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Aussie
03-13-2008, 13:20
I was lucky to dive with a nice big Manta a couple of days ago. I was with only one other diver and it swam around us for about 30min. Its not often we get Manta action at the site I dive. The down side was that I had issues with my Sync cords with my dual strobes which meant I couldnt fire my strobes. So the following shots are basically taken with natural light.

Nikon D80 with Tokina 10-17mm lens in Ikelite housing with non working ds125's strobes


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2069/2330752622_41e2954d70.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2220/2330752832_5654a2d027.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2255/2329923931_a3b137e879.jpg

jugglematt
03-13-2008, 14:05
Hey Aussie

mantas are an awsome creature, oh the frustration of equipment failure grrrrrr.
you got very some nice shots even with that , sometimes natural light is the good way to go .

spaeking of mantas , last year while on a trip to the Maldives we were on a manta dive , mantas everywhere and sooo close and my wife had a big manta come up to her and rest itself on her head!

i wish we could see mantas at our home dive sites

Matt

robcomptec
03-13-2008, 16:21
I was lucky to dive with a nice big Manta a couple of days ago. I was with only one other diver and it swam around us for about 30min. Its not often we get Manta action at the site I dive. The down side was that I had issues with my Sync cords with my dual strobes which meant I couldnt fire my strobes. So the following shots are basically taken with natural light.

Nikon D80 with Tokina 10-17mm lens in Ikelite housing with non working ds125's strobes

{pictures removed}



Nice pictures!
How fortunate to have pictures of Mantas in daylight.
I went on a manta dive in Kona, Hawaii, which is at night.
I have some good pictures.
But, I like your pictures because of the more natural blue color base.

- Robert

robcomptec
03-13-2008, 16:22
..
spaeking of mantas , last year while on a trip to the Maldives we were on a manta dive , mantas everywhere and sooo close and my wife had a big manta come up to her and rest itself on her head!
...


Now, that would have been a fun picture! (and a great conversation piece)

:-)

Redhead
03-13-2008, 16:32
We dived a manta cleaning station in Hawaii last year. It was an amazing dive because there were so many of them and in shallow water...we scootered out about a half mile off shore and dropped down about 25 feet. There must have been a dozen or more, and they just swam aroung us in circles. There were so many over me at one point that it actually got dark, like there was an eclipse. With scooters, it would have been difficult to manage camera gear---but what an amazing experience!

Travelnsj
03-13-2008, 22:17
We dived a manta cleaning station in Hawaii last year. It was an amazing dive because there were so many of them and in shallow water...we scootered out about a half mile off shore and dropped down about 25 feet. There must have been a dozen or more, and they just swam aroung us in circles. There were so many over me at one point that it actually got dark, like there was an eclipse. With scooters, it would have been difficult to manage camera gear---but what an amazing experience!

What Island were you diving, the Big Island? and what site?...usually you will not see that many during the day...you were lucky.

Trey9123
03-13-2008, 22:20
On one of my first ocean dives, we dove with a much of these spectacular creatures in Costa Rica. I have yet to top that experience under or above water.

Grizbear98
03-14-2008, 00:39
wow, I really wish I had gotten to see Manta's when was in the Carribean, they are such beautiful creatures.

KevinBond
03-22-2008, 01:25
im going to Kona in July and cant wait to do the manta dive!!!!!! rays in general are amazing, i love the eagle rays and i recently saw a torpedo ray

Charles R
03-22-2008, 12:06
I was just in Kona last week and had an amazing experience with mantadiveHawaii (http://www.mantaraydiveshawaii.com/) they were an awesome dive charter will use them again their boat name was Neptune Charlie and the Owner Mark Chesler was great as well. we had 8 Manta's on the dive and who can forget Freddie the eel that hangs out in the light box

cutter77
04-08-2008, 21:54
Just to see the mantas is good enough reason to go to Hawaii. Thanks for the pics.

seand
04-13-2008, 03:29
A month or so ago I was diving with a rebreather and we were able to get pretty close to a few mantas. Check out this one:

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t1/scubapost/rebreather03282008/DSC_0094.jpg

My full report is here: South Maui Rebreather Dive, 03/28/2008 - Scuba Blogs (http://www.scubapost.net/blogs/mr-fringehead/hawaii/south-maui-rebreather-dive-03-28-2008) (more mantas shots too)

Also check out Manta Pacific Research Foundation (http://www.mantapacific.org) for more Manta Photos

Sean

bversteegh
05-24-2008, 18:09
A month or so ago I was diving with a rebreather and we were able to get pretty close to a few mantas. Check out this one:

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t1/scubapost/rebreather03282008/DSC_0094.jpg

My full report is here: South Maui Rebreather Dive, 03/28/2008 - Scuba Blogs (http://www.scubapost.net/blogs/mr-fringehead/hawaii/south-maui-rebreather-dive-03-28-2008) (more mantas shots too)

Also check out Manta Pacific Research Foundation (http://www.mantapacific.org) for more Manta Photos

Sean

Excellent shot Sean - that is a beauty.

DevilDiver
05-27-2008, 10:01
A month or so ago I was diving with a rebreather and we were able to get pretty close to a few mantas. Check out this one:

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t1/scubapost/rebreather03282008/DSC_0094.jpg

My full report is here: South Maui Rebreather Dive, 03/28/2008 - Scuba Blogs (http://www.scubapost.net/blogs/mr-fringehead/hawaii/south-maui-rebreather-dive-03-28-2008) (more mantas shots too)

Also check out Manta Pacific Research Foundation (http://www.mantapacific.org) for more Manta Photos

Sean


Really nice capture. Awesome.........:smiley32:

CC1020
05-27-2008, 12:22
IO got to see my first one in Turks and Caicos in march.. was amazing!