View Full Version : Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, Western Australia | 1 April 2012
April 5th, 2012, 05:18 AM
Last weekend was so much fun - I'd forgotten how great it is to get out and just enjoy being underwater, no clients, no commitments, no phones. Had super fun playing at one of my favourite dive sites - Blizzard Ridge - with some WA on Sunday.
Olive sea snake
Threadfin pearl perch
Estuary cod above a school
Olive sea snake again
bunches of fishes
Canon 40D, Tokina 10-17 + Kenko 1.4TC, Subal housing, Zen mini-dome, 2 x Inon strobes
April 7th, 2012, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the "like", lordhelmet :)
April 7th, 2012, 06:13 PM
very cool pix! Even tho I'm not real crazy about snakes!:scared::scared:
April 7th, 2012, 10:48 PM
Gorgeous shots! You really can't go wrong with the Canon body/Tokina 10-17 combo.
April 9th, 2012, 05:12 AM
Love the Threadfin pearl perch.
Are the snakes dangerous, some where I read that these are the most dangerous in the world? Probably wrong the amount of misinformation about dangerous species is legendry.
April 9th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Sea snakes are elapids, which are primarily neurotoxic, and the venom is extremely toxic. However, they are generally not aggressive, and the structure of their mouth is such that, even when bites occur, there is rarely much venom injected. Human deaths from these snakes are extremely rare, and the snakes are not :)
April 9th, 2012, 05:45 PM
smellz - oh, I can go very wrong wtih that combo some days LOL
Victor - TS&M has given great info (as usual). Our view here is, yes, they are extremely venomous - the olive's is the most potent of all the sea snakes, I'm told - but no, they aren't dangerous. I often have one wrapped up around me, peering curiously into the back of my camera or seemingly just enjoying being transported LOL They won't come viciously attack you, but you don't want to piss them off, tease them or try to otherwise make them miserable :) The people who get bitten by these guys are almost always the trawler fishermen not being careful.
April 11th, 2012, 06:58 AM
Thanks Alcina and TS&M for the info on the snakes. My only experience with the venemous ones is in Africa. There they normally will disapear long before us noisy humans come blundering into their danger zone. The exception is early morning where the cold makes them slugish, then you need to be more careful.
April 11th, 2012, 09:47 AM
Really nice shots, Kristin. The first one was my favorite. Wouldn't that look great in 3D? Did you take all of these with the 1.4 behind the lens? How does it affect your edge sharpness, especially with the small dome?
April 11th, 2012, 07:29 PM
You know, I have no idea on edge sharpness - I'm sure there are all sorts of guys out there with detailed analysis of this combo (yes, I did have the 1.4 on for every shot).
They all look fine to me but I'm not a pixel peeper at all. If they look sweet on the screen and when I print them, that's all I care about!
April 15th, 2012, 12:55 AM
I'm kind of stumped here, but why would you use a 1.4 teleconverter on super wide angle glass instead of just choosing a tighter lens?
April 15th, 2012, 03:06 AM
In a nutshell, it's mostly so you can have a macro subject and a WA background. Like the sea snakes here. Here's a link (http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=32955) where Alex Mustard and a few others talk a bit about it. I'd never read that thread before but wanted to find you something with some good examples.
Honestly, I only had a vague (very vague) idea on the "why" when I decided to use it. Why have I been using it? Because it's fun and something new for me to learn and explore :)