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Lembeh Resort – Indonesia

The first lens I ever purchased myself was a 100mm macro  (when I used to shoot Canon). I love macro photography – love, love, love. So many beautiful things in life are so tiny! Photographing  ladybugs, bees, or even ants makes me incredibly happy. It’s just so interesting! One time in Costa Rica, I spent almost 2 hours taking photos of ants with my boyfriend…ya, we’re pretty much meant to be together.

Anyways, back to macro and where this blog post was going. In September of 2012, I had some vacation time booked, and of all the places we could have gone for 7 days, we chose Indonesia. After 3 flights, a lengthy car ride, and then a boat ride to an island, we arrived at Lembeh Resort in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Resort is truly spectacular! The service, food, accommodations, dive staff, and general atmosphere is really top notch. Everyone there makes you feel so welcome and it was really hard to leave at the end of our stay. We had an amazing room that over looked the Lembeh Strait and it had the most beautiful view of the sunset against a volcano. Nightly, we would sit and watch the sun go down with Bintangs in our hands (that’s the local beer).

Diving in Lembeh is unlike any other place in the world. The Lembeh Strait is home to some of the most diverse and bizarre marine creatures in the world. It’s all muck diving (mostly sand/rubble bottom, with very small amounts of coral) so it is perfect for macro photography.  For me, every muck dive is like a little treasure hunt… you know there are little animals hiding all around you, waiting to be photographed, but sometimes they’re almost impossible to find! Thankfully, we had an amazing dive guide (Jhoe) for the majority of the time, who kept me busy photographing creature after creature that I’d never seen before.

If you thought macro photography on land was even the slightest bit hard to do, macro underwater is a whole other story. On top of everything that you need to think of on land, you need to have complete control over your buoyancy, keep an eye on your dive computer, always be aware of your surroundings so you don’t trample the small homes of other amazing creatures, and then try to point a bulky camera housing with external strobes at a tiny little subject. Major respect goes out to those accomplished macro underwater shooters that can just ‘do’ this without a second thought – and of course use the Subsee. I can barely use it on land!!

This was my first dive trip where I had my own camera set up the whole time, so it was my first real go at underwater photography – so please be gentle!

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Top Left: Anemone Top Right: Blue-ribbon eel Bottom Left: Nudibranch Bottom Right: Mantis shrimp

Top Left: Anemone Top Right: Blue-ribbon eel Bottom Left: Nudibranch Bottom Right: Mantis shrimp

Left: Clownfish Right: Juvenile filefish

Left: Clownfish Right: Juvenile filefish

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Pygmy cuttlefish

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Coleman’s shrimp

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Left: Giant frogfish Right: Stargazer

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Banggai cardinalfish

Same cuttlefish taken a couple seconds apart. They change so fast!

Same cuttlefish taken a couple seconds apart. They change so fast!

Baby painted frogfish

Baby painted frogfish

Top Left: Eel Top Right: Fangtooth blenny Bottom Left: Nudibranch Bottom Right: Seahorse

Top Left: Eel Top Right: Fangtooth blenny Bottom Left: Nudibranch Bottom Right: Seahorse

Blue-ringed octopus

Blue-ringed octopus

Left: Small fish Right: Nudibranch

Left: Small fish Right: Nudibranch

Black-saddled pufferfish

Black-saddled pufferfish

Left: Flamboyant cutttlefish Right: Two nudibranch

Left: Flamboyant cutttlefish Right: Two nudibranch’s mating

Mimic octopus

Mimic octopus

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish

Wunderpus

Wunderpus

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Two different cuttlefish – one small, one large

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Anemonefish

 

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