Photo Wench Dives Mucky Pirates Bay

Kat Ramage, shore diving, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Sea Rovers

The photo wench takes her new camera for her first shore dive at Mucky Pirates Bay

 

After being sick for most of May, I was excited to take my new camera for my first dive to Mucky Pirates Bay with Abdul from Sea Rovers. We enjoyed a very leisurely 120 minute dive checking out the residents below the pier and out to the moorings. Here is some of what we saw.

Pipefish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

Friendly pipefish

 

Nudibranch, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

You don’t always get to see under the skirt of a nudibranch

 

Lionfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

This lionfish was too big for my lens, so I got a closeup of his face

 

Scorpionfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

I thought Abdul pointed me to a clump of sand until I looked at it with the 10x diopter–a TINY scorpionfish

 

False clownfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

Who doesn’t love Nemo? There’s a nice anemone with false clownfish at 6-7 meters so it’s a great place for your safety stop

 

One day at Menjangan–Eel Garden & Dreamland

Green, black & orange nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana)

3-D Nudibranch face

 

Menjangan Island isn’t just about dramatic walls–there are lots of other small critters to see there if you look (or stay close to the observant dive guides). All of these photos were shot on the same day. The Sea Rovers crew along with guide Edy took us to Eel Garden first, followed by Dreamland. Long dives (60+ minutes) at both sites offered many photographic subjects–here are some of the best shots.

3 false clownfish in their anemone

A trio of Nemo’s

 

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) at Dreamland

Is that a baby bump on this pygmy?

 

Giant frogfish (Antennarius commersoni) on sponge at Dreamland

Giant frogfish waits patiently for dinner to swim by

 

Triple fin gobie (Helcogramma striatum)

A striped triple-fin gobie perched on an orange sponge

 

Pink anemonefish pair above purple-tipped anemone

A pair of pink anemonefish above their purple-tipped anemone

Pemuteran Bay Denizens Seen in April

Here are some shots taken during the first week in April while diving in Pemuteran Bay with the pirates at Sea Rovers

Cuttlefish at Temple Garden

This cuttlefish at Temple Garden was quite a poser

 

Gobie at Temple Garden

Love these little gobies

 

Crocodilefish on coral at Close Encounters Pemuteran

Crocodilefish Chillin at Close Encounters

 

Moray eel peeking out of his hole

Close encounter with this moray eel at Close Encounters

 

Whip coral gobie at Close Encounters

Another cute gobie at Close Encounters

 

 

The Photo Wench’s New Camera–1st try at supermacro

Bubble coral with cleaner shrimp

Here’s a small bubble coral with a cleaner shrimp

 

Cleaner shrimp on bubble coral supermacro

Same shrimp with 10x adapter

On that first macro dive the other day, I also hoped to find a few subjects that would allow me to get close enough to use the Subsea 10x adapter. This shrimp and a couple of nudibranchs were cooperative as I tried to figure out just how close I needed to get to focus the lens (note–REAL close). I used this big lens on my previous camera system, but it was really awkward and inconvenient.  I had to take it out of my wetsuit pocket, screw it onto the port, shoot (assuming the subject was still there), and then stow it away again in my pocket when I was finished. My new system has the Nauticam flip adapter so I can just swing it into place when I want to use it–MUCH easier! I will definitely be using it a lot more in the future. Here are a few more comparisons:

Nudibranch (Phylidiella pustulosa)

Phylidiella nudibranch and tunicates

Phylidiella nudibranch supermacro

Same nudibranch with 10x adapter

 

Nudibranch (Glossodoris rufomarginata)

White-margined nudibranch crawling in the sand

Nudibranch (Glossodoris rufomarginata) supermacro

Same guy with 10X subsea adapter

 

I’ve been land-locked for the past few days with an annoyingly ill-timed head cold–Arrrrggggg!!! Hopefully I’ll be back in the water soon capturing memories of Sea Rovers Pirates and visiting Brethren enjoying their dives, as well as shooting images of the amazing undersea life from Menjangan and Pemuteran Bay. Stay tuned…

The photo wench’s new camera–1st try at macro

Hairy squat lobster from Napoleon Reef

Hairy squat lobster–love the purple polka-dots

For my second day with the new camera, I switched to the 60mm macro lens and went with expert-critter-finder Wayan to the local reefs here in Pemuteran Bay. We dove at Napoleon Reef and Close Encounters, and I couldn’t stop smiling as the 180 degree viewfinder attachment let me finally see those tiny things the divemasters are always pointing at. The new camera focuses so much faster than my old one–I was truly in awe with every shot. I can’t wait to get back into the water and play some more–especially with the Subsea +10 adapter that I can easily flip into place when a subject will let me get close enough. I’ll show you the difference with and without this magnification adapter next time.

Anemone shrimp Napoleon Reef

This shrimp was posing so nicely on the anemone tips

 

Mantis shrimp peeking out from his hole

The eyes of the mantis shrimp are some of the most complex in the animal kingdom

 

Lizardfish posing on a rock

This lizardfish let me get quite close

 

Mushroom coral ghost shrimp in an anemone

Never saw this before the 180 degree viewfinder

 

 

The photo wench’s new camera–1st try at wide angle

New camera system assembled

It’s better than Christmas and my birthday put together

With my new Olympus OM-D E5 Mark II system assembled, the first objective was to try some wide angle shots. The dramatic walls of Menjangan (sites Dreamland and Pos II Belok Kiri) would be the camera’s baptism, and the trusty pirate crew at Sea Rovers eyed this new camera with much skepticism–not sure they had seen a system this large (and heavy) in awhile. But as always, they smiled and provided their trademark great service as they carried the massive load onto the boat.

Shooting wide angle is really challenging for me. My previous system didn’t have a true wide angle lens and therefore didn’t take great scenic shots. Now I had to dig into the recesses of my memory to remember wide angle basics–find a specific subject within the lushness of the reef, balance the strobe light with the sunlight, and shoot upward. Can’t say I did a great job, but I can no longer blame the camera for any less-than-stellar results.

In the next post, I’ll share the first macro and supermacro images taken with the new camera.

Lush sea fans growing on the wall at Dreamland

This was the first subject I tried to shoot.

 

Red whip coral at Dreamland

Red whip coral always makes a stunning subject.

 

Orange sponge Pos II Belok Kiri

There were orange sponges everywhere on Pos II Belok Kiri

 

Anemone in the shallows at Dreamland

I loved the beautiful red underside of this anemone and the clouds overhead

 

 

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