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Through the Lens | Week 9

Week 8 – Life on the Wreck | EX USS Kittiwake

February 26th – March 3rd

Through the Lens – keep up with the latest encounters we are experiencing out on the boats. As a lot of you know I rarely dive without a camera, so keep up with this blog and check out whats through my lens week to week!

Week 9 was quite a busy time for us out on the boats. I had a couple of families wanting photos from their dives with us, so that means a lot of pulling the shutter and a lot of swimming around like crazy for me. That being said I have to give a big shoutout to all the different DNS team members that helped me out, and lead awesome dives for me. It makes it so much easier when the guide and I are on the same page and the rest of the guys killed it for me.

The week started off with a couple of fun dives. I decided to head into the shallows and cruise the hard pan for some of the different species of turtles that begin to visit out beaches this time of year.

February 26th – Big Dipper | Fun Dive 

The large ridge just underneath the boat always offers up lots of color and plentiful fish life.

The large ridge just underneath the boat always offers up lots of color and plentiful fish life.

A small Southern Stingray exploring a vast sand patch.

A small Southern Stingray exploring a vast sand patch.

Relaxing on my safety stop.

Relaxing on my safety stop.

February 26th – Bolero | Fun Dive 

We have started to see the Green Turtles show up around the dive sites on the west side. These turtles travel great distances to return to the beaches were they first came out of the shell. Always remember where home is.

We have started to see the Green Turtles show up around the dive sites on the west side. These turtles travel great distances to return to the beaches were they first came out of the shell. Always remember where home is.

March 3rd  – Round Rock 

We chose Round Rock for this particular dive because of the abundance of swim throughs and canyon ways we find on this site. I was doing photos for two different families, who had shown their diving abilities a couple days before. Knowing they were all good on their buoyancy and air it was time to explore the West Wall and get documentation while doing so.

Josh guiding a dive group through the big swim through at Round Rock.

Josh guiding a dive group through the big swim through at Round Rock.

Josh uses a video light to explore the nooks and crannies of the sound shoot just North of the mooring line.

Josh uses a video light to explore the nooks and crannies of the sound shoot just North of the mooring line.

I think he was making sure I got his close-up.

I think he was making sure I got his close-up.

March 3rd  – Kittiwake 

The wreck has put a spell on me recently. Previously I had always been more interested in the macro finds that were possible in and around the wreck, but recently I cannot get enough wide angle action here. With an abundance of Horse-eyed Jacks, Silversides, Tiger Grouper, and even a Goliath Grouper that keeps revisiting the insides of this shipwreck, there is plenty to keep the shutter finger busy.

Simon guides a dive group into the bathroom of the Ex-USS Kittiwake.

Simon guides a dive group into the bathroom of the Ex-USS Kittiwake.

Lately the wreck has offered up big schools of Bar Jacks feeding near the surface.

 

Lately the wreck has offered up big schools of Bar Jacks feeding near the surface.

 

A underwater photographers playground, this wreck never dissapoints.

A underwater photographers playground, this wreck never disappoints.

Groups of silversides have filled the compressed air cylinder room on the wreck lately.

Groups of silversides have filled the compressed air cylinder room on the wreck lately.

There is nothing quite like watching these tiny fish part around you as you explore the interior of this awesome wreck dive.

There is nothing quite like watching these tiny fish part around you as you explore the interior of this awesome wreck dive.

Faster than you can blink the school of silversides will change direction.

Faster than you can blink the school of silversides will change direction.

These next couple of images are very important to me. Quite easily the biggest grouper I have even seen in Grand Cayman. It makes me wonder how many of these guys used to be swimming in our local waters, but none the less it was a pleasure and brought me nothing less that total excitement to dance around with this Goliath for a little bit inside the wreck.

Big Papa

“Big Papa”

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I love how his pattern blends in so well with the surround structure of the wreck. 

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He was very interested in getting his photo taken. It was a constant him moving closer to my dorm port and then I would re-position for the next shot, but he just kept slowly following me around. 

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Dusty’s Week 9 Shots – West Side Macro

A Large Mantis Shrimp keeps guard of his hole.

A Large Mantis Shrimp keeps guard of his hole.

Texture shot of an invertebrate Dusty found free floating while on his safety stop.

Texture shot of an invertebrate Dusty found free floating while on his safety stop. 

Secretary Blenny comes out of his hole for a closer look at the camera.

Secretary Blenny comes out of his hole for a closer look at the camera. 

Secretary Blenny trying to be sneaky.

Secretary Blenny trying to be sneaky. 

Thank you everyone for checking out my work for the week. We look forward to continuing our pursuit of underwater photography/videography and sharing it with all of you along the way.

Get in touch with me. I would love to help with photography questions, or even just talk about one of the images from this Week.

If you are interested in purchasing prints of our work send me an email for cost and sizing options.

chase@dnsdiving.com

Until next time.

“I have a passion for the ocean and not only experiencing it and its inhabitants, but also documenting them, so keep your eyes open for new blog posts to keep up with my latest encounters”

              Chase

 

 

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