So whilst I was in Dubai I went scuba diving at the Dubai Aquarium in the Dubai Mall, and did a PADI speciality course (originally named the "Dubai Aquarium Specialty") which is a recognised speciality that counts towards the Master Scuba Diver qualification. It involves two dives (technically three but we didn't surface between 2 and 3), the first of which is a general exploration dive of the aquarium tank, the second of which though has a theory session on Underwater photography, then an exploration session in which I was given the underwater camera to take some pictures. The third dive takes place in the shark tank, during feeding time. I'm by no means a good photographer, but it was something I really enjoyed and has definitely got me considering the full underwater photographer speciality.
In the meantime though, here are some of the highlights of snaps I took during my dive, These were all taken on a GoPro Hero3 with an original resolution of 4000 x 3000 px. For ease of viewing I've resized them to 1000 x 750 px. There was no zoom on the camera, so you're pretty much seeing things as I was seeing them.
These first few were taken by the Dive Master accompanying me,
Lagamorph geared up and prepping to enter the water
Descending down the line
One of the sharks decided to swim right under me as I was descending to the bottom of the tank, 11m below the surface.
On the bottom and the shark from earlier comes to take a look at his near miss
The downside to diving without your own gear, getting a proper fitting mask is really hit or miss, so I was having to clear this one every 5 minutes or so as it was a tad leaky
These next ones were taken by me,
This shark did hang around for a little while....
The rays do like to come up pretty close. I was told most of the marine life in the tank was quite curious about new divers so would often come to investigate.
Maybe a bit more curious than I'd like in some cases
These two barely moved during my time down there. That may well have been a good thing.
They look a lot scarier from underneath don't they....?
When I saw this coming right at me, I'm not ashamed to admit I whimpered slightly.
There's that whimpering again....
I have to wonder if some of the people outside the tank thought it was a little unusual that, as they were looking in taking photos of me, I was in there looking out and taking photos of them
Well I don't know if anyone will even see this, but if you did thanks for looking and hope you liked some of the pictures. Any feedback is welcome since, as I said, this is something I may well look at getting into (on a hobby basis, somehow I doubt I can quit my day job for it just yet).