Sadly it is the last day of the True North adventures in Cendrawasih Bay. Everyone is still somewhat in a state of shock as to how simply fantastic the cruise has been and the various experiences we had on board.
We did 2 dives today and both were exceptional with a huge array of sea life to behold with excellent viability.
These 3 images were taken on those 2 dives.
These were the scenes that we were presented with leading up to the first Whale Shark morning…very very special!
On the last dive with the whale sharks, I put on a tank so I could get down to do some silhouette shots like this one.
Worked out I OK I think!
We have a channel 7 crew on board who will be putting together a documentary on this cruise.
The lovely Belinda featured in these shots is the producer and presenter for the show and she graciously agreed to do some poses on the early morning shoot we did yesterday, some of which you will notice were without mask and fins!
Not an easy task seeing as the light was limited in the morning and she would have barely been able to make out the sharks!
Well done Belinda!
The Channel 7 crew are rating this trip as the best ever and I am sure their documentary will be exceptional! I will put a post up when I know it is going to air.
I thought I would leave you all with this last one from the last dive we did today.
A little bit of gold to end the day with…up there with my personal favourite for the trip!
What can I say! ….this little guy followed me out from the blue and almost new exactly what I was after. He even slowed down for the pose.
They are such beautiful creatures!
Its a tough gig over here at the moment! An early dive with the whale sharks again this morning and then we had a sail fish come up from the deep to say hey!
The early light is definitely the go for shooting the whale sharks and the Light and Motion 1200 LED I have worked perfectly to light us the various subjects.
After 2 hours of snorkelling and 1 hour of scuba, I am now a bit puffed to say the least, but I have heaps of cool vision to work on!
A great time had by all on board the True North with most saying it is the best couple of days they have had anywhere!
We have 3 whale sharks this morning…oh and of course one sail fish and not to mention a couple of bronzies down deep!
Some more Whale Shark Images.The mood at lunch was really something quite special with everyone being both exhausted from being in the water for 3 hours but also from the hype of the reality of just how cool this experience was.
We have a professional underwater videographer on board who has dived with whales sharks countless times and he rates the experience by far the best he has ever done!
Well what can I say! Those of you who know me also know that I have done a fair bit whilst i have been on this planet and I can genuinely say that this mornings snorkel with the Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay on True North is up there with one of the best experiences ever!
Everyone on board is so excited and we have now dived for about 3 hours with as many as 7 whale sharks at once.
Here is a teaser shot with more to come as time permits.
I have now been using the Olympus OM-D for a few days now and am very much getting used to it now.
Like anything underwater with regards capturing images and video it is never straight fwd when compared to shooting on land, but now after a few days, I feel totally comfortable with this little camera.
The housing Olympus have produced is very good and probably the easiest underwater housing I have ever used. It is light and easily transported to location.
For this trip I have mounted a Light and Motion 1200 lumins LED light on the housing and have found the set up to work very good in most situations. I think the addition of a strobe on the other side would assist to get sharper shots in tricky conditions.
Olympus have cleverly made it so that the Function 2 button can be pushed so that you can switch from macro to wide. Then the Fn 2 button needs to be pushed and held to get the exposure meter back.
It is very quick and i love the fact that I can go from wide to zoom, which is something that larger SLR set ups cannot do.
The clarity and auto focus on the camera is great on both video and still mode and the fact that the OM-D is said to have the fastest autofocus on the market also works well for catching the fish as you see them.
We are diving with the Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay tomorrow and the mood on True North at the moment is electric!
We have Mark Erdmann on board, a passionate marine biologist who has been living in Bali now for 20 years documenting the various species of marine life in these areas. It is fantastic to have such a wealth of knowledge on board who has worked hard with the Indonesian Government to create numerous marine parks all around West Papua now.
Mark did an hour long talk on the Whale Sharks of Cendrawasih Bay this afternoon, showing us the history of how they are hand fed by the locals and how they have been tagging them for a number of years now.
The OM-D is now charged and ready for an early start in the morning for our first dive with the whale sharks. We will stay in teh whale shark area for a couple of days and we are also looking at doing a night dive with them tomorrow evening, so stay tuned to for Whale Shark updates straight from the mighty True North!
True North Mark