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#1 Dave H

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 09:50 PM

I have just returned from 2 weeks diving in Northern Sulawesi. This is without a doubt one of the best diving destinations that I have visited. there cannot be a better place in the world for macro/critter photography than Lembeh and Odyssea Reefs whilst the coral walls and big stuff at Bunaken and Bangka Islands was very impressive.

I went diving with two different Operators: Bastianos Lembeh for diving in Lembeh and Odyssea Divers for diving around Wori Bay, Odyssea Reefs and Bunaken Island. I can highly recommend both operations as they provided great sevrice and the accomodation was excellent.

I also spent 3 nights at the end of the trip on the liveaboard Odyssea 1 and I can honestly say this is the best liveaboard I have ever been on… its miles ahead of anything else that I have been on!

In all I managed to squeeze in 30 dives and took just over 2000 photo’s.

I have put together a collection of some of the images on my website:

Northern Sulawesi Images

Choosing a couple of favourite pics is almost impossible but here are some that I like:

Colourful reef at Bangka Island
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This seahorse is small, really really small! Its an undescribed Hippocampus sp that is about half the size of a standard Pygmy Seahorse. I managed to get only 5 photos of it using a 90mm lens with a +2 on a night dive. This seahorse was the hardest thing I have EVER photographed as it didn’t stop moving.
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The Mimic Octopus was the highlight of the trip for me. I watched it impersonate a flounder, lionfish and a sea snake.
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This is about the only arty shot I took all trip
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Coral wall
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Gorgonian Shrimp
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 11:35 PM

Wow - excellent stuff Dave, Bastianos and Odyssea Divers have good reputations among the 'local' divers here in Singapore. Although I've dived Manado a couple of times I have never made it to Lembeth. It is definitely on our list as everyone we know who has dived there is always blown away by the macro diversity. It was a dicussion point yet again among friends at this weekend's ADEX in Bangkok.

Probem being located close to so many incredibly photogenic spots is that one runs out of vacation time very quickly!

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 12:17 AM

really nice pics Dave!

Soo many cool critters in the Lembeh collection :P

lurv the Hippocampus sp :)

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:33 AM

Nice stuff Dave.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 05:44 AM

Great stuff.

I think the seahorse is H. colemani, although I have never seen on myself.

I really want to go back to that area. Not been since March 2004, which feels a very long time ago now!

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:31 PM

great pics!

love the pygmy.

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Posted 01 May 2007 - 11:20 PM

I think the seahorse is H. colemani, although I have never seen on myself.


Hi Alex,

its not actually Hippocampus colemani. The species in the pic above is is actually smaller than colemani and can be recognised by its dark coloured body that generally has tiny red spots. It is commonly referred to as the 'Pontoh's Pygmy Seahorse' and there are a couple of pics of it in Rudie Kuiter's 'Guide to Syngnathids' 2006 edition. I believed this species is currently being described...

I managed to photograph 6 different species of seahorses over the 2 weeks which was way cool! :)

cheers,
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Posted 02 May 2007 - 01:49 PM

Hi Alex,

its not actually Hippocampus colemani. The species in the pic above is is actually smaller than colemani and can be recognised by its dark coloured body that generally has tiny red spots. It is commonly referred to as the 'Pontoh's Pygmy Seahorse' and there are a couple of pics of it in Rudie Kuiter's 'Guide to Syngnathids' 2006 edition. I believed this species is currently being described...

I managed to photograph 6 different species of seahorses over the 2 weeks which was way cool! :)

cheers,
Dave


great shots Dave, I looked through the galleries, lots of great photos. Nice shots of ribbon eels, mantis, mandarin fish at Lehbeh. Great nudibranch gallery. The Baramundi cod is cool too!

thanks for posting

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 04:19 PM

Dave, your pics are AWESOME!

I was there about a month ago, and yes, it is one of the most spectacular locations I've ever been to! We stayed at the Kasawari resort for three days, then on the Aggressor for a week. What a vacation!!!!

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more of my pics are here:

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Posted 10 May 2007 - 07:17 PM

Dave,

Great shots. The barreltube shrimp-that's the eggs inside? Great stuff!

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Posted 13 May 2007 - 10:52 PM

Dave,

Great shots. The barreltube shrimp-that's the eggs inside? Great stuff!


Yep, I think they are tiny egss. This is the shrimp pic below:
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Posted 15 May 2007 - 04:55 AM

Great pictures,

I really like the mimic octopus and the fire urchin.

I can't believe that I've been in Indonesia but never got my thumb out and went diving in that area. Shame on me...
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Posted 16 May 2007 - 12:30 AM

Very interesting shots.
Expecially 4th.
Look like something from other planet.

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Posted 16 May 2007 - 12:35 AM

Super pics there :)
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 04:09 PM

Yep, I think they are tiny egss. This is the shrimp pic below:
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Wow. It doesn't get much better than this.

You should go "pro".

Very, very nice...............

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Posted 19 May 2007 - 04:29 PM

Great stuff.

I think the seahorse is H. colemani, although I have never seen on myself.

I really want to go back to that area. Not been since March 2004, which feels a very long time ago now!

Alex


It is not a colemani. I have seen them in PNG. They do not have the "weedy" appendages that these do. It is a species that most are calling Pontohi, although that name hasn't been made official. I saw many of them in Raja Ampat and you are right, they are a pain to photo. They move fast and non-stop. You got a great photo!

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Posted 20 May 2007 - 06:57 AM

great pics. spurred me on to get my trip to Lembeh organised even though it's a year away!