Helen Brierley and Dan McGanty from the US have just recently visited us here at NAD for a week of diving in Lembeh. Their passion for the underwater world was quite obvious from the beginning: after 3 dives per day, they would furthermore head out for a Blackwater Night dive every night.
We’ve put together a little video with helpful tips and tricks to make diving in Lembeh even more enjoyable and fun for everyone. Check out how to adjust your dive style and find examples of what to do and not to do. Especially when diving with a camera there’s a few things you should consider!
It’s considered the holy grail of critters because they’re extremely rare and usually only spotted during a short period of time: the Hairy Octopus. Once you’ve seen Wonderpus, Mimic, Blue-Ring and Mototi, this is probably the ultimate Cephalopod left on the list.
How well do you know your gobies from the Lembeh Strait? Here’s a quick quiz of just some of teh gobies you can look for during your stay in Lembeh. Of course, we all have a favourite goby, and tastes may be different but there is one thing for sure, they are way cooler than nudibranchs!
The Nikon 200mm F/4 Micro is an old design lens, no stabilisers, no focus drive motors. So it is quite slow and will get blurry if you are not super steady – I would definitely suggest this lens only to those who are looking for a new challenge underwater or if you’re shooting extremely shy animals. It’s also quite heavy, but feels solidly built with nice balance when used above water. There are many reviews on the lens around the internet – if you’re also into dragonflies and other skittish insects this lens will already be on your radar.
Today I headed out for 2 dives in the morning, armed with the Nauticam D500, 105mm lens, double flip holder and the SMC1 and SMC2.
I didn’t want to take too many diopters as it would have meant juggling them around underwater, and frankly they are too expensive to risk scratching.
When you’re new to (manual) photography, you have a lot to juggle at the same time: starting with the positioning and settings of your camera, not to mention your one or two strobes!
Luckily, new underwater photography gadgets enter the market on a regular basis and the idea of using a ring light instead of a strobe or torch isn’t that new as such. However, the newly released Kraken Weefine Ring Light got us excited since it’s especially designed for macro photography. Let’s see what the results look like and how we rate the 1000 lumens strong, relatively inexpensive light.
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!
It’s just before the sun disappears and most of us divers feel like having a beer, when the actual magic on the reef happens. Mating Mandarin Fish are something all divers should experience at least once during their stay in Lembeh. It’s when one of the most beautiful and stunning fish appears briefly to mate around sunset time in order to avoid any bright light.
Lembeh is world-known for muck diving and critter hunting but wreck diving?! Although it sounds hard to believe, diving the Mawali Wreck offers unique opportunities for macro as well as wide angle enthusiasts and of course those who enjoy wreck diving in general.