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#1 Bigeye Bubblefish

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:17 AM

Hi,

I just returned from a 2 weeks trip to the Maldives.

A short selection of shots taken during this trip.

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:30 AM

wow.... great stuff!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

Love the perspectives

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:53 AM

WONDERFUL pictures !! Congratulations !

#5 AndyBarker

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 02:01 PM

Great shots Damien looks like you have remembered all the points Alex taught you in the red sea.
I love the lion fish great blue behind the subject very well done.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

Very good as always Damien!
Favourite is the lion fish!
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 03:51 PM

Love it Damien. Great shots!

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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:44 AM

Great shots Damien! Can you elaborate on your trip a little? I have the Maldives on my to do list but I keep reading mixed reviews about the location and many of the live aboards in the region. Love to hear your impressions on the diving in general, the area, and the boat you were on.

Do you see whale sharks?

#10 Bigeye Bubblefish

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:41 AM

Thank you very much for your warm comments !!!
Very much appreciated.

Andy, you can only be true, Alex is an amazing photographer, and he shared so much with all of us.
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Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:47 AM

Great shots Damien! Can you elaborate on your trip a little? I have the Maldives on my to do list but I keep reading mixed reviews about the location and many of the live aboards in the region. Love to hear your impressions on the diving in general, the area, and the boat you were on.

Do you see whale sharks?


It depends of the period of the year, and the type of animals you want to shoot.
Northern part of the Maldives is well known (including Ari Atoll) for gorgeous Thilas full of soft corals, large schools of fish, pelagics, mantas and whale shark at the peak season.
Southern part is more interesting if you like to dive channels with entrant current and big walls. It is usually full of sharks and pelagics.

I've been 4 times to the Maldives, and I can't tell you which one is best. You should not miss the opportunity of diving in the Maldives. You can check my flickr account if you want to see more shots from this part of the world.

We have not seen any whale shark, mainly due to very bad weather conditions (storm, rain, wind, etc.).

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:55 PM

Awesome Damien. Ditto what Andy said - the lionfish is the one for me :-)

Best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:50 PM

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#14 Bigeye Bubblefish

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:45 AM

Awesome Damien. Ditto what Andy said - the lionfish is the one for me :-)

Best for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Phil

Thanks Phil, and Happy New Year. I'll be in Laguna this weekend.

Are you in town?

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And happy new year !!!

Bonne année Dominique.
Bientôt plus d'images, je n'ai pas eu le temps de tout dérusher.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

Great pics Damien. I also like the lionfish shot. How did you get the bluebackground to blur and keep sharp focus on main part of pic?

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#16 Bigeye Bubblefish

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

Hi Pam,

I missed your message.
I am rotating my housing with a slow curtain speed.
I am freezing the image by firing my strobes on rear curtain.

Hope It helps
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Posted 18 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Beautiful pictures

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:25 AM

amazing, stunning pictures, congratulations!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:31 PM

I love the rear curtain strobe and blur shot. I do lots of this type of thing on land and can't wait to try the same UW.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

Nice! Both the stingray and the lionfish!