The Emerald Island has been very kind to me indeed thus far, but she was a little cold at first. Time to put some thicker skin on! The water temperature for the early summer months here in Eivissa is around 18-19°C, so a rather chilly change from the tropical water's I grew up in. … Continue reading Ibiza and the Dry-suit Upgrade.
I visited Cape Town awhile ago and while there were many opportunities to go diving there I figured that it would be a new experience to dive in a completely controlled environment, to photograph amazing animals and get a sneak peak at the spaces and perspectives few can see. I dived the Two Oceans Aquarium. … Continue reading The Two Oceans.
Ever come across a large coral head, day or night (more relevant at night) and see hundreds of beady shining little eyes staring at you? Or perhaps you move in closer to a cave or the underside of a coral head to notice two pairs of white whiskers protruding out from the gloom? Cleaner shrimp … Continue reading Coral Janitors
My favourite little bugs ever. I've seen divers wielding cameras go absolutely ballistic upon sighting a new Nudi. Nudibranchs are a huge order of opisthobranchs, creatures that have adapted to life underwater as carnivorous hunters that feed on smaller invertebrates. The name 'nudibranch' in Latin actually means naked gill, as they have no shells and … Continue reading Naked Gills
Fish. Fish are everywhere, except on land, obviously, and if you had to think about that before you kept on reading this then you might need a little help.... However, that's for you to do. In the meantime though, let me tell you a bit about fish. Whenever you might find yourself in an aqueous situation, … Continue reading The Usual Suspects
The bane of the Atlantic, Lionfish haunt most reefs in the Indo-Pacific. The species that I have predominantly seen in the coastal waters of Dar es Salaam have been Pterois radiate, the Clearfin Lionfish, Pterois volitans, the Red Lionfish, and Pterois miles, the Common Lionfish or better known in the East African coastal regions- the … Continue reading Water Simba
One of the most rewarding things that I find has to be the feeling I get when shooting Rays. Venomous, cartilaginous, elegant and characterful creatures, Rays have a special place in my life as they glide over reef, sand and seagrass beds. It's always a pleasure being able to approach these timid but potentially lethal … Continue reading Flatsharks
Small and fragile, Porcelain or Anemone crabs inhabit the surface of larger species of sea anemones found on coral reefs. The species which I've been able to shoot the most is the cream and pink-spotted Neopetrolisthes maculatus, which I've been finding n pairs quite frequently, with one larger and the other smaller (male and female probably but … Continue reading Anemonie guards.
After shooting in the shallows at low tide, I decided to venture out again only this time closer towards the high tide afew days before the new moon. Spring tides in my neck of the woods are a good opportunity to photograph some of the seasonal visitors, such as Mastigias papua, or the Golden Medusa.
A few weeks ago I had some time off during the day and realized that alot of the photography I had been doing was only during my dives. I thought I'd change it up abit and do some very shallow water photography, and when I say shallow, I mean tidal pools less that a meter … Continue reading Alien Shallows.