Tom joined us from Jakarta for a couple of days to familiarise himself with his new camera setup – a Canon G12 with Inon S2000 strobe. Tom was looking for greater consistency in his shots and an understanding of how to control the features of his new setup to get what he wants.
Whilst this blog is normally filled with dSLR shots from people staying for a long time we hope you find Toms photos interesting, shot over 3 1/2 diving days with 4 dives with Simon on days 2 and 4. In the end he was achieving good colour and was able to control the lighting for various situations, all whilst using Aperture Priority. Tom will be back later in the year for a course on Manual Mode, so we’ll see you again soon, Tom.
On todays morning dive at Nudi Falls i found this cool crab. It is a very weird looking elbow crab whose colour and shape strongly remind of a skull – even though the shape is not really human … rather the one of the stereotypic Alien. So i will call it Alien Crab (i am sure it has another name). After i made sure, that this is not a dead crab or a piece of rock with a strange shape (i did the poke test and it moved …) i started to look for the eyes, but the shady areas, where a “skull” would have had the eye cavities did not contain any eyes. I finally spotted them right over the mouth – two yellowish spots under the inner borders of the “skull-eyes”. The crab was about 1-2 cm in size and i found it sitting on a small rock … after the photo session on this sponge, i placed it back on its rock.
Vivian and her two Friends George and Carolyn stayed with us in March this year. Now she just put up a trip review on her website. We thought we share this, as she put a lot of effort, pictures and information into this report. Thank you very much Vivian for this nice review 😉
With Martin Steinmeier we want to present you another Guest Gallery on our NAD-Lembeh Website. Martin is a UW Photographer from Germany and last month he came already for his third trip to Lembeh Strait. He loves Macro, shoots a Canon EOS 500D in a Hugyfot Housing (with towel) and took some really nice shots on his recent trip.
This is – what i believe – the world’s cutest Goby: The Panda Goby (Blackfin Coral Goby / Paragobiodon lacunicolus). This shy little fish grows to maximum 3cm in size and lives exclusively in Pocillopora damicornis hard corals. His sandy coloured body, with dark fins and his orange head in combination with his face expression make him so attractive to most Goby lovers. But the Panda Goby is not only a cutie … it is also very difficult and frustrating to photograph it: It is hiding deep inside the coral branches – which makes it difficult to light. Plus it is constantly changing position. The key is to watch it for a while and figure out, which branches and spots within the coral it preferrs … and then wait for your shot. It might cost you a whole dive though …
Every day of diving in Lembeh Strait is special – but some days are just more outstanding than others. Today was one of those days. It all started with very heavy tankbanging, when our Dive Guides Stenly (left) and Marnes (right) spotted a Whaleshark in between Aer Bajo 2 and Aer Bajo 3. The Whaleskark came slowly up from the deeper part, passed both of our dive groups, did a turn in the shallows and went slowly back out into the blue (OK … it was more green than blue). It was a very special experience for our guests: they had never seen a whaleshark before (some of them even went already twice to Maldives specially to see one) and so they were very very happy. But the funniest part was Marnes back on the boat: “First a Mola Mola, now a whaleshark – i start liking these big fish” (it was his first Whaleshark he had seen underwater … but he already saw a Mola Mola in October).
Today i was lucky enough to find this little critter: Gnathophyllides mineri – the Urchin Bumblebee Shrimp. It grows to about 1 cm in size and lives on the Cake Urchin (Tripneustes gratilla). The cake urchin has spines and sticky arms – which collect rocks, leaves and pieces of plastic or whatever else is laying on the seafloor. So to find these shrimp you first have to take the decoration of the sea urchin. And then, if you are lucky, you can find the Urchin Bumblebee Shrimp holding on to one of the spines of the urchin. Compared to other Urchin shrimps, the Gnathophyllides mineri is not longer (rather the opposite), but thicker.