Despite the fact that I do a lot of diving, there are a number of diving moments that stay with me and amung them my first encounter with the blue ringed octopus. We are at a fantastic dive site appropriately named Mayhem in Raja Ampat Indonesia. Fitting because every time the current picks up the dive site becomes a madhouse, the quantities as well as the different species are absolutely astonishing, even after 100 dives. The current sours around us as soon as we roll into the water from the zodiac and from the first moment I try to hang as aerodynamically as possible. Nose down and into the current while holding my ass up, a trick I copied from sharks. And even though the current tries to blow me off the reef, I manage to stay in one place and I take the time to look around me quietly.
On board we unfortunately hear and see it with some regularity. Nice people who look at their own photos after a fantastic dive and are disappointed. A fish that is only half on it or how about just a tail and all that while they thought they had the best shot during the dive. We all tend to take a quick snapshot and then continue divingjust a little too quickly. Often being led by the feeling of not wanting to be a burden to others, but the funny thing is that others often don't have the idea that you are working on a photo for too long and eventually when you have a fantastic photo everyone wants a copy as a keepsake. And if you do want to shoot something quickly, that fish doesn't agree and shoots away into a hole or dives around the corner behind a coral block.
Now I do quite a few dives as a guide and I sometimes see things that I'm not quite sure whether I really saw that or whether nitrogen was playing tricks there. And so I ask others if they've seen it too, hoping it wasn't a nitrogen hallucination. This was also the case at the beginning of my career as a guide, when I thought I saw the sand moving.
Pygmy seahorses are very very small (max 1 cm) and know to disguise themselves pretty well. They either live on seafans, soft corals or marine plants. They have the same colour and structure as the home they live in (on) and do not always sit upright. They tend to dangle around or ly flat, making … Continue reading PYGMY SEAHORSES
Don't you love nudibranches and flatworms?
I have always loved the beauty of coral gardens. But after I got a little bit into photography and played around with my Macro lens, I saw the amazing details and fell in love with them. These days, while I dive Raja Ampat with Indo Siren, I really enjoy taking pictures. Usually I am into … Continue reading CORAL & SPONGE BEAUTY
How to get a proper picture of a clown fish? Well let me tell you how I do it....
Pygmy me this 😉
Dont you love these? Especially if you are so lucky to find 2 that pose together.
The one turning his back to me, reminds me o my cat. You know one of the moments where your cat is a bit pissed with you? hahaha... Love m
Whoohooo.... My first blue ringed octopus. Isn't she a beauty? Check out my pictures.