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Here are some of the underwater photos shot by Jacques de Selliers in Australia in November 2009
during two cruises in Great Barrier Reef, around Lizard Island then Cairns. More...

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Comments by Jacques de Selliers

Because of a temporary slowdown in my professional activities, I was able to go and visit Australia during the month of November 2009. This was my first trip to this fabulous country - and I shot a lot of photos, some of which are displayed at deselliers.info.

It was also a unique occasion to scubadive in the Great Barrier Reef. So I first took the 3 days "COD HOLE & RIBBON REEFS" cruise onboard of the Spirit of Freedom, a very nice liveaboard cruising from Cairns.

On the last day of the cruise, I spotted a 5 metres manta ray approaching a pinnacle reef. I swam to the top of it and saw the ray just over my head, at touching distance. This reef was probably a cleaning station for manta rays, since the ray circled for more than 10 minutes over my head, allowing me to shoot over 80 photos - out of which I selected seven for this website.

I wanted to extend my stay on the Spirit of Freedom to dive the Coral Sea, but unfortunately this cruise was fully booked. So I came back to Cairns for one day to explore the wildlife in the Atherton Tablelands rainforest. Then I spent five days onboard of the Reef Encounter, a nice floating hotel bringing divers to some of the best diving sites around Cairns.

My cruises and stay in Cairns were organised by Joel of DiveTheReef.com, and I can only recommend him!

All photos were shot with a Canon Powershot A650IS with and external Ikelite 50 strobe
that I rented from Wet Rez Cameras in Cairns - which I also recommend!

While this sure-shot is great for shooting close-up pictures,
I hated it when it came to shooting moving fishes, because of its long trigger delay.
Also, one Ikelite 50 strobe is insufficient for properly lighting large sceneries.

Hence I deeply regretted my Nikon 200 housing,
which I had decided not to take along because of recent low back problems.

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