Second: one good thing about working in an island resort is that the water is only a couple of meters away 🙂 Beat the summer heat this afternoon by diving our house reef. I used having to download my water temperature sensor data as an excuse. Heehee. That and I volunteered to take photos of one of our guests doing his Bubblemaker course 🙂 Aside from taking pictures of a 9-year-old during his first scuba experience, I also got to take some pretty good pictures of our resident bigeye scad (Selar crumenopthalmus). Swimming through a school of fish who totally ignored my presence was a surreal experience. I tried moving away so that I could take better wide-angle photos but nothing doing. The water was just too shallow and the school was just too big!
Fish in the light
Window through the darkness
Just might become one of my all-time favorite photos.
I said on Facebook that I wish I had extra-clear water for that perfect shot. Jayvee said that the water was already pretty clear. It was pretty clear but you could still see some backscatter. He said I should get strobes. I said he should give me the money for them 😛
I willingly admit that wall dives aren’t my favorite kind of dive. I prefer wide open reef flats to hugging a wall and seeing nothing on the other side. Maybe it’s my claustrophobia kicking in: I’m also not fond of night dives, despite the amazing critters that come out once the sun sets. Despite the anxiety, I found myself fascinated by the stuff growing on the Lagen Wall. This soft coral was the prettiest of the bunch.
Photo taken at Lagen Wall, Lagen Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines with just a Canon S95.
So. The reason behind the lack of decent posts for the past week is because I’ve been accompanying an underwater videographer during his dives here in El Nido. It may not look it but diving three times a day is exhausting, made especially so by strong currents in the dive sites. The upside? I took some pretty nice photos, I think 🙂
I got to take the G12 for its second dive yesterday when the Community Ecology (Comeco) Lab crew came over to Miniloc to check the house reef. Yay friends visiting my workplace! Still had difficulty manipulating the camera to get the look I wanted (so many buttons!) but it was a bit easier this time around. Hopefully it’ll become second nature by the time the 5th dive comes around? Haha!
Today’s money shot is brought to you by:
Too bad about the suspended particles 🙁
This would have been the money shot if the parrotfish just stood still for one second more: