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Macro Dive in Tulamben-Bali : where Dive Guide can make the difference .


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#1 paolobl65

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:08 PM

I spent 9 day diving  in Tulamben ( Bali ) last August  and  I hired   Ajiex Dharma  as my private dive guide .

Ajiex  is a skilled  and  expert freelancer dive guide , worked many years in Villa Markisa , is very knowledge in nudibranches  and  a talented  underwater photographer  as well .

 

The  feeling was  perfect  :  above and  below  water . 

We usually make 2 dives in the morning  , lunch  together  ( fantastic  have a lunch on the beach  with super fresh grilled fish )  , and  another  dive in afternoon .

All shore dive , pick up from my resort … all perfectly organized .

 

We  split  our underwater  photography   in two session  :   macro  with snoot    and    reverse ring macro ( extreme supermacro )

 

 

Macro with snoot  .

 

We used  mostly  a  Fabio Iardino snoot (  fiber optic + sealed optical lens  custom snoot  )  on  a slave  Inon  Z240  triggered   to   have  the  maximum  flexibility  in  targeting the light  to  create some side light and  back light  ( and  not  the  standard  spot  light  )  .  

The goal was to create a light  that  give a  great result to the  subject  but , sometimes ,  do not completely  dark the  background  .  

Just  as  less light as  possible  in the  “right place “ to create te effect "we like"  :   this is  the way  we used the snoot .  

( btw :  “right place “  is  a subjective  meaning  of  course  ….  anyway  hope you like  the  following photos )

 

Here  are some  shots  we  taken  .

(  if you like  to see more  , and  in high resolution ,   here is the dedicated Flick gallery : https://www.flickr.c...th/36874751275/

 

 

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#2 paolobl65

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Posted 17 April 2018 - 12:25 PM

Reverse ring macro ( extreme supermacro )

 

We used a  Cason EF-S 24 mm  F2,8 pancake  reversed with kooka adapter ( to be able to adjust aperture )  on  Canon 7D   +  37 mm  ext  tube  .

In this  way   5 mm  fill the long side  frame   and this  means   , considering  the  Canon /d  sensor  22,5 mm  , an optical magnification   x 4.5   (  stronger than any wet supermacro lens  available today on the market )

Usually stopped  down  F5,6 – F8  to avoid  too much diffraction  ( you can see Exif data in Flickr ) . 

 

Illumination  was made  by  different kind  of  snoot (  all by fiber optic )   because working distance from port was  only  2,5 cm .

 

It was  not so easy   to work with this  lens   because so close to the subject ,   manual  focus  only   and  fix frame  ,   anyway  we  had a lot of  fun  .

A good  focus light  and  a good  external viewfinder  were  a must  to  clearly see  when in focus  .

 

Here  are some  shots  we  taken  .

(  if you like  to see more  , and  in high resolution ,   here is the dedicated Flick gallery :  https://www.flickr.c...157689139160906    )

 

 

 

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Finally let me say again it was  an amazing experience to dive and  shot with Ajiex Dharma  ( ... and  I already hire him again for my next trip in Tulamben )

all my best

 

Paolo Isgro



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 02:14 PM

Wow, this is spectacular work!  Not only technically amazing but also aesthetically very nice as well.  Thanks a lot for sharing your images!

 

I really like the pair of leafy pipefish, and would love to know more about the your setup to produce such an image.  I'm not able to imagine how it works with a snoot.  Do you happen to have a photo of your assembled rig?

 

The suupermacro shots are really something too.  I doubt most of us have seen anemonefish eggs at that level of detail. 



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Posted 17 April 2018 - 10:24 PM

Hi,
great shots!!!
Like the lightning on the fish pics!
The super macros are superb!

Regards,
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 02:31 AM

Some super shots, great work. Thanks for sharing.

 

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 04:56 AM

Love the close up of the pink nudi. Definitely my favourite

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 05:54 AM

Hi Paolo

Very nice images, thanks for inspiring me with the RRM technique.

I pushed the vice to adding  a 21mm extension ring to a reversed 15-85mm and that is what you get with a hairy shrimp.

 

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However let's keep our favorite dive guide Ajiex for ourselves and avoid spreading the word too much at the risk we won't be able to book him anymore.

Out of joke, Ajiex is also carrying snooting / multicolor light workshops with multi prize winners Lilian Koh and Mike Bartick.


Pls have a look at my Flickr photo gallery and leave a comment.
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Posted 18 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

Superb stuff! Well done.


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:31 AM

Wow, this is spectacular work!  Not only technically amazing but also aesthetically very nice as well.  Thanks a lot for sharing your images!

 

I really like the pair of leafy pipefish, and would love to know more about the your setup to produce such an image.  I'm not able to imagine how it works with a snoot.  Do you happen to have a photo of your assembled rig?

 

The suupermacro shots are really something too.  I doubt most of us have seen anemonefish eggs at that level of detail. 

 

Thank you  very much !  

 

the detailed  set  up  description  about  remote flash  triggered with snoot is  here  in my Facebook page  (  https://www.facebook.com/paolo.isgro/media_set?set=a.10206286908305743.1073741835.1057154245&type=3 )   ,   just  beaware  the  snoot  in this  link   is  my DIY  double  fiber optic snoot  ,  instead  the  snoot  I used  in above Tulamben macro  shots   was  the  Fabio Iardino Snoot .  Anyway  the  triggered  system  is  the  same .

 

Iardino Snoot  is  designed , engineered  and  produced  by  my friend  Fabio Iardino  and   , sorry ,   I have to ask  him  the  permission  to post  any photos of his  snoot .

Anyway  you can  also  ask  to him directly  through Facebook  (  https://www.facebook.com/iardino  )   more info  about  his  snoot  …..   he  is one of the most famous  Italian underwater photographer ,  a  pioneer  in underwater snoot  technology   and  always  more than happy  to  answer  any question about his  snoot  !

 

Hope this can help

Paolo Isgro



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Posted 18 April 2018 - 11:45 AM

Hello Ludovic ,

 

Nice  to meet  you  in  Wetpixel Forum  !!

 

Let me say  the details  in your  hairy shrimp  photo  are   unbelievable !!   I saw also  that  shot in your Flickr gallery …. unbeatable details !!

The downside  is  to discover  now a simple hairy shrimps  is  too big  for a full shot  in  extreme Reverse Ring Macro   ….  not so much subject available .…

 

And  apologize  :mocking:  :mocking:   for  unecessary advertising  about Ajiex ability   ( he really doesn’t need ! )   ….. but  I hope  we  will have  always  a  priority line  in booking him  (   anyway  I already booked  him for  August 2019 ,  just to be conservative :lol2:  :lol2:  :lol2:  !! ) .

 

all my best

Paolo


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 12:54 PM

Super photographs Paolo! Well done!

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Posted 18 April 2018 - 02:01 PM

Thanks too for the links to the setup.  Really interesting stuff.  I might have a new project . . . .



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 06:04 AM

 

And  apologize  :mocking:  :mocking:   for  unecessary advertising  about Ajiex ability   ( he really doesn’t need ! )   ….. but  I hope  we  will have  always  a  priority line  in booking him  (   anyway  I already booked  him for  August 2019 ,  just to be conservative :lol2:  :lol2:  :lol2:  !! ) .

 

 

I see you have appropriately covered your backsides...  :laugh: ... so have I ! will be in T'ben diving with him early september, but this year  :innocent: ( trying Kalimaya on Sumbawa beforehand).


Edited by Luko, 19 April 2018 - 06:06 AM.

Pls have a look at my Flickr photo gallery and leave a comment.
Galleries in Pbase : Ambon & Maluku, Bangka & Bali, Komodo & Maumere, Moalboal, Mabul & Sipadan.
Vanuatu incl.SS Pres.Coolidge wreck.