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bversteegh
02-07-2008, 01:02
Married off my beautiful daughter (Dad's get to brag once in a while :smiley2: ) last month in Hawaii. Spent the majority of the trip doing wedding stufff; but did manage to get in a few shore dives, and one boat dive out to Molokini Crater. Even though Hawaii isn't the best diving (great vis and easy diving, but not a lot of coral or fish), I did add a couple of new critters to my collection I had never seen before :smiley20:

So first, I have to show off why I had a chance to dive:

Cassie and John
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2061/2246313237_62e44edb0b.jpg

Now a few of the underwater beauties:
My first Harlequin Shrimp (although they were hiding at the base of a coral, so didn't get a great picture)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2393/2247107476_e2fd20309a_o.jpg

My first garden eels - really hard to get a decent picture of (Molokini crater)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2304/2246312905_36379c705f.jpg

A little white tip shark - from the Caverns, Makena

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2223/2246313935_811be0e685_o.jpg

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2233/2246313871_3cd7e0e207_o.jpg

trumpetfish up close

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2249/2246313739_7264e14364_o.jpg

Rockmover

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2371/2247107680_64e982a5b1_o.jpg

and finally, the friendly eel

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2187/2247107626_e9018b8bc4_o.jpg

RoyN
02-07-2008, 01:23
OOOOOooooo pretty!!!

Except for that first picture there...I need to get my animal ID book to find what species is that...:D ;)

dbh
02-07-2008, 05:06
Bruce,
Thank God Cassie got her looks from her Mother :-).
I did the Kona Aggressor in '03 (I believe) and was overall disappointed w/ the diving. I have yet to see a harlequin shrimp (high on my list). You did a good job getting your shot despite its hiding.

Dave

TX1Chica
02-07-2008, 08:42
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. I would love to get a camera some day.

bversteegh
02-07-2008, 09:15
Bruce,
Thank God Cassie got her looks from her Mother :-).
I did the Kona Aggressor in '03 (I believe) and was overall disappointed w/ the diving. I have yet to see a harlequin shrimp (high on my list). You did a good job getting your shot despite its hiding.

Dave

How true - but got her brains from the old man:smiley2:; she's finishing a MS in Microbiology, and about to start a PHD in Epidemiology. I'm just a simple engineer building things that go boom, don't understand all those little genes/bacteria/viruses she deals with. Hope she finds the cure for AIDS and gets rich - I told her the price for all these years of college is my retirement home on Fiji when she gets rich - LOL:smiley32:

Couldn't agree more on diving in Hawaii - pretty ho hum from what I've seen (3 trys now, although diving was always a secondary activity). OTOH, it is truly beautiful there; and the diving does beat anything around Dallas.

Those Harlequin shrimp were really frustrating - I saw them 3 different times (Tortuga from Digidiver showed me where they were on a shore dive, really close to my hotel). They were at the base of an orange branching soft coral/gorgonian of some kind; so easy to find once you knew where to look. But there was absolutely no way to get the camera really close and stay out of the coral, and they didn't move from the base of that gorgonian (and I wasn't going to try and move them - don't believe in that). The picture above is from a crop of probably 30 % - and you can tell I couldn't light them very well. But all that said - I've been searching for them on all my trips to Indonesia - and kind of ironic to find them in Hawaii, after all the whining I've done about Hawaii diving.....

bversteegh
02-07-2008, 09:28
Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. I would love to get a camera some day.

What great timing - I'm getting ready to upgrade my whole system in preparation for my Indonesia trip in April - I'll make you a great deal on a slightly used DSLR system:smiley20: And since we're practically neighbors (although East Texas could be a lot of places), I'll even throw in lessons if you like.......

fisheater
02-07-2008, 09:32
She looks like THAT and is smart and hard working to boot? No wonder her new husband has that grin!

Congrats and great photos.

scuba007
02-07-2008, 09:41
Great pictures. What kind of camera are you using in order to get pictures like that? Thanks for sharing.

maggs_the
02-20-2008, 18:48
agree! great pics. i have to figure out how to get my dive buddy(s) to slow down a bit before i can get those kinds of closeups. i have the camera and the lenses but not the time :)

and i LOVED diving in Hawaii.. the turtles out there are HUGE!

dbh
02-20-2008, 19:12
Great pictures. What kind of camera are you using in order to get pictures like that? Thanks for sharing.

Bruce must have missed your question. He is shooting a Canon 20D in an Ikelite housing w/ ikelite strobes (he had 2 DS51/50 last time I dove with him).

Dave

dbh
02-20-2008, 19:14
agree! great pics. i have to figure out how to get my dive buddy(s) to slow down a bit before i can get those kinds of closeups. i have the camera and the lenses but not the time :)


The best way is to go on trips w/ other photographers. Ones put together by u/w photo dealers and u/w photo websites work out great.

Dave

robcomptec
02-29-2008, 14:02
Great Shots!
I've never seen the shrimp, or the rock mover in my snorkeling and scuba diving in Hawaii.

robcomptec
02-29-2008, 14:03
agree! great pics. i have to figure out how to get my dive buddy(s) to slow down a bit before i can get those kinds of closeups. i have the camera and the lenses but not the time :)


The best way is to go on trips w/ other photographers. Ones put together by u/w photo dealers and u/w photo websites work out great.

Dave

Hello Dave, do you have any recommendations for such a drive trip?
I have the photo equipment.

Thanks in Advance.

bversteegh
03-01-2008, 00:22
Hey everyone. Been really tied up at work, finally catching back up on the boards. As Dave correctly replied, I have been shooting a Canon 20D with Ike DS50 strobes. I am currently upgrading to a Canon 40D with Ikelite DS125 strobes.

If you are interested in photo trips, check out some of the dedicated underwater photography sites:

Wetpixel.com :: Underwater Photography and Videography (http://www.wetpixel.com)
Digital Diver Network - Your source for digital underwater photography information! (http://www.digitaldiver.net)
Underwater Digital Photography - Digidiver.Net (http://www.digidiver.net)
Scuba Gear and Scuba Diving Equipment - Discount dive gear (Cheap online!) (http://www.h2photopros.com)

All these sites sponsor uw photo trips. If you live in a metro area, check for an underwater photography society (DUPS is the Dallas branch, for example).

But I can't emphasize enough, to take good uw photos - slow down. Good macro subjects are often tiny; and if you are going fast, you'll never see them.