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

Diving in the Red Sea


  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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I discovered the joys of fisheye, during this stay devoted to underwater photography in Hamata, Egypt. Magic of optics, which perfectly recreates the atmosphere of the seabed of the Red Sea.

Ultra-wide vision

A fisheye, under water, it changes the life ... The lens offers an ultra wide vision, from 100 ° to 180 °. As a result, I photographed the end of my fins and the corner of my flash, at first, without wanting to. They were always in the field ...


Fail! ... Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Who's the one who leaves his palm hanging in the field? Huh, who? Big beginner's failure in fisheye lens... (Egypt, Hamata, November 2011)

At the end of these links, you'll find the technical specifications of my new toys, which were introduced during these dives in the Red Sea:
the Tokina lens 10-17
the 4.8-inch Dyron crystal mini-dome

But I think most of you do not care a bit, technique. What matters is what I managed to do with, once mounted on my Canon Eos 7D and Ikelite box. Place to pictures ...

Wrecks, coral, divers

So I give you a bulk of ten photos, brought back from Egypt, below.

These are my first steps to fisheye ... Everything is far from perfect, but over the dives, I was able to familiarize myself with this new material and better measure the fantastic possibilities offered by this very wide angle vision ...

Wreck. Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Wreck. Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Batfish. Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Coral table. Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.


  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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  1. Thank you for continuing to make us travel .... From Le Perreux, then Vélizy, it feels good !!!!!!!

  2. Ah yes, the trick of the fins that drag and the flash too advanced everyone had the right to it in its early days 😥
    My first attempts had made me spend some serious time looking for the intruder. I could have made a blooper 😀
    Otherwise, the fisheye allows you to fit "big, uninteresting subjects" into the frame 😆 😆

  3. Your photos are beautiful.
    I really need to go on a SLR ❗

    And to think I should have been in Hamata in October. But due to lack of space in the hotel, we stayed 15 days in Safaga 😥

    Otherwise, continue to make us dream with your travels.


  4. @ Helen: Don't they have canned tuna at Auchan in Velizy? 😆

    @Alimata: I feel like I've seen this image before... 🙄

    @ Toffe25: Thank you !!! I do not know Safaga: it must be good too, right?

    @Robin: Well, I see you doing pretty good things, with a compact ... I do not know Safaga, as I said above. I can not compare.

  5. too beautiful these pictures!
    it changes the macro but it's very nice.
    it's true that in the Channel we don't really hope to be able to make pictures of atmosphere with the rather rotten visi..... 😛
    And then with the APN it is true we are quickly limited 😡

    But really they are too good your pictures 😀

  6. @Bernard: Thank you!!! 🙂

    @Laurence: Thanks !!! It's sure that with a rotten video, it wouldn't give anything... The water was very clear, on most of the dives we did. As a result, the underwater landscapes take on a spectacular dimension!!! 😯

    @Denis: Thanks for your appreciation... I think I'll try to stick with it anyway, for the flipper photos!!! 😆

  7. My favorite, the "aquatic circus", when we wait for the pretty little fish to cross the rusty hoop ...
    The last one, the "white babar" (I don't know the name of this seabed dweller 🙁 shame on me) is quite funny, and then, stupid to establish a prize list, they are all very beautiful!!! 😉

  8. Clicked on the recommended link, saw 3 in one go, this time I promise I won't forget the name of the manta ray! Am even less excusable as manta is a Spanish word... 😉

  9. And the PALM of the failed photo returns to ... (drum rolls) ... to "Little bubbles from Elsewhere" ...
    It makes you want to equip all this!

  10. @Corinne: I have like who seems to have already seen this image ...
    That nay !!
    I will not allow myself to post the same image twice in a blog selected many times by the gratin of the women's press !!
    Come on, another one to show that sometimes even with a fisheye, you can't fit "big uninteresting subjects" into the frame 😮

  11. @Ysbilia: Alimata even put a layer on the mantas, a little further down... 😆

    @ Bloc18: Don't forget the flippers, above all: essential to get nice pictures !!!! 😀

    @Alimata: I confirm: it's completely overrated and uninteresting, this kind of images... 😛

    @ Marie-Julie: It is a pleasure to share these images with divers and non-divers alike!!! 🙂

  12. @Julian: Yes, the very good visibility we had on practically all the dives, that's what struck me the most, indeed ...

    @Fabrice: If, yes, it distorts a lot, but under water, we do not realize it, because there are no straight lines (which become curves). This lens is particularly suitable for underwater shooting, to highlight a close object with an underwater landscape in the background, or to restore the impression of depth that one feels in the blue, or even the size of a school of fish ...

  13. Ha OK! Still, it's amazing because having seen photos taken with such a lens in the ground, the result is quite different! It is a goal made especially for diving or is it a fisheye lambda?
    It's really good anyway, are you going to buy one?

  14. @Fabrice: The Tokina 10-17 is a "lambda" fisheye lens, but particularly appreciated by photographers for its optical qualities. I will not buy one, since I already have it: this lens is mine, I offered it just recently, with the dome that goes well for my waterproof case (big piggy bank breaking). This trip to Egypt oriented photo-sub, it was precisely to familiarize myself with my new toys ... I explain this here:

  15. What beautiful photos! I'm just starting to touch photography and I want you to be able to get such good results.

    Once again congratulations and thank you for making us discover these wonders.

  16. @Richard: Thank you so much ! What is good with the picture is that the more we do, the more we progress ... I start to get subaquatic images that I'm not too dissatisfied!