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#1 Bent C

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:24 AM

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I have a bunch of pictures from an liveaboard in the Maldives in the following gallery:

http://bentmedia.me/.../maldives-2014/

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#2 troporobo

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:21 PM

Wow - that might be the most dramatic manta photo I have seen!  Lots of great shots in your gallery too.  Thanks for sharing.



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Posted 14 August 2014 - 04:25 AM

Wow - that might be the most dramatic manta photo I have seen!

 

It is good, isn't it?

 

But...

 

... the collection reminds of something...

 

... something that includes one or two mantas in the dark:

 

2013 Maldives 46 504 Maayafushi lagoon mantas.jpg

 

 

There are some pretty impressive images from Hawaii, too; I found this one just now:

 

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 09:58 AM

A couple more from my trip, Tim:

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and

 

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Personally the highlight was the night dive with the nurse sharks:

 

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 09:55 AM

Aren't the night dives great? The enormous nurse sharks are cool, but the mantas are hot!!

 

How did you light the mantas? I didn't get it quite right: I think that video lights held out quite wide may the best way...

 

2013 Maldives 41 474 Maayafushi lagoon mantas.jpg

 

 

Using strobes, the nurse sharks were much easier:

 

2013 Maldives 13 076 Alimathaa jetty nurse sharks.jpg

 

 

Thanks for posting your images, Bent.


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Posted 18 August 2014 - 12:35 PM

Superb images BC



#7 Bent C

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Posted Yesterday, 07:48 AM

Aren't the night dives great? The enormous nurse sharks are cool, but the mantas are hot!!
 
How did you light the mantas? I didn't get it quite right: I think that video lights held out quite wide may the best way...
 
Using strobes, the nurse sharks were much easier:

 
Thanks for posting your images, Bent.

I would rate the night dive with the nurse sharks as the coolest I have ever done! It was just amazing. The big rays were icing on the cake. I liked the manta night dive as well, but it was harder really to appreciate as we were in a group supposed to be kneeling on the sand. The sand turned out to be silt and the kneeling part was so-so, so the viz went pretty quickly. However, up till then it was incredible to have the mantas swimming straight towards the camera.

Lighting wise I didn't do anything special. Strobes pointing somewhat out on two arms, more or less. Video lights would probably be good, at least for getting consistent af.
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