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This is the follow up to the previous Lang Tengah dive trip post.

After two dives on the first day, we spent Saturday going underwater three times. The first dive in the morning was a deepish dive that bottomed out at close to 30 meters.

The visibility going down was excellent, but once we reached the bottom we literally couldn’t see anything past 3 meters, sometimes you’re lucky, other times you aren’t, and this is an example of the latter.

blue spotted stingray
blue spotted stingray

However, even with the lackluster visibility, we did spot quite a few creatures at this dive site. A beautiful blue spotted stingray were found laying at the bottom, and there were juvenile bamboo sharks hiding in the reefs too. We also spotted a huge cuttle fish who wasn’t too thrill to see us, I did manage to snap a couple pictures of the undersea alien before it jetted off from us.

cuttle fish, not looking terribly happy
cuttle fish, not looking terribly happy

this is 1/3 of a bamboo shark hiding within the coral reef
this is 1/3 of a bamboo shark hiding within the coral reef

We spent some 20 minutes at the bottom and another 15 minutes or so slowly ascending to the surface. The temperature at the bottom was a chilly 26 C, making it the coldest I’ve been (other than Aquaria KLCC)

underwater thugs wannabe
underwater thugs wannabe

After brunch, we had another dive, and on this second site, we found what we were looking for – the magnificent leopard shark.

Leopard Shark at Lang Tengah
Leopard Shark at Lang Tengah

I’ve seen leopard shark while diving at Aquaria KLCC, but seeing a beautiful specimen in the wild is something else. Ed and I navigated slowly to the side of the resting leopard shark to take a closer position for photography, and just as we were settling down, Terence landed at the back of the shark, thus startled the creature, it took off..

Luckily I was able to snap a couple photos before it got away. Sharks are often more afraid of us than we are of them, and if we are to be able to see these beautiful creatures in the wild, do SAY NO TO SHARKS FIN.

leopard shark taking off
leopard shark taking off

underwater photographer at work
underwater photographer at work

The fifth dive of the trip turned out to be our final dive. Terence and I had initially planned to conduct a night dive at the house reef, but thunderstorm that started at around 6:30pm or so pretty much doomed whatever plan we had.

We took it easy on this dive, averaging only at around 14+ meters, with the maximum depth of less than 23 meters. The seascape was beautiful, and again there were plenty of clownfish to be toyed with.

the ever so photogenic clown fish in anemone
the ever so photogenic clown fish in anemone

a fish that looks like coral, or coral that looks like a fish?
a fish that looks like coral, or coral that looks like a fish?

All the photos taken in this post were with the aid of the INON UWL & DOME unit. The ultra wide angle conversion allows me to get to the subject much closer, hence reducing the wastage of light from the external flash unit (I have a single unit of Sea & Sea YS-01).

For those who are unfamiliar with underwater photography, the deeper we go, the more red we lose (hence everything looks blue), and thus underwater flash comes very handy. However, flash units are expensive, and has limited range, a few feet further and all you see is blue again.

All this means that the closer you can get to the subject, the easier you can lit them up. To make matters trickier, water has an amplification factor of about 30%, hence the importance of wide angle lenses.

this would make a good aquarium backdrop
this would make a good aquarium backdrop

sea fan and ikan bilis
beautiful sea fan with them ikan bilis

I hope you enjoy the photos, hopefully there are more to come. What I really want now is another flash unit and some external arms get better pictures. We shall see. Expensive hobby, le sigh.

Can’t wait for the next compressed air escapade.

more photos at my flickr set, and for more posts on my diving trips, click here.

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Discuss : Lang Tengah dive trip, Day 2 (UW Photos)

  1. that looks a little like a worm than a fish.

    • Michelle: hehe yah, strange and wonderful creatures, but it is a fish nonetheless :D

  2. The cuttle fish is damn scary!

    The leopard shark is damn huge!

    What a great experience you had! Thanks for sharing again. I didn’t know underwater photography can be so rewarding!

    Don’t think I can ever do it, I have phobia of being underwater with fishes bigger than my head :???:

  3. Love the corals! So colourful! Spotted the clown fish hiding too.. Don’t think I’ll ever be brave enough to go diving! :P

  4. pretty gorgeous sights! the next step: take video footage too! :D

    • Sean: haha, video is extremely tricky, needs very good light, and good lights are either expensive, or u have to be lucky.

  5. wah your underwater pics is simply awesome lo!!

  6. your photography skills are spectacular! great job ky..

  7. The leopard shark shot is good – taking off like that, nice camo at the back, imagine it would fit right in at the bottom of the sea. :)

  8. Absolutely stunning pictures. Been wanting to dive there but always chose other destinations instead. I sometimes hear that conditions are not for beginners (only have about 20 dives listed) due to currents and such. Really nice to spot that leopard shark; high on my wish list :).

    Been reading your blog for a while now; you’ve inspired us to try out quite a few nice dinner spots around KL. Though we are Dutchies we still very much like the really local places you visit. Anyway, I am Ilya Houben. I own the biggest Dutch travel website about Malaysia (over a million views a year, which is quite nice for Dutch standards :)).

    I recently launched my new big travel website about Malaysia (this time English) called Wonderful Malaysia. Spend quite some time (over a year) to build it from scratch. Perhaps you would like to check it out and let me know what you think of it?

    Ilya

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