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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



  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.

maldives 2013 diving videos

part of the first class around the world 2013 maldives, dubai, london, copenhagen



videos at the end of the clip.

view of conrad maldive: sunset water villas: their most expensive and biggest overwater villa with : 2 rooms, big swimming pool, outdoor and indoor showers, 270 degree rotating beds, personal butler, personal speed boat to bring you around the resort instead of a golf buggy.

diving maldives: super macro underwater pictures

more adventures with my new nauticam super macro: maldives diving, nikon j3, nauticam super macro

the nauticam super macro is quite easy to work with.

The advantage of the small nikon housing is that, because it is small, versatile: i can carry it as my second dive camera during the dive, using my 3d camera as primary (with the go pro 4k attached on top of the 3d housing) , switching to the nikon j3 for super macro and panoramic, all during the same dive, without any extra help.

The ability to use 3 cameras in the same dive, with different functions is very helpful as like most divers,  we did not have a private guide, and unlike professional divemaster / same time pro photographer, we do not have the luxury of time underwater

click on the picture to see full resolution,

corals, lion fish, eel, xmas tree worms, etc


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review: nauticam super macro lenses diving

I recently tried the nauticam super macro lenses on the outside of my nikon 1 housing while diving.

What is super macro? it is extreme magnification under water. Normal dioptre (+5 or +10)  are limited in their magnification as the water interface reduce the effective refraction magnification. The super macro lenses is built considering the water interface in mind, with multiple lenses enclosed in sealed air chamber, allowing the magnification to not be affected by the water interface.

the lenses is a “wet” lens, allowing you to flip or screw it in under water when needed, and remove it when you want normal magnification.


  • super clear images
  • very high magnification (almost like a microscope !)
  • less diffraction and distortions than other simple wet lenses dioptre
  • standard 67 mm size
  • auto focus is very easy even with super macro
  • working distance is around 5cm
  • relatively easy to work with


  • heavy (almost as heavy as my housing and camera combined)
  • bulky ( takes almost the
  • expensive
  • no protection underwater against scratches ( the front cap does not fit well)

click here to see maldives super macro pictures newly added

SAMPLES of pictures taken with super macro, nikon 1 j3 30mm: CLICK on the picture to see full resolution:

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from nauticam brochure:

Super Macro Convertor I
Nauticam is pleased to introduce a breakthrough in underwater macro photography lens design providing higher magnification than competing systems with unprecedented image quality. The Nauticam Super Macro Converter (SMC) is the first underwater macro conversion lens that is fully optimized for in water use. This unique and innovative lens will change the way that underwater macro photography is done.

There are three key advantages to this internationally patent pending new optical design:
· Higher Magnification Than Other Popular Super Macro Tools with Increased Working Distance
· Better Edge to Edge Image Quality, Higher Contrast, and Lower Color Fringing
· Compatibility with “short” macro lenses that traditionally have not worked well with super macro accessories, like Nikon AF-S 60mm /2.8G, Canon EF-S 60mm, Panasonic Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 45mm f/2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S., Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ Micro 4/3 Lens, and Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm f/2.8 Macro.

Breakthrough Lens Design
Prior to the Super Macro Converter, achieving “super macro” underwater meant using tools that were designed for in air use. These tools simply do not take into account the physics of shooting in water. The SMC takes a radically different approach: treat the system – camera, lens, port, air, and water – as a whole, and account for the air-water interfaces in a conversion lens design to achieve the best image quality possible. The improvement is stunning, measurable and a new standard in underwater macro imaging has been established.

Stunning Magnification
When combined with a full frame camera and a 100mm or 105mm macro lens, the device converts the optical system to provide a maximum of 2.3X magnification factor. In other words, a subject area of 15.6mm X 10.4mm will fill the whole frame of a 36mm X 24mm sensor.

Improved Sharpness and Contrast
As the Super Macro Converter is optimized explicitly for using together with a macro lens underwater, images captured exhibit exceptional sharpness compared with conventional magnification lenses. Thanks to the broadband multi-layer anti-reflection coating on each surface of the lenses, images also exhibit higher contrast.

Superb Light Transmission
All the lens elements installed inside the SMC are optically optimized to appropriate diameters so as to provide maximum light transmission. The SMC doesn’t suffer from vignette issues under even the most extreme conditions. The broad band multi-layer anti-reflection coating on all surfaces also greatly improves light transmission.

Optimized for Autofocus
By utilizing a specially developed algorithm in the optimization process, the SMC renders superior image quality over the full focusing range of the camera lens (which becomes ~50 to ~100 mm in front of the SMC). Also benefitting from the high brightness and contrast of the image, the autofocus system of the camera usually works acceptably well within this range.

Ample Working Distance
Even at the maximum 2.3X magnification, there is still more than 50mm of working distance between the front element and the subject with 100/105mm macro lenses. This working distance is crucial when capturing behavior with skittish subjects.

DIVING with alizee dive @ new caledonia

2nd day and 3rd day: we went with the hotel recommendation: alizee diving

  • they pick you up at the hotel
  • their boat is modern, big and very stable
  • lifevests available and maximum occupancy on boats respected strictly (we were not able to go diving with alizee one day as they said they are fully booked, unlike amedee where it is “always free and available”)
  • they are extremely clean on the boat : spotless
  • clients are all japanese, very quiet
  • guides are divemaster, professional
  • max of 6 persons per divemaster
  • prices are cheaper, as it is only for half day trips, 2 dives
  • wreck diving was great, guide was very aware of the group




alizee second deck on boat: perfect for relaxing or taking in sunshine:


lot of space:



brave new divers: first ever intro dives in middle of the ocean, hang on by a cord.  They do the intro breathing at the surface interval time, between the 2 dives






after the trip: they have 2 separate area for rinsing: one with BLEACH for wet suits, one just water for cameras : first time that i have seen this. Everybody was religiously cleaning rinsing




my cameras: nikon1 and my 3d camera photo set up in the background: