Underwater Photography Journal – Dive Sites & Camera Lens
There are at least more than 40 dive sites around Bali, starting from east coast, then up to the north-east coast and west coast near Java Island. The entire dive site provides its uniqueness by itself! Let’s talk about them… they are really amazing for underwater photography freak like me. Sometimes you may be a little confused about what camera lens that you are going to use (as was I). Well its part of learning and I’m happy to share this with you
If you’re planning to dive and take beautiful underwater scenery of Menjangan Island, the best lens to use is a Fish eye lens. Menjangan Island provides mostly wall dive with bunch of huge sea fans, giant sponges and if we’re lucky sometime we can see whale shark passing during migration to another spot! Menjangan became my favorite dive site and the currents there mostly drifting.
I took this picture at Anchor Wreck dive site, Menjangan using a Cannon G12 housing and big eye lens from Fantasea. Double strobes Sea&Sea YS-02. ISO 100, f4 1/640.
Shallow area in the Anchor Wreck, Menjangan Island. Canon G12,Big eye lens- fantasea, Inon Z240, ISO100, 1/500 f4.5
PosII, Menjangan Island. Canon G12 with housing canon and big eye lens – fantasea. ISO 100, Inon Z240, 1/400, f3.5
Next to Menjangan, there is macro dive site which is my most favorite dive site in Bali. It is called PuriJati. Its has sandy bottom from 4 until 9 meters and they are very broad, which makes you feel as if you are in a golf yard! But, there are so many weird critters we can see here. What makes PuriJati famous is Melibenudi branch.
I took this MelibeNudi Branch, PuriJati with Canon G12 with Canon Housing, macro wetlens +6 Inon single strobes Sea&Sea YS02
Another macro dive site near Menjangan, is Secret Bay which is the only dive site in Bali that you can see Banggai Cardinal fish. This Banggai Cardinal fish is only found here at Indonesia. You can find it first in Lembeh, Sulawesi Island and the second is here in Secret Bay, Bali. How amazing these fish population right?
Banggai cardinal fish, usually live in stag horn coral, or anemone. But here in Bali, they live near sea urchin.
If you are interested with melisa’s photos, you may want to check out Blue Season Bali’s photo gallery