Some Tanzanian Wildlife - Diving Mafia Island

Discussion in 'Nature' started by mattia, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. mattia

    mattia Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 3, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Not using a MFT camera - in this case a Sony RX100 (original) in an Acquapazza housing. Unfortunately I broke my wet lens adapter shortly before leaving, so I could only use the bare camera and not my fisheye or macro wet lenses. I'm still getting used to underwater photography (not a ton of experience diving or shooting underwater), and definitely need to get either a red filter (white balance adjustment range being a touch narrow) and/or strobes. Mafia Island is close to Zanzibar, and has some of the most beautiful corals and reefs I've seen to date, many in pristine condition. Many of the dives were on overcast days which didn't help the lighting situation. Plus I need to stop down further for more DoF more often. I'd gotten used to shooting the fisheye before which alleviates the issue somewhat...

    Squid, during a shoreside muck dive.
    [​IMG]DSC07525_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Upside-down Jelly
    [​IMG]DSC07531_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    A trunk fish (I think...)
    [​IMG]DSC07543_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Lionfish. At least they belong in these waters. They're quite tasty (eaten one on Bonaire, where they're an invasive species)
    [​IMG]DSC07553_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC07566_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    ..with a photobombing flounder:
    [​IMG]DSC07564_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Play 'spot the Scorpion fish'
    [​IMG]DSC07911_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Green moray
    [​IMG]DSC07695_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Nudibrach in soft coral
    [​IMG]DSC07810_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Another nudi
    [​IMG]DSC07828_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    More nudi!
    [​IMG]DSC07904_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Banana nudi:
    [​IMG]DSC08006_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    [​IMG]DSC08075_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

    Probably my favourite 'artistic' shot - soft coral (or anemone, not sure) with my girlfriend diving in the background
    [​IMG]DSC07922_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr
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  2. Pili

    Pili Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 16, 2012
    Boulder, CO
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    Cool shots, love the nudis. Lionfish are delicious indeed, I've eaten quite a few of them in the Bahamas!
  3. rklepper

    rklepper Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2012
    Iowa, USA
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    Very nice set. Thanks for sharing.