I am just back from a great voyage to the Komodo National Park! It was my first trip there in 2015 but it won’t be long until my second, heading there again in two weeks time. The diving was amazing as always and I will be posting a short video of a snorkel we had with around 30 mantas at Manta Alley! Here is a teaser image of the scenic lookout on top of Gili Lawa Darat to keep you entertained until I can upload the mantas.
One of the more unique looking photos you can take are of fairly common subjects but shot in an abstract way. A simple way to do this is with a macro lens and using your “artsy” eye to see outside of the box. In this photo of a wrasse in Bali I go right up close and personal and only focused on its pectoral fin rather than shooting the entire fish. This style of photograph works extremely well with varied colored tropical fish which have interesting and unique designs. Try out shooting abstract photos the next time you are shooting macro.
One of the recent collaboration I have become involved in is creating short 3-5 minute narrated clips for an online media company called Earth Touch News which specializes in wildlife and nature programming. The segments I am contributing go to a series they call “Wild Oceans” which is a collection of shorts which comprise of single dives on a single dive site. So far I have uploaded videos about Citrus Ridge in Raja Ampat, Manta Alley in Komodo, and most recently Andiamo in Daram, Raja Ampat. The gist of the video is to have the cameraman narrate what he sees over a dive so that the viewer has an idea of what he/she is seeing throughout the world. It’s like having a back stage pass to all the world’s premiere dive sites in one handy location!
It has been ages since I have been there but finally off to Komodo again tomorrow, can’t wait. I will be there for 7-10 days and it promises to be a great trip with lots of diving, snorkeling, walks, and of course Dragons! Hoping to capture some great images as well as video and of course will upload some when I get back.
This is probably the single most frustrating clip I have ever shot when I look back at it. IE: I screwed it up big time! Not only had I scratched the port of my video camera two days prior, I also got greedy and tried to take still photos with my right hand on one camera while recording video with this video camera in my left! Wouldn’t you know it, neither the stills nor the video came out all that great which is a darn shame as it could have been amazing footage of 30 or more Manta Rays mating in a frenzy right in front of me! Mi’il Channel, Yap, Micronesia
Here is a shot from one of my favourite locations on the planet, Rangiroa in French Polynesia! This group of Pacific Double Saddled butterfly fish were always present at a dive site inside the lagoon called “Aquarium” and they had no fear of divers whatsoever (obviously due to the fact that snorkelers fed them bread and rice!) You could always count on a lot of fish when diving at this site, hence the name “Aquarium”!
Meet Seb, he is the French diveguide that I used to work with back in French Polynesia 10 years ago or so. Seb lived on the island of Rangiroa and joined the Tahiti Aggressor when I worked on that boat from 2002 to 2004. Seb was a special kind of person, he loved sharks and loved feeding them even more! No mesh glove, no special equipment, no fear! It was always a great adventure diving with Seb as you could always find a stray tuna head in his BCD, the photo opportunities for shark shots was always incredible. On this particular dive Seb was feeding sharks at the bottom and I positioned myself right beside him in order to get some great photos. This particular grey reef shark came in for a quick pass to see what was in store and I was able to take the shot as it shot between Seb and I.
Tuamotu Island Group, French Polynesia, Settings unrecorded, Nikonos V and Provia 100 film, 15mm lens, Sea and Sea YS 120 Strobes