Harlequin and Spiny Tiger Shrimp, Juvenile Warty and Painted Frogfish as well as Giant Frogfish are only a few of the highlights from this month. The conditions for diving in Lembeh are perfect right now: with the winds from the North slowing down, we are able to dive both North and South end of the Lembeh Strait.
I’ve been experimenting with different lighting techniques again, backlighting for example on a Horned Sea Pen Shrimp. The result is a very colorful, almost psychedelic image. Frogfish are usually suitable subjects to snoot because they barely move and have a decent size to make aiming easier.
We’ve had several sites where we’ve encountered Harlequin and Spiny Tiger Shrimps this week– all very photogenic subjects, however hard to shoot because they normally avoid the light and hide under rocks or in the rubble. I was lucky this week with two bigger sized Tiger Shrimp and a pair of Harlequin Shrimp which were happy to stay and pose in front of my camera.
A nice surprise in the deep and something I haven’t seen before was the Crown Jellyfish. I was diving at around 25 m and happened to look up to the surface, only to have my face right up this beautiful animal. One of the things I like most about the Olympus 12-50mm lens, is the flexibility it gives you. I was able to shoot the jellyfish which was around 40 cm in size as well as some tiny Nudibranchs all on the same dive.
My personal highlight for this month however is the Juvenile Pinnate Batfish, in general one of my most favorite fish. Only a few centimeters in size and moving around gently, it displayed that perfect orange line running all the way around it’s body. Being in the perfect position in the shallows, I was even able to take a picture of it with my snoot!