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In Topic: Heading to Beqa Lagoon Resort Aug 2010

18 July 2010 - 03:52 AM

Guys when you do the shark dive try to get on the up current side of the line. I think the end is the best spot for pictures. The sharks will almost always come up current and the fish bits in the water will be going away from you. Don't forget to look behind you once in a while, you never know who is going to join the party.

Have fun!

Great hints thanks mate!

In Topic: Heading to Beqa Lagoon Resort Aug 2010

18 July 2010 - 03:43 AM

Bula Bula!

I was diving Beqa Lagoon in June and did 5 days of shark diving. I recommend diving with Brandon from Aqua Trek rather than their competitor.
Yes, clean shark images are difficult to come by, but not impossible. There are hundreds if not thousands of fish trying to get a bite of the bait. If you dive with one operation and they get to know you as a safe diver and avid photographer, they will put you RIGHT UP FRONT with the bull sharks. My dome port was actually bumped two times by bulls. These are ROTUND, STOUT bull sharks. On one of the dives a 15 foot female tiger decided to visit as well. If you are looking for the perfect shark image, go with Jim Abernathy @ Tiger Beach. That being said, I would definitely dive Beqa Lagoon again.
The down side of the Beqa shark dive is that regardless of what dive operation you go with, it is a complete and total cattle call! Don't let this discourage you, though, because as I said, if they like you they will most definitely give you a VERY front row seat. Also the non-shark diving in Beqa Lagoon is also very nice. Beautiful soft coral bommies. Enjoy!!!!

Bula!! fingers crossed I will get right in the thick of it, not sure who I am diving with, but I will probably stick with whoever I start with. Thanks for your comments, it adds to the excitement as my trip gets closer, Cheers!

In Topic: Heading to Beqa Lagoon Resort Aug 2010

18 July 2010 - 03:35 AM

i'll be there in august too. i'm a shark nut so i will be doing multiple shark dives too. from the videos i've seen, it looks like it will be very hard to get a good shot of a shark b/c of all the little fishies.
this will be my first time for good reef "action" and i am looking forward to that. i'm not sure how to photograph the reef stuff though. i've got 2 macro lenses, but i honestly think that i'll use the trusty ole 17-40L.
i'm there 20-28. where are you there?

Hi Matt, I will be there from 17 Aug to 4 Sept. I am getting good info here to wrap my mind around a decent plan to maximise my opportunities. I have pre booked 3 double dive shark trips so far to be sure I have a spot. Reef shooting is pretty easy, when we hook up I can give you some helpful pointers. I am planning on doing a lot of shore dives to play with my snoots with the little critters. So I will see you there!! Cheers!

In Topic: Heading to Beqa Lagoon Resort Aug 2010

16 July 2010 - 11:05 PM

@ Luke, from what I have read about the shark dive I see it will be a challenge to get a good clean shot. I figure doing mulitple shark trips will increase my chances to nail a handfull of neat shots.

@ Steve, I have a Koi pond bure for the first 4 nights then the remaining two weeks at a beachfront, thanks for the warning about the coconuts, I will be sure to look out for them. I will see what room I have for extra pencils and stuff for the children. I agree that the Fijians are the friendliest people on the planet, I did a short trip to Fiji back in 2003 and loved it.

@ G'Day James, yeah I agree 18 nights is a long time, but I have Joe Holley with Marine Visions and Mike from H2O Photo Pros arriving 4 days after I get there, for a week and when they leave my mother will join me for the last week. So moving is not really possible. The pro's for staying in one spot that many days? I have 15 dive days planned so I will get to see a lot of reef and sharks, Plus I am taking a lot of above water camera stuff to see if I can capture some very nice commercial type images of the resort. After scouring the web I havent found many great images of the resort so I hope to use all those days to come home with a lot of very nice images.

Thanks for your input guys I appreciate it.