Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.

Egypt: Hamata, between sea and desert

  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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I'm coming back from Egypt. A vacation break in the south of the country, on the edge of the Red Sea, far from the troubles of the Tahrir Square... A whole trip dedicated to underwater photography!

Underwater photo

Once is not customary: I, the follower of the solo tripI went as a group ! But beware, not just any group : divers photographers, like me. The trip was organized by the Little forum of the photo-sub, which I have been seeing more and more since I invested in a waterproof case for my Canon Eos 7D.

We met on November 26, shortly before dawn, at Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport.

Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3.
Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Terminal 3.

For once, I wasn't the only one to ruse myself in front of the check-in counters, to remove cameras, lenses, domes and portholes from the dreaded weighing of hand luggage... In groups, solidarity is at its best! We quickly and discreetly organised our little traffic of heavy objects towards the back of the queue, just to present a lighter bag to the scales... Hey, hey!


The plane took off over Paris in the glowing red sky. Five hours later, we landed at Marsa Alam. We had to endure another two hours in the minibus before we reached our goal: Hamata.

Take off at dawn ...
Take off at dawn ...

Cape Hamata

I come back delighted by this little stay of a week in Hamata, between the azure of the Red Sea and the ocher stretches of the desert.

On the program, two dives a day, under the radiant Egyptian sun. A pleasure that I savored fully, too happy to flee the winter greyness installed in our country ...

The coral at the water's edge in the Red Sea, off Hamata. (Egypt, November 2011.)
The coral at the water's edge in the Red Sea, off Hamata. (Egypt, November 2011.)

From Egypt, I would have seen only the seabed of the area called Fury Shoals. Beautiful coral reefs off the resort Wadi Lahmy Azur, where our little band was housed.

Mid-air half-water ... The coral and our boat. Hamata, Red Sea, Egypt, November 2011.
Mid-air half-water ... The coral and our boat. Hamata, Red Sea, Egypt, November 2011.

I'm sorting my photos ... I released my brand new fisheye lens, the Tokina 10-17, and its brand new mini-dome.

Thanks to these additions, I brought back images different from what I usually do when diving. As a foretaste, I'm proud to show you, here, my first half air half water picture !!!

I really enjoyed the philosophy of this trip-dive, focused on photography. The non-divers do not realize well, but under water, nothing is more pleasant than to be in a homogeneous team, evolving on the same tempo, with the same desires.

So I found myself with people who like as much as I do long, quiet, contemplative dives, where you can dawdle as you please to adjust the settings of your camera... In short, happiness!!! And then, back on the boat, we exchange tips and tricks, we see each other's photos, we glean ideas... It makes you progress!

I will come back very soon to tell you the rest of this little Egyptian experience, and, above all, to show you some pictures of the incredible underwater landscapes of Hamata ...


  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011