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Pick of the Week: Underwater hide-and-seek

Written by David/Photos by Michelle & David

Every time we plan for a trip that will involve some beach time, we ask ourselves the very same question: “Are we going to dive there this time?”

And the answer is always the same: “We totally will!”

Since we got qualified as PADI divers in Thailand in 2013 (wonderful dives in Koh Tao by the way!) we cannot help fitting a dive or two in our travel schedule every time we have the chance. The surface of our wonderful planet is about 70% water-covered and it would be a shame to leave all this goodness unexplored, don’t you think?

And of course, every time we get in the water a camera is always coming with us, you never know when the perfect picture oportunity will come up. That’s one lesson learned!

The picture below was taken in Gili Trawangan this summer and it was quite a lucky catch! Thanks to our dive master from Lutwala Diving and his eagle eyes!

Underwater photography

A clownfish hiding in sea anemone, off Gili Trawangan (Indonesia)

Nikon Coolpix AW130 | N/A | ISO125 | 6.6mm | ƒ/4.2| 1/100s

So, we were already 10m deep in the coral reef off the north shore of Gili T. and at some point our dive master suddenly pointed to the tentacles of a sea anemone. “Moving on, not very spectacular” we thought, as you can see there were sea anemones all over the place. But when he brushed the tentacles with his gloved hand, this little guy came out of his cosy refuge to see what all the fuss was about and I couldn’t believe my eyes. We found Nemo!

For all of you that missed that biology class, the tentacles of sea anemones are covered with little poisson-loaded needles and its sting can be quite annoying for non-clownfish creatures (us included!) but these little coloured fish are immune to it and use the sea anemones for protection.

This tip is for the amateur photography geeks out there. Do you want to photograph clownfish yourself? Take your waterproof point-and-shoot camera (we love our Nikon Coolpix AW130!) or a more professional waterproof housing for your DSLR (definitelly the most expensive option) and head to the nearest sea anemone next time you’re around a coral reef and be patient.

You’ll need a bit more than patience though, underwater photography can be challenging. For a start you’ll find that some of the beginner’s tips here will come in handy, and this tutorial will take you a bit further.

What do you think guys? Ready to try your next photography challenge? Or are you already experienced in underwater photography and want to share? Hit the ‘Leave a Comment’ link at the top of the page and let’s chat! Click here for more of our photos taken in Gili Trawangan above and below the water!

Stay tuned for the next post and until then…

Happy travelling, and happy diving!

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