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Another scuba diving trip to Hurghada

2008 was the year I took my first underwater pictures with a DSLR camera – the Canon EOS 400D in a Fantasea F400D housing. To keep down costs I started without strobes but with a red light filter which is perfect for reef panoramas. As you can see on the pictures it also worked well on closeups – just make sure the fish doesn`t move because you have to work with short exposure times.

All of the pictures below were taken on diving spots around Hurghada – most of them at Sha’ab Abu Ramada (“The Aquarium”), the Banana Reef, Sha’ab Sabina, Erg Sabina and Sha’ab Dorfa.

- Bernd -

Slender giant moray (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Slender giant moray (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of yellow goatfish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of yellow goatfish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Blue-spotted stingray chilling in the sand (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Blue-spotted stingray chilling in the sand (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Hawkfish on top of a coral (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Hawkfish on top of a coral (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish @ home (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Anemone fish @ home (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
A mid-size Napoleon wrasse (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
A mid-size Napoleon wrasse (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Couple of masked butterfly fish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Couple of masked butterfly fish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Reef panorama (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Reef panorama (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Starfish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Starfish (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Octopussy - be careful, they can punch you harder than Rocky Balboa ;-) (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Octopussy – be careful, they can punch you harder than Rocky Balboa ;-) (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2008 Bernd Neeser)
   


My first dive…

…took place in 2006! I started with a CMAS* training at Actionsport Wuerzburg and gained my first experience in cold German lakes. We had a bad sight and just two or three fish there but it was ok for the training and as I like water since I was a little child it felt just great. A few weeks later Isabell and me went to Hurghada and she enjoyed snorkeling so much that she decided to start with scuba diving as well in 2007. So we went to Egypt again enjoying two amazing weeks. We did several wreck dives, a night dive and we snorkeled and dived with all kinds of colorful reef fish, starfish, moray eels, snails and even wild dolphins.

Besides scuba diving we did two day trips in 2006. One day we went to desert, seeing all the…ahm…sand! Beautiful! There is also a fountain nearby a Wannabe-Bedouin-village where you can watch them living like 100 years ago, ride a Quad or enjoy the sunset. We decided to do the last one and our Wannabe-tourguide took a romantic picture of us.

On our second day trip we drove to Cairo, saw the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and a lot of annoying guys trying to get our money. If you’re planning to go there: Don`t sit on the camel!! Touching it will cost you 10 Dollar, sitting on it 100 and if you consider riding on it make sure you have at least two or three gold coins with you. A cheap alternative is buying a stick for 7 pound and use it in the right moment…I’m just kidding ;-)

- Bernd -

P.S. The pictures were taken with the Casio Exilim EX-S600 in a EWC-60 housing. Instead of buying a strobe I used the Magic Filter. Mounted on the inside of the housing or in front of the lens it brings back most of the colors using available light.

Abu Nuhas is perfect for wreck diving! There are four wrecks: Kimon M., Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D. and the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Abu Nuhas is perfect for wreck diving! There are four wrecks: Kimon M., Chrisoula K., Ghiannis D. and the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
My first sight of the Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
My first sight of the Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell & Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell & Ghiannis D. (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - Windlass (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – Windlass (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - View out of the machine room (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – View out of the machine room (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. - The first floor of the machine room was completely dark (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of Ghiannis D. – The first floor of the machine room was completely dark (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Wreck of the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving inside the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell diving inside the Carnatic (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Maona - we just did a short touchdown because I was running out of air ;-) (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Maona – we just did a short touchdown because I was running out of air ;-) (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja - The screw (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja – The screw (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
El Minja (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sea goldies (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A crocodile fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A crocodile fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Blue spotted stingray (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Blue spotted stingray (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A salad coral (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A salad coral (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
We also had dolphins several times (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
We also had dolphins several times (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Masked butterfly fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Masked butterfly fish (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A shell (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
A shell (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Sweetlips (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of barbs (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
Shoal of barbs (© 2007 Bernd Neeser)
The world famous Sphinx with the Pyramid of Khafre in the background (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The world famous Sphinx with the Pyramid of Khafre in the background (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Inside a pyramid (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Inside a pyramid (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The papyrus factory...big business ;-) (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
The papyrus factory…big business ;-) (© 2006 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd (© 2006 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd (© 2006 Isabell Gernert)
Sunset in desert...who says we're not a romantic couple?
Sunset in desert…who says we're not a romantic couple?