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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Erin & Chris Advanced Divers (now)

Erin & Chris were just here doing a little PADI Advanced diving. Deep dive, Navigation dive, Night dive and these photo’s show their Photography and Fish ID skills

Erin, slate in hand, pencil at the ready.

Oooo. Look greeny fish

Biowreck looking like a thriving little eco system.

This is your Captain speaking. I’m hovering at the moment, so please leave a message after the bubble. Bloop.
Guys you could have chosen a better back drop.

Thats better. Peace wench!

Erin heading out on the Cynical Seahorse on a quest for fishy adventure with Sea Rovers Brethren

Chris, the same with the Vicous Guppy and Nasty Nemo at anchor in front of Sea Rovers office behind him.

Whoohoo! I’m an Advanced diver!
Congratulations guys, you did well.
The Captain
Sea Rovers Message in e-bottle The pirates who dive

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