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Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:24 AM
This was my third trip to the island in two years. I am an avid photographer on the surface and even did some time as a Professional Sports Photographer which I mainly photographed motor sports.

My first trip I was focused on my diving mainly but brought a GoPro camera with me in the normal water proof case. Obviously the underwater pics were poor to say the least.

My Second trip I had bought a Canon G12 for my underwater camera but I was undecided as to which housing I wanted to use the it was my surface camera and my GoPro was once again my underwater camera but this time I was using a housing with a flat front port... can you even call it a port on a GoPro?

This trip I had my G12 and was using Canon's underwater housing for it. There was no external strobes, just the internal flash with the defuser card. (next year I'll have the strobes).

Here are the results from this years trip:

A small selection of pictures from the first and second day....

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094313-b2d530f3-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094327-7ab4f5e8-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094344-13a9bbea-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:27 AM
After just grabbing snap shots I started to focus a bit more on focusing and trying to be more steady underwater....

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094411-ce913294-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094414-cf1dde09-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094426-eec38b76-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:31 AM
Next couple of days was trying to improve more. My goal on each dive was to try and capture something different and of course show improvement over the last day.

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094443-75f625cf-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094503-01b33245-me.jpg


http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094507-da6ba070-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094511-32cde096-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094514-6e30b5cb-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:34 AM
I still have my goal of capturing something different each dive. Now I'm trying to pay attention to composition and get away from the small stuff and try to get a larger view of the reef and the larger critters.

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094525-8152e4cb-me.jpg

but of course when the oppurtunity presents itself, you can't help to get a good close up shot.
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094530-7badf46b-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094542-1acad913-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:36 AM
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094556-666a39b9-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094614-fbda9f20-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094619-db54405e-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094622-712b1524-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094626-0aed7f76-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:38 AM
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094634-da6d6844-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094641-13d1f5b1-me.jpg


http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094655-c58ad54f-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:43 AM
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094658-cdf3e341-me.jpg

Even got a chance to go down to the Helma Hooker this trip. (Thanks Hanz!)
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094709-4ec80ac1-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094726-b05cfc4a-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094736-042bb113-me.jpg

Though I saw a noticeable decrease in Lion Fish on this trip (or maybe they are just going deeper) this guy was huge! About the length of my arm. Looks at those spines, you can tell this guy has been around for awhile. For those hunting, he was north of the entrance of Andrea I at 71 feet.
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094744-be1e4adb-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:46 AM
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094749-c8fd6737-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094756-b080c38c-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094757-43544d4b-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094813-c8931092-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/i.php?/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094821-6ee2f15a-me.jpg

Dr Tiki
05-29-2013, 01:49 AM
and finally some closeups...
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094844-631ab8f1-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094847-5f234100-me.jpg

and of course... pictures of the last day before you fly back home..... we rented some scooters and ran around the island for the day.
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094854-7dc3ee45-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094904-c17f2647-me.jpg

http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094908-3f696b30-me.jpg

My sweet ride..... :)
http://www.jasonjenkins.com/gallery/_data/i/upload/2013/05/28/20130528094856-8955ae7e-me.jpg

kob
05-29-2013, 06:41 AM
Excellent pics, Dr Tiki !! Thanks for sharing ... never gets old seeing Bonaire's treasures, both below and above water.

ModCecil
05-29-2013, 09:26 AM
Very very nice Dr. Tiki, thanks for sharing and if you have more we'll enjoy those also.

jimw
05-29-2013, 01:36 PM
Tiki, Excellent results. For some years I did the 2 strobes and Nikonos thing.......I now use a Canon S95 in the Canon housing and the internal strobe and like the pics I see realized this way--AND, I can just tuck it in my skins when I need to!! I can't really balance the light w/o the honker strobes, shooting up the slope on Bonaire at the sun--but WTH!! I CAN zoom a little, shoot macro and wide angle. Your pics with the G cam are much better that I was led to believe possible with that combo as the housing lens barrel is so long........Do you find that a problem and edit around it?? Thanks for posting!

ModCecil
05-29-2013, 02:17 PM
I was not going to say anything about external strobes but they have never seemed worth the hassle to me either. I love being able to tuck the camera into the BCD and be a diver instead of a photographer. Another advantage is entry/exits much easier with both hands free. But we are voices in the wilderness on this.

grunt
05-31-2013, 09:24 AM
Those are really nice, Jason. Let us know what strobe you decide on. Ron aka grunt

esculley
08-30-2013, 09:41 PM
fantastic pictures

Judy W
09-02-2013, 08:47 PM
Great pictures with really good results. Thanks for sharing.