Touchdown in paradise
Finally! – Having spent the past two months in the Scubazoo office in Kota Kinabalu editing book layouts and viewing thousands of library images, I am now going to be spending four weeks in the Maldives photographing the amazing underwater life.
Enroute I made a quick stop in Singapore to meet underwater housing guru David Cheung at Scubacam. David is amazingly resourceful, and innovative, and has developed a few great ‘toys’ for my housing recently. In fact I got to spend a few days in Australia with David recently shooting great whites using a remote polecam he developed.This time round I just picked up few bits of kit for the Nexus housings and then it was straight back to the airport for the flight to Male (the capital of the Maldives). My first night was spent at the nearby Kuda Huraa (Four Seasons) resort where I met up with Adam and the following day we transferred to Kandooma Resort, in South Male Atoll, which is our home for the next week.
The first task, as usual, was unpacking and setting up all the kit. Just our cameras and lenses fill up several bags and cases. The camera line-up consists of two Nikon D2X, a Nikon D200 plus a Nikon D700. Wide angle lenses include the DX AF Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED, Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, Nikon 12-24mm f/4 AF-S DX, and the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S.
For close up work, and getting those intimate fish portraits, we’re relying on the Nikon 60mm f/2.8 micro, and the awesome Micro-Nikkor AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S. Add to that a few teleconverters, some close-up diopters and hopefully a new Reefnet diopter soon (if it clears customs!) and you’ve got a big mess in a once pristine room!
The underwater housings we’re using are all Nexus with various ports and domes. Strobes are made by Inon, however I do have some big old Sea & Sea 300′s which will be used for wide angle.
I have also brought along a few gadgets for various images we have in mind, a polecam, underwater remote cables, snoots and an underwater tripod. We aim to capture images of all the amazing creatures of the Maldives, but also hopefully use some new techniques to reveal them in some new and different ways.
Right, once we’ve actually finished setting up the gear it will be time to get to work! We’ll post some pictures as soon as we can.