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Indonesia, Live Aboard Bali - Komodo

This series of underwaterphotography was made during a 10 day live aboard from Bali to Komodo. Big schooling fish, turtles, manta rays and sharks but also spectacular macro life were seen in this area during this trip. Many sites offered beautiful diving with some spectacular places such as Black Sands were we dived on an active volcano, were you can actually see gas bubbles rising from the black sandy bottom. On different sites we also encountered a lot of current, sometimes really strong. An absolute highlight was horseshoe bay, in this bay you can find some really spectacular diving sites. The water in this area is some colder due to currents from the deep, which take part in the food supply for the marine life on the reef. In this trip we also visited Komodo National Park where we encountered the unique Komodo dragons. To watch the underwater photo galleries you have to click on the show slide show button which is vissable in the center right above the photo filmstrip in the photoplayer where you can go by clicking here.

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Flores - Indonesia

For 10 days we stayed on the Island of Flores and for four days on Bali. On both Islands we visited several diving sites. From the mainland of Flores is takes about 1 to two hours to reach the dive sites in the Northern part of Komodo National Park. We found less macro life than on the sites we did during the live aboard, but instead we visited beautiful sites where big schooling fish were present like Fusiliers, Jacks and Tuna. We also saw a lot of sharks and manta rays. At Bali we had some nice dives at the Tulamben wreck. One day was preserved for 2 dives at the Mola Mola dive site. At the end of the second dive we were lucky to see one Mola Mola near to the surface. For the gallery click here.

 
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Malaysia Sipadan Layang Layang

Twice we visited the the beautiful diving area of Sipadan. Here you can see many big sea mammals, such as turtles (several on almost on every dive) but also big schooling of Jacks and Barracudas white point reef sharks and grey reef sharks. During one of the dives we had a very close encounter with a leopard shark which is know as a friendly shark. The macro life is also very spectacular at this place. Very interesting are the sites of Mabul and Kapalai which are muck-diving places with very special marine life and Siamil with beautiful corals and also many macro life. Layang Layang the diving site in the South China Sea wich we visited in the second part of our holiday offered also bigger marine life as sharks, mobulas a ray species  that looks like a mini version of the manta ray and again also here a lot of interesting small marine life. Click here for watching the gallery.

     
 

 

 

 

       
     

 

 

 

 

Nudibranche

The dilemma of  every underwater dlrs photographer is which lens to choose to take on a dive. During dives you never know what kind of encounters there will be with possible marine life. So sometimes there will be a big Manta just when you decided to mount a macro lens on the set. It can also happen that you will see a beautiful nudibranche while you are carrying your set with a mounted fisheye and big dome port on the set. Fortunately most of the time I pick the right lens and many beautiful nudibranche already have been photographed. A collection of the different species of nudybrache which we found on several dive sites mainly in Indonesia area you can see in this photo gallerie.

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Fishportraits

Most of the fish are constantly on the move and often very shy and therefore hard to photgraph. Still the most impressive images you can get by photographing them at the most possible nearby possition. On some occasions it is more likely that you can take a good fishportrait. For example when cleanerfish are active on the fish, or by very good observing the behaviore of the fish and participating on this behaviore. After observing the movement sometimes you can catch the fish very near by on camera if you are at the excact right position at where you aspect the fish to swim to. Not easy but sometimes you will have succes like in the photographs shown in this photo gallery.
     
         
         
     

 

 
 

 

 

Anemone fish

It seems so easy a picture of an anemone fish seeking shelter in the anemone. Anemone fish however move progressively and sometimes when they want to protect their territory they will swim out of the anemone and will attack you by swimming right before your lens, which makes taking pictures inpossible. The anemone itself often moves as well in the current which can change the whole picture in less than a second. Anemone fish excists in many different species and color variants. Inspite of the fact that they are very common reef residents and you will meet them during a lot of dives, they always will remain a nice object to photograph. Click here to watch the photogallery of anemone fish.

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Creative images

By making extremely closeup images of marine life you can get a kind of abstract image. The subject sometimes becomes less recognizable but an artistic form arises. For instance feather starfish, X-Mas trees, details of fish and anemones are very useful subject for this kind of underwater photography. Sometimes you experience a dive where there is less spectacular marine life to photograph. Taking pictures of common things in this way can even make these dives photographic very interesting. After a deep dive when you have to make a stop in shallow water, this is also a welcome way to spend the time there in a useful way. You can watch this photo gallery by clicking here.

     
         
         
     

 

         
 

 

 

Zeeland Netherlands

Diving in the cold waters of the Netherlands. There is not much to see over there I think. This is what I get to hear a lot of times. However this is certainly not the case, the longer you dive in Zeeland (Netherlands), to more you will discover the very unique marine life of this diving area. It will help to have some knowledge of the underwater seasons, in which certain animals will apear and after sometime disapear again. Also it will help to have some knowledge about the food on which the different species live or what their spawning behaviour is. This will inrease the change to have encounters with certain animals in Dutch waters where the visability ofcourse cannot be compared with diving in tropical seas. A selection of some images made in Zeeland in the Netherlands can be seen is this underwater photogallery. here. Een selectie uit wat opnamen die in Zeeland zijn gemaakt vind je in deze fotogalerie.

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The giants of the sea

Encounters with big animals is always spectacular. Diving for example with the large mantarays is an experience you will never forget. Also sharks are always very impressive animals to encounter, as well as big barracudas. In common these animals are not easy to encounter. Sometimes it is know that there is a cleaning station where cleanerfish will undo these large animals from parasites. This will make the chance of meeting them a lot bigger. Also on occasions that there is a lot of plankton in the water will this sometimes atrack some giants of the sea like the whalersharks and the mantarays which animals live on this plankton. Some animals return to certain breedinggrounds where they can be found. In this photo gallery I collected some pictures of encounters with these animals.

     
                 
                 
     

 

         
 

 

 

Sweet water

Not only in the exotic places on far away locations and not only in salt water is it where you can take amazing underwater images. Sometimes very near to the place where you live excists very interresting underwater life to be photographed. Diving in sweet water is something I am planning to do more in the future. After I will have a series of pictures from the sweet water marine life it will apear in this photogallery.

     
               
                       
       

 

 

     
 

 

   

 

Black and white Images

Black and white photography, why should you do this when there is so much colorfull marine life? That this can be very beautifull sometimes, becomes clear when you see some pictures which were disposed in this way.As well as photographing in swee water, exposing pictures in black and white is something I am planning to do more. As soon as I have a nice series of black and white images ready, they will appear in this photo gallery.

     
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