|Camouflaging orange sea star|
Diving in the cold waters around Cape Town mean reduced visibility and low light, but a lot of life. Macro photography, a kind of specialized close up photography, is wonderful for these conditions. Most point and shoot cameras can do this, it is the little flower symbol on the round dial, but to get professional quality shots some more specialized equipment is needed. I use a canon 5d mark ii, with Ikelite Housing, and a canon 100mm macro lens with the corresponding underwater lens port. I also use an Ikelite DS161 underwater strobe to bring light down into these dark places.
|Janolus nakaza nudibranch on the reef|
|Electric blue on the reef|
|Breeding nudibranchs surrounded by color|
There are many rocky reefs available from each side of the cape peninsula. All are covered in life and nudibranchs. My best nudibranch photos can be found here, http://www.daimarsphotos.com/Wildlife/Nudibranchs/
If you are a fan of the small things or just want to go on a nudibranch treasure hunt then Cape Town is the destination for you. Whether you use Ollava Dive or Pisces or another shop they will no doubt be able to find you nudibranchs to photograph. Or if the conditions are right you can grab your own gear, rent a tank, and head to some of the locally popular shore dive spots like Long Beach of A-Frame. Over 70 species of nudibranchs have been recorded from the Cape Town area on www.nudipixel.net.
|A baby shy shark|
|Shark egg cases abound|