. The field was narrowed down to around 150 photos, and we judges had to narrow down those to 20. I am now in the process of narrowing those 20 down to the top 6. I’m telling you…it is NOT easy. So many of these photos could be the grand prize winner! Some extraordinary photos!! Once the contest is over, I will post a few of the photos, and you will understand what I mean.

This process certainly earns the respect of judges from around the world that have to do this all the time, and others have thousands of images to go through. Not sure how they do it. A very tough job.

New Features on this site

I just upgraded to ProPhoto 5. There are some nice new features. Most are in the background that you can’t see, but one feature is infinite scrolling. You no longer have to click on “previous posts”. You can now just keep scrolling forever.

I have also added some “temporary” buttons at the bottom of each post for pinterest, facebook, and twitter. But the icons are really ugly and don’t really match my site. I am in search of some new buttons, and will install those when I find some that I like…you can use the ugly ones in the meantime if you want to pin a photo or share on facebook or twitter.

The main reason I upgraded to version 5, however, is the ability to sell my prints directly on this website. I have not installed this feature yet, but will soon. Once installed, you can go to a gallery (that I have to set up), and purchase a print. I am excited for this new feature. This will make things much easier than it is now to purchase a print.

And now for a new photo

I was going through my Iceland photos, and found this one. I don’t think I have published this one before. It was one of the two days we actually had some sunshine while in Iceland. Amazing how the colors come out when the sun is shining….

IcelandGrass

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My New Best Dive Buddy

Pretty cool when your best dive buddy is your daughter. Kayla and I spent 5 days of Father-Daughter bonding in Bali. We dove twice a day, and in between dives explored the back roads of Bali together. What a great trip.

Tulamben has Changed ALOT

I first went to Tulamben in 1994. My Ex-Mother and Father-in-Law actually spent a couple of months there diving every day. At that time, there were only two resorts in the area, and very few divers ever ventured that far North from the party areas of Kuta. I recall Balinese women carrying two sets of equipment on their heads down the rocky beach to the Liberty Wreck where MAYBE there would be a couple of other divers on a crowded day. Just in front of the Paradise Resort, there was some of the best macro diving on the planet, and not a soul around to bother you.

Welcome to 2016. I don’t know how many resorts there are now, but there many of them up and down the beach. We stayed at a place called, Liberty Dive Resort. I chose it for the location. It is located about 100 meters up the road from the beach, and directly off of the wreck. Tulamben is no longer a secret, and there are literally hundreds of divers and snorklers visiting Tulamben daily. There was never a time on the wreck with less than 20 or so divers. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Gone are the women carrying tanks on their heads…replaced with motorcycles with big boxes hanging off the back loaded down with scuba tanks. I also did not see the large school of Jacks that I could always count on being on the wreck. I guess they took off  to a quieter place with the crowds of divers bothering them every day.

The diving was still good. Just different. I guess I am getting old and missing the old days.

KaylaDiving

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Pacu Jawi…Never Gets Old

It does get tougher and tougher to get new shots. I focused this time on the crashes or the “near crashes”. The location this time was back to the same location I was at the first time I saw Pacu Jawi…brought back nice memories. At this location, there is only one place to stand. Right in the middle of the rice paddy. It is deep mud, and I got very dirty….just like the first time I was there. There were a few close calls with the bulls coming very close to running me over…but I managed to get my body and camera out of the way just in time. It’s what you gotta do to get the shot! Ha!! I couldn’t decide which photo to post, so here are 8 of my favorites from the day…

Pacu7_1Pacu7_2pacu7_3pacu7_4Pacu7_5Pacu7_6Pacu7_7Pacu7_8

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Is being busy an excuse? I think not, but I am going to use it.

I am off to Sumatra on Saturday for another round of Pacu Jawi. This time, a team is coming with me to film the experience from two drones. Really looking forward to getting some good shots…just hope the rain holds out for just a day.

BatFishBWB

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