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Jacques de Selliers went in April 2007 on a 5 days scuba diving cruise
around the Similan Islands in the Andaman Sea (Thailand).
Here are some of the photos he shot in this underwater paradise! More...

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Comments by Jacques de Selliers

This was my first time shooting digital underwater - and what an enjoyment! Everything was simpler than with my F90 and Ikelite housing: no film to change, unlimited shooting, no needs to worry about finishing the film roll before the end of the dive, fast autofocus, image preview...

Also, I had switched to a Hugyphot housing, somewhat lighter and better designed that the Ikelite ones. But it was bran new and a had quite a few initial problems, such as a too long extension ring causing vignetting at wide angle, and angle viewfinder which I couldn't get used to.

I was on board of the Bunmee2, a nice traditional looking Thai boat run by French operator Andaman Scuba. The accommodation was fine, the food acceptable and the staff very nice. Everything was great, except for one: the divemaster! His vision of scubadiving was to go as fast as possible and cover a maximum mileage. And everybody had to stay together, because of strong currents! So imagine, we had a conflict: as an underwater photographer, I like to explore in detail each reef to try and discover the rare creature and shoot it at length. So frequently I was left alone while shooting pictures. And after the dive, the nasty little bastard would yell at me for not having caught-up with the group!

Anyway, I still shot some nice picture, so my trip was overall a success. And I've learned something: NEVER dive with a French webmaster - never again!

All photos were shot with a Nikon D200 in a Hugyphot housing,
using Nikkor lenses 60mm macro or 12-24mm zoom,
and two Inon Z-240 strobes.

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