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Mon, September 08, 2008

Keystone Jetty, Whidbey Island underwater photos    [ Diving,Photography ]

After only just recently posting my Keystone images (what few there were) from last September’s trip to Whidbey Island, we went up this last weekend to dive again. I did two dives, but have no photos from the first dive due to a camera configuration error on my part. I was also trying out a modification for my AF-ON button, which I use for autofocus, but which was very hard for me to reach, especially with dry gloves on, on my new Seatool housing. The modification was a button extender, which seemed to work pretty well, and I enjoyed being able to focus and shoot again (simple pleasures!). Anyway, here are a few photos:






The gallery is here.


Mon, September 01, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, September 1, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Okay, back to posting some favorites from my last Lembeh trip! This is a zebra crab, who makes his home within the poisonous spines of a fire urchin. Fire urchins are beautiful creatures, if not that easy to get along with, and they make a sparkling negative space for this strikingly striped little crab.

urchin crab


Sat, August 23, 2008

A cold water Wetpixel gathering..    [ Diving,Photography ]

14 hardy Wetpixelians gathered for diving in Puget Sound from a Bandito Charters boat on August 17th. Other than Rick and his crew, I knew not a soul on board except remotely through emails and Wetpixel postings. I had great fun, with Carol and Johanna as my dive buddies, and took a few photos along the way. There are some topside photos and underwater contributions from the other participants on this Wetpixel thread.

The sites we went to were Point Defiance – North Wall, and Maury Island Barges. The viz was thick and fairly terrible, but the company was fun. Here are a few of the photos.




I created a virtual gallery of the two dives on the website. The gallery is here.


Sun, July 13, 2008

A few Puget Sound photos…    [ Diving,Photography ]

I was able to take in my new Seatool housing and D300 camera yesterday for a dive off one of the Bandito Charters boats. On the first dive, we went to Dalco Wall, the current was ripping, and since it had been a few months since I’d been drysuit diving, I decided to leave the new camera on the boat. Of course, Leslie then found a spiny lumpsucker, which I’d never seen before and would kill to get a photograph of. He was very cute! But the second dive, at Sunrise Beach, was nice as well. Here are a few photos…


painted greenling

scalyhead sculpin


There are a few more photos in the new Sunrise Beach gallery at:

sunrise gallery


Tue, July 01, 2008

My new underwater photo setup    [ Photography ]

I’ve been a little busy, getting this order together, then receiving and assembling it, and testing it. It’s my new digital rig, with Nikon D300 in a Seatool housing. This is the setup for 60mm macro, using optical cable connections to Inon Z240 strobes. Very nice little outfit! Hope to get it wet soon.

P.S. Yes, I plan to continue to use my beloved Subeye film setup! I’ve been shooting film and digital side by side for five years now.


Wed, June 04, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, June 4, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Wow, I’ve been so busy lately, but didn’t realize it had been quite that long since I posted a favorite photo! Hope that y’all haven’t given up on me.

Today’s favorite is a very cool critter, a peacock mantis shrimp. This little lady is also carrying a large bundle of eggs, protecting them until it is time for them to hatch. I should have posted this one on mother’s day!



Mon, March 10, 2008

Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition Results    [ Photography ]

The results of the BTS photo contest are posted, and I received an Honorable Mention in Macro for this shot:


The website with all the winners is at:

BTS Photo Contest Results


Sat, February 09, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 9, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is an interesting criiter, IMHO. The blue ribbon eel starts out all the same sex, and are black with yellow stripes when a juvenile. As they mature, they are males that are a bright blue with yellow stripes. When and if they become a more aged eel, they will have the opportunity to turn female, and all yellow, such as this one. Also known as the “Old maid eel”. However, this is when they reproduce, so these eels are essential to the survival of the species. However, the yellow ones are much more rare than the blue or black ones.

yellow ribbon eel


Sun, February 03, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 3rd, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are some interesting corallimorphs in Sulawesi, but I’m not very good at IDing them. This is a corallimorph with some resident Periclimenes shrimp.



Mon, January 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 21th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Clownfish are tough subjects. They’re wiggly to the point of being hyperactive, and sometimes they are aggressive and like to chase us photographers around. I was lucky and came across these two posers:


These guys are “false” clownfish, since the true clownfish are Amphiprion percula, and these are Amphiprion oscellaris.


Sun, January 13, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 13th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Crinoid shrimp are small reclusive crustaceans that like to hide within the arms of crinoids on the reef. They are so well camoflauged that many divers overlook them. Dive guides will frequently push them out of their hiding places with their pointers, but I don’t like it when they do that. This one, however, was sitting right out on top of an arm, and the dive guide just pointed to it as we came across it. It was a nice, vibrant yellow.

crinoid shrimp


Sun, January 06, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 6th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are numerous fish in the world known as batfish. Strange red-lipped batfish and other varieties that walk on the bottom, as well as the spadefish types. The spadefish types are really beautiful when they are juveniles, sometimes having ultra elongated shapes and vivid colors. Even as a juvenile, a pinnate batfish can be several feet in height, and are usually jet black with a neon orange border when very young. This juvenile was tiny, only an inch or so tall at most, and swam constantly in circles, as the juvies typically do. I’ve wanted a good photo of one of these for ages, but the ones I’ve seen before are typically tucked in a crevice, and are so large that it’s difficult to get a good framing without too much water between. Because this one was tiny and out in the open, it was much easier to photograph, although even so, the constant movement made it hard to get the right perspective.



Sun, December 30, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, December 30, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

We encountered many juvenile cuttlefish on this trip to Lembeh, in all different sizes. This was a juvie who was curious about me, but trying to stay a little hidden next to some lavendar colored algae.

Juvie cuttle


Sun, December 23, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, December 23, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

It was hard for me to choose my first favorite of the day from this trip. I decided to go with this harlequin shrimp, since I’ve seen harlequins so rarely in the past. I have seen them deep within a cauliflower coral in Kona. I saw a beautiful pair in Papua New Guinea. And I saw a pair in Thailand at Richeliu Rock. We’d heard there was a pair at a dive site in Lembeh Strait, so we talked to the guides and made plans to go there. We saw them on two different dives on this site. The first time, the pair was walking around a small cluster of coral, a cleaning station type area. That is when I took this photo. I believe they were hunting for sea stars, their favorite food. The second time, a few days later, they were away from the coral and hiding in some mucky sponges, along with a red sea star that they were eating, so they had been successful in their hunt. They are beautiful shrimp.

harlequin shrimp


Sat, December 15, 2007

My 2008 calendar is available..    [ Photography,Website updates ]

I’ve gotten my 2008 calendar done and uploaded to Cafe Press. You can look and purchase one here, or click on the calendar image.

2008 calendar


Tue, December 11, 2007

NCUPS SEA 2007 Photo Competition (or, Hey, I won somethin’..)    [ Photography ]

My photo of a purple rhinopias in Lembeh Strait from last year won a 1st place in Open Macro at the NCUPS SEA 2007 competition this year. Here’s the photo:


The winners list is here.


Sat, December 08, 2007

Lembeh 2007 Gallery and Slideshows    [ Diving,Photography,Travel,Website updates ]

I have now posted the gallery for the 2007 Lembeh Strait trip:


Also on that page are PC (EXE) and Mac (Flash) versions of a multimedia slideshow.




Fri, November 02, 2007

Blue Ring Octopus    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another couple of great dives here in Lembeh. Still jetlagged, so taking it easy the first couple of days. Once again, one dive with film and one with digital. We were lucky enough to encounter a blue ring octopus on the first dive of the day, at Tanda Rusa.

Blue Ring

Blue Ring 2

In this photo, the blue ring has just caught something to eat and is eating it:
Blue Ring eating

And we had a few other critters on this dive as well..

A snake eel with a cleaner shrimp:
Snake Eel

A juvenile cuttlefish:
Juvenile Cuttlefish

A fingered dragonet:

A cool cowrie:

And some lovely nudibranchs:

A very nice dive…


Thu, November 01, 2007

Live from Lembeh, 2007 version..    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

The first day of diving is done. I did two dives, one with film and one with digital. From the digital dive (at Teluk Kembahu 3), I have a few photos to share:
Lysiosquilla mantis shrimp
A dancing flambouyant cuttlefish:
The strange Ambon scorpionfish:
And of course, the mimic octopus:

Mimic Faceoff



Sun, October 21, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, October 21, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I have a double-whammy for everyone today. First, because I go to Indonesia next week and won’t be posting the favorites while I’m gone, and second, because these will probably be my last favorites postings for this Solomons trip, and I still have several of my favorites that I haven’t posted! Anyway, the first photo is of a beautiful corallimorph, and if you look closely, you can see a small transparent shrimp sitting on the left side:

The second photo was taken of a small ghostgoby that lives around these bubble corals. A pretty fish on a pretty background, what more could I ask for?

I will try to post some photos from the road… Expect the weird and wacky!


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