Although most people come to Lembeh for the tiny critters and muck diving on black sand – I can’t stay away from shooting wide angle every now and again. Especially right now that the visibility is suitable for it and perfect subjects like Wonderpus, Mimic Octopus or big Hairy Frogfish keep turning up on a regular basis.
Not to forget some of our beautiful coral patches and reefs! Why not enjoy the colors and photo opportunities the shallows of most dive sites have to offer too? A simple whip coral will look quite boring by itself but can create an interesting “frame” for a diver like Rockles in the picture below.
The more challenging shots however are those where you capture both, marine life and diver, in one frame. It’s also important to catch your model when it’s inhaling otherwise you’ll have to make a ton of bubbles disappear in post processing.
The secret for shooting wide angle is to get close (and if you think you’re close, get even closer!). In the picture with Risman, I’m about 30 cm away from the Mimic Octopus. So next time someone gives you a funny look when you’re heading out diving in Lembeh with your wide angle lens: show them that it can be done!