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In Topic: Any tips for photography in Komodo Island..?

07 February 2018 - 03:37 AM

Hello Tim,

Wide angle and fisheye lens certainly will be your best photo friends in Komodo, while there are a few macro ops in Wainilu, Pink Beach or Siaba Besar in teh north part some more like Cannibal in the south.


Personally I like those spots for wide angle :

- Batu Bolong that you wil certainly dive it more than once,

I think it's worthwhile staying one full dive in the shallows around 10AM or 4PM while the light is soft and nice. It's full of anthias and you get a wonderful surface effect in your image.

- Tatawa Besar some of the best coral colors in Komodo, incredible flashy orange!

- Tengah Kecil, also named Pengah, it's an emerged pinnacle that shows lots of coral diversity and beautiful gorgoninans, the mountlike topography of the site makes it great for backgrounds.

- There is an incredible bommie covered with glassfish at the end of Shotgun.

- Crystal Rock and Castle Rock may have lots of fish but the current is sometimes so violent you cannot get out your shelter to shoot them.


Afternoon light in Batu Bolong



Wrasse mayhem in shallow Batu Bolong



Shallows on Batu Bolong (look close and you'll find something interesting ;) )



Deeper Batu Bolong :



Colors on Tatawa Besar



Gorgonians on Pengah



Final bommie at Shotgun



Surgeonfish on Crystal Rock





You may have a look at my Komodo gallery clicking here : https://www.flickr.c...157625084671506

In Topic: What lens for canon FF for rhinopias

04 February 2018 - 04:52 AM

Thanks Undertow
The reason I suggested the 50mm 1.4 was because it could make it work with existing ports I already own. Luko would you say 20cm was the largest of the adult Rhinos you saw or were many much smaller?


I would say most rhinos I have seen were from 15cm up to 25cm.

The smallest juvenile was probably 4cm but in this case you have to be really lucky : it's so difficult to spot, the guide saw it while we were looking for seahorses, he almost put his hand on it.

In Topic: What lens for canon FF for rhinopias

03 February 2018 - 12:19 AM

Everybody writes about the lens magnifying characteristics, but keep in mind that the eniironment where the rhinopias often lives is quite murky so your only chance to get a good photo is to get very close though still wide enough to put 20cm into a frame.

This is why I support the Tok 10-17 option or for a FF the Sigma 15mm+1,4 Kenko muliiplier..

In Topic: What lens for canon FF for rhinopias

02 February 2018 - 12:10 PM

On a FF camera, I would say the 15mm SIgma would be pretty good.

On the other I also tried a 60mm into a dome that helps you keep a wider angle

I have shot rhinos with many lenses but only DX format see how they go :


With a 100 mm, this is the most useless lens I hate to see a rhinopias when I have my 100mm on. I had three in different ones in Ambon while I was stuck with a 100mm.





Now this is shot with a 60mm and flatport, Better for geting close in Alor




This one with a60mm flatport was more comfortable to shoot but the juvenile rhino from Padang Bai was much smaller, thus the lens totally appropriate





This one with a 60mm and Zen minidome





For the wider angles, this is a classic combo with a Tok 10-17 behind a Zen Minidome. I was lucky with 4 rhinos on this dive in Padang Bai.




Same dive using the Tok 10-17:




I sometimes used a Tok 10-17 with a Kenko 1,4 CFWA adaptor behind a Zen minidome, it does a great job for this size of fish, but the AF can be painful. .Here in Ambon.




And a very special combo using the Inon "insect eye" lens, In Tulamben Bali.



In Topic: duckface shrimp

01 February 2018 - 05:13 AM

I am the photographer of the image mentioned on #3 .

I also searched for the name of this guy, Someone in a "critter Id" Facebook Group  came out with this name, 

I certainly can't guarantee this is exact but just looking at the critter "Mole shrimp" seems quite adequately descriptive.