Fishy Friday

I got to dive in Pemuteran with instructor Wayan who was teaching an Open Water class. While the student was doing her skills and practicing good buoyancy control, I was shooting fish. Now I just need to get my hands on a good fish ID book.

Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This little goby had his mouth open in every one of the shots


White-spotted puffer, Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This white-spotted puffer swam directly towards me and turned right in front of the lens


Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Big sponges are often cleaning stations–this bannerfish is being tended to by a striped wrasse


Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

I think this is in the dragonet family, but don’t have access to any fish ID books today.


Regal angelfish, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Regal angelfish posing pretty for the camera


Goby, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

A cute goby perched on top of a coral head




Greetings from the residents of Close Encounters

We had a great dive at Close Encounters in Pemuteran–negligible current, good visibility and lots of critters to see. The expert eyes of dive guide Abdul pointed out creatures great and small. We even saw a shark wedged under a ledge–in a space too small to get my camera into (wish I had a tiny GoPro for that shot). Everyone comes to the pirates of Sea Rovers in Pemuteran to dive Menjangan, but be sure to allow enough time in your holiday to check out our great local reefs as well.

Hairy squat lobster, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Hairy squat lobsters live in the crevices of barrel sponges


Giant moray, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This moray wasn’t too shy and kept poking his head out when I was shooting the sweetlips


Juvenile sweet lips, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This photogenic sweet lips was sharing space with the moray eel. Had to keep an eye on my fingers while shooting


Porcelain anemone crab, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Anemone crabs have long hair-like projections on their arms to filter food from the water


Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

With extra magnification, you can see the eggs inside this cleaner shrimp



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



Katyiza from Peru joins the Brethren

Wayan sharing some buoyancy control tips with Katyiza

Katyiza getting tips on buoyancy control from instructor Wayan

Katyiza, a new member of the Brethren, is spending time in Bali on a 4-month sabbatical from her job. She doesn’t yet have a lot of dives under her belt, but she’s getting better each time under the watchful eye of Wayan. Today the focus was on buoyancy control–the small adjustments that make a big difference. Tomorrow she’s heading to Menjangan for her first true wall dive experience. Enjoy!

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