Aruba is famous for its excellent wreck diving, catering to divers of all levels. Sunken vessels range from tugboats to cargo ships, and even plane fuselages.
Coral reefs lace the island’s leeward shore. Some of the best reef dive sites include Skalahein Reef, Plonco Reef, Barcadera Reef, De Palm Reef, and Mas Bango Reef, which is also excellent for snorkeling.
This was our seventh Aruba Photo Safari. This year we spent more time touring and photographing the island. In the sixteen years I have been visiting Aruba I have never seen the water as rough and currents as strong as this year. Carlos from Mermaid Sport Dives told us it was because of high winds and storms out in the Atlantic.
Olympus OM-D/EM1 Mark II in a was PT-EP14 Underwater Housing and PPO-E04 Dome Lens Port use for the underwater photographs. Lighting was two Fantasea Radiant 1600 Video Lights. OM-D/EM1 Mark II was used for all the land photographs.
What’s in Bob’s Bag:
OM-D E-M1 Mark II
M.Zuiko 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko Digital 1.4x Teleconverter MC-14
M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 Pro
M.Zuiko ED 12-100mm f4.0 IS Pro
M.Zuiko 17mm f:2.8 Lens
M.Zuiko ED 60mm f2.8 Macro
ED Zuiko 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens
Zuiko 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 ED Lens
MMF-3 Four Thirds Adapter
EC-14 1.4x Teleconverter
Olympus Tough TG‑4
Barbados is a small island located in the lesser Antilles in the Caribbean. It was part of Great Britain and is now an independent nation.
I found it a good destination for scuba diving in the Caribbean. With his visibility of 50 to 75 feet and warm calm water. Below is a series of photographs taken on my recent trip. I dove with the ECO Dive located at House of Pillars, Cavens Lane, Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados. (www.ecodivebarbados.com Tel. (246) 243-5816 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
We went on four dive sites over two days for first was as Asta Reef in the second was Carlysle Bay Marine Park, this was my favorite diver site on the island with calm waters and 6 shipwrecks in close proximity. We were able see three on the dive. The second day we went to Shark Reef and Lobster Reef, current was strong on Shark Reef but otherwise a good dive.
ECO Dive’s boat holds six people which makes it a great place to get personal attention. Andrew Western, Instructor/Manager and Michael Waltress, Divemaster and captain of the boat did a great job showing me where to find good subjects for photography. I highly recommend that if you’re going to Barbados contact them, their service was excellent and Andrew’s knowledge of diving and photography very helpful to great photographs.
Dutch Springs is holding it’s 1st Annual Expo Weekend June 3-4, 2017.
Join us to demo the latest Olympus Cameras and housings. I will be doing seminars on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by our booth to register for a door prize.
Many leading manufacturers in the Dive Industry will demo their dive gear.
Dutch Spring’s dive safety seminar series will kick off this weekend.
Dutch Springs, located in Bethlehem, PA, is a 50-acre lake, with attractions at depths up to 100 feet. The lake is spring-fed from an underground aquifer that filters through limestone to provide excellent visibility. Explore underwater platforms, submerged vehicles, aircraft and other unusual sites. Enjoy a variety of interesting fish and aquatic life, including Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Bluegills, Palomino Trout, Koi, Yellow Perch and Goldfish. Visit their website www.dutchsprings.com for more information.
Explore exciting creative possibilities the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 fisheye PRO. The super-fast lens lets you apply interesting fisheye effects in low-light conditions, yet it delivers the same amazing edge-to-edge sharpness as other Olympus PRO series lenses.
This ultra portable fisheye lens makes this a perfect companion for creative shooting in any environment, especially urban street shooting, landscapes, underwater and hand-held night shots.
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye, with a full 180° of creative shooting. It’s lightweight and portable enough to throw in your camera bag without a second thought.
Unparalleled Optical Performance
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye’s lens architecture (17 elements in 15 groups) dramatically reduces, chromatic and comatic aberration. Its proprietary ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating virtually eliminates ghosts and flares from backlit scenes. And its precision optics maintains pin-point sharp resolution right up to the edges of the frame – even at a wide-open f1.8 aperture.
Sealed For Perfection
The M.Zuiko PRO 8mm fisheye is surprisingly rugged. There’s a weather-sealing in five separate locations and it’s freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C).
The PPO-EP02 Dome Port available For The M.Zuiko 8mm F1.8 Pro Lens. The Dome Port is compact and designed to maximize the lens performance whether you’re shooting over/unders, macros or around the reef or wreck.
PPO-EP02 is compatible with the E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II Underwater housings. The PT-EP13 Underwater Housing for E-M5 Mark II requires a port exchange service. Users are required to send their housing into the service dept at which time they will install the PPO-EP02 (item only available through service) for use in that housing.
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