NAD-Lembeh Resort Lionfish Corals

Wide Angle Wednesday

Since the conditions at the dive sites in the North of Lembeh are perfect at the moment, I have been focusing mainly on wide angle photography. Sites like Yiko Yansi, Dante’s Wall, California Dreaming, Angel’s Windows and Pulau Putus offer some fantastic wall, coral reef and cavern dives! Although diving in Lembeh is dominated by finding small critters and creatures, they can also be found on sites where both wide angle and macro subjects are present.

NAD-Lembeh Resort Spiny Tiger Shrimp

How To Achieve Black Backgrounds

One of the most common questions I get asked when it comes to underwater macro photography is how to achieve black backgrounds. The popping colors of the subject on black creates great contrasts in an image.

Generally speaking, a black or dark background is achieved by a small aperture. You would want to let as little light as possible through your camera lens. However, it’s not just that easy since a big F-stop/ small aperture automatically means greater depth of field!

Finning technique, taught by a shrimp goby

Today I did 3 dives, 2 with the Sigma 17-70mm (which i’ll write something on in the future) and then the last one with the Zeiss Milvus 50mm Macro lens, which is manual focus. The 50mm lens is the lens that I used for the Shrimpgoby in the video below, shooting at a higher than usual frame rate of 300 frames per second.  So this is being played back at less than 1/10th of real time speed to show the detail in the finning method of the goby.

NAD Lembeh Photo Fun Week Underwater Tribe Group Photo

Photo Fun Week with the Underwater Tribe

For the fifth time already we’ve been hosting the Underwater Tribe from Bali with photo instructors Mike Veitch, Luca Vaime and Doug Sloss. The number of workshop participants was limited to 16 spaces to ensure everyone gets enough personal time with the instructors. All levels of underwater photographers were welcome and it was incredible to see how each and every one of them improved within only 7 days!