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Diving Shaw’s Cove

I didn’t do any diving for all of September as we traveled to Montana and Michigan, so I’d been itching to get underwater. Luckily the opportunity came as friends were heading down to Laguna Beach to dive Shaw’s Cove yesterday. As much as I hate waking up early just to leave the house by 5:30am it was well worth the trip. We did two dives. The first dive was with our whole group; the second dive just Craig and I as we focused on taking photos. For both dives I dove on a steel 120 with my Olympus E-PM1 digital camera plated a single strobe. Here are the best photos I took:

 

On the first dive I managed to be underwater for 104 minutes and on the second, I was under for 123 minutes, a new personal best. We saw (and played with) a couple of octopi, many beautifully colored nudibranchs (nudis), and while we were trying to position ourselves to get a shot at a good size horn shark there was a moray eel looking for some attention. Good visibility outside of the crevice at 25+ft. Inside the crevice, early in the day, there was probably 20ft of visibility but it dropped later around noon when washout became more and more common. On the plus side I wasn’t cold, not even after being underwater for more than hours thanks to the 75+ degree water.

The more experience I get with my camera, the more I understand it’s settings and the more I enjoy taking photos with it. So far I’ve taken photos with it here in Southern California and in Australia at the Great Barrier Reef. Next month it will be with us on our trip to Hawaii! The only downside so far with the Olympus E-PM1 is with regard to reviewing photos – you can only review the last photo that was taken and it’s a bit clunky. To review previously taken photos, you have to use a dial to scan through them. Unfortunately there’s no way to manipulate a round dial on the housing (seems rather tricky in general) so that’s failure. On the positive side I realized yesterday it would be great to get a macro lens for the housing and perhaps an additional light. I have another strobe but I destroyed the battery. Perhaps I should work on getting a focus light instead?

(Oh and how do you like that gallery / slideshow up top?)

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