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Reflections from Raja Ampat

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#1 gee13


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Posted 25 May 2013 - 05:21 PM

Here's a few selected shots from my recent maiden voyage to Raja Ampat in January. Conditions with visibility was a little more challenging for wide angle than what I had previously experienced in Komodo. However I found the macro variety to be a lot more diverse if not unique to the Indo-pacific region. One such find was a species of green frogfish which I havent seen before in my travels.















#2 Luko


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:46 AM

I really like the 2 first ones.


Been in Raja Ampat in april, I was surprized with the fish mass and even though vizibility can be challenging for photo, as well as particles (lots of post production despeckling work) I was totally amazed. I found the area much more rewarding than Komodo.

I didn't go much for macro except at the Passage, where I'd probably would have been more comfortable with wide angle and also for 2 housereef dives where I spotted almost immediately 3 species I had never seen including -at last- a blue ring octopus I had been chasing for 5 years. So you're right, more wide angle but very interesting macro opportunities.

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#3 Kelpfish


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 01:55 PM

I also like the first two. I am inches away from booking a 2014 dec/jan trip to Sorido resort.  It's a bit pricy, too.  Trying to work it out.  What operation did you dive with? Also, was the bad viz typical for that time of year or were there other circumstances?



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