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#1 Cal

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 01:08 AM

Hey Wetpixelators!

Jim and I (Cal) did a night dive a few weeks ago at the Blairgowrie Marina, Victoria, Australia.

The dive was in 10 degree water. As we were gearing up I realized I'd left one glove at home. I dived regardless but during the dive I noticed that my toes in one fin were really sore. I assumed I'd tightened the fin straps too much.
I surfaced after nearly 2 hours. Back on the pier, my hand was so numb I could barely open or close my fingers and I couldn't feel it................... and then I found my glove inside my fin :drink:

During the dive I spent almost the whole time watching a pair of dumpling squid mate. It was quite amazing to watch. The male would shake the female back and forth across the sand (the male is the one behind.) then every now and then they would shoot right up into the water column. Sometimes they would fall back to the sand and other times they ascended 2-3m all while the male was still shaking away (to use a polite term.)

I didnt have a working focus light so I took my inon d2000. This strobe isnt ttl compatible but it has a focus light inbuilt that works off fiber optics. I used duck tape to cover up the flash but left a whole so the focus light could get thru. This way I was able to aim the light at my subject but not get backscatter when the flash fired. The strobe used to illuminate the subjects was the Ikelite ds-51. This method worked really well as when they did shoot up I could illuminate them enough for the camera to focus correctly (previously I had to rely on my torch which then generated back scatter.) It was still hit and miss as it was very surgy + current which made focusing very difficult. I managed about 10 frames of the dumpling squid in the water column but these were my 2 favorites!



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All in all it was quite an amazing experience. I've only ever seen it twice before and I've been dreaming of these pics for a while now. I'm incredibly chuffed that I finally managed to capture them!

Hope you enjoyed them,

Cheers,

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Edited by Cal, 11 August 2008 - 01:09 AM.

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#2 BrianM

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:00 AM

Beautifully done Cal. I'm so envious, I almost want to jump on a plane and find the dumpling squid.

btw. I've dived with a glove in my fin several times, but don't worry after a few times, you wise up and remove the glove, instead of doing the whole dive with a painful big toe.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:51 AM

awesome !

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 03:36 AM

:drink: :) :)

fantastic motion captured! Superb shots!
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 07:13 AM

Beautiful colors and action. Very nice indeed.
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:53 AM

Superb! What size were they?
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 09:58 AM

Those are wonderful shots!
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Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:42 AM

Hey this cool, I've found this a few times myself, even luckily managed to get a photo as well!

Check out this link there, apart from lots of Indo-Pacific cephalopods, there is also a pair of bobtail squids mating too...

Go to: Cephalopods

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 02:05 PM

Fantastic captures, Cal!

I've only seen one dumpling squid (Komodo), and I can only imagine what it must be like to watch a pair of them mating - I assume they changed through all the colors of the rainbow in the process?

Good on ya for sticking to it despite the finger-sicles! :) When you think about it, it's great when an experience is so mesmerizing that "creature comforts" become irrelevant, isn't it! That only happens a handful of times in a lifetime, so congrats on this being one of them! :drink:

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#10 Cal

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Posted 11 August 2008 - 11:31 PM

Thanks guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really appreciate the feed back

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Posted 12 August 2008 - 07:26 AM

Awesome Cal and Jim...super job on that photo...its really a crackin' shot.
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