A quite well known French diver at the time termed Indonesia’s Wakatobi an underwater Nirvana. I am not going to quibble with Jacques Cousteau. Last week I traveled with quite fantastic close friends and really serious underwater images gearheads (which I am not) to this island archipelago. My buddies endured dropped baggage and experienced to lease tools, and I, a fish out of h2o accomplishing underwater digicam perform, battled towards stronger-than-expected currents, a leaking mask, and balky SD playing cards. Fortuitously on the past couple days of taking pictures items worked on their own out and I managed to get a couple of really good pictures that will in good shape quite nicely in the substantial new wildlife e book coming out upcoming yr!
A person of the additional challenging facets of photographing underwater in this and related places are venomous fish – in this case, scorpion fish. On major of controlling the underwater camera procedure whilst striving to keep continual in a difficult present and not scaring absent my subjects, I also experienced to continue to keep myself from disturbing the sea flooring. At one point my underwater manual and myself were being balancing ourselves on a small picket dowel stuck into the sea flooring to try out to stabilize ourselves. It was not quick, but it was truly worth it – delight in the shots!
I used a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV digital camera with an EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM lens in a Nauticam underwater housing.