Friday, December 12, 2008

Big animal massacre !
A friend of mine sent me some pictures this morning showing huge amount of dolphins/whales killing in Denmark. Suddenly it strikes me why the media/world seldom talks about western civilization killing these giant animals while I often hear Japanese, Korea, & Chinese killing sharks for their fin, whales for their meat, etc etc. It publicity always focus on killing in Asia not Europe or America ...
So I posted thread on Wetpixel. You can see some of the disgussing footage here if you don't mind upsetting your stomach.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today was the best I ever dove BreakWater, totally calm with solid 30ft vis. Partly because it's truly calm and partly because it's Wed and there was no body diving. I went out on the usual spot and found this shrimp on a seapen, it's the size of 1/2 a toothpick. Then turn towards the wall and on my way back, I saw a monkey face eel in a hole, then turn around I saw big halibut. Just a spectacular day in Break Water !!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Just when I am getting really excited & ready to my annual dive, I got hit by the lovely economy. Got laid-off on 12/3, that sure sucks ! Life is alway like that, when you want to dive, the execue is no time, got to work. Now that I have no work, the excuse is I can't afford it. Well I am going to be in the Galapagos next week but I am sure I can't be as relax as I would like to be ...

I had never dove Monterey on a weekday, guess what I can now until I find my next employer. From last Friday

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I have been away from diving for a couple of months due to personal stupidity. But since Nov, I got wet again, if weather coporate, I will go every weekend until the Galapagos trip in mid December, yeah, it's exciting ! After Galapagos, I will do a couple more days of warmer water diving in Key Largo before going home to welcome the 2009.

A little something from last Saturday:

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Been busy watching the Olympic, totally abandon the blog, diving, etc :-)
Manage to go out last Sunday on the Sanctuary and snap a few macro and mid-range shots.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Couple of shots I like from a couple of weeks ago shooting with the 105VR and Woody.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Fantastic nudibranch images

David Doubilet is one of the best underwater photogapher, I often visit his site, to learn, inspire and dream about places & things he had captured and hope 1 day, I may experience a fraction of that. Since look like this year the chance of going abord is getting slimer & slimer, I have to do some virtual traveling and there I come across this set of amazing nudibranch gallery, much like art work you see in the museum. It's just fantastic !

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tiger Shark

Found this video from my X-colleque(EPNY) Eric Chen's flickr. Awesome, borrow it so I can remember.....

Monday, April 21, 2008

Just came across some nice pictures

Monday, March 31, 2008

Nite in San Francisco

We don't go to the city that often but I found YuJa Wang playing in Davis Hall just last week and I got a couple of really awsome seats F-109/110! So that's my Sunday outing ! Got out to the Embaracdero by 5:30pm, slurp down a doezn oysters and clams in the Ferry building which happen to be my first time there. Expensive but delicious. 王羽佳(YuJa) plays the Mendelson Piano Concerto No. 1 and it was spectacular. Saw her last year, this year added a little bit mature, great performance but no encore bonus however. But then to our suprise at the end of the evening, we had triple encores which I had never experieced before, all worth it ! Anne Sophie Mutter also playing next week ..... will see !

Sunday, March 30, 2008

First try 105VR under water !

It was a misty & miserable day yesterday, we charted our usual Beach Hopper with only 5 people onboard, 3 of them are students, open water, dry suit and rescue. It's my first attempt to shoot the 105VR. Mentally I was prepared nothing worth posting going to be the result of the day and it turns out exactly that :-) We done 3 dives, water wasn't really choppy but it was good 6 ft side to side surge every where. We did Red Hat, Monterey aquarium, and El Torito. Since we have 3 students, I try to make sure things are unnoticeable in order in 8~10 ft visibility. First dive, 18 min into the dive, we got separated and had to surface after 35 min with the dry suit student low on air (he has a leaky second stage). Second dive I decided to went alone as they venture into the sandy bottom. The 105VR and D80 was lighting fast. 99% of my shots were all fired with nothing in focus, I was using AF-C, & it let me fired. While it might be quite dark at 35 ft but my focus light was quite bright as well, however, it still looks dark thru the view finder. The only 1/2 decent shot I was able to capture were something I had to brace myself to a rock or bottom and made sure I kept still so I can keep the subject within the frame and let it focus. Boy, that's not an easy task. With minimum focus distance of about a foot, the 105VR is challenging to used in Monterey. As I began to prepare my ascent, a school of 8 to 10 sea lions went up and down and around me for about 20 seconds, that was quite rewarding for the day. I will keep shooting it until I get a decent nudibranch, as it stand, seems like a steep unhill curve.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

After a couple of days of research, I was pretty sure I ran into a basking shark in Breakwater last time. It's was a rare treat nevertheless.

On president day weekend, I went down to Ventura for a couple of days diving on the Anacapa island. Weather has been up and down and the weekend looks promising and turns out to be quite nice. A long 4+ hrs drive to Santa Barabara, made my usual stop and dine at the Brothy Bros at the pier before finish the last 40 minutes drive to the Ventura harbor. We went with the Spectre Boat, this was a good sized boat but you know, I never really care the bunk bed treatment ...

With the hope of running into sea lions and better luck with shooting wide angle, I carefully set up the Tokina 10-17, made sure all lock up nicely and pray for the weather and clearity of the water. I did 7 dives for 2 days and it was excellent visibility on the first 3 dives and good for rest. Water was extremely calm, totally different than last year which was my first visit. I did wide angle for the first 3 dives and the rest with th 60mm. The most fun site for me was the underwater arch, it was packed with sea lions. I would be just fine hoovering behind the arch and just wait for them to zoom by.

Here is the album - Anacapa 2008 Febuary. Hope you like it !

Sunday, February 10, 2008

I ran into something huge, really huge for the first time in Breakwater after hunderds of dives in Breakwater. The condition of yesterday was bad, not extremely bad but there were good amount of side to side movement (especially in the middle above those rock patches at 15~20ft) and really low vis, bout 5 to 7 ft at most.

So, this happen on my way back from the Metridium field, I was looking for the pipe to go back shore heading straight South. It took me 30 kicks from the end of the pipe to the met field but I had about 40 kicks now and so I thought I might have off coursed because of the surge pulled me outward . All the sudden there was a big black wall in front of me and it moves, very slowly left to right! I stopped, if I didnt' stop I would have ran right into it. It's low vis, so I am probably just 5 ft away. I look at my computer, it was 42 ft and I was about 3 ft off the bottom. I saw some little thing grow on the body &amp. My mask was constantly fogged up yesterday, so I had to clear my mask. I look right, the furtherst I can see, I saw nothing, the big black body just faded into the murky water. Look left, same, so the immediate thought came to mind was WHALE. I must have ran into a whale, it moves very slowly, about 2 secs later I saw the tail went from my left to slowly faded into the right. I didn't have the camera ready, my strobes was off already. Yet I try to take a shot but it won't focus and it wont fire. Anyway, because of such low vis and I am all by myself, I didn't follow, not to mention I am only about 750 PSI left.

So I was very excited thinking about the encounter as I continue to paddle my way back to shore. As I walk up the stair back to my car, something strike suddenly, the tail ! What I saw earlier ... the tail was vertical and swing side to side !! Whale tail was horizontal and flip up and down. So what the hack did I just ran into - SHARK. This was a big huge shark. Remember I was about 5 ft away at most from touching it, look right, I didn't see the head, look left , I didn't see the tail until 2 sec passed. This thing must be 20~25+ ft ! It was a pretty feaky experience espeically in such low vis and alone. It's hard to believe a huge shark hang around in Breakwater and at such shallow water and close to the bottom. I have no way confirming what I saw yesterday but knowing mutual respect & kept distance might be the only reason how I could have came back in one piece and that I slept well last night.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Underwater Fashion Shots

Really interesting stuffs ! I guess wet shots are not alway marine life ! :-)

Aaron Wong @ work,
Aaron Wong website,
Howard Schatz website,
Candice website,

Friday, January 25, 2008


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Monday, January 21, 2008

2008 潛水季開始了!

What a great way to kick off the 2008 dive season by dropping in @ the Monastery Beach. I was dry for almost 2 months and with the holiday seasons just past, all those gourmet consumed has to come back out one way or another. What a GREAT way to do that by carrying a steel tank, weight belt & a giant dSLR with 2 Ikelite strobes rig hike up that 1/4 miles loose gravel hump. By the time I reach the water, I was exhausted. Saturday was such a calm day I had never seen, Breakwater can be choppier then this and that made up a lot of ground for my wimpy limp. We dove to 110ft first dive, catch a glimpse of an harbor seal and wolf eel, didn’t get any picture though. Second dove was in the same area but a lot shallower. The second dive’s exit and the hike back to the car was really torture to the leg but made it without injury !

Sunday was a 2 dives day on the Beach Hopper II, we did Carmel Bay North and what a day & nite differences compare to Saturday. We drop down at this narrow ridge which I normally really like but on this day, it was about 20 ft side to side plusa 7 ft down drift, so we were all flying. Our less experience divers and student were holding on to kelp and rock which makes them draw a lot of air. Again, I couldn’t take any picture either, it’s does not stay. So I just enjoy the flying a little bit. Second dive we went back to the bay in front of the aquarium. Although it’s calm there, there are so many small floating objects made the overall visibility down to 15 ft or so. However I did get a few shots I like.

Sunday, January 6, 2008


As much I as I always love Hong Kong, it did changed quite a bit over the last few years post the 'open-up' policy by the mainland goverment. Today, we sees mainland visitors/tourists on every corners in this former British colony, hotels, luxury brand name boutiques, fancy restaurants etc. were all filled up with wealthy mainlander. It reminded us like the Japanese era from the late 70's to the 90's. Cantonese has always been the only & dominated dailect in the island but now just about everyone eager to speak Mandarin ! We have yet to see the Chinese reach that same level of popularity the Japanese once achieved. But I assure you, the next 3,5,7,9 years, we will see dramatic changes year after year. I don't kow but it's a taxi meter, it just kept increasing. Meanwhile, I had captured a few pictures from my trip to Hong Kong, hope you like it. It mostly express what I am interested of course, food and scenary I wanted to remember.

Now I got to figure out where to dive next ... :-)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Happy New Year 2008 folks !

I wish all of you who visit my blog going to be healthy and happy this year ! Same to myself.

Finally got my Fukuoka trip pictures processed and uploaded to Flicker. Hope you like.