A vacation in Kona is nice…but the diving is spectacular! Today it was like a private cruise on the Lio Kai with just our friends Greg and Kendall and Dive Makai crewmembers Alison and Tanner. We dove Manta Ray Bay and Big Arch – both places we’ve been before but they are favorites. After snorkeling and diving in Maui, the Big Island’s scenery, number of fish and healthy coral always amaze me. Here are a couple Lined Butterflyfish cruising across the reef.
My task for the day was to get shots of Peter… the underwater photographer. He specifically asked for vertical shots. This one works and he even liked it. I shoot with a Olympus SP-350 with a underwater housing. Nothing fancy but that’s what I like. Sometimes shots turn out and generally I’m not disappointed. Today I took 110 pictures and had 26 that were “usable”. I find that the camera’s presets for Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro are pretty good. I still get too many fish butts…but I can’t blame the camera on that!
I think I succeeded with a few other good shots too. Peter captures a photo of our friend Greg Matz. Peter and Greg used to be assistant instructors together and both have a thing about being the first in the water, playing like flying flags in high current and basically doing everything exceptionally well that most sane people won’t even try.
So getting good pictures of Peter means trying to capture him getting a picture of something else…and getting them both in the photo and somewhat clear. Here is one of our favorites to find – a juvenile rockmover “aka Dragon” wrasse. Any of these pictures you can see the photo larger by clicking on the picture and seeing it full sized at Flickr.
This one I’m pretty proud of. I love finding these gorgeous little creatures called Leaf Scorpionfish. Our Divemaster Allison, found this one in a large coral head. It took several tries but I really captured this little 2″ beauty. Peter always tells me that a specimen shot is not good unless you “get the eye”. I can’t argue that but I won’t disturb or scare critters just to get a photo.