Some Tanzanian Wildlife - Diving Mafia Island


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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.
DSC07525_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Upside-down Jelly
DSC07531_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

A trunk fish (I think...)
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)
DSC07553_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

DSC07566_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

..with a photobombing flounder:
DSC07564_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Play 'spot the Scorpion fish'
DSC07911_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Green moray
DSC07695_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Nudibrach in soft coral
DSC07810_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Another nudi
DSC07828_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

More nudi!
DSC07904_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr

Banana nudi:
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Probably my favourite 'artistic' shot - soft coral (or anemone, not sure) with my girlfriend diving in the background
DSC07922_DxO by mattia_v, on Flickr


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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!
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