Monday, August 27, 2007

A Busy Weekend

I know that this will come as no surprise to anyone out there that knows me, but I pretty spent pretty much my whole weekend underwater once again, and I believe that I lead a charmed diving life. Diving like anything else is all about being in the right place at the right time, and I had several instances over the weekend where it just doesn't get much better. I went diving Saturday morning at the Grotto with Greg, we were specifically looking for nudibranchs to take pictures of. We both knew the places to look, and we didn't waste any time getting to them. Greg, who has much better eyes than I do for spotting these little guys got skunked. But I happened to stumble into this Halgerda malesso down at the bottom of the #2 hole. And the best part was, he was in a perfect spot to take his picture. I love being able to photograph them contrasted against the blue sky coming through the water, it just gives such vivid contrasts, and then when you throw in some red sponge coral, well it makes for the perfect picture. I spent probably close to a half hour with this little guy because he was on the move, so he was changing the background for the shots constantly. That means I get a much larger variety of pictures thanks to his being on the hunt. They are cool to watch because they just glide over whatever is in front of them and their foot and body just molds on top of it. I got to watch this one actually climb up over the top of this little hydroid and then go down the other side. As much fun as this is to watch, it's even more fun to take pictures of. I think I'm quickly amassing one of the largest photo archives of these guys in existence. Every time I see one of them, I'll shoot about 200 shots of it before moving on. You have to figure they're not all going to turn out, so you throw away anything that is slightly blurry or doesn't have quite the right feel to it, so you end up with maybe 100 shots that are all very nice. I'm learning that the experts like to have several different vantage points when displaying them, and having different color schemes and backgrounds is also a big plus. I'm about as happy as a pig rolling in the mud when I have a chance to just sit in one spot and take pictures of a nudibranch like this, especially when they're going out of their way to be an especially good model for me. And this was just the first dive of the weekend. I wound up taking the Captain of the USS Ford and one of his officers out diving Sunday morning, and then I took a boat trip to Tinian to dive the Tinian Grotto. So there will be more posts coming to cover those dives in the upcoming days. If your weekend was even close to as great as mine was, you've got a big smile on your face this morning! Have a great week everybody!