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3D divers underwater pictures @ Conrad Maldives, nov 2014

found and uploaded the last set of the divers pictures

taken in 3d, at Conrad Maldives, nov 2014

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 3D PICTURES.

HOW TO VIEW 3D?

  1.  you have to have 3d tv already set up: you are currently able to view 3d blue ray already
  2. download ALL the MPO files from the link above.
  3. put the files in a usb stick, (no bigger than 64g, as sony or some other devices may not recognize the bigger usb drive)
  4. put the MPO files in a folder example: maldives 2014

FOR Playstation 3 or 4:

  1. Plug the usb drive into playstation PS3
  2. power on the PS3
  3. use the joystick to browse to PHOTO category
  4. move the joystick to highlight your USB drive
  5. press the “triangle” button on ps3 when at the usb drive
  6. it will highlight the “display all”
  7. press “x” on ps3 control to select “display all”
  8. select your folder where you put the MPO files with “x”
  9. select the pictures MPO (PS3 will display a small sign 3d next to the pictures)
  10. once the picture display, press ” square” on the control to switch to 3d mode on the playstation

you can also download (COPY) all the folder into your playstation hard drive directly, then view and switch to 3d mode with the “square button”

FOR 3d tv or 3d blue ray:

  • you have to read your manual if it support reading mpo files directly from the usb drive.
  • most 3d tv and 3d blue ray player will support 3d MPO files, you just plug your usb drive into the 3dtv and follow your TV method to browse to the folder where you had the MPO 3d files.

3D picture tennis of Australian open 2015 Men’s FINAL: Novak Djokovic vs Andy Murray

3D acrobatics on the court: you can see their advanced anticipation, reflex, and body movements in 3d.

It is funny how you can, most of the time, predict how a point will end by just looking at their body movements in 3D.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 3D PICTURES.

HOW TO VIEW 3D?
1. you have to have 3d tv already set up: you are currently able to view 3d blue ray already
2.download ALL the MPO files from the link above.
3.put the files in a usb stick, (no bigger than 64g, as sony or some other devices may not recognize the bigger usb drive)
4.put the MPO files in a folder example: maldives 2014

FOR Playstation 3 or 4:
1.Plug the usb drive into playstation PS3
2.power on the PS3
3.use the joystick to browse to PHOTO category
4.move the joystick to highlight your USB drive
5.press the “triangle” button on ps3 when at the usb drive
6.it will highlight the “display all”
7.press “x” on ps3 control to select “display all”
8.select your folder where you put the MPO files with “x”
9.select the pictures MPO (PS3 will display a small sign 3d next to the pictures)
10.once the picture display, press ” square” on the control to switch to 3d mode on the playstation

you can also download (COPY) all the folder into your playstation hard drive directly, then view and switch to 3d mode with the “square button”

FOR 3d tv or 3d blue ray:
•you have to read your manual if it support reading mpo files directly from the usb drive.
•most 3d tv and 3d blue ray player will support 3d MPO files, you just plug your usb drive into the 3dtv and follow your TV method to browse to the folder where you had the MPO 3d files.

3d pictures of australian open tennis SEMIS 2015: serena williams, madison keys, ekaterina makarova – maria shaparova, novak, berdych, murray, wawrinka

the semis womens of AO tennis open 2015, in glorious 3d pictures action shots: it really show their talents and how they are “floating in the air”

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 3D PICTURES.

HOW TO VIEW 3D?
1. you have to have 3d tv already set up: you are currently able to view 3d blue ray already
2.download ALL the MPO files from the link above.
3.put the files in a usb stick, (no bigger than 64g, as sony or some other devices may not recognize the bigger usb drive)
4.put the MPO files in a folder example: maldives 2014

FOR Playstation 3 or 4:
1.Plug the usb drive into playstation PS3
2.power on the PS3
3.use the joystick to browse to PHOTO category
4.move the joystick to highlight your USB drive
5.press the “triangle” button on ps3 when at the usb drive
6.it will highlight the “display all”
7.press “x” on ps3 control to select “display all”
8.select your folder where you put the MPO files with “x”
9.select the pictures MPO (PS3 will display a small sign 3d next to the pictures)
10.once the picture display, press ” square” on the control to switch to 3d mode on the playstation

you can also download (COPY) all the folder into your playstation hard drive directly, then view and switch to 3d mode with the “square button”

FOR 3d tv or 3d blue ray:
•you have to read your manual if it support reading mpo files directly from the usb drive.
•most 3d tv and 3d blue ray player will support 3d MPO files, you just plug your usb drive into the 3dtv and follow your TV method to browse to the folder where you had the MPO 3d files.

3d underwater photo diving @ conrad maldives, nov 2014

here are some of your 3d photos underwater for divers that went end nov 2014 at conrad maldives

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 3D PHOTOS UNDERWATER MALDIVES NOV 2014

i always like to take 3d pictures of divers, (as i have so many 3d pictures of fish already), so next time you see me or recognize me, please feel free to pose! (send me PM or email to meet up on the next dive destination). It is always so cool to see yourself in 3d underwater!

how to view 3d? you need to download all the MPO files, put the mpo files in usb stick

then upload to playstation 3 or 4, OR plug the usb stick directly into a 3d blue ray player, OR directly into a 3d tv. It should detect the format MPO file and play 3d accordingly.

for PS3, and other sony blue ray (sony is weird that way, only files put in specific folders name, in order can be read by sony devices) you need to download the free ps3 app from sony: playmemories studio.

Then put the MPO files in the usb stick in this order: (create DCIM folder, Create 123_RAJA subfolder)

If you have a passive 4k 3d tv, and is able to view all the glorious pixel in that tv, let me know if you enjoyed the 3d underwater photos on a 4k tv! The underwater world IS made for 3d pictures.

I have a lot more better 3d underwater pictures, better lightning, better composition and subjects. However, they are private until i can find a way to create a blue ray and sell the disc to raise 100% of the money for a charity devoted to ocean reef conservation. If you are willing to help, let me know.

DIVING @ new caledonia: amedee diving club

Fist day: we booked with dive trip with amedee diving: cost around 14k francs pp, expensive.

amedee is located 20 minutes away from the center of the city noumea. New caledonia is neat in a way that you can go to nice dive sites in less than 20 minutes away from downtown!

amedee is located on an island where they have the amedee light house. Supposedly, because of its location, it have been said “it is always sunny at amedee island”

the boat going there is on a zodiac: very bouncy. your behind REALLY hurts after the trip.

when we went, we were “only” 14 people on the boat. apparently the owner sometimes carries as much as 40-50 people on it small zodiac on weekends ! it is legit ? it is safe? We did not see any life vest on boards…

i am not sure how many divemasters they really have on board, but i am sure our guide was not qualified to sign our dive logs…

no nitrox available. they do introductory dives in the open ocea, (FIRST dive ever with scuba breathing right on the small zodiac)

  • it is quite convenient for a whole day dive, 2 dives trip and combine it with sight seeing trip to amedee island.
  • nice and convenient to have your surface interval on the island, for 2-3 hours! lots of time eating, and relaxing
  • they are the ONLY dive operation on the amedee island, monopoly
  • they have lot of hammocks, very comfortable to take a nap between dives
  • the food provided was good
  • equipments are in working order
  • staff were friendly,
  • mostly french speaking clients
  • you have to carry all your own equipments  to and from the boat (not used to this after diving in fancy places like maldives, wakatobi, fiji etc )
  • lots of beginners divers here.
  • 2nd dive: guide was slightly careless to dive and guide the whole group, including beginners, until air have only 20 bar left, trying to swim underwater to the boat, no safety stop done as he said we were “only” at 10 meters for the last 20 minutes

second day: we went with a japanse owned operation. Completely different atmosphere and operations

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SYD lounge quantas, air calin business class SYD-NOU

trip planner: new caledonia

remember that if you fly business class international with quantas at SYD airport, you can check in at a dedicated private area at the end of the terminal.

It is a little like first class terminal at frankfurt : private check in, private security, and the lounge entrance is directly connected right after the security !! that is cool for just business class service

The food at air calin biz class is average, surprisingly for a french airline.

the seat of the flight air calin SYD-NOU is non lie flat, recliner comfortable for a short 3 hour flight

quantas and their partner, air calin does accept reward points booking with AVIOS. and since the distance is short, avios rewards is worth it. It cost 20000 avios plus $235 tax and fees for business class ticket one way per person. Compared to min $1000 usd pp one way.

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syd quantas lounge food
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air calin business class seat
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menu air calin biz class
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food air cain biz class
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NIKON 1 fast and completely silent continuous shots & 400fps video samples, australian open

the nikon 1 series are great for taking fast continuous and completely SILENT pictures of action scene: other cameras, including my A7 is too LOUD to take 15FPS. Even my canon 7d dslr is still too loud, too slow for those action scenes.

The shutter sound on my a7 is So LOUD that i cannot take pictures during play, especially when we are sitting so close to the court. I got stares from everyone first time i tried it. Sony A7 is supposed to me mirroless like nikon 1, but the shutter sounds is even louder than a DSLR

Taken with nikon 1 J3: 30-100mm, not photoshopped , full format: click on picture to see full resolution

 

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ANOTHER advantage of nikon 1: it can take slow mo video in 400fps: sample video: click to view

slow mo video 400fps sample nikon 1

 nadal serve slow mo video

 

TOKYO: westin tokyo, 3 michelin stars japanese restaurant KANDA, 3 star french restaurant joel robuchon

a special surprise: we got upgraded to a suite costing 3-6 times more than what we paid (from what we heard, normally this hotel does not upgrade guest that often, even if you are spg platinum)

 

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kanda restaurant 3 star Michelin:

we booked a 3 star Michelin japanese restaurant through the hotel concierge (if you are a foreigner, all famous restaurants in Tokyo only let you book through hotel concierge ):

KANDA restaurant:

as with most Japanese restaurants, it is hard to find. the taxi from westin to kanda cost only 10 usd. the taxi driver will even open the door for you, cover you with his umbrella and walks you to the door ! now that is service!

located at the ground level, the front of the restaurant is a discrete wooden door, you have to slide it to the left. no English signs so you need to know it is there.

there is no menu, dishes come out depending on what you choose when you booked. there is a 100% cancellation fee , so if you book, you better show up. 3 prices : 150k yen, 200k yen, or 250k yen pp.

we came early at 17:30, so we are the only ones at the counter, it felt like our own private restaurant. The counter only sit 8-9 chairs. they do have another private room. The décor is minimal, but the food and service is what set this restaurant to true 3 stars. the chef speaks French as well.

let me tell you that every dish was perfectly  prepared. the sushi and sashimi freshly prepared in front of you. the shabu shabu has the best clam ever. the crispy fish scales, kobe wagyu beef perfectly prepared with a crispy skin etc… so many good dishes, and since we are not supposed to take pictures, I do not remember all the dishes .

the food was definitely excellent, better than some 3 stars restaurant in paris (p.s: the old le meurice). For the price and what you get as quantity and quality of the food, it is definitely excellent value.

3 star Michelin French restaurant joel robuchon tokyo:

it is a “chateau” restaurant, 2 level, looks like a French castle right in the middle of tokyo. located just across the street from the westin hotel: prices were reasonable, 40k to 90k yen pp (we paid 60k, 60usd pp plus service charges)

FOOD: although good well prepared, not as good as the original 2 star st – germain joel robuchon in paris., But the price is definitely cheaper than paris

the westin is visible on the left building behind le chateau

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JOEL ROBUCHON food, taken with cell phone:

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are you in Tokyo or in paris? so many French names and French bakeries:

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GINZA:

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when in Tokyo, you have to go to their department stores: their restaurants are cheap and good. Go to the basements: that is where all the famous snacks, cookies, and tea from across japan are sold.

and of course, when you are in Tokyo, you need to buy Japanese green tea, and their cookies: they are the best, nicely done without being too sweet:

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PHO Tokyo style:

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favorite “sushi” of my travel partner : korean style bibimbap rolled into sushi for 8 usd. good lunch meal.

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flight to sorong, JE meridien hotel, MISOOL boat & resort. Diving @ raja ampat, indonesia

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arrival at sorong

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JE meridien hotel outside: really nothing special to write about… better forget the memories of the rooms, if you know what I mean… internet wifi will not work, so use the hot spot on your cell phone function. It is NOT part of spg hotels. It is not le meridien…

 

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boat to misool: seemed older than the ones promoted in their websites… still comfy

 

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Misool resort:

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lots of storage space

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outdoor shower: do not use anti bacterial products

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fan is needed ! air con works only after hours, and normally, who need air con during the day anyway? open the doors to an overwater bungalow view!

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pictures taken with sony tx 30

misool resort:

  • food: surprisingly very good and varied, they took care to cover the buffet food with lids and anti mosquitos food cover… unlike most diving resorts. an A+. spicy as we like it…
  • rooms: surprisingly well designed. some other guests complained ac is not strong enough, but for us it was fine
  • loved the big terrace, covered, with proper sun cover, while letting the breeze flow through
  • the wood that they used can cost a lot of money if imported in NA, very high quality wood (some same as Rolls Royce wood panelling)
  • Wifi: works very well in dive shop, ONLY if you get a proper working user name! because they use a router traffic management system, some user can do facetime (!) while some other cannot even get a single  web page. Facetime for satellite internet connection? that is impressive, if you can get the access
  • no cell phone coverage, bring sat phone.
  • it is nice to be able to walk to your room during surface intervals, between dives.
  • at misool: it is also nice that you get something to eat almost before and right away after each dives. because we ate more frequently, reducing our portions, and hence felt better and lost lot of weights after this trip.  six packs ? started to show after this trip. ( a big selling points to your other half: lose weights on vacation)
  • previously at some other Indonesia resort, we went a little hungry as we had to wait for the meals time, even if the food was plenty. we ended up gaining weights as we ate more, less frequently
  • diving: possibility of doing up to 4 dives per day. 1st day is just intro dive at house reef. All the dives sites are close by, usually only 5-15 minutes away. Only magic mountain dive site is 30 minutes further away.
  • nitrox did not work when we were there. Usually the dives are shallow, less than 20 meters. So with a big 15 l tank, it is plently for the whole one hour without nitrox.
  • visibility was great when we were there. The ocean surface was perfectly FLAT at that time.
  • There is one early breakfast, consisting of simple pastries, fruits, tea. Then another real breakfast after the first dive. For the breakfast, it is a la carte! Lunch is after the second dive, usually buffet. You order dinner , usually a la carte at lunch time.

misool pictures taken with sony a7:

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jakarta keraton hotel, luxury collection

arrival airport: was met by hotel rep, picked our luggage, guide us through customs (not border), show us to the BMW 5 series hotel car

ride to keraton hotel: even if the hotel is relatively close distance, it still took 1 hour in non traffic rush! the traffic is crazy in Jakarta. so a ride in comfortable hotel car compared to some non air conditioned taxi was worth it.

at arrival, we were greeted and shown straight to the room. it was upgraded to a huge suite : (paid the cheapest room, got a suite upgraded with spg platinum suite night upgrades SNA)

lobby:

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suite:

 

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welcome amenities:

 

 

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FREE UNLIMITED NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS : !!

 

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view from our room:

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Jakarta traffic: anything that move

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