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Archives September 2011

Underwater Festival Blog

Last dive...Success for the shot I wanted

Lost internet on the last days and got hit with bali belly 2 hours after my last dive (thankfully). The pressure was on. I still didnt have the shots I was looking for but thanks to Emo and a super early start at Crystal Bay it all fell into place ...

Farewell Festival

On this cold and wet night, Perth Scuba chucked some snags on the barbie and beers in the esky as they hosted the official closing of the WA UF11 fringe events.  

What an awesome 10 days - 7 talks, 2 photo courses, plenty of dives, camera try-outs, an exhibition, a local ...

Sorting and choosing

Wow, the Festival has come and gone and what a great 10 days it was.  Loads of presentations hosted by WAUPS and Perth Scuba and we all managed a few dives in the less than ideal conditions.

Now it's time to sort through the images and choose those worth ...

Whales and white coral

Today I headed to Rottnest Island with my hubby and two photographer mates.  We departed a little later to take advantage of the dropping winds and the ride over was fairly smooth. 

Our first stop was north of the island where we also spotted whales breaching.  Such a wonderful sight ...

A Great week in Borneo

Well the time has come to pack up the camera, regs and the travel wings (yes no wetsuit for obvious reasons!!). Sipadan, despite the average visibility has provided some nice wide angle opportunities as well as macro from Mabul and Si Amil. We have been able to see all the ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 10

Last Port of Call

the crew at Port Douglas

We couldn’t have asked for more beautiful surrounds for our the final day of our road trip than Port Douglas.


After a Top Gear drive along the coastal road to Port Douglas, the crew checked in with Quicksilver for our three-dive day trip on the ...

Information in

What I love about the WA fringe event is that it's not all about diving and taking photos.  There are opportunities for people to learn, to have useful information go in, which hopefully stays in, to help us take better photos.

Yesterday afternoon we had a repeat of Peter ...

The Great Ceninngan Wall

We finally got to a superb wall dive, Cenningan Wall on the South East Corner of the island. Emo has been trying to get us on here for the past few days but currents have been too strong. Lembongan has major current changes here and it is hard to plan ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 9

'Why' is for Yongala

Disaster strikes again! The crew fails to make it out to the Yongala together after today's trip was cancelled because of 25-knot winds.

Kieren and Nick were gutted since they didn't get to dive the wreck yesterday. Kieren had hoped to get a few ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 8

The Great Divide

The crew was divided for the first time on the trip, with Seanna and Jason's names being drawn from the hat for the two spots left on today's Yongala trip.

the Yongala map

That left Kieren and Nick to fend for themselves, but the resourceful outcasts found a ...

3 from a distance...And an awesome special spot

Well finally, we saw 3 Molas, but alas from a distance and they were at about 45-50 metres! We took the boat early to Crystal bay to avoid the masses. And we literally only just missed them. As we wer ascending from 30 metres, there were literally about 5 groups ...

A special "goodnight"

Three of us jumped into the cold silty water at Ammo Jetty last night to see what critters would show their faces.

Surprisingly, there were no fisherman on the jetty, quite an unusual sight for a wind-free evening.  It made our dive easier, not having to worry about getting hooked ...

No big stuff but an exhilirating drift dive!

Well today was not a day for photos. We did 3 dives, the first 2 hunting for big stuff but to no avail. I didnt realise how cold the water temp actually gets here...a very brisk 17 degrees. Lucky for the extra 3mm wetsuit and gloves.

The first 2 ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 7

A slight change of plans

We had hoped to do a shore dive in Bundaberg today but after arriving at the dive shop to find the visibility was only one metre, we decided to get our day of driving done and go all the way to Ayr.


For the past ...

Seahorses in the snow

I joined the Perth Scuba night dive last night at the Rockingham wreck trail in the hope of getting some decent pics.  Conditions here have been less than ideal and whilst the swell has been dropping, it was still cold and windy.  I had no buddy so was very grateful ...

Mola Mola..WTfstop?

Lembongan Island. Amazing. Blue Corner Dive Resort has only been opened since July but what a place! First dive today was Mola Mola. I was in awe, in shock, mesmerized by this massive, gentle, graceful and weird looking creature. I slowly descended beneath him (33 metres and about 21 degrees ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 6

The Big Bad Wolf

Today was one of the most highly anticipated days of the trip. None of us had ever dived Wolf Rock before, but we'd all heard good things.

The protected site is a year-round home to grey nurse sharks, where mating and gestation can be witnessed ...

The swell is dropping....

...a little.

It's still hovering around the 2 metre mark but if we don't get in the water and shoot, we'll have nothing to enter into the UF11 competition.

Tonight it's a night dive with Perth Scuba at the Rockingham Wreck Trail.  It's an easy ...

Wonderful Whale Island (VIETNAM)

What good luck... the underwater festival this year fell during a long weekend in Vietnam!

Not much diving in Saigon... where to go? Nha Trang has some options - better still, Whale Island a little further north.

How to get there? Left it too late to book a flight or train ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 5

Hello Queensland!

Today was our first day of diving in the Sunshine State on the HMAS Brisbane with Scuba World out of beautiful Mooloolaba.

Mooloolaba beach

The day started with another disaster - Kieren dropping and cracking his iPhone screen while loading up the Jucy van.

poor Kieren

But luckily that was the only hiccup ...

FREE seminar by underwater Photo legend Lawrence Alex Wu

Multi award winning underwater photographer Lawrence Alex Wu who has come over from Bangkok to give a series of Underwater Photographic Workshops as part of the 2011 Underwater Festival will be presenting a FREE seminar on Thursday titled 'Strobeless Underwater Photography'

Please RSVP to

When: Thursday 8 ...

Time to stop and think

Over here in Western Australia, we are reeling from another fatal shark attack. 

This one happened yesterday, early afternoon, on the popular tourist beach of Bunker Bay near Dunsborough.  The young man was bodyboarding at popular surf spot The Boneyards when he was tragically taken.  Whilst the shark wasn't ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 4

Disaster strikes

Exhaustion - after four days of diving and driving - has taken its toll, with Nick picking up his housing by the strobe arm, which wasn't locked, and dropping his housing on to the floor at Sundive in Byron Bay. Luckily, only the plastic dome port clips broke.

So ...

An unexpected and rare treat..

While some people are daunted by a 6am start to diving, it paid off today with a rare and unexpected visit by a Mola Mola. It was a quick 'hi, how you doing? I'm off again' visit but made a great start to the day.

I also continued my ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 3

Whales, dolphins and sharks - oh my!

the crew at South West Rocks 

Day three of our road trip at South West Rocks was a cracker.


The guys at South West Rocks Dive Centre sorted us out with tanks and weights and it was off to the marina to launch the boat.

the boat

Blue skies, calm seas and ...

The good, the bad and the ugly

The Good-Three, yes three ghost pipefish at one location! Woo Hoo. The Bad-Camera strobe dying just as I found them, Doh! The Ugly-Bumphead parrotfish at this mornings dive. Oh well, will just have to go diving again tomorrow.

How's the vis?

In two words - not good!

My hair is still wet and the photos are yet to be downloaded, having just returned home from a shore dive at Ammunition Jetty at Woodman Point, south of Fremantle.  Three WA Underwater Photographic Society members decided on an early dive given Father's Day ...

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 2

Good morning Nelson Bay.....

We woke up at Jim and Cherie's place, our dive buddies and local guides for this leg of the trip. Nick chose to give the Jucy van's "penthouse" a try and doubled as guard dog for all of our dive gear.

Nick van


It was a ...

Teaching and learning

A great day of teaching and learning over here in Perth.

Joseph Bicanic walked us through his underwater videography journey and shared hints and tips for video.  Behaviour is one of the things that video captures so well - from a fish snatching it's prey to a squid flashing it ...

Liberty Wreck and Schooling Jacks

An early start at 6.30am, considering this is also supposed to be a holiday. Liberty Wreck before the masses didn't disappoint with schooling jacks and great visibility. It's great to be back in the water. Hoping everyone else is having a great and safe festival so far!

Underwater Festival Road Trip Day 1

We've landed in Sydney!

Jase, Seanna, Kieren and Nick.

Road trip group shot
















After getting picked up by Nick we went straight to his place in Maroubra to set up our cameras for our planned night dive at Clovelley Pools just past midnight.

We were all pretty keen after months of planning the ...

All systems are go, ready for launch!

Perth might be the most isolated city in the world, but it doesn't mean we can't be part of the UF11 festivities. 

Our images are printed and framed, our guest speakers are confirmed, the drinks are chillin' in the fridge and tonight we kick off our WA official ...

Packed and ready to go.. Bali here we come!

We are packed and ready to go. Bali here we come. Miss Under H2O (and Mr Under H2O) have maxed out the check in and carry on luggage allowance for the 9.30am flight tomorrow morning. By mid afternoon it will be a warm 29-30 degrees out of the water ...

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