Posts Tagged ‘underwater’

Pete’s Point aka Windy Point (#280, 12 m, 57′, 15 °C)

September 30, 2008

Pete’s Point (Windy Point) in Cronulla is the small brother of the Oak Park dive site. The reef to the south-east eventually joins withglance over the "shoulder" the second Oak Park reef. The parking is on Rostrevor St, three streets north of Jibbon St (Oak Park). After gearing up there is a small grassy patch leading to the esplanade, from there it is a short way down to the Point itself. The best entrance and exit is on the south side close to the very point from an overgrown sloping rock. What I like most about this dive site is that there is really a lot of terrain to explore. I think I never did the same dive twice here yet. (more…)

North Bondi (#278, 18.6 m, 60′, 15° C)

September 26, 2008

There are still many great dive sites around Syndey I was not able to dive yet. One of them was North Bondi, and last Saturday Matt and I decided to give it a try. At 7.15 in the morning we just scored the last parking spot above the dive site. Whereas most of the cars there probably belonged to residents I was still surprised about the amount of people on Bondi Beach or in close by cafes at that time of the day.
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Pete’s Point night dive (#275, 9.1 m, 41′)

September 3, 2008

I almost thought the fate of last week would repeat itself, but in the end I found someone willing to join me for a night dive. Gypsy, BradPort Jackson Shark (Heterodontus portjacksonii) and I entered the water at Pete’s Point aka Windy Point in perfectly calm seas. The aim of the dive was to find a distant reef Gypsy had discovered some time ago which no one else had been able to find ever since. We entered the water on the south side of the Point and swam straight out in easterly direction. (more…)

Shark Point (#274, 16.5 m, 53′)

September 2, 2008

It is hard to believe, but it took me 1.5 years in Sydney to finally dive Shark Point in Clovelly. The spot is considered as one of the best dive sites around Sydney. The sea has to be fairly calm though for a safe entry and exit.
Matt and I entered the water at the fissure a bit back on the left side of the point and descended fairly quickly to a depth of 15m. SinceTiny Nudibranch (pteraeolidia ianthina) Matt had not dived the spot too often himself we stayed rather shallow, making sure that we would arrive at the exit on the other side of the point with a conservative air reserve left in our tanks. The visibility was rather disappointing with a lot of heavy particles present. It looked as if the seas had been rough the last few days. (more…)

Canon G9 Underwater Photo Gallery

August 26, 2008

For those of you looking for sample pictures to evaluate the Canon G9 performance underwater:

– I have put a collection of recent shots on a separate page.
– my camera setup and the settings I use can be found on this page

Encounter with a humpback whale at the Steps (#272, 11.6 m, 58′)

August 12, 2008

To state this from the very beginning of this post: the dive I did on Saturday will be one I won’t forget for my whole life. After almostOnce in a lifetime... three weeks of flu an cold I finally hit the water again (just to end in bed again the next day…), we decided to dive The Steps in Kurnell to hopefully take some good shots of the weedy seadragons. We found our first victim very quickly and got our cameras going. On the way towards the Leap we saw a few cute nudibranchs and while Matt was entertaining himself looking for seadragons I discovered an octopus and started shooting close-ups. (more…)

Seahorses at Lilli Pilli again… (#266, 5.8 m, 63′)

June 23, 2008

And yet another dive with the seahorses at Lilli Pilli… The forecast looked scary with wind warnings for the whole NSW coast and Sydney closed waters and predicted surge of 2-3 meters. I only learned today that the Leap had been diveable on Saturday – bugger… This piece of information was quite surprising for me as there was considerable surge off the beach in Cronulla already at 8 am on Saturday. In any case we decided to head off to Lilli Pilli and say hello to our seahorse friends. Look deep in my eyes...
The conditions were similar to last week – fairly good visibility, but lots of particles in the water. I was quite positive that this time I was able to get the seahorses in focus since I knew now that the macro focus setting is not saved in manual mode when the camera is turned off.
We stayed another hour around the net in Lilli Pilli baths. It took me around ten minutes to find a seahorse this time, at the end of the dive I had counted seven, and spent a lot of time close to three of them annoying them with the strobe. The main difficulty for me was to place the strobe correctly to avoid backscattering but still being able to light the seahorses which were usually either just in the net or dangling out on the backside of it. (more…)

Lilli Pilli (#265, 6.7 m, 66′) – going manual…

June 15, 2008

The diving conditions were better than last week in terms of visibility, but the strong SE winds incurring wind warnings along the whole coast of NSW and also for the bays around Syndey prevented the entry at many of the dive sites. We decided to go to Lilli Pilli baths and fiddle around a bit with camera and strobe settings. That is, for macro shots. Seahorses.
seahorse at Lilli PilliI am on my way of getting a feeling for manual settings on the camera as well as on the Inon Z-240 strobe I purchased recently. I decided to start shooting in manual mode because I want to have a better control of the final picture in terms of foreground AND background exposure and still be able to decide on the DOF myself. Using the G9 in manual mode automatically defines that the Inon Z-240 also needs to be used in manual mode, because the camera doesn’t emit a preflash. There would also be the option of using the External Auto setting of the strobe – the dial on the back of the strobe needs to match the aperture setting of the camera, and the strobe needs to be pointed straight at the object in front of the lens. (more…)

First experience with the full underwater camera setup: Canon G9, Ikelite housing, Inon Z240 strobe

June 1, 2008

After my recent first experience with the Canon G9 in the Ikelite underwater housing I also obtained the last part of my underwater setup, the Inon strobe Z-240. I will describe the camera setup in detail on a separate page, it is all bought from the shelf though.
(Edit: I put together a sample picture gallery)
Last weekend i had taken the Canon G9 with the Ikelite housing for some dives and collected my first experiences. The main outcome was that I needed more light to shoot in the settings I wanted to and that there was a shadow from the lens port in macro shots. I can clearly state that these two points have changed with inclusion of the strobe. (more…)

First underwater experience with Canon G9 and Ikelite housing

May 26, 2008

My underwater photography to date was done with a point and shoot Sony DSC-P200. I used to set the film speed to ISO100, the exposure correction to about -0.7eV, focus to center and metering mode to center weighed average. This worked quite well, and the internal flash did a reasonable job in the Ikelite housing for macro photography and shots at a distance of up to about 1.5m (Examples, photo dates before 24 May 2008, (Edit: I put together a sample picture gallery)).
The Canon G9 offers much more possibilities. Browsing through underwater photo forums the suggested settings are slow film speed and high f stop. For the first few test shots on Saturday I preset the film speed to ISO80 and took pictures with aperture priority setting the aperture to f/8.0 and forcing the internal flash. (more…)