For my last weekend in Jakarta, we decided to escape with friends to Pulau Macan. Our sunset boat ride to another island provided some great light for portraits.
I also borrowed Joya’s nifty waterproof camera while snorkeling. I leaned that photographing fish is pretty difficult if you’re trying to capture anything but them swimming away from you.
The colours inside of some of the clams are fantastic.
The hard coral around Macan is relatively healthy. Being so close to Jakarta, that doesn’t mean that it’s not without some large bleached out areas.
I’ve been looking online without luck to see what this creature is. He was neat to watch as he hung out resting on the coral. There were three of them. Does anyone know of an online fish identification guide?
These white and pink fish hang out in the sand and challenge anything that comes near. They’ll charge you by swimming right up to your face before turning quickly away to make another approach. They’re synonymous with Pulau Macan in my memory.
I didn’t manage to capture the vibrant blue and purple colour of the crabs on the dock with a good shot, mostly because they were quicker than the shutter on Joya’s camera. Which brings me to the possibility of buying a housing and strobe for my Nikon. Underwater photography has intrigued me for a long time, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to drop $1,500 on a single-purpose piece of plastic. That’s not including the macro lens I’d feel compelled to buy.