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

Egypt: Hamata, between sea and desert

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  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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 stay dedicated to underwater photography!

Underwater photo

Once is not customary: me, the adept of solo tripI went in a group! But beware, not just any group: 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 was not the only one to trick in front of the check-in counters, to subtract the cameras, lenses, domes and portholes to the dreadful weighing of the hand luggage ... As a group, solidarity plays to the heart! We discreetly organized our small traffic of heavy objects to the back of the line, just to present a lightened bag on the scale ... Hey, hey!

😄

The plane took off over Paris in the glowing sky. Five hours later, we landed at Marsa Alam. We still had to endure two hours of minibus, before reaching 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 different images from the ones I usually do while diving. As a preview, I'm not proud to show you, here, my first picture mid-air half-water! ! !

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 love as much as I do long, quiet, contemplative dives, where you can wander at will to adjust the settings of your device ... In short, happiness! ! ! And then, back on the boat, we exchange tips and tricks, we see the pictures of others, we glean ideas ... It makes 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 ...

😉

Red Sea Travel - November 2011

  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

  1. @Manta: In fact, it's not quite my first time in Egypt. I had been there a few years ago, as part of a press trip, to meet archaeologists and CNRS divers who worked in the Bay of Alexandria ... exciting!
    But this is my first time for diving in the Red Sea. And, as you say, I did very little macro. But you'll see, in the next posts, the fisheye photos are worth seeing. And then, we even had the chance to swim with schools of dolphins, Sataya ... I prepare the video. In short, really great, this small stay in Hamata!
    8)

  2. Ah, diving in the Red Sea ...
    And diving between photographers !!!
    That fun, finished the courses of the fighter, the pedaling and the race to the distance !!! Quiet, contemplative (I love this word), and less consumer of the coup. I am looking forward to the photos.

    Fortunately there is FB, because I can not subscribe to the blog!

  3. So how are the members of the P'tit forum?
    Are there any beasts in there, you had to learn some sacred stuff?
    But hey, there we remain a little on our hunger, a single photo, how to justify the purchase of a Tokina 10-17? 😆

    @ block18: Excuse me, but I'm very late for validating sites on my directory 😥

  4. @ Bloc18: Here you have understood everything ... Happiness, what! 😀
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    @Laurence: I prepare the photos, patience ... As it is also the resumption of work, I have little time available. But it's coming ... 😉

    @Alimata: I must say it was really a nice group. It's so good to finally feel understood, to share the same sub photographer fancies with others ... For once, I was not considered a curious beast, with all my stuff, on the boat ... 😆
    I am delighted with Tokina 10-17. And I even have photos that prove it (I show them very soon). Besides, I did not leave it, so to speak. I only took my macro lens once during the whole stay !!! 🙄

  5. All the technical side leaves me pretty indifferent, although I know that to make beautiful pictures (which is the case of small bubbles), it takes good stuff!
    But what I prefer in all this is the quiet side, serene, calm, peaceful and contemplative, I use the same vocabulary when I walk! 😉

  6. @PJ: They are there -> http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/2011/12/07/photo-fisheye-egypte-mer-rouge/

    @ Nadège: Hello !!! 🙂 I put pictures online (follow the link I gave to Robin, just above).

    @Ysbilia: Yes, diving in these conditions is soothing and serene, as I like!

    @Melissa: Yes, I did not, but apparently it's good for snorkelers too. The house-reef of the hotel is, it seems, very good.

    @Robin: It happens on the Small Forum of the sub photo. You have to register, then go to the section "Courses, courses and outings" -> http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewforum.php?f=15
    The next outing is organized with "Researchers of Water" and will take place in April-May -> http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5910

  7. @Robin: Very flattered ... 😆
    The concern is that this period is a little during the presidential election, do you see? So I may still be a little obliged to work at that time ... 😡 I can not see myself absent from the duck, it is not at all the right time to ask leave! So, no, I will not participate in this outing.

  8. I would be good for the next session: me too they treat me under the water and sometimes look at me with a strange air with my two flashes. how do you register for these group trips?

  9. @corinne too bad! I will wait until next year then! 😥
    I have 8 weeks to ask every year, it's a hell to get there, so I jump on every opportunity 😆
    by then, I will be able to fit my 5D in a box of opportunity (hope)
    in any case I am now convinced by the "photographes only" stays (even if I do not usually like to find myself in a monomaniac tribe ...)
    to try to make you jealous, I'm going to train this summer here: http://www.la-petite-kepa.com/, n / A ! 👿

  10. pfff, I thought I had found the paradise lost and you already know: you're too strong for me 😡
    but I do not confess defeated, I will eventually find a day 😉 (I feel like in "palace" and the groupama pub ...)

  11. Super report! 😀
    It comforts me in the idea that there is a need for this type of release ...
    Trips simply to be able to take photosubs quietly without running after a pack of divers eager for depth or km underwater ...
    For those who want to see or see the dolphins of Sataya and sites further south, a photosub trip in the same spirit will take place late 2012 => a combined cruise (a week half boat, half cruise) opinion to fans ... 8)

  12. @Thierry: Oops, your message was going to put in the undesirable, suddenly, I put a little time before seeing it and validate it!
    For what you say, I confirm. For my part, I do not dive at all the same way as before, I "choose" more depending on the conditions in which I can dive, and I even try to organize it. In Bali, for example, this summer (I have not told you that yet), I went back to Tulamben / Amed, to go back to the Liverty wreck. I had taken the trouble to contact an Australian photographer-sub who lives there, who arranged everything according to my wishes: I had my Indonesian guide for me alone, during the week that I spent there. low. It's really ideal !!!
    In any case, still a big congratulations for the organization of these outings oriented photo-sub. I could not be yours in May, but I intend to reoffend for future expeditions ...
    🙂

    @Block 18: You will find information on these outings in the section "Internships, outings, courses and travel photo-sub" Forum Photo-sub. Here is the link :
    http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewforum.php?f=63
    🙄

  13. Hello Corinne,
    you can stop doing so much harm when the winter fog almost keeps me from finding the letters on my computer keyboard! No, but can you think a little about the depressed of January? 😀
    No, without laughing, by what agency did you go to go there, ABSOLUTELY must I check that you have seen THAT!
    Laurence (Komodo !!!!)

  14. @Laurence: Eh eh !!! 😆 I copy-paste below the answer that I have already made via Facebook, which can also be used by others! 😉

    I already explain a little earlier, in my article, that it is a trip organized through the "Small forum of the photo sub". They organize like this several outings oriented "photosub" in the year, and regularly in Egypt. I believe that the next departure, in association with the magazine "Researchers of Water" is in April or May. You will find the useful links in the answer that I already made above to Robin, inside this comment:
    http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/2011/12/05/egypte-hamata-plongee-mer-rouge/#comment-4749

    The tour operator who steals all this for them is Dive Spirit Travel.

    Otherwise, you can contact directly Thierry Rolland, who created the Small Forum of the Sub Photo, and who organizes all that.

    The link to the exit to Hamata to which I was: http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5279

    The link to the next release in April-May 2012:
    http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5910

    The link to the exit in October 2012 (quite close to what I did in November-December, I think, with a little more cruising):
    http://forum-photosub.fr/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=6233

    Here !!! I think that with all that, you have something to take care of you !!!
    Enjoy !!!
    🙄

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