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 fisheyeduring a stay devoted to underwater photography in Hamata, Egypt. The magic of optics, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of the Red Sea's underwater world.

Ultra-wide vision

A fisheye lens, underwater, changes your life... The lens offers ultra-wide vision, from 100° to 180°. As a result, in the early days, I often photographed the tips of my flippers and the corner of my flash without meaning to. They were always in the field...


Fail! ... Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.
Who's that leaving his palm in the field? Who? Big fail for a beginner with a 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:
Tokina 10-17 lens
the 4.8-inch Dyron crystal mini-dome

But I don't think most of you give a damn about technique. What counts is what I've managed to do with them, once mounted on my Canon Eos 7D and its Ikelite housing. Let's see the pictures...

Wrecks, coral, divers

So I'm sharing a dozen photos from Egypt with you below.

These are my first steps with the fisheye... Everything is far from perfect, but as the dives went by, I was able to familiarize myself with this new equipment and better appreciate 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 made me spend a lot of time looking for the odd one out. I could have made a blooper 😀
    Otherwise, the fisheye lets you 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 a lack of hotel space, 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 Vélizy? 😆

    @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's a nice change from macro, but it's a lot of fun.
    it's true that in the English Channel we don't really expect to be able to take atmospheric photos with the rather rotten view..... 😛
    And then with the APN it's true you're quickly limited 😡

    But really they are too good your pictures 😀

  6. @Bernard: Thank you!!! 🙂

    @Laurence: Thanks!!! It's for sure that with a rotten visi, 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 the flipper pics anyway!!!! 😆

  7. My favorite is the "water circus", when you wait for the pretty little fish to jump through the rusty hoop...
    The last one, the "white babar" (I don't know the name of this deep-sea inhabitant 🙁 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! I'm all the more apologetic because manta is a Spanish word... 😉

  9. And the PALME for the most unsuccessful photo goes to... (drum roll) ...Petites bulles d'Ailleurs...
    Makes you want to equip yourself!!!!

  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 your flippers: they're essential for taking great photos !!!! 😀

    @Alimata: I can confirm: it's completely overrated and pointless, these kinds of images... 😛

    @ Marie-Julie: It's 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, is what struck me most, indeed...

    @Fabrice: Yes, it distorts quite a bit, but underwater, you don't notice it, because there are no straight lines (which become curved). This lens is particularly well-suited to underwater shots, allowing you to highlight a close-up object with an underwater landscape in the background, or to reproduce the impression of depth you feel in the blue, or the size of a school of fish...

  13. Ha ok! It's amazing, though, because having seen photos taken with such a lens on land, the result is quite different! Is it a lens made especially for diving, or is it just another fisheye?
    It's really great, are you going to buy one?

  14. @Fabrice: The Tokina 10-17 is a "lambda" fisheye lens, but particularly appreciated by sub photographers for its optical qualities. I'm not going to buy one, as I already have it: this lens is mine, and I recently bought it for myself, with the matching dome for my waterproof housing (big piggy bank break). This photo-sub oriented trip to Egypt was precisely to familiarize myself with my new toys... I explain it 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: Thanks a lot! The great thing about photography is that the more you do, the more you progress... I'm slowly starting to get underwater images that I'm not too unhappy with!!!!