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Stingrays - Grand Cayman

24 November 2014 - 12:34 PM

In October I went for six days to the Cayman Islands for underwater photography of stingrays.
All images were shot with my Nikon D800E and a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens in a Seacam housing with Superdome port.

You can find some background information about this trip on my blog:


And some more images in my underwater gallery:



15684633667_a53301d256_o.jpgCayman-1 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15684632607_ee4a6319f0_o.jpgCayman-2 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15250744823_b668c91dd4_o.jpgCayman-3 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15684387159_829977b611_o.jpgCayman-4 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15844586286_a412f8db75_o.jpgCayman-6 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15684383429_bcc6897f4f_o.jpgCayman-9 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15868402401_e903dfc738_o.jpgCayman-10 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15870387125_6572ac62ba_o.jpgCayman-12 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15684380149_f77fbe05d2_o.jpgCayman-13 by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15870384455_197fa9ee98_o.jpgCayman-16 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

Questions about Crystal River, Florida

03 November 2014 - 11:59 AM

I will travel to Florida in January to shoot the Manatees at Crystal River and have some questions:

1. How cold is the water? I have a 2mm wetsuit and a 7mm wetsuit. Which would you recommend?

2. Is it allowed to wear fins there? I read contradictory statements about this.

3. Which tour operator would you recommend (my preference are very small groups and lots of time for photography)?

4. How many days would you spend at Crystal River (up to 5 days would be possible)?

5. Should I bring a flash or is ambient light sufficient (I will be shooting with a 15mm FE on a D800)?

6. Can you recommend a cheap hotel close to the Crystal River?

7. Do you have any additional hints or advice for me?



Palau - Jellyfish Lake and Rock Islands

18 October 2014 - 07:19 AM

In August I went for two weeks to Palau. I mainly wanted to shoot at the Jellyfish, were I spent 4 days.
You can find a trip report on my website wild-places-com.

I used two different cameras on this trip: a Nikon 1 AW1 with the kit zoom lens and my Nikon D800E in a Seacam underwater housing with the Superdome and the Zeiss 21mm lens and the Sigma 15mm fisheye lens.

The images I got from the AW1 were surprisingly good. The dynamic range and high iso performance of the AW1 is (as expected) clearly not as good as the D800E but with enough light the difference between the D800 images and the AW1 images is very small, which says a lot about the quality of this little camera. I will not hesitate to just take the AW1 on some future underwater photography trips, especially if there are some serious constraints regarding size and weight of my equipment.

Here are some images from my trip to Palau. C&C  welcome.


#1 (Nikon D800E, Sigma 15mm FE, f/11):

14942863864_fa53240e28_o.jpgPalau_05_DSC2019 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#2 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

15539903636_6c59a6d71b_o.jpgPalau_06_DSC1091 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#3 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

15560942321_201f4f1df8_o.jpgPalau_07_DSC1196 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#4 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

15377475378_8ee86377ff_o.jpgPalau_08_DSC1237 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#5 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

15564447792_3b49c8c93f_o.jpgPalau_09_DSC1310 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#6 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

15377968010_b97e2f449e_o.jpgPalau_10_DSC1322 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#7 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

14942855184_77f6a59e78_o.jpgPalau_11_DSC1353 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#8 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @22.6mm, f/5.6):

15376986329_cc38c9c6d9_o.jpgPalau_12_DSC1376 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#9 (Nikon 1 AW1, 11-27.5mm @11mm, f/5.6):

14942852594_2113d9462b_o.jpgPalau_13_DSC1420 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

#10 (Nikon D800E, Sigma 15mm FE, f/11):

14943426703_72cf6f6079_o.jpgPalau_14_DSC2099 by Wild_Places, on Flickr

Zeiss Camera Lens Blog

18 October 2014 - 05:26 AM

Zeiss has just published an article about my underwater landscapes in their Camera Lens Blog.

You can find the English version here:


Fernsteinsee and Samaranger See

15 September 2014 - 09:54 AM

Here are some images from two lakes in Austria shot with the Nikon D800E and Zeiss 21mm lens in a Seacam housing (no flash).




15193862246_970ba07589_o.jpgFernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15030193990_fe16396dea_o.jpgFernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15030107369_8df07740d3_o.jpgFernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


Quelltopf Fernsteinsee (this is the source point of the Fernsteinsee, diving is strictly fobidden there, but I was shooting from the edge without entering the water):


15213823541_5c6c0d93d1_o.jpgQuelltopf Fernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15030104869_127d724ca9_o.jpgQuelltopf Fernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15216506622_c767868926_o.jpgQuelltopf Fernsteinsee by Wild_Places, on Flickr


Samaranger See:


15030095649_938361d1b0_o.jpgSamaranger See by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15030194910_6663d98fc0_o.jpgSamaranger See by Wild_Places, on Flickr


15216895425_2851507078_o.jpgSamaranger See by Wild_Places, on Flickr