Diving in Indonesia | Day 1

September 21, 2014  •  1 Comment

Here are my first five snapshots from my dive safari around Komodo, Indonesia.

Actually it was the first time for me with a DSLR camera underwater. Prior to this dive safari I simply used a compact camera for diving without external strobes, so it was quite a challenge with this big housing. However I think I've done a pretty good job as you will see on the pictures below, which are from my very first dives.

EXIFSony SLT-A99V | 105mm | ISO 100 | 1/160s | f / 7.1 | Strobes from left and right

Sorry, but I have no clue what kind of fish this is, well he was really small but that's all I can tell you. So let's go to the shooting conditions. You've probably noticed, that this photo is slightly cropped for a better composing. Because I was using the centred focus point instead of the flexible. Beside it was also somehow a cut out between me, the camera and that tiny little blue fish.

To get such a small moving object on the sensor with a 105mm macro lens is super difficult, even more underwater where you have a magnification factor of 1.3 so you're already near to a 140mm zoom. This means if you lose the target you have to search it again which sometimes can be incredible hard, seeing that the camera is in a super oversized underwater housing.

However, in the end I was lucky and got my shot.

And here are some more photos form the second and third dive.

Harlequin Swimming CrabEXIFSony SLT-A99V |105mm | ISO 100 | 1/160s | f / 9,0 | two strobes EXIFSony SLT-A99V | 105mm | ISO 100 | 1/160s | f / 9,0 | two strobes

The photos above and below are from the dive site Tanjung Wai Womang in the Leba Leba Bay near Lembata Island where we've done three macro dives. Macro dive, because there's not really a coral garden but a lot of strange small creatures walking and swimming around.

Harlequin Swimming CrabHarlequin Swimming CrabEXIF: Sony SLT-A99V | 105mm | ISO 100 | 1/160s | f / 9,0 | two strobes ShrimpShrimpEXIF: Sony SLT-A99V | 105mm | ISO 100 | 1/160s | f / 13,0 | two strobes

I was very delighted in the end of my first diving day when I went through my photographs which turned out much better as I expected. Before the first dive I had mixed feelings about my underwater photography skills and was a bit worried if I could manage all the diving and camera equipment at the same time. Moreover I never used strobes in manual mode before, except studio-lights, so I figured that it would take me the whole trip to learn how to use them. But it turned out to be super easy, it is almost the same as on the surface so it wasn't a big deal.

Finally a photo of myself, handling the camera on the first day...

In the next two weeks I will post a few new photos from my second day of diving in Indonesia.

If you by any change know the creatures on the pictures, please let me know...

Thank you!


Comments

1.Paul Schmieder(non-registered)
Nicely done, Yves. Your photos convey a special ambiance thanks to your fine use of light and composition.
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