Underwater at Pulau Weh


  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - March 2010

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I finally ironed under the surface, with delight, in the waters of Pulau Weh (Indonesia). The underwater fauna is dense and varied. The two short weeks of my stay here will not be enough to explore everything!

The Big Fancy Camera

A nice moray, who agreed to show me his teeth for the photo ... (Pulau Weh, Gapang Beach).
A nice moray, who agreed to show me his teeth for the photo ... (Pulau Weh, Gapang Beach, March 2010)

To begin with, pictures taken with my new toy: the Canon Eos 7D in the Ikelite waterproof case who's fine. See also:

→ Diving and photo: my equipment

→ 6 tips to make your underwater photos a success when you start

I only have a few that I can show, because I am still taming the monster, aka "The Big Fancy Camera", as Mike would say, an English instructor working here.


With an SLR camera in a large housing, everything changes underwater compared to my small compact camera: weight, viewfinder, lighting, focusing distance...

I got my new gear this morning, diving from the shore, in front of the beach of Lumba Lumba. I'm still having a hard time dosing the flash light correctly, but it's getting better, little by little.

My images are also a little yellow. I need to check the light temperature settings, I think. And I need to get better at post-processing too. I still have a lot of progress to make, but I'm learning by doing...

Nemo's daddy says hello! (Pulau Weh, Gapang Beach)

A mischievous fish-ball, who loves to pose ... (Pulau Weh, Gapang Beach).

A scorpion baby, all wings out (Pulau weh, Gapang Beach).

So much for the very first tryouts this Thursday. Happiness of the day: the meeting with a not very shy turtle, at the end of the dive, in front of the beach...


Small animals

Tomorrow, it's Friday, no diving in the morning, we follow the Muslim rhythm. But the dives can still start at 2 pm!

I'm going back to the house-reef, to continue to familiarize myself with my new box. And show me places where there are pretty sights, in the style fish toads (antennas) and harlequin ghost fish ...

Having said that, I have already photographed some harlequins on Wednesday, during our boat trip to Batee Tokong, then on the small wreck of Sabang, in shallow water, near the harbor... But with my small compact camera.

That day, it was for me the first time to put on fins after many months without bubbles. And then, as there is often a current on Batee Tokong, I preferred not to jump into the water right away with the big box for the 7D. Finally, we didn't have any current at all! I was able to photograph quietly, with my small camera, a lot of nice bugs, spotted by one of our Indonesian guides, Midi.

Small coral crabs photographed at Batee Tokong (Pulau Weh).

Leaf fish, photographed at Batee Tokong (Pulau Weh).

Harlequin ghost fish, photographed at Batee Tokong (Pulau Weh).


  Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - March 2010