Dive III

You’re not supposed to be spear fishing. In fact I have been told that it’s not allowed and you need a permit. But you may carry one for protection. Some of the spear guns are pretty impressive – 6 foot long and with very serious pointed arrows – a bit more protection than is needed against these fish.

When you are out on the open ocean and after you have made a couple dives, you will find yourself ravenously hungry. It was a wonderful thing to come up from the reef to find a hot grill and barbecued meat smoking away. I was to hungry to remember to shoot the food. I was more concerned about the open fire. No, they didn’t grill the fish.

Ah, the effects of anti-histamines on Farid. He told me that he hates to throw up. So it was a slight overdose. I can relate and definitely sympathize. I hope he understands that I have been there as well.

And yes someone caught a starfish.

 

At the end of the day, it’s a pretty good bet you will catch a nice sunset. I keep marveling at how great the Canon G11 does it.

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Dive Resort

We dive in a resort. It’s walled and private. The main reason for privacy is to avoid the religious police. There are a few women who dive as well. Some other places I have seen women in bathing suits and even bikinis. You wouldn’t think twice ordinarily, but customs are so restrictive that I am nervous for the women that they would be accosted for their dress, or lack thereof. The land is divided and the ocean front footage is very small. The lots are about 60-80 foot wide and about ½ mile deep. Depending on your location, the neighbor may or may not have developed his property. So while you have seen gorgeous shots diving on the reef, the topside view is nothing extraordinary. In fact it’s just hot and crowded with divers heading in and out. The stairs are there to help in getting into and out of the water. My dive instructor did a lot of work here to build a platform to protect the coral. It serves as an instruction platform underwater so that the coral is not trampled by novice divers. To the left is an abandoned resort/house that awaits demoliton and development. There are a lot of divers who come and go, but it is still relatively protected so that there are plenty of fish and the reef remains healthy looking. I will say that there is not a lot of conservation going on. Trash is seen floating in the water. So what little care for the reef that goes on is a good thing to see.

 

Subtlety

I just happened to catch this fish in profile with enough exposure to catch the pattern of coloring. I guess that’s how you figure out the species. The small fish are too small to really get on the image sensor. Larger fish swim away from me. These guys, about the size of your hand, seem to linger long enough to get a shot every once in a while.

Blue Clam

For the lack of a better term, I’m calling this one ‘blue.’ I love the brilliant blue center. It is well enough protected that predators haven’t eaten it. It is quite large. Maybe it’s not as tasty as it’s color. In any case, I see them now often enough on each dive. Not too many that I don’t stop to photograph them….

Coral Tree

Coral is pretty boring. It doesn’t move and really doesn’t present a challenge to photograph. So you need a color pattern or something to catch interest. I should get in closer too. But this is my attempt at coral landscape. The color in the foreground is balanced against the blue of the Red Sea. Come to think of it, why is it called ‘Red?’

Close-in

As my skill improves, I have been experimenting with underwater technique. At this point I am using natural light and custom white balance. And I have been off wide angle and gone to zooming in more. Does it matter? Well to me it’s an acquired skill and will hopefully get me more dramatic images. Hey, who really cares how hard it was? The ‘net is full of good stuff. But to me it’s all part of a new skill set and education.

Texture

These fish swim around in large numbers in the Red Sea. Mostly they are backlit so they appear to be dark navy blue in color. This is one of the first times that I realize that there is some texture to the color pattern. Ah… the things you learn when you dive. They don’t like getting in close, so I never really get a good shot. Mostly it’s a behind ‘over the shoulder’ view and mostly I don’t keep those shots.