Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Back from the Aussies

Well I am now back from the land of kangaroos, koalas and vegemite, but most importantly, the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef structure on this planet. I am an avid Advanced Open Water Diver and love taking my camera along with me whenever I dive.

Although the stay in Cairns was short, compared to the time spent in airplanes and airports, departing from Montreal adding up to over 28 hours (and that was only one way!), the rewards were indescribable! The conditions were not ideal for visibility underwater. It was quite windy during the few days that we were there, and the water was quite agitated, thus lifting up particles that would on a normal day be deposited on the ocean floor. But at the end of the journey, this is the GREAT Barrier Reef, and it just makes it all worthwhile!

We stayed on a liveaboard boat for 3 days and 2 nights. These were 3 days that could not possibly pack more dives than they did. I had the opportunity to dive ten times during these three days, and for about 45-50 mins each time. What limits the number of dives one can perform in a single day is the amount of nitrogen that your blood accumulates as you function in a higher pressure environment. And the deeper you go, the faster it accumulates and more time is needed in-between dives to eliminate it.

The underwater camera I have at the moment is a beginner level camera, the Sealife DC800, with a beginner level strobe flash, an Intova ISS2000. Nonetheless, I managed to take a few good shots and would like to know what you think of them.

P.S.: If you want to take a look at the not so good pictures, take a look at my picasa web album!


canport said...

Thanks for sharing the adventure and two thumbs up for these awesome pics!!! Wow, imagine once you get a Nikon!

One day it will be my turn to post pics from Australia! :-)

canport said...

Just so you don't ask yourself WTF! :-)

canport = Pedro (Canadian Portuguese)

Arnaud Pereira-Valois said...


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