by Gaby Zimmermann-Nenadal
I am from Vienna, Austria and have been diving
since 1994. In 2006, I started taking pictures more seriously with my
digital SLR but took pictures before that with several compact
cameras and also an analogue SLR. Besides diving, I enjoy playing
beach volleyball, rock climbing and horse riding as well as
travelling the world (the farther, the better).
1. Whale shark: For years, I always wanted to see a
whale shark but I was never lucky. So I went to Mozambique where you
can find whale sharks all year and went snorkelling with about 50 of
them... The snorkeler next to the shark is a good friend of mine,
showing the enormous size of the shark. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot
housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/125, F/6.3
2. Cave: My favourite area for diving is South East
Asia; Indonesia has a special place in my heart. So I go there as
often as I can which is, unfortunately, only every second year or
so... In 2010, I managed to visit Raja Ampat for the second time and
was looking forward to dive the famed “Passage” again.
This fantastic cave is located at the end of “The
Passage” and the sun was just right to send its rays through
the cave ceiling. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye,
1/100, F/5.6, no strobe.
3. Clown fish: I might prefer wide-angle shooting
but I also enjoy macro a lot. And I love clown fish. This cutie was
captured in Lembeh strait, where it cuddled with its anemone. It is
always interesting to shoot clown fish because the different species
and also the single individuals behave so differently. Some are
rather shy, some aggressive but they all pose a certain challenge to
the photographer because they move constantly. Canon EOS 350D,
Hugyfot housing, 50 mm macro, 1/125, F/22, one INON strobe.
4. Colourful pier: The Ducomi Pier near Dumaguete
in the Philippines is my favourite pier dive. The corals are so
colourful and there is so much macro life as well you are always in
trouble which lens to take. You can only go there if no ship is at
the pier – it belongs to a coconut mill. But a couple of times
per week the dive centers get the permission to go there for a fee.
Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/125, F/4, one INON
5. Wonderpus: I love octopi, so I especially enjoy
Lembeh Strait with its many different species. The wonderpus is one
of my favourites because its pattern and colour is so nice and they
are quite inquisitive. I took a lot of shots but this one I liked
best. I find it quite hard to shoot octopi because especially the
bigger ones you have to crop somewhere – you won’t get
all arms into the picture. Canon EOS 350D, Hugyfot housing, 50 mm
macro, 1/125, F/22, one INON strobe.
6. Mantas: Another photo from Indonesia and Raja
Ampat. It was taken at one of my favourite spots, Manta Ridge, where
mantas fly by regularly to get rid of their parasites. If you are
lucky, they stay with you for an hour and check you out. Canon EOS
350D, Hugyfot housing, 15 mm fisheye, 1/400, F/8, no strobe.