Raja Ampat, Indonesia

These pictures were made during 21 of 32 dives on an dive safari with MV Pindito between 14 and 25 march 2005 in Raja Empat on the tour Sorong-Misool-Sorong. I used a Nikon Coolpix 5400 in a Sea&Sea housing and a Subtronic Mini TTL underwater strobe and sometimes a fisheye converter. All pictures were made during daylight because the LED pilot light of the Subtronic mini was too weak for the Cooolpix' autofocus. There were much better situations but either the autofocus was too slow, the camera software crashed or the strobe akku was empty. :-( (102 Images)

Zodiac down underImage 1/102 Zodiac down under: The dive begins. Looking back to the Zodiac. — dive site Jamur at Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, 15 march 2005 Soft coralImage 2/102 Soft coral: A soft coral on a hard coral. — dive site Jamur at Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, 15 march 2005 Leather coralImage 3/102 Leather coral: A mushroom leather coral — dive site Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Subtronic Mini strobe, 15 march 2005 Soft coralsImage 4/102 Soft corals: Some soft corals — Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Giant shellImage 5/102 Giant shell: A giant shell — Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Anemone fishImage 6/102 Anemone fish: Two clownfish in an anemone — Jamur, Wajil Batan Island, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005
Spiral TubewormsImage 7/102 Spiral Tubeworms: A stone coral with spiral tube worms and sea squirts — Jamur, Wajil Batan, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Dive upImage 8/102 Dive up: At the end of the dive one climbs up into the Zodiac. — Jamur, Wajil Batan, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Swarm glass fishImage 9/102 Swarm glass fish: A swarm of glass fishes in a coral reef — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Coral reefImage 10/102 Coral reef: Table corals on a dropoff. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Bumphead bat fishImage 11/102 Bumphead bat fish: Two bumphead batfish — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan Island, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Image 12/102 :
Coral treesImage 13/102 Coral trees: A little coral tree, a stone coral, a horn coral and a sea squirt. Nothing special but looks nice. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Coral reefImage 14/102 Coral reef: Reeftop with fish — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Table coralImage 15/102 Table coral: An underwater reef scene with a table coral — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Coral reefImage 16/102 Coral reef: Underwater reef scene with table corals and fish. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 FernImage 17/102 Fern: Some kind of fern in a coral reef — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005 Pygmy SeahorseImage 18/102 Pygmy Seahorse: A pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus Bargibanti). Because the poor animal has been flashed a houndred times before I only made one photo. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 15 march 2005
Horn coralsImage 19/102 Horn corals: Horn corals and a swarm fish beneath the water surface. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Pygmy seahorse paparazziImage 20/102 Pygmy seahorse paparazzi: Photographers hunting for poor pygmy seahorses. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Pygmy seahorse paparazziImage 21/102 Pygmy seahorse paparazzi: Photographers hunting for pygmy seahorses. Will these tiny seahorses soon wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the many flashes and lamps? — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Underwater sceneImage 22/102 Underwater scene: Underwater reef scene with overhang — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Stone coralImage 23/102 Stone coral: Just a stone coral in a bed of horn corals in shallow water. — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Tube spongesImage 24/102 Tube sponges: Underwater reef landscape with tube sponges — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005
Barrel spongeImage 25/102 Barrel sponge: Underwater reef landscape with a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria). — Dunia Kecil, Wajil Batan, Rajat Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, Fischaugen-Vorsatz, 15 march 2005 Emperor angelfishImage 26/102 Emperor angelfish: Front view of an emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Red toot trigger fishImage 27/102 Red toot trigger fish: A red tooth triggerfish (Odonis niger) and a cleaning wrasse. That's why it disappeared instantly in his hole when I came with my camera. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Partner shrimpImage 28/102 Partner shrimp: A Tosa partner shrimp (Periclimenes tosaensis) on an anemone, guarded by excited clownfish. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Neon nudibranchImage 29/102 Neon nudibranch: A neon nudibranch (Nembrotha rutilans) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Pennant fishImage 30/102 Pennant fish: A swarm of pennant fish (Heniochus intermedius) — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005
BarracudasImage 31/102 Barracudas: A swarm of striped barracudas. Unfortunately the external strobe was empty (again) in just that moment. That's why there are no colours. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Skunk anemone fishImage 32/102 Skunk anemone fish: An anemone with a skunk anemone fish. Good that I was wearing a mask. — Fiabajet Barat, Fiabajet, Raja Empat, Indonesia, Nikon Coolpix 5400, 16. march 2005 Image 33/102 : Image 34/102 : Image 35/102 : Image 36/102 :
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