Welcome to the Hotel California
Posted 16 June 2011 - 10:43 AM
I was traveling to California last week, attending a business show and I decided to extend my stay for a long weekend.
I took this opportunity to book a 2 days liveaboard on the "Great Escape" which is usually harbored in San Pedro, CA.
The plan for the weekend was to spend 2 days on San Clemente and Catalina islands.
At the last minute we changed the plans and we dove on Santa Barbara island and reefs along Palos Verde.
First time diving in California, it's been a great experience even if I found the conditions a bit difficult for an UW photographer.
It cloudy and rainy on SB Island, it was cold (59°f in Santa Barbara, and 53°f in Palos Verde), a lot of swell and current... but worst, we have had a very bad visibility near Los Angeles (green, very green and dark).
Anyway, I enjoyed my dives since I was diving for the first time with Sea Lions, and I discovered the magic of the Kelp !!!
Few shots taken that WE.
1. The Great Escape in San Pedro Harbor, CA.
2. A curious Sea Lion
3. Abundant sea life
4. A poor lonesome bat star
5. Brittlestars are everywhere
6. More bat stars and purple sea urchins
7. A sea lion modeling... she forgot to light on the strobe !!!
8 As sea lion in the Kelp
9. More kelp
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 11:48 AM
You got some good shots.
Glad you enjoyed the kelp.
Too bad you did not get the sun shinning down through it!
If it is so easy every one would be doing it!
Nikon D 500, Subal Housing, Inon Z 240 strobes.
Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:40 AM
Canon 5D3 and 7D, Nauticam and Subal, an assortment of strobes and too many damn lenses!
"Hey Dean! How do you work this crazy thing?!" Jerry Lewis
Posted 20 June 2011 - 05:16 AM
A lot of fun diving in your backyard. Your UW pets are funny pets, colorful playground, awesome UW jungle, but you are right... it might be very cold.
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