underwater photography

The Eye

Nick looking at the sardines while the sardines moved away from the bubbles to create an ‘eye’.

Under cover

In the movie 300, Leonidas said, ‘we will fight in the shade’. I was reminded of that quote at this very moment. All of sudden, the lights went out, the color of the water turned from greenish blue to a beautiful deep blue filled with millions of glowing blue sardines. Part of me marveled at how all these happened in a split second and the other part frantically changing the settings on the camera to compensate for the sudden change in exposure.

A school of yellowtails dwarfed by millions of sardines along the coast of Moalboal as Garry, our guide, looks on.

In the eye of the sardines

Millions of them. Now, I can’t wait to go back again. Great diving, great freediving.

The world we live in

A juvenile frogfish. We picked up the wrapper next to it and used it as a background. The idea came about when I took a picture of a Pedaflap and it had a wrapper right beside it. I thought it would be a nice message. The frogfish was untouched.

If you dive, you will be able to relate to this (especially if you do a fair bit of muck diving) and probably identify the orange juvenile frogfish. This scene is more common than we think. Awhile ago, I was reading up on the Pacific garbage patch and I think if we see what is underneath the surface, the patch is closer than we think.


One of the prettiest shrimps underwater. This one is really tiny, maybe a centimeter and the half.

An unplugged week

It’s been almost a week of scrappy internet access on the island of Ambon. The microwave signals were severely hampered by cloudy skies and rainy weather in the evenings. On our very last day, the skies cleared up and with that, we witnessed a moon rise from the water horizon. It was a pretty awesome sight. That was when I realized the skies are really clear and the tide was incredibly low. I decided that I should take the land pictures that I have been waiting for all week. This huge tree trunk was washed down from the hills, down the river and somehow ended up on the beach of the resort. It had since became a favorite photography spot for visitors.

This week had been pretty awesome with great dives, great company and life pretty much unplugged. But like all awesome holidays, it comes with some unexpected and ‘memorable’ experiences as well. Got seasick once, puked like mad. Housing flooded twice (thankfully I surfaced before things got really bad and found out the culprit was a faulty dome port). Jellyfish stings (oh, those things are really beautiful… and as with beautiful things, keep a distance). Camera shutter kind of died, so I had to wait about 10-15 seconds between shots for the error message to clear. It’s a real pain but I learned to slow down and pick my shot instead of spraying. On some dives, at depths below 15m, some of the buttons on the camera refused to work for some reason. So it was like shooting manual on film because the playback button and focus button didn’t work. Despite all these, it was still an awesome trip.

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Gold Rush

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you are enjoying a good break from work. While I’m not really having my break, I’m quite happy that I got a very rare 4 hour nap this afternoon. Thus this post at 3am.

Here’s a little something from the trip. When I peered into that dark overhang, this was the scene that greeted me. It’s a little spooky because I have no idea what was lurking within that dark tight space. I later found out that there are a number of huge ass snappers residing in there and a super big free swimming moray eel at the back of the overhang. I seem to have this habit of staying in a single spot for ages these days. The lesser I try to look around, the more I see. I am already looking forward for another trip.


This is the glass fish symphony. Thousands of glass fish in high speed coordinated movements. The fact that they do not leave the the confined overhang makes the experience even more surreal.