Diving Day 4 in Fabulous Raja Ampat!

Filed in Dive Adventures, Diving in Indonesia, Travel by on April 2, 2017 10 Comments

On diving day 4 in Raja Ampat I had become somewhat comfortable with my camera and housing, and I decided to try my hand at macro-photography (closeup photography). I know photographers who take absolutely amazing macro images and I have always wanted to do it myself. I know these do not come close to their expertise but I was fairly happy with the result.

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Small Damselfish

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This cool. tiny shrimp is nestled in Bubble coral.

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I love Clown Triggerfish!

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This guinea puffer is blind in one eye. I was very surprised to see this as disability is not often seen on the reef.

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I love the False Clowns in their anemone homes!

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True “clownfish” are edged in thicker, blacker lines, this is a False Clown. The two species are distinct, but closely related.

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Gorgeous close up of corals in Raja Ampat.

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Another incredible day!

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Incredibly colorful tunicates dot the reefs of Indonesia.

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This old gal looks happy!

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I’m not 100 percent sure what this is, some kind of worm, I believe.

After a couple of dives with my macro lens I switched back to my wide angle. A wide angle lens allows a diver to get very close to their subject and still have the whole subject and background in the image. So, these fish are closer than they appear! In dive photography, you must get close to the subject in order to have enough light to photograph it. The density of the water means that you have to be 2 to 5 feet from the object or your photo will be all blue, without other colors. Photographers who do scene photography have huge strobes in order to light the area they are shooting. My strobes are not large enough to do that, but maybe someday! There are often scenes I pause to gape at, and wish I could show it to people so they could see the beauty of the underwater realm.

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Doesn’t this look like an infinity pool?

A fat seastar!

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A large Hawksbill Turtle flying over the reef.

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Chevron Barracuda are beautiful to watch. They are farther out than 5 feet, so the photo is all shades of blue.

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There are several types of fish who live in anemones, and this one is Clark’s Anemonefish.

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A juvenile Golden Spadefish.

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The gorgeous Humphead Wrasse can grow up to 6 feet! I’ve never seen one that size.

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The Humphead Wrasse has such intricate design…the colors are gorgeous.

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Look at these designs! A beautiful fish!

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A fat nudibranch!

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“Schooling” bar jacks and millions of other fish! Incredible!

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Not 100 percent sure what type of fish this is, but it is having a lovely cleaning session!

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A closeup of a Lionfish. Such cool markings!

The meaty Tritan Triggerfish. This aggressive fish scares me more than sharks do!

A huge waterspout in the distance.

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Ah, my favorite Skunk Anemonefish. These are my favorite of the fish who live in anemones.

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. I just love looking at your stunning photos. I would never be able to both dive and take photos like that at the same time!

  2. Incredible! I’d love to experience what you do, but I think I can only manage from afar. Your photos are absolutely stunning.

  3. Your photographs are riveting. That bubble coral– I couldn’t leave that image for at least five full minutes!

  4. Carolann says:

    I’m so impressed with your photos. Each one is more beautiful than the next! Thanks for sharing them. I could stare at them for hours!

  5. What incredible pictures! I would be having a panic attack down there and to think I once wanted to be a marine biologist. What amazing fun!
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