Sunrise over the caribbean

Sunrise over the Caribbean

We are enjoying our winter break down in Mexico at El Dorado Maroma.  The weather has been a little cooler than normal… cool enough that I’m wearing jeans in the morning.  And there’s been a little rain.  But I checked the weather back home and it said 27 degrees (that would be farenheit!) so we’re happy to be down here even with the less than perfect weather.


This little raccoon knows the best place to go for a meal!

The resort is beautiful, the beaches are fine white sand, the restaurants are wonderful, and even the varmints are well behaved.  Eating dinner one night we were visited by a little raccoon who alternately begged for food at the side of the table and lay down beside us like a small dog, watching us and hoping for table scraps.


This fella was a regular and had been named Jose de Taco by the staff.


We of course know better than to feed wildlife which is why I will never confess on a public forum to throwing him little pieces of bread or even a little steak.  Yes – never will confess!


And of course I’ve gone diving.  I’ve gotten to try out my new camera for the first time.  Here’s some video…

And a couple of pictures….


OMG! The quality of these pictures are so much better than my old camera


Untouched picture of queen triggerfish

I use Adobe Lightroom to make some minor adjustments.  Generally this involves adjusting the white balance and the exposure, contrast, whites, and blacks in the photo.  You can see the original picture of the queen triggerfish to the right and my adjusted picture up above.  Lightroom makes it super simple to do these adjustments.  Generally I just do a few clicks and the picture is done.  Of course I am colorblind so maybe I’m doing more harm than good 🙂  You can also see in the adjusted picture above that the sand it a little off.  If I really wanted to do a complete job – I would separate the sand from the fish in the picture and adjust them each separately.  But then I would really never get any of these blog postings done.


Goby on brain coral


Detail of goby

One of the other things I’m very happy with is the resolution.  Above is a picture I took of a little goby.  Now I’m able to zoom in to see much more detail then I could before.

Btw – did you know if you click on the pictures in my blog you can see a bigger image?


Juvenile filefish

Here’s another great example of the resolution.  This juvenile filefish has detail around it’s eyes that I was never aware of.  When I zoomed in on this picture, I was surprised to see all those little blue lines around it’s eyes.


Parrotfish at a cleaning station. I watched as the parrotfish floated there patiently with his mouth wide open and little yellow fish darted in and out picking away at and cleaning his teeth


We saw an eagle ray… very cool!!! Unfortunately it was out there a little ways so despite my best efforts, the picture isn’t very good.

Here’s a link to some more photos


2 Comments to “Maroma”

  1. By Tim, January 26, 2013 @ 12:37 am

    First, yes, clicking on the picture does take you to a higher resolution version.
    And wow! These are incredible. The video is fantastically smooth and sharp and the Queen Triggerfish post production is phenomenal. No worries about the color, you are pretty much spot on considering this is several feet underwater.

  2. By Bruce, January 26, 2013 @ 1:09 am

    Lightroom makes it so easy to do the color correction – I just click on a neutral part of the picture and the software does all the work.

    I wish I had the same tools for video. Unfortunately with video I have to manually make the color adjustments. So far the results have been… well to me they’ve been fine… Sandy just shakes her head and sighs a lot.

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