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  1. Wow, this is spectacular work! Not only technically amazing but also aesthetically very nice as well. Thanks a lot for sharing your images!


    I really like the pair of leafy pipefish, and would love to know more about the your setup to produce such an image. I'm not able to imagine how it works with a snoot. Do you happen to have a photo of your assembled rig?


    The suupermacro shots are really something too. I doubt most of us have seen anemonefish eggs at that level of detail.


    Thank you very much !


    the detailed set up description about remote flash triggered with snoot is here in my Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/paolo.isgro/media_set?set=a.10206286908305743.1073741835.1057154245&type=3 ) , just beaware the snoot in this link is my DIY double fiber optic snoot , instead the snoot I used in above Tulamben macro shots was the Fabio Iardino Snoot . Anyway the triggered system is the same .


    Iardino Snoot is designed , engineered and produced by my friend Fabio Iardino and , sorry , I have to ask him the permission to post any photos of his snoot .

    Anyway you can also ask to him directly through Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/iardino ) more info about his snoot ….. he is one of the most famous Italian underwater photographer , a pioneer in underwater snoot technology and always more than happy to answer any question about his snoot !


    Hope this can help

    Paolo Isgro

  2. Reverse ring macro ( extreme supermacro )


    We used a Cason EF-S 24 mm F2,8 pancake reversed with kooka adapter ( to be able to adjust aperture ) on Canon 7D + 37 mm ext tube .

    In this way 5 mm fill the long side frame and this means , considering the Canon /d sensor 22,5 mm , an optical magnification x 4.5 ( stronger than any wet supermacro lens available today on the market )

    Usually stopped down F5,6 – F8 to avoid too much diffraction ( you can see Exif data in Flickr ) .


    Illumination was made by different kind of snoot ( all by fiber optic ) because working distance from port was only 2,5 cm .


    It was not so easy to work with this lens because so close to the subject , manual focus only and fix frame , anyway we had a lot of fun .

    A good focus light and a good external viewfinder were a must to clearly see when in focus .


    Here are some shots we taken .

    ( if you like to see more , and in high resolution , here is the dedicated Flick gallery : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157689139160906 )

































    Finally let me say again it was an amazing experience to dive and shot with Ajiex Dharma ( ... and I already hire him again for my next trip in Tulamben )

    all my best


    Paolo Isgro

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  3. I spent 9 day diving in Tulamben ( Bali ) last August and I hired Ajiex Dharma as my private dive guide .

    Ajiex is a skilled and expert freelancer dive guide , worked many years in Villa Markisa , is very knowledge in nudibranches and a talented underwater photographer as well .


    The feeling was perfect : above and below water .

    We usually make 2 dives in the morning , lunch together ( fantastic have a lunch on the beach with super fresh grilled fish ) , and another dive in afternoon .

    All shore dive , pick up from my resort … all perfectly organized .


    We split our underwater photography in two session : macro with snoot and reverse ring macro ( extreme supermacro )



    Macro with snoot .


    We used mostly a Fabio Iardino snoot ( fiber optic + sealed optical lens custom snoot ) on a slave Inon Z240 triggered to have the maximum flexibility in targeting the light to create some side light and back light ( and not the standard spot light ) .

    The goal was to create a light that give a great result to the subject but , sometimes , do not completely dark the background .

    Just as less light as possible in the “right place “ to create te effect "we like" : this is the way we used the snoot .

    ( btw : “right place “ is a subjective meaning of course …. anyway hope you like the following photos )


    Here are some shots we taken .

    ( if you like to see more , and in high resolution , here is the dedicated Flick gallery : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157685661275064/with/36874751275/









































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  4. Beautiful photos!


    I have a technical question, regarding WA: did you ever use the Tokina 10-17mm with the same camera/dome and can say how the image quality is compared to the Canon 8-15mm fisheye?




    thanks Wolfang .


    I didn't made any side by side test comparision with Canon 8-15 and Tokina 10-17 ( I have also it and I used in my first trip to Triton Bay ) , but I can say Canon is a little bit sharper and has much much less cromatic aberration .

    Hope this help .

  5. The two morning dives ware mostly dedicated to reef and fish . So go for wide angle photography !

    Visibility was very good the first week , so we could appreciate the untouched reef and the great fish life of this area .
    Sadly No whale shark in the period I was there .

    Hoping can give you an idea how beautiful is diving in Triton Bay here are some shots .

    If you like to see more photos , here are the links to my Flickr macro and wide angle gallery about Triton Bay
    macro : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157664633106908
    wide : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157668927318229

    Definetely .... I have to came back again to Triton Bay .... and again .... and again !!
    Wish all my best to everybody
    Paolo Isgro

  6. I came back again to Triton Bay last January 2018 .

    It was my second time there ( first time you can read here : http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=60852 )

    The place is still wonderful above and below the water .

    What is changed from my first time ?
    Now Garuda fly from Jakarta to Kaimana so it is easy ( and reliable ) to get there .
    The resort has two more bungalow ( now 6 ) anyway the atmosphere is still intimate and friendly .
    There is one more boat ( now 3 ) so group are still maximun 4 divers per DM .
    Bungalow , food , great beach , amazing landscape ... all as my past trip .







    the resort house reef :






    Triton Bay area is one of the best place for pigmy sea horse , and this time finally I saw the Satomy Pigmy .
    As small as pontoy ( 1 cm ) , live in the seaweed and often move from one point to another .

    Have a look at these two photos and see the kind of arm on the back he use to balance himself during is Flying ! Fantastic creature !
    Again many other pigmy and macro subject . Usually the afternoon dive ( 3 ° dive ) was macro oriented . The guide are very good spotter for elusive and mimetic critters .

    Here some pigmy denise :














    can you see the second pigmy ??


    and a very small hairy shrimp :



  7. I use INON UCL-67 with Canon 7D + Canon 60 mm macro

    I found this combination very good : great magnification ( 10,5 mm fill the long side frame on Canon 7D , so considering 22,5 mm sensor , it means more than x2,1 optical magnification ) , enough working distance even at max magnification , very sharp and limited cromatic aberration . Better using with manual focus to be sure you get max magnification , anyway autofocus work well enough .


    here same samples ( 2000 x 3000 ):







    hope this can help


  8. Whale Shark experience :

    Just a 1 hour boat ride to arrive to fisherman platform and we jumped in the water with whale shark .
    This was the best experience of this holiday , maybe becuase my first time with whale shark .

    We spent 2 hours there , again the water was not so clear , anyway was fantastic to be so close with so a gently giant .

    Here some shots :


















    Definitely I really had a gret time in Triton Bay !!

    The best memory was the feeling to be a pioneer in the last dive frontier , and I can't wait to get there again .

    Hope this help . Do not esitate to contact me for any question .
    best regards

    Paolo Isgro

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  9. Wide angle :
    I think the best reason to get there is for reefscape and underwater panorama .
    It really seems the jungle and the reef mix each other .

    Wide angle photography was my real goal but so many pigmy take me out to left my wide angle lens so often .
    I was impressed by biodiversity and density of coral and fish ( btw : the fish approach you very close without fear ... )
    The blak coral forest was unbelievable ! And the soft corals were like in Fiji : so beautiful .

    Be aware this is not a big fish destination : I didn't see any shark or manta , just two wobbegong . But I was in a fish soup every time in the water .

    Better stop to chat and show you some shot ( ... even if I'm not a wide angle specialist ) :




































    and really amazing black coral forest :







    Sometime the current was very strong , anyway the dive master know how to manage the dive for divers safety .

    The only issue was visibility sometime poor and the water with a little green color cast .
    And when the visibility is good .... it is a dream !

    If you like , other wide angle shots here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157679783634576

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  10. Macro :

    As macro lover ( btw : I dove the most important macro destination may times : Anilao , Lembeh , Tulamben , Ambon ) I was really impressed about the variety of pigmy sea horse in Triton Bay .

    This was the real highlight of Triton Bay as my macro point of view .
    Many different kind of Denise , Bargibanti . And Pontoi also . And all these 3 species during the same dive . And not only one dive site ... !
    And sometimes Satomi pigmy can be seen also ( ... I missed it for 2 weeks ) .

    Just some pigmy shots :






















    very interesting behavior as well , ie mating nudibranch :


    or pigmy denise releasing ( ? ) eggs :


    this is also the place for nudi lovers .

    another highlight is the dive to see the flasher wrasse : a challange for macro shooter :


    For macrophotography the condition was really good with subject no deeper than 24 m and really no current . Warm water ( 29 °C ) so possible to stay longer ....!

    If you like , other macro shots here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/paolobl65/albums/72157677301099011

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  11. I was in Triton Bay - West Papua - Indonesia ( Triton Bay Dive Resort ) last December 2016 for a dive vacation and I'd like to share my experience .
    ( .. I just beg your pardon for my English .. )

    Getting There :
    the trip begin many months before with a good e-mail comunication with resort owners ( Jimmy and Leeza ) to receive all the info about the location and diving and to set up the flights to get there .
    I arrived from Italy in Jakarta in the afternoon and then a night flight Lion + Wings Air to Kaimana via Ambon . I arrived in Kaimana airport h 10:00 AM , Jimmy , the owner , is waiting for me and other guest and than half hour drive to the pier and 2 and half hours to get the resort . Long but not difficult .
    Same for the way back : starting in the morning from resort and landing in Jakarta h 4:00 PM .
    Actually Wings Air seems do not fly anymore to Kaimana , but there is now Garuda : so for getting there next time ( ... ah , yes I already planned next Christmas again in Triton Bay ... ) I will fly Garuda from Jakarta to Kaimana via Ambon ( arriving in Kaimana H 9:45 AM ) but way back Garuda has orrible connection in Ambon , so better Kaimana to Jakarta via Sorong ( Wings + Batik Air , landing in Jakarta h 7:00 PM )

    Location and Resort :
    Triton bay is in West Papua , south-est from Raja Ampat , a very remote and still untouched area for diving . Only one resort actually ( Triton Bay Dive resort - Home ) and very few liveaboards .
    The resort is in a quiet and amazing bay .

    This was the view from the door of my bungalow :





    and this the view of the beach from the restaurant :






    and this the bungalow and the diving from the beach :





    I loved very much this resort : so small , intimate and well organized .
    The room was very nice , well ventilated even without aircon , with a big open air bathroom , and just a step from the beach .

    The restaurant offered buffet breakfats and family style lunch and dinner . Always delicious .
    One per week a wonderful barbeque on the beach .

    The electricity run from 6:00AM to 11:00 PM , this was my main concern before to arrive there , but really no problem at all , just a little planning to charge all the battery camera , strobe , laptop, and remember to have a little flash light on my bed during the night just in case .
    Maybe the only issue is the slow wifi connection : whatsapp worked but no e-mail , FB .... anyway sometimes is also good in this way to better enjoy the holiday !
    Be aware No mobile signal as well .

    Again about location : I was really fascinating about the surrounding area , every morning the short boat ride to dive site gave me amazing view and after the first dive we always spent the surface interval in a unspoiled beach .... fantastic .
    Just few example :












    and I was very impressed to not see anyt plastics in the water and to the beach !

    DIVING :
    the main reason to get there !

    Just few words about the diving operation : there were 3 very skilled Dive Master from Manado , and this was the mailstone to have a very good experience !
    The boat leave 8:00 AM for two dives in the morning , diving time 60-80 min , then back for lunch in resort . As I already said : surface interval in a fantastic and desert beach for relax and some snack .
    Third dive 3:00 PM and night dive h 6:00 PM if you like ( I made only one time and it was beyond expectation )
    Even with only 5 guest the resort always used two boats , so very relaxed and enjoible diving . Someimes I was with private dive master for better opportunity in phothography

    As underwater photographer , I can divide the diving in three section : MACRO , WIDE , Whale Shark experience .

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