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    Smile D3X goes underwater

    Yes, I finally decided to up-grade my underwater photography equipment
    I used to dive with Nikon D50 and D80.
    Now I'm using my D3X for underwater photography

    I had a really great time working with D3X for underwater photography... the AF was very wonderful.

    Now I want to share some pics from it.
    (All picture were taken using Nikon 16/2.8 Fisheye Lens and Nikon 105 VR)

    This is the hotel where I stayed in Bali (Located at Tulamben)
    It's a very nice hotel, all i have to do if i want to go dive, is grab my dive gear then walk to the beach in front of my hotel.
    With a short swim distance (around 3-5 minutes only) I can reach the Liberty ship wreck.
    It's a very nice dive spot.




    the coral at Liberty Wreck



    A giant sea Fan at 80 feet



    Angel Fish on the coral



    On of the original canon on the wreck that already full with hard and soft coral



    continue....
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    on the soft coral, if we stop for a while and take a closer look to it, examine every details of it, we can find a soft coral crab (of course you need some luck too)
    the size of this crab is about 1- 1,5 cm only.

    The Yellow one



    The White one



    On this trip I was really looking foward to see a yellow pigmy sea horse. Pigmy sea horse is a smallest sea horse in the world, that live on a sea fan. It's really hard to find one and usually they live on a deep sea, around 90-120 feet. Therefore to take a picture of it, it's not easy... first we need to find it, after we find one, we have to take a picture of it really quick! otherwise I will enter decompression dive mode, which is not good...
    at 100 - 120 feet, i believe we only have around 6 minutes before entering decompression dive.

    I was lucky on that day! I found 1 yellow pigmy sea horse ^.^

    This is my original position when I found the pigmy sea horse ( it was behind some of the sea fan branches)



    then I move around a bit, to find a better spot




    Aside from pigmy sea horse, I also found a very beautiful harlequin shrimp.




    and a pair of white nudibranch (matting)


    On the way back to the surface, I also found a lot of creatures ^^

    Blue Ribbon Eel



    Leaf Scorpion Fish



    Moray Eel



    then finally at 15 feet, I found this beautiful Nemo ^^




    I really enjoy this dive trip ^^
    Thanks for Looking

    Andree
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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree, those captures are beyond awesome. I hope you will have them published in some sort of nature science magazine. You'd probably know the right media yourself.
    Congrats with your new underwater equipment, and congrats with the spectacular captures of the rare Yellow Pigmy Sea Horse. You have done a phenomenal job.

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree Thats some beautiful work! Shooting underwater is not easy but I am in envy of your equipment. Using a D3X would be more than I could risk .

    What housing did you buy for the d3x?

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree, wonderful shots, I love underwater photography. I never even heard of a Harlequin Shrimp before this... but what an apt name. What's your lighting setup and how do you meter.

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    Hi Steen.
    thank for the comments
    to be honest I dunno any nature magazine that want to publish my picture hahahhahaa
    Actually beside the yellow pigmy sea horse, I found a red one too! (after a couples dives on the same area)
    I will post a picture of it too later.

    Hi Roger,
    Yes, It's very risky to use D3X for underwater shooting, I dunno what's inside my head >_< hahahhaha
    btw, I'm using Sea and Sea PRO MDX D3 + Sea and Sea YS 250 Pro 2 units for lighting.

    I really like Sea and Sea housing
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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    Andree, wonderful shots, I love underwater photography. I never even heard of a Harlequin Shrimp before this... but what an apt name. What's your lighting setup and how do you meter.
    Hi david,
    Glad that u like my pictures
    did you know that a harlequin shrimp always live with star fish? because they eat the star fish!!
    Yes, they really eat the star fish slowly... day by day, until nothing left.

    About the lighting setup,
    I always shooting under Manual mode on my DSLR and my strobes (in this one i was using 2 units of sea and sea YS 250 pro with diffuser).
    it's kind of try and error base for metering the light, however since I do shots a lot of underwater macro photography, so by just looking at the distance of the subject to my camera, I can tell already how much power on the strobes should I use in order to get the right amount of light.
    Most of the time, I only use 1/2 of the power from the strobes
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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    beautiful shots, love that harlequin shrimp...

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree, we've had the sad news about the terrible earthquakes in Padang and Bengkulu on the western coast of Sumatra.
    I hope you are well, where are you located in Indonesia ?

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Very nice Andree!!!

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Spectacular, Andree! Please show more when you are able.

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    Nice shots. esp the eel staring/marvelling at the D3X.
    I would love to see the D3X setup as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Andree, we've had the sad news about the terrible earthquakes in Padang and Bengkulu on the western coast of Sumatra.
    I hope you are well, where are you located in Indonesia ?
    Hi Steen, Thank you for your kind attention
    I'm very lucky that I live on the south coast of Sumatra. I did not feel the earth quake at all, it's a huge one....
    Lately so many earth quake happened in Indonesia ( 2 week ago, a small earth quake in Bali) so weird.
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    Thx guys for all the comments

    now i want to show u the red pigmy seahorse that i found on the other day.
    I managed to get only 2 shots, it's wasn't very good one... due to the strong current




    this one is a White Crinoid Crab



    Yellow Crinoid Shrimp



    Orange Christmas Tree (it's worm actually)



    Poisonous Scorpion Fish



    Alau, Sorry I dont have the picture of the D3X setup right now.
    Once I get home, i will post it for u

    Andree
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    these are amazing!!! love them.

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    Thank you, this is all so beautiful! And you have great skill in capturing their beauty for the world to see.

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree, these photos are incredible! Thanks for sharing a world that very few of ever get to see. Can't wait to see more.

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    Remarkable!

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Hi Guys!
    Once again thx you for all the comments
    and I want to apologize for the delay of this reply (I was out of town)

    here we go:
    Housing : Sea and Sea MDX PRO D3
    Strobe : Sea and Sea YS 250 PRO (With Diffuser on it)
    Lens Port for Nikon 105 VR : Athena Japan
    Arms : 2 small one from ULCS , 2 big one from Inon Mega Float Arms

    Please take a note that In this pictures I did not install the cable that connected the strobes to the housing .
    Also on the left mega float Arm, I installed a small plate to attach a Wet diopter Lens.

    here are the simple picture of the housing










    All pics were taken using Nikon D80 + 35/1.8 + SB 800
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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Wow. Looks very high-tech and pro, I guess it doesn't come entirely free with the D3X
    Isn't it a bit of a heavy rig to maneuver due to the resistance from the water ?

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    Very impressive setup, Andree.

    (and yes Steen, i'd looked into this some time ago and kinda remember the write off is in the same range as the D3X - if not more with all the accessories. Well, say quite discouraging for most of us )

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    Andre, simply unbelievable! Thank you!
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    So brave all that trust in O rings and silicon sealant, or whatever is used these days. I remember once reading it's not if the water tightness fails but when.
    Great images and well done and as I said So brave.
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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andree - I just want to add my thanks for the wonderful photographs - truly excellent
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    Good Morning guys
    thanks for all the comments. Talking about the equipment, i guess you are right David, I really put all my trust to the O-Ring and the housing
    It really sound crazy... even when i think of it, Yes It's Really crazy >_<
    btw, I want to another picture.
    It's a skeleton Shrimp!
    this skeleton shrimp is very tiny, the size of it's body is only as thick as a human hair.
    the height is about 0,5 cm only.
    I was very lucky to photograph this creature.



    Question : is the red line on it's body is the blood vein ??
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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Andre,

    As so many other members have said, your photographs are both beautiful and amazing. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to dive (in the first place), handle the camera plus flash units, get close enough without disturbing the creatures, frame the shot, set the ambient/flash exposure correctly, and expose at precisely the right moment. Let alone co-ordinate all those parameters so that the result is a wonderful, compelling picture. Amazing! Thank you for sharing the results with us.

    Jonathon

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    ini belalang air ya???

    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    Good Morning guys
    thanks for all the comments. Talking about the equipment, i guess you are right David, I really put all my trust to the O-Ring and the housing
    It really sound crazy... even when i think of it, Yes It's Really crazy >_<
    btw, I want to another picture.
    It's a skeleton Shrimp!
    this skeleton shrimp is very tiny, the size of it's body is only as thick as a human hair.
    the height is about 0,5 cm only.
    I was very lucky to photograph this creature.



    Question : is the red line on it's body is the blood vein ??

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    Amazing photos. Amazing colors. I also want to know about the red line on the shrimp.
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    Hi Andree:

    Very impressive photographs. You made a comment about not knowing who might want to publish your photographs. This got me thinking about a person who I had known about because of my interest and ownership of Bengal cats. It took me sometime to search for him and found it. Here is the link:

    http://echeng.com/photo/

    He is the editor of wetpixel. Eric is a young chinese and very talented with computers / software. If I recall, he started a company and in a few years sold his company and now very involved in underwater photography. Hope this helps you to get your photos published.

    Gerry

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    Exceptional work Andree. Right kit in the right persons hands. Always love underwater shots, but some of your peices here in the thread have taken such shots to the next level.

    Roman

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    Re: D3X goes underwater

    Reminds me 20 years ago, I soak my Nikon FM with the 24mm, leak in the housing
    The body didn't survive but the lens did, I sold it to a professional photographer, my retailer actually, who sent the lens to Nikon. It came back untouched ... and rock solid stiff. So I took my screw drivers.... to screw it up a bit more. Then he proposed me to send it to a friend of his working in the army workshop. Came back reported "caput".
    Then I found a small guy reparing photo gear, I explained him over the phone then sent to him. It came back working perfectly.... then my retailer bought the lens and still use it today !!!

    With electronic today even lenses won't survive.

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    Superb underwater images Andree. Always appreciate your stunning images. It does take balls to take a D3x underwater!

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