The Canyon, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010. © Phil North

Underwater landscapes

  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - March 2010

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I'll take you back to Pulau Weh. Under the surface, again. More than a month after my return from Indonesia, I continue to sort my photos ... Huge coral platters, delicate fans of gorgonians, colorful clouds of fish in the blue: the sites of Pulau Weh offer landscapes of beauty!

Contrary to what I initially feared, I was able to use my "standard" lens in the window provided in principle for the macro lens. According to the notice of Ikelite box for the 7Dit was not possible. But actually, if it comes in.

The only thing is that you can not use the zoom. But frankly, I'm not a fan of underwater zoom. Long live the fixed focal!

The first (beautiful) image below is not mine. But it's one of the few pictures of me under the water! ! ! Many thanks to Phil North, English photographer and videographer based in Koh Lanta, Thailand.

The Canyon, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010. © Phil North

I love how the coral draws a pink heart, in the flash light. It's really super pretty. This picture was taken on the Canyon site.

The following are a mix of the sites of Pantee Peunateung, Meuduro, Batee Tokong ... These are my first tests with my standard lens (other than the macro, so) with the 7D under water.

It took me a while to tame the flash in this configuration. In addition, it was often in uncomfortable conditions. A lot of current, on most sites. And then, these are sites rather "deep" for those who, like me, prefer to stay within the limits of the no-decompression curve ... We find ourselves easily with a small landing of deco at the end of the dive.

But hey, that's the result. A completely different approach than the macro! And I can not wait to start again. Moreover, I feel that I will soon have to invest in a dome, with the objective "fish-eye" that goes well ...

Meuduro, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Pantee Peunateung, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Meuduro, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Meuduro, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Blue Jack Trevally (blue jackfish). Pantee Peunateung, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Pantee Peunateung, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Meuduro, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Angelfish. Batee Tokong, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Pantee Peunateung, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Pantee Peunateung, Pulau Weh. Sumatra, Indonesia. March 2010.

Unfortunately, I did not manage to bring an image of the underwater arch of the fabulous Canyon. The first time, I was with my macro lens; the second time, I think that's where my goal was in manual mode (grrr); and the third time, the current too strong prevented us from reaching the famous arch.

Pity ! The place is spectacular ...

For the precise description of the various sites accessible from Pulau Weh, I refer you to the center page Lumba Lumba (in English), with which I dived.

  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - March 2010

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  1. Super Corinne ... waiting for the "fish-eye"! rather not bad for tests ..
    it flanks me the cockroach !!! when will I finally be able to leave?
    need underwater sea world !!!!

  2. Still images that make us dream ... The more we do, the more we have work back ... (we are still in the sort of some 8500 photos we took during our 3 months of diving in Indonesia). For the arch, it does not matter, you'll have to go back! Eh eh!!!

  3. Yeah !!! I do not regret having shaken my computer so that it stops making me this weird noise ... I can finally plunge back with pleasure in your underwater photos ... Always a pleasure, a real moment of relaxation, relaxation and escape before finding the studio Balanchine, without sun and under the neon ...
    I really like the photo of you and coral heart!

    😉

  4. @IsaetMarco: Here. I will be "obliged" to return ... It's good to feel understood!
    😀

    @ Helen: Yes, I too like this picture. Good luck for the recovery under the neon lights!
    🙂

  5. Arf, but you track me ?! 8)
    Will one day I stop so that we can finally meet for real!
    Always a pleasure to go through your blog, a big big congratulations! Continue to enjoy life and make us enjoy!
    Bizzzzzzzzzz
    Pit

    PS to tease you: I send the photo of the arch in private mail or you prefer to find it directly on my gallery ?: D Rebizzzzzzzzzzz

  6. @Pit: On dirait bien que nous avons les mêmes goûts, question destinations… 😉
    Thank you for this little word, I admit that I started dreaming about your photos. I know where to find the ark, at least in pictures !!!
    😀

  7. wonderful indonesia! how do you go to Pulau weh! I plan to go there next year! what is the simplest! thank you !

  8. @ Frances: The easiest way is to take an Air Asia flight: Kuala Lumpur - Banda Aceh. Once in Banda Aceh, taxi to the ferry pier, then cross to the island. Very easy. In addition, Banda Aceh Airport now issues the "Visa on Arrival" to stay in Indonesia. Good preparations!
    🙂

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