General and Travels21 Feb 2008 06:32 pm

Four days at sea can really change a woman. Still felt like the world was floating last night; things are better this morning.

The dive trip was pretty amazing; four dives a day except for our last day. Ate some great food inbetween, did our Advanced Open Water course and played a lot of Yahtzee and Connect 4. (Well, our version is called Bingo Join 4, actually)

We didn’t see anything huge as we had hoped; no mantas or whale sharks, but lots of amazing little things. We mostly did dives between 28-20 metres at depth, and it was exhausting at times, but exhilirating once in the water.

Only took my dad’s camera out for a spin on our last two dives, as I personally find underwater photo taking still a bit tiring and frustrating. We don’t have strobe flashes or flashlights, so the colors are off, it’s hard to remain buoyant over the subject with strong currents and I’m still a bit scared of that near by stone I want to use as a rest point for photo taking being a deadly poisonous stonefish. I use a lot of air when taking photos underwater, and find I miss things if I concentrate too much on looking for photos. I need more practice, first, I think. All in all, I’m not sad I took these photos, but they looked better underwater, you know what I’m sayin’?

Cases in point:

This is a Kuhl’s stingray. Yeah, I know, you probably already knew that. It’s as good as any guidebook or field photograph. Detritus?

A forlorn shoelace floating sadly at the bottom of the sea?

Nope. It’s a super rare juvenile ribbon eel.

Disembodied heads of sad fish left in the wake of a fishing boat?

Nope. They’re my favorite: garden eels.

Of course, I jest. I took over 150 photos on the last two dives and they’re not ALL bad, blurry, out of range, or completely crap to try and edit in Photoshop.

These guys are weird; mantis shrimp. They look like lobster tails and are murderers of the deep, with a preferred killing technique of smashing the shells small crabs and other crustaceans then eating the insides.

Although they hide at the mere light shadow passing above them, there were fields of garden eels at one of our last sites, and some did pose willingly for me. My photos at the aquarium are still way better, but this is a growing process.

This is a huge humphead wrasse. He was about 2 feet long and can grow as large as 7. Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful.

A better shot of one of the many Kuhl’s stingrays.

The areas was rife with box and pufferfish, personal favorites. I can’t remember what kind this is, but he was pretty neat. He also wasn’t as deep as the other fellows, so much more conducive to color editing in Photoshop.

This is Mike and I on our last safety stop of the last dive.

We’re off to Bangkok today, and will be back in Canada this time next week. I can’t wait; Tony’s Pizza, work and all our little pets await.

3 Responses to “Misadventures in Diving”

  1. on 22 Feb 2008 at 5:37 am Design Monkey

    Brilliant! Are you using a point and shoot underwater? Or one of those crazy Nikkormatic Underwater ones?

  2. on 29 Feb 2008 at 2:24 pm Amy

    The wrasse is my favourite because he reminds me of Voldemort (when he’s just a floating head in the first movie). The pufferfish is beautiful but reminds me of an unpleasant pufferfish I knew in the pet store I used to work at. He was much smaller than this, but he was one mean SOB.

    See you soon!

  3. on 29 Feb 2008 at 6:26 pm Kelly

    DM: Yeah, I was using my dad’s Sony point and shoot and underwater housing. I might seriously consider getting a dedicated underwater camera, but for right now, it’s WAY too difficult to dive AND take photos.

    Amy: It’s funny, because the wrasse introduced himself to me and his name WAS Voldemort. He said he’s an actor in his spare time.