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Featured Diving Raja Ampat, Indonesia with the RX100

Discussion in 'Sony RX100 Forum' started by mattia, May 27, 2016.

  1. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    98
    Dec 20, 2013
    My girlfriend and I got back from our 3 week vacation in Indonesia almost a month ago, and I'm slowly getting around to sorting through the photographs. Used the RX100 for all the underwater stuff, and the A7r for everything 'topside'.

    We spent one week in Raja Ampat, in Papua, eastern Indonesia. Fantastic, breathtaking dive destination, but expensive to reach and to dive. But worth every penny! We dove for 1 week, 19 dives.

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    Reefscape
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

    Underwater photography is really quite a big challenge for me, because it combines requirements for situational awareness (diving well and controlling bouyancy/position in the water), flash use (at depth or for smaller stuff, available light makes things difficult) and positioning, and use of so-called 'wet lenses', which is what makes the RX100 a really great, relatively affordable diving system: everything from extreme wideangle to macro during a single dive, in a package that's travel friendly and 'affordable'. This was the second ever trip with a strobe, with new dive gear (finally bought my own), and occasional current diving, and the first real dives in almost a year, so the learning curve was pretty steep.

    My setup:
    - Original Sony RX100
    - Acquapazza aluminum housing
    - INON wet lenses (macro and fisheye)
    - Single INON strobe

    The fisheye (UFL-165) is the weak link for me, due to vingetting a soft corners if I forget to stop down quite a lot, and I have now bought what should be a better lens (UWL-100 with dome), but it is a lot heavier. Which means fiddling with floating devices to make sure the camera is relatively 'neutral' underwater, making it easier to hold and use. Underwater photography is a whole different ballgame! Overall, the camera itself is a fraction of the cost of the system, and that's buying the wet lenses second hand (housing 800, strobe 400, wet lenses 300 total), but compared to getting a housing, ports, etc. for my a7R or even E-M1, it's downright affordable overall, and travels much lighter.

    A few highlights:

    Reef:
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    Reef Life
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Citrus Reefscape
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

    Big Stuff:
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    A trio of Mantas
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Flyby
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    How to sneak up on a scuba diver...
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

    Medium stuff:
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    Octo #1
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Peacock Mantis Shrimp #2
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Squid
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

    Small stuff:
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    Underwater floral arrangements
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Juvenile Clownfish Hideaway
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Nudibranch
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

    Tiny stuff:
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    Pygmy Seahorse
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Skeleton shrimp
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr

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    Teensy Tiny Nudibranch
    by Mattia Valente, on Flickr


    Link to full album: Raja Ampat - 2016

    Comments and critique welcome!
     
    Last edited: May 27, 2016
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Great results! I will check out the rest when I get home from work, but the underwater stuff you posted here is really good. So much color and diversity!
     
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    The macro shots just floor me.
     
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  4. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    certainly nailed these shots. Really, really lovely.
     
  5. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    98
    Dec 20, 2013
    Thanks for the kind words, guys! Raja Ampat really is a dream destination for divers, photographers and otherwise! And thanks for the front page feature - have edited the post slightly so there's a picture to start off with; can't have a dull and excessively wordy front page ;-)
     
  6. tonyturley

    tonyturley SC Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    This thread certainly deserved a front page feature. Excellent work.

    TT
     
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  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Best underwater shots I have seen in many years!!
     
  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Yes, crackingly good shots.
     
  9. Just love under water shots. Well done