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by jason folt
April 4th, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Re: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise

Anton - Sounds like a great trip Have fun and good luck with the threshers! David - I can help point you in the right direction of places to stay and such when the time comes. Curtis - No sphaeros still!!! I don't know what to say. They were a little tough at the beggining of the trip, but ended up ...
by jason folt
March 31st, 2014, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 12133

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Whole lot of snow and ice out there still. I was hiking through 4-6 inches of snow back in the woods today, and a couple of the ponds/vernals still had a thick layer of ice (supported my 200lb frame about 10 feet off shore!). The good news is some of the edges are beginning to thaw and not all the l...
by jason folt
March 30th, 2014, 10:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 26453

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

Obviously lots of hard work and dedication went into your year, and the results speak for themselves.

Please be safe in 2014. I like to see your posts each year, and would like to continue to see them. The physician in me cringes each round...
by jason folt
March 30th, 2014, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Re: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise

A couple bad links corrected on review and the photo sizes fixed. Thanks again everyone. Anton - Good luck in the philippines. My recommendation would be to get certified before leaving so you don't have to waste dives there on your 4 open water dives. That being said, your options in the winter are...
by jason folt
March 26th, 2014, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 12133

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Worth a shot. If the forecast holds I will try to be out Thurs or Fri late.

Jason
by jason folt
March 16th, 2014, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Re: Bimini - A shark lover's paradi

Thanks nick and Dave! Dave. I shoot my Nikon d7000 in a nauticam housing. I have a macro port for my 105vr and a wide angle dome port with my tokens 10-17 fisheye. The tokina is an uw lens workhouse and very highly touted. I have two sea and sea strobes off to the side on a couple float arms. The ri...
by jason folt
March 14th, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Re: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise

Thanks everyone! I was really hoping to photograph the live boas and some sea turtles. It just wasn't to be this time. I still have much room for improvement underwater. My lighting placement and control need much work to start. It's a blast though. It's much harder than herp photography in ways tha...
by jason folt
March 12th, 2014, 5:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 12133

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

I am pretty close to you in Oakland Co. Tigers are pretty easy over by Ann Arbor. I got one in Oakland last year. I would love to get a Macomb tiger and wouldn't mind trying for it harder this year. If you are looking for someone to cruise with if it ever thaws feel free to look me up. I work a fair...
by jason folt
March 12th, 2014, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Re: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise

Sorry. Looks like my verticals weren't formatted properly when I edited. I'm too lazy to fix it now.

Jason
by jason folt
March 12th, 2014, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bimini - A shark lover's paradise
Replies: 21
Views: 7659

Bimini - A shark lover's paradise

There will be herps, but don't expect too much! You might remember from about this same time last year that I entered the world of underwater photography? I haven't had much of a chance to dive and practice my new hobby since our trip last February. With winter fully upon us, Molly and I decided it ...
by jason folt
March 6th, 2014, 9:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When will Midwestern Salamanders move
Replies: 40
Views: 12133

Re: When will Midwestern Salamanders move

Never this year. Going to still be digging out of the snow for months. That being said a spotted salamander was moving over snow in Jan, so who knows these days. On a more serious note, last year also had a very cold late winter and spring started later than normal. We didn't get any real salamander...
by jason folt
January 15th, 2014, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Ohio, 2013
Replies: 29
Views: 10055

Re: Southeast Ohio, 2013

Trey - Sorry for your luck. It took me a couple seasons to find my first as well. Admittedly when I was finding a bunch of kings each year I had discovered and cultivated tin and board sites all over the place, and lived very close to their range so I could keep them up. It is much harder if you don...
by jason folt
January 14th, 2014, 11:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Salamander Eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1057

Re: Red Salamander Eggs

Super cool. Do you have shots of the area in general? How was the rock embedded?

Jason
by jason folt
January 14th, 2014, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Ohio, 2013
Replies: 29
Views: 10055

Re: Southeast Ohio, 2013

Great series. I love your backyard vernal pool! Wish we could get out in the field in Ohio this year. Maybe a turtle kayak trip? Tim - Black kings are very easy to find in certain southern Ohio counties, quite a few of them actually, and can be one of the more common snakes encountered each season. ...
by jason folt
January 13th, 2014, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad!
Replies: 29
Views: 7207

Re: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad

Just saw this post. An admirable cause. I think people are missing the point though. The criticism about a squeaky clean image is spot on, yet people get mocked. They don't need to turn into academic ivory tower types, but they need to look the part when asking for free money. They won't raise this ...
by jason folt
January 13th, 2014, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper help in OH, WV, VA and KY
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

Re: Peeper help in OH, WV, VA and KY

Nick, Should be pretty easy, at least as Ohio and Ky go from from me experience. The problem is your area is pretty big. Peepers can call much earlier in southern Oh/Ky than say northern Oh, MI or the mountains. I would say mid to late March but you might be catching the tail end in the southern reg...
by jason folt
January 13th, 2014, 11:06 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon mid-level DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 4782

Re: Canon mid-level DSLR

Seems like a pretty silly reason to change systems all together. There were plenty of other Nikon options that would have fit your other gear.
by jason folt
December 4th, 2013, 11:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Short Post... Late October and November Herpin'
Replies: 14
Views: 3134

Re: Very Short Post... Late October and November Herpin'

Cool. I figured you were in a 7 if you just learned to dive. I have logged a few dives over the years, but I am always working on keeping that buoyancy dialed in. Adding a big underwater camera rig really throws you off at first. My air consumption also sky rockets when I bring my camera. I have to ...
by jason folt
December 3rd, 2013, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Short Post... Late October and November Herpin'
Replies: 14
Views: 3134

Re: Very Short Post... Late October and November Herpin'

Ditto. That shark is badass. You in a dry suit or just 7mm? I would love to log some dives out there. That shot is real interesting with the lighting from the hand light.

Jason
by jason folt
November 15th, 2013, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tired of frogs yet? :P
Replies: 7
Views: 2176

Re: Tired of frogs yet? :P

Would you mind discussing your lighting set up? It is very interesting and I can't figure it out from the reflection in the eyes...

Jason
by jason folt
November 15th, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Masters at A&M?
Replies: 23
Views: 2939

Re: Masters at A&M?

I can't help you with your direct question. I would caution you to be careful what you post online. As someone who interviews and evaluates candidates for a similar type of training program (physician residency programs) I can say that I would not find it attractive to see you calling a colleague wa...
by jason folt
November 13th, 2013, 7:58 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Waterproof Camera Cover
Replies: 1
Views: 1692

Re: Waterproof Camera Cover

I wouldn't do it, but I understand not everyone can justify the cost of a housing. I know they say you can still access all of your controls, but I can't believe it is all that easy if you can't see your buttons.

Jason
by jason folt
November 7th, 2013, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cayman Islands
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman? Pretty cool stuff. Nice find on the boa.

Jason
by jason folt
November 7th, 2013, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Endangered iguana reserch, Honduras
Replies: 14
Views: 4762

Re: Endangered iguana reserch, Honduras

Robbie, Great series of posts from Utila! It is on a short list or Caribbean dive and herp destinations I am looking into. Did you get out into the ocean to try for whale sharks at all? Do you happen to have a species list of herps from Utila? I had a real hard time finding anything on-line, but ord...
by jason folt
November 4th, 2013, 5:46 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tell me I'm not the only one
Replies: 29
Views: 12154

Re: Tell me I'm not the only one

Thanks Tamara. I know it probably still stings but you will laugh about in the future and share your tale with other misfortunate kindred spirits!

Jason
by jason folt
November 4th, 2013, 2:20 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tell me I'm not the only one
Replies: 29
Views: 12154

Re: Tell me I'm not the only one

As Bill pointed out, misery loves company... My stories will be a little more verbose. I tend to get great enjoyment out of pictures taken in unsafe conditions. Most people probably don't realize they are unsafe for my gear, but I know. If I left my camera behind every time there was a little rain, ...
by jason folt
October 9th, 2013, 8:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Downsides to the Nikon Speedlight
Replies: 8
Views: 4293

Re: Downsides to the Nikon Speedlight

Downsides? Extra gear, extra weight, plastic mounts can break and nikon charges you and arm and a leg to repair them, take different batteries, time to set them up.

Upsides? Everything.

Jason
by jason folt
October 4th, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seattle Oct Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1993

Re: Seattle Oct Request for Information

Thanks again guys! Josh - All of them ;) My only three NW herp species so far have been the two above and the red-legged frog. I don't have any major specific targets in mind, would just be happy seeing some habitat and going for the greatest diversity. I don't know how things are out there this tim...
by jason folt
October 1st, 2013, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seattle Oct Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1993

Re: Seattle Oct Request for Information

Thanks Andy!
by jason folt
September 30th, 2013, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My EOY report (pic heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 2903

Re: My EOY report (pic heavy)

Don't give up on the season yet! Still plenty of time for some finds.

Really nice shots throughout. Do you have another pic/perspective of the first garter? It looks a little butlerish but I don't think the scale rows count out.

Take care,

Jason
by jason folt
September 30th, 2013, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seattle Oct Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1993

Seattle Oct Request for Information

Hey guys, I am heading to Seattle for the first time October 15 and 16th for a work conference. I will really only have those 2 days, but would be willing to skip the conference one of the days to try for some amphibians. Hailing from the midwest, I have a pretty big soft spot for salamanders. I hav...
by jason folt
September 22nd, 2013, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A quick trip to Southern Arizona
Replies: 19
Views: 5630

Re: A quick trip to Southern Arizona

Nice post. The flash setup is the Nikon R1 wireless speedlight system. It rocks.

Jason
by jason folt
September 9th, 2013, 4:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX...for herping
Replies: 5
Views: 3510

Re: Canon MT-24EX...for herping

I started a response to this but accidentally clicked the window closed. It was long and witty, and made fun of the crappy canon version without wireless tech. Anyway, these units rock. I use the nikon version, (which is the same but better - no wires) for all of my amphibian and small snake shots. ...
by jason folt
September 9th, 2013, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ohio- County Record
Replies: 10
Views: 2705

Re: Ohio- County Record

Pretty awesome. I am also super intrigued as to the county, or at least the general area. That is a good looking snake (the first one?) too. It looks like you got two individuals?

Jason
by jason folt
September 6th, 2013, 2:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tropical Photography Gear
Replies: 12
Views: 7395

Re: Tropical Photography Gear

What I tend to do is have a dry bag like your first images with my camera and gear that fits in my comfortable backpack. This works very well to a point. Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution. The problem with water tight bags and dry bags is once moisture gets in, they are impossible to dry o...
by jason folt
August 13th, 2013, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)
Replies: 20
Views: 3137

Re: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)

Josh, You are doing pretty well considering you just moved here. I still haven't seen a milk this year, or a green ever in Michigan. That is my white whale... You live in a real neat area. In some ways tons more of some interesting species - greens, milks, redbellies, hogs. And you are in wood turtl...
by jason folt
August 10th, 2013, 6:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)
Replies: 20
Views: 3137

Re: A Zonie in Michigan (dial-up warning)

I don't check in here as often as in the past. Can't believe I missed this. What part of northern MI are you staying at? I drive up your way to paddle for turtles extremely frequently and am always looking for a kayak partner. If you are interested I enjoy company. If you get down in the south, we c...
by jason folt
August 10th, 2013, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 9164

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

My wife used to play lacrosse and I have stolen her old stick bag in the past. It fits snake hooks, tongs, water bottles, socks, shirts etc pretty well. It doesn't offer the best protection, but most of the stuff I pack in there isn't really damagable. I am sure one wouldn't be too much to pick up. ...
by jason folt
August 3rd, 2013, 11:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new to the forum
Replies: 18
Views: 4347

Re: new to the forum

Welcome aboard. As an ex Ohioan and current se Michigander I would love to know which is from what state? Some great finds though. So do you live in Toledo?

Jason
by jason folt
June 24th, 2013, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Colorado Trip 6-29 through 7-6
Replies: 7
Views: 1626

Re: Colorado Trip 6-29 through 7-6

Much appreciated! Usually I have more control of transportation and agendas. I am pretty much just hoping to stumble upon something while at the will of RVs. Not the most practical way to herp.

Thanks again,

Jason
by jason folt
June 24th, 2013, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Colorado Trip 6-29 through 7-6
Replies: 7
Views: 1626

Colorado Trip 6-29 through 7-6

Just seeing if anyone was able to meet up in the field for a day or night over the holiday week? I will be driving around Colorado with my wife's family in a bunch of RVs "camping". It sounds interesting to say the least... I am hoping someone would be willing/able to rescue me to try and turn up so...
by jason folt
May 2nd, 2013, 7:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"
Replies: 20
Views: 9505

Re: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"

I love how herpers suddenly become physicians when snakebites are involved... The first picture does not show a fasciotomy, as WW correctly stated. There is an incision proximal to the open wound that has been closed, but even it doesn't look like a traditional fasciotomy. The open wound is after de...
by jason folt
April 12th, 2013, 2:53 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon macro advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2735

Re: Nikon macro advice

I also think that old nikon is probably just as sharp as the new version. I kinda like the VR but for flash work you don't need it.

Jason
by jason folt
April 12th, 2013, 2:40 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon macro advice
Replies: 4
Views: 2735

Re: Nikon macro advice

I wouldn't waste your money on the SU800. The SU800 provides more robust control of multiple flash units. It also allows you to easily change settings for each flash group quickly and easily without clicking through the camera menus. If you are just planning on using the 2 R1s, you will mostly be fi...
by jason folt
March 13th, 2013, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Debate
Replies: 18
Views: 3031

Re: Turtle ID Debate

Bill,

Thanks. I am aware of how to save and zoom in on a picture, that is why I was asked if he had access to a full size or hi resolution version. You can't see anything meaningful trying to enlarge a 400 x 500 jpg.

Jason
by jason folt
March 12th, 2013, 9:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Debate
Replies: 18
Views: 3031

Re: Turtle ID Debate

I just wanted to be able to zoom in a bit, for fun. I was missing a coma earlier.
by jason folt
March 12th, 2013, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Debate
Replies: 18
Views: 3031

Re: Turtle ID Debate

I also do not think it is a wood turtle.

Who are the people swearing it is a wood turtle? Do you have the full size image just for fun?

Jason
by jason folt
March 7th, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bora Bora (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!)
Replies: 14
Views: 3402

Re: Bora Bora (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!)

Thanks everyone! Barry - I have plenty of sauga pictures stashed somewhere. They are boring though... Martii - I think M. alfredi, but just recently taught myself how to ID them. Glenn - The polychaetes were pretty cool. A nice assortment of colors. I am excited to try to photograph them again using...
by jason folt
March 5th, 2013, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bora Bora (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!)
Replies: 14
Views: 3402

Re: Bora Bora I (Warning, extremely limited herp encounters!

I think they are Reef mantas, Manta alfredi . The divemasters said, "They are manta rays?" when I asked. Herps on Bora Bora were few and far between. There were geckos on most of the buildings at night, of which I tried to ignore. One day we came in the room to find this bear eating gecko. http://ww...