One of Frank's hobbies on our trip was underwater photography. The following pictures were taken while we were on our 8 month cruise of the Caribbean on a 44 foot Catamaran called PatiCat.
Before we left the U.S. Frank purchased a Canon PowerShot A40 digital camera with an underwater camera housing made just for this model by Canon. It comes complete with all the knobs and buttons necessary to completely operate the camera while underwater. It also has viewing ports so you can see the digital viewport complete with the menus for making settings, or for reviewing previously taken pictures. (a photo of the housing will be added here soon)
Here are a few pictures from the camera to show off its capabilities. You should know that each picture has been "enhanced" as required by almost all underwater photography to remove the filtered color from the water.
Frank recently found another image tool which makes the underwater pictures even more vibrant and real. He's using Paint Shop Pro version 7.05. Some of the pictures in here originally have been re-enhanced with this program. All the new pictures use it.
More beautiful coral:
Beautiful coral arrangement:
Perfect example of Brain Coral:
A pair of fish, one bright blue one:
Eagle Ray - this was a perfect Eagle Ray that Frank spotted right when he jumped in. He had to quickly follow along above it (it was at about 35 feet deep) while frantically setting up the camera. Although the ray was casually moving along, it was at about 3 knots - very fast for a snorkeller! This picture required lots of processing so you could see the beautiful spots of this elegant creature.
Very odd fish...The Catherine Fish (left), and the Patricia Fish (right):
Lots of fishes - plus Frank's fin:
A perfect Sea Fan:
Sea Turtle shots. Note, one of the turtles has a couple of companions - these are Remora - like you often see attached to sharks. They are probably helping to clean off the turtles shell.
Fire Coral is one of he most beautiful and alien looking coral. It also earns its name from the fact that brushing one with your skin can give a strong burning sensation. Here are several pictures of fire coral:
One of the consequences of people - sigh:
The following are pictures from the first real dive Frank, Karen, Patricia and Catherine all took together off Tintemmarre in St. Martin on a tugboat sunk in 50 feet of water. Notice the beautiful encrustations of coral on this wreck after more than 10 years in the water. Pictures of Catherine, Patricia and Karen in that order are here.
Here are some pictures off Ile Fourchue, a barren rocky island to the NW of the main island of St. Barts. The snorkeling here was awesome, and the angle of the sun helped make these pictures turn out great. The large yellowtail snapper is about 36 inches long. Notice the wonderful corals, fans, sponges, and fish. Wow was about the only thing we could think while swimming around these beautiful waters.
NOTE: There are many more pictures located throughout the cruising log from our trip to the Caribbean.