Lembeh Straits is a Mecca for underwater photographers as they love the current-free (well most of the time!) waters, sandy bottoms and the multitude of crazy critters we have living here!
They both spent time with Gizmo (our resident photography instructor and resort manager) learning firstly about caring and looking after their underwater cameras. They went on to learn about understanding the camera and how to maximize the functions to get the best possible photos underwater.
One of the most important elements of a good photo is good composition and lighting and Gizmo gave them both plenty of tips on taking the best photo possible.
Even the world’s best photographers use a photo-editing programme and during their course both Dan and James gained some skills in ‘post production’!
Check out a mixture of their photos in the album. A couple of my favourites are the Feather Star on Whip Coral and Lionfish/Bannerfish Ménage (see above)!
Thanks to James and Dan for allowing us to publish their photos and ‘Great Job’ to both of them!
If you would like to take this course on your trip to Two Fish Divers Lembeh, then please drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Luke and Meagan are currently completing their Divemaster Internship with Two Fish Divers and they came over to Lembeh to complete some of their PADI specialties with us and also sneak in a few fun dives as well.
They both completed their Night Diver specialty , over 3 dives, which was great fun and we saw lots of the cool critters that come out night, in particular lots of crazy decorator crabs and mating Nudibranchs!
Luke decided to complete the Search and Recovery spe cialty which is not only good fun but extremely interesting and you get to learn some pretty different skills to what you would on other dive courses. We have trying out different search patterns and using lift bags to recover the objects that we have found! Luke is now a master of his digital compass!!
Meagan really enjoys underwater photography and so decided to complete her Digital Underwater Photography specialty, where she is learning to good composition, all about the different functions on her camera and also some nifty bits of advice on techniques to use underwater and also on land in the editing suite!! Have a look at her awesome photos!
Towards the end of their stay Luke got an ear infection but he insisted that Meagan continue to do her Wreck Diver Specialty with Gizmo. She learn about safe wreck diving techniques, penetration methods and also had to make a map of part of the Mawali Wreck – with is just five minutes from our resort!
We have really enjoyed having them stay with us and getting to teach them some new skills and hope that they have enjoyed as much as us!
If you are interested in finding out more about the PADI specialty courses or Divemaster course with Two Fish then just go to http://www.twofishdivers.com/speciality-courses.html , http://www.twofishdivers.com/divemaster-course.html or drop us an email.
Josh and Nikki washed up on our shores after a stay with Two Fish Divers Bunaken and were ready to find out what this Muck Diving lark was about. We believe in the end they really loved it as they stayed with us for 5 days and then headed off to Flores and Bali and within 3 weeks were back for a second stint for another 4 days!! We think we have created to 2 new Muck Diving junkies!!
Josh and Nikki took many photos during their stay and you would often sitting in the lounge till the early hours cataloguing all their photos!! Two of our personal favourites are shown here.
Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus), usually live in burrows made from small rubble. This one pcitured here will be a male due to his strong bright colouring, females tend to be more olive in colour. We could spend hours watching these guys, preen their homes and it sometimes seems like they are just as interested in you as you are in them!!
Ribbon Eels (Rhinomuraena quaesita) are another species that many people have on their Lembeh wish list and it is easy to see them at many of our sites. They are solitary creatures, who live in long sandy burrows. You normally see them with just their head sticking out but if you are really lucky you will see them free-swimming, which is a truly amazing sight. Ribbon eels are one of the wonders of the world as they start life as males ( as pictured here) and they can then later change sex. Adult males are bright blue and females bright yellow.
Thank you Josh and Nikki for sending these through to us and we hope to see in Lembeh again some time in the near future!
Back in February 2010, we had a group of Scandinavian divers who informed us of the existence of the ‘Tongue Eating Isopod’ – you may remember Anna’s photograph from the our ‘ Did You Know’ blog ( http://divinglembeh.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/did-you-know-2/) . One of the group was Bent Christensen, an Aquatic Ecologist and avid (and very talented) underwater and land photographer who has recently informed that he will be coming back to “to document the parasites further” . Even though he plans to spend a lot of time sitting at anemones, staring into the mouths of anemone fish as they try and bite him ( they are just protecting their anemone!) we are sure that he will spend some time enjoying some of the other critters that we have here in Lembeh and also to see if any of the other fish have a tongue-eating parasite living in their mouth!!
If you would like to check out some more of Bent’s photos from his stay here at Two Fish Lembeh and also at Two Fish Bunaken then follow the link to http://www.pbase.com/borneobent/sulawesi_2010 .
Russel enjoyed a break from his studies earlier this year by coming to Indonesia and enjoy some awesome diving here with Two Fish Divers in North Sulawesi. He thoroughly enjoyed his time diving the walls of Bunaken and combing the sand here in the Lembeh Strait critter hunting!!
Russell really enjoyed being able to really get into Macro photography here in Lembeh and the shots that he has sent us, also show he is pretty good at it.
The Black-Finned Snake Eel (Ophichthus melanochir). They are usually found alone buried in the sand wit just their head showing. They are laying in wait for the their prey, such as small fish. You’ll often find a cleaner shrimp hanging around on their nose keeping them company!
This beautiful Cockatoo Waspfish was found at one of our true muck diving sites. They are usually found on sandy or rubble bottoms swinging happily in the water movements, mimicking rotten leaf. Found in pairs or solitary. The colour of these ranges from light to dark brown and in the case of this one white with a brown face!!
Thank you Russell for sharing your great photos with us. If any of you would like to see more of Russell’s photos then just click on this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/russell_taylor/sets/