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I’m doing my IDC at the moment, the PADI dive instructor course. It’s an awesome experience. We’re two weeks into the program and it’s so much fun! :)
I didn’t count with many opportunities to bring the camera down, but we had some dives before the course started on which I could take the camera.

And really: I just can’t stop saying that it’s the most beautiful thing down there.
I never get enough of what I see. And I’m a macro fetishist, I guess.

Baby shrimp

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Goat fish

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Ribbon moray eel

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Nudibranch

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Peacock Mantis Shrimp

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Frogfish

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Nudibranch

D800 in Ikelight housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelight DS-161 + Ikelite DS-51

Beauty in all its colorfulness :)

I have to spread this out over a few posts, wouldn’t want you to get RSI from scrolling down too much ;)

Nudibranch

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Sea squirt

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Nudibranch

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Seahorse

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Sea cucumber

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/4.0, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

The other day I had an Arachnophobia moment. Remember that movie from the 90s with the spiders in it?
I got to the toilet, lifted the seat and found a big, fat spider on it. It scurried away too fast for me to actually consciously register what had just happened.

Today, however, I can say with 100% probability that I most certainly have discovered a new species of spiders, I think.
It looks very much like a brown huntsman, so I would assume that it’s a subspecies. I will call it the 5-legged brown arnoman.
It’s very docile, doesn’t move much, and is very photogenic. It comes over as very natural in front of the camera and is not afraid to wink with one of its 8 eyes when given the opportunity.
It frequents in locations with humid (occasionally smelly) air and laughs in one of its 5 fists when it scares (maybe literally) the crap out of you when you lift the toilet seat.

Brown Huntsman

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/22, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Brown Huntsman

D800, ISO100, 1/320 sec @ f/22, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

 

Slight feeling of déjà-vu…

It was another night, but I’m not sure if it was another bug.
I get the impression that this might’ve been the same bug as the one from a few nights ago. After it’s been banging its head in the window, since it’s got a massive dent in its head :D

And probably still slightly (or severely) concussed, since it wasn’t moving at all.

It was gone this morning. Not sure if Mr L had another midnight snack or if it got away.
I guess I’ll find out in the coming nights :D

Beetle

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Beetle

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Before the bug I re-acquainted myself with another old friend.

Tokay

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

I must say that these “little” loudmouths have been surprisingly quiet since I’ve arrived here. I haven’t heard them much, and not at all during the night. That may change with the weather, though, let’s wait and see/hear…

Normally speaking I don’t wake up during the night for a toilet break. It may be that the crashing of the waves on the beach has some influence on that. It’s been very windy here and the ocean’s been quite rough.
Anyway… The other night I almost tripped over a big beetle, last night it was another beetle. Slightly smaller, and normally crawling, but still of respectable size. This one was slow, though, unlike the one from the other night.

Beetle

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Beetle

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

It would’ve been better for the “little” critter if it HAD been a bit faster. Not long after I shot these pictures, my buddy Mr L (proudly named after the L-shape of his tail) came to look what I was doing lying flat on the floor and decided that his evening snack was way beyond due.
So after playing with his food a bit (I told him not to, but he didn’t listen), he scooped it up and crunched the proteins away (I save you THAT much cruelty, but the playing was fun :D ).

Mr L playing with his evening snack

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Mr L playing with his evening snack

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash

Mr L playing with his evening snack

D800, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Tamron 90mm, on-camera flash