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Nudibranch photos from catalina

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I did 3 dives yesterday at Catalina Island in California. It was my 2nd time using my new Nikon D80. I used my 10.5 fisheye for the 1st dive, these shots are from the 60mm I used on the 2nd and 3rd dives.

 

wow, the difference from my Fuji F10 is amazing, I'm really enjoying the detail you can get from a dSLR. the fast focus is nice too.

 

enjoy the photos!

 

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Janolus barbarenis Nudibranch

 

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Juvenile Sheephead

 

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Cockerelli's dorid

 

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Blue-banded goby with front dorsal fin erect, a warning posture

 

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Juvenile Scorpionfish

 

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A very small x-mas tree worm

 

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Phoronid worm

 

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Janolus barbarenis nudibranch, closeup

 

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Mantis shrimp, not wanting to come out of his hole

 

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Juvie Triopha maculata nudibranch (1 inch long), bryozoans and small scaly tube worms on kelp

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sgietler, that is quite an impressive variety of macro to find on Catalina! What dive sites were you at? I'm pretty sure the nudi's weren't from the dive park.

 

What housing/strobes are you using? My first dSLR housing purchase is coming up this month and I want to be sure to get it right. :)

 

Once again, love your shots!

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Beautiful colours; great job with your new camera.

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thanks guys!

 

Pat, the nudies on Catalina are picky, they usually like it cold and deep... they are also seasonal, I usually don't see them in the summer, but you'll see them now, 50ft-120ft deep. Even in the dive park! you have to look at the Valient or on the SueJack.

 

I have a lot of practise, so I know where to look. These were found at bird rock, sea fan grotto and eel cove.

 

I got the Sea & Sea housing + TTL converter + 2 YS-90DX strobes. the housing decision was tough, they all have their pros and cons, good luck with your decision. I do like the housing, although I have nothing to compare it to. Its a little heavy underwater with the macro port, but not as heavy as the D200 + S&S housing. Also, the TTL converter is not working well, indoors is fine but underwater unless the subject is close, and fairly well lit, I just get a black screen. I need to follow up with S&S about this, it might be that these strobes can't sync fast enough for a 2-preflash sequence on the D80, but I'm not sure.

 

Scott

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I love the photos. For a moment, I was really jealous when I thought that you found all of those at Casino Point. I was diving out there a week ago and took these photos with my D80 and Ikelite. After looking at how close you were to the nudis, it seems that I can probably get a little closer to my subjects.

 

Did any of your wide angle shots turn out? I have a Tokina 12-24 and an 8" dome but I really haven't gotten a chance to try it out. I'm going out on the Bottomscratcher in a few weeks and hope to do some wide-angle shots of the sun slanting through the kelp.

 

This is my post last week on Scubaboard:

 

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Dove at Casino Point in Catalina on Saturday. I was hoping to do some wide angle photos of the kelp (using my new 8" dome and 12-24 lens), but the water was quite trashy, so I shot macro. Temps were fairly cold (53-54 deg F) and vis was 20 feet. I didn't see anything too noteable, accept for a Porter's Chromodorid nudibranch, one of the things that I had never seen there and was hoping to find.

 

Now to the photos.

 

Here's the Porter's Chromodorid. He was a little fella, about the length of a black-eyed pea. After shooting him, I realized that my aperature was only f/5.6, so I didn't get very good depth of field. Dang.

 

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Also for the first time, I saw a couple of juvenile Tylodina fungina, a type of sea slug with a nearly transparent shell, particularly when they are young. This first one is a juvenile

 

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and this is his little brother who was a foot away.

 

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The third slug of the day was a fat Navanax.

 

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Last, here are a Bluebanded Goby (about the most common fish out there)

 

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and a close-up of some polyps on a Red Gorgonian.

 

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These were all shot with my Nikon D80 in an Ikelite housing, with a Ikelite DS125 strobe, a Nikon 60mm lens, and occassionally a Woody's diopter.

 

David

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Great shots.

I have narrowed my list down to the D80, I'm happy to see someone having such great success with it.

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That first nudi shot is killer. I would have used f16 or 22 for a little better DOF but overall great shots.

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:) very nice photos sgietler !!!! is it possible to post the adjustment that you have on your camera ?

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Hey:

Great photos! I"m going to Catalina in june, can't wait to get the camera wet there aftere seeing yourphotos. D80 in S and S housing.

Bill

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Sgieter, Nice shots. Love that twin x-mas tree worm. Would look very striking against a black background.

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