South-Ari Atoll, Maldives

These pictures have been made using a Sea & Sea DX-8000G, in most cases with a 0.6x wideangle converter. I decided to let my big Hugyfot underwater housing for the Nikon D200 and the Hartenberger strobe at home, because I had problems with my back and don't wanted to carry so many baggage. That's why these pictures aren't not so sharp and colorful as other pictures. I also made a little movie and processed the video squences with Apple iMovie.

There are now some diving restrictions by the government due to the many diving accidents on the Maldives: Diving below 30m is not allowed and for every dive depth, time and air consumption must be protocolized. Unfortunately after one week my camera got flooded. That's why there are no pictures of mantas and the whale shark. :-( November 14 to 19, 2007, 56 Images.

Image 1/56: Sting ray

A sting ray on sandy bottom with a swarm of young trigger fish. A flashed foreground would here be nice ... but my strobe was at home. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/84 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:03:56

Image 2/56: Trigerfish swarm

At almost every dive we saw big swarms of young trigger fishes. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/661 s, F/4.7, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:06:35

Image 3/56: Triggerfish swarm

Big swarms of young trigger fishes were typical for this season and dive location. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/73 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:08:09

Image 4/56: Mirela

Dive buddy mirela and a swarm of young trigger fishes. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/111 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:23:03

Image 5/56: Napoleon

One of the shy big napoloen fishes. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/27 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:28:18

Image 6/56: Fish swarm

And again a swarm of young trigger fishes because it was so pretty. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/204 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 06:01:25

Image 7/56: Scorpion fish

A scorpion fish. No strobe = no colour.. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/153 s, F/8.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 06:51:54

Image 8/56: Bat fishes

A small school of bat fishes with a swarm of young trigger fishes. Unfortunately I have to breathe under water from time to time and the bubbles disturbed the fishes. That's why they aren't looking into the same direction anymore. Using a wideangle lens, one has to get very close to the motive. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/134 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:03:28

Image 9/56: Bat fishes

Bat fishes and filming dive buddy Mirela. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/69 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:04:28

Image 10/56: Blue striped snapper

A swarm of yellow bluestriped snapper. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/49 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:09:25

Image 11/56: Anemone fish

An anemone fish. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/125 s, F/6.0, 10.6 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:31:12

Image 12/56: Anemone fish

Yet another anemone fish in it's anemone. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/125 s, F/2.7, 7.2 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:34:43

Image 13/56: Anemone fish

A clown fish in a anemone with current. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/125 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:42:38

Image 14/56: Boarding

End of a dive. The divers are boarding into the dhoni, the traditional maldivian wood boat. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/143 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 11:52:48

Image 15/56: Sea star

A sea star during a night dive. I used my torch instead of the built-in flas because I don't like flat frontal flashing. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/271 s, F/5.6, 9.3 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 14:43:45

Image 16/56: Shrimp

A shrimp during a night dive. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/73 s, F/4.3, 17.4 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 14:49:20

Image 17/56: Anemonen

Anemonen in voller "Blüte". Tagsüber sind sie geschlossen. Im Zentrum erkennt man noch schön die Mundöffnung. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/153 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 14:56:30

Image 18/56: Zwei Rotfeuerfüsche

Zwei Rotfeuerfische bei einem Nachttauchgang. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/290 s, F/3.2, 10.6 mm, ISO 200, Thursday, November 15, 2007 15:10:30

Image 19/56: Seestern auf Seegurke

Ein angeknabberter Seestern auf einer Seegurke. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/661 s, F/6.4, 12 mm, ISO 400, Thursday, November 15, 2007 15:22:18

Image 20/56: Canyon

Ein schöner Canyon. 0.6x wideangle converter, Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/176 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:11:17

Image 21/56: Canyon mit Mirela

Ein schöner Canyon mit Tauchbuddy Mirela. 0.6x wideangle converter, Broken Rock, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/470 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:13:42

Image 22/56: Riffformationen

Schöne Riffformationen am Ende des Canyons. mdash; Sea & Sea DX-8000G, 0.6x wideangle converter, Brocken Rock, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/217 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:15:02

Image 23/56: Stachelrochen

Ein Schwarzpunkt-Stachelrochen auf der Flucht vor Tauchern. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/69 s, F/2.8, 7.9 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:17:18

Image 24/56: Muräne

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/36 s, F/2.8, 7.9 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:18:36

Image 25/56: Meeresschildkröte

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/153 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:25:10

Image 26/56: Gorgonie

Eine Gorgonie an einem Überhang. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/176 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 06:29:41

Image 27/56: Grotte

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/80 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 11:14:38

Image 28/56: Drachenkopf

Ein schöner Drachenkopf. Wo ist mein Blitz? Zuhause. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/331 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 11:42:28

Image 29/56: Fledermausfisch

Ein Fledermausfisch, der gerne fotografiert werden wollte. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/411 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Friday, November 16, 2007 11:46:27

Image 30/56: Riffdach

Fische auf dem Riffdach mit Spiegelung an der Wasseroberfläche. Beim schnorcheln fotografiert. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/271 s, F/4.7, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 17, 2007 10:55:58

Image 31/56: Bogen

Ein Bogen an der Riffkante, fotografiert beim Apnoe-Tauchen. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/217 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 17, 2007 11:06:39

Image 32/56: Anemonenfisch

Anemonenfisch mit Doktorfisch. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/380 s, F/3.2, 10.6 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 17, 2007 11:12:09

Image 33/56: Doktorfisch

Ein Doktorfisch knabbert Algen von einem Korallenblock. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/500 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 17, 2007 11:16:37

Image 34/56: Selbstportrait

Selbstportrait beim Apnoe-Tauchen. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/217 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 17, 2007 11:21:58

Image 35/56: Fish swarm

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/189 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 05:50:34

Image 36/56: Octopus

Der Octopust war erst kaum vom Untergrund zu unterscheiden und wurde dann blitzschnell dunkel (rot), als ich ihm mit der Kamera zu nahe kam. Die Aufnahme wurde nachträglich stark farblich verändert, da ich keinen Blitz hatte. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/217 s, F/3.1, 10 mm, ISO 400, Sunday, November 18, 2007 06:18:48

Image 37/56: Weissspitzen-Riffhai

Einer der scheuen Weissspitzen-Riffhaie. South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/271 s, F/4.3, 17.4 mm, ISO 400, Sunday, November 18, 2007 06:21:30

Image 38/56: Mirela

Mirela im Sonnenlicht. Hätte länger die Luft anhalten sollen, damit meine Blubberbläschen nicht auf dem Bild sind. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/2000 s, F/8.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:34:31

Image 39/56: Fish swarm

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/440 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:46:45

Image 40/56: Meeresschildkröte

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/153 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:53:50

Image 41/56: Muräne

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/32 s, F/4.3, 17.4 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:57:54

Image 42/56: Two divers

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/217 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 11:09:52

Image 43/56: Sicherheitsstop

Taucher beim Sicherheitsstop in 5m Wassertiefe. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/761 s, F/8.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 11:17:12

Image 44/56: Aufgetaucht

Eine Gruppe Taucher wartet an der Wasseroberfläche auf das Dhoni. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/500 s, F/8.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Sunday, November 18, 2007 11:19:18

Image 45/56: Gorgony with corals

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/64 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 05:55:46

Image 46/56: Stachelrochen

Ein Stachelrochen zieht schön an mir vorbei. Wo ist bloss mein Blitz? 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/143 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 05:56:16

Image 47/56: Stachelrochen

Und der Stachelrochen verschwindet im tiefen Blau. Bei 36m hab ich aufgehört ihn zu verfolgen, denn ich hatte Nitrox im Tank und Tauchgänge tiefer als 30m sind auf den Maldives verboten. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/143 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 05:56:28

Image 48/56: Gorgonie

Eine wunderschöne Gorgonie im Gegenlicht. Tja, mein Blitz war zuhause, sonst sähe die Aufnahme etwa so aus. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/811 s, F/8.1, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 05:59:38

Image 49/56: Gorgony

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/380 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:01:07

Image 50/56: Meeresschildkröte

Eine Meeresschildkröte, leider grün auf blau. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/143 s, F/2.8, 7.9 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:02:49

Image 51/56: Meeresschildkröte

Eine Meeresschildkröte liegt auf dem Riff. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/143 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:04:45

Image 52/56: Schildkröte mit Mirela

Eine Meeresschildkröte mit Tauchbuddy Mirela. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/189 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:05:06

Image 53/56: Riffkante mit Schildkröte

Eine Meeresschildkröte steuert auf die Kante des Riffdaches zu. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/380 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 200, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:08:57

Image 54/56: Meeresschildkröte

Eine Meeresschildkröte liegt auf dem Riffdach. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/60 s, F/4.3, 17.4 mm, ISO 400, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:13:22

Image 55/56: Muräne

0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/105 s, F/3.4, 12 mm, ISO 400, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:17:48

Image 56/56: Muräne

Eine Muräne schaut aus ihrer Terassenwohnung am Riff. 0.6x wideangle converter, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. — RICOH Caplio GX8 , 1/153 s, F/2.5, 5.8 mm, ISO 400, Monday, November 19, 2007 06:20:20