Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Playing with Photoshop CS 3 and MPB pics

The latest Mucky Pirates Bay photos.

Been playing with Photoshop for this first one, getting an interesting sort of woodblock effect.


Using the cutout feature and then a second layer high pass with threshold adjustment, you get this nice art print.


Mantis shrimp playing peak a boo. That green algae behind him is all over the Mucky Pirates Bay at the moment, brought with it a couple of very interesting nudibranch though, which typically I only ever find when I don't have the camera with me :-(


I like this pic! A very nice young lionfish


Filefish hanging by one of our moorings.

The Captain

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Late Afternoon Encounters

Couple of late afternoon photo's from Close Encounters reef in Pemuteran. Water was a bit hazy so lighting wasn't so great. Still couple of nice pics.


Barrel Sponge, Reefscape, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Barrel Sponge on Close Encounter more southern slope

Peter the Diver, photographing reefscape, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Peter getting a photo (still waiting for some of Peter's pics to post. Hint ;)

Oriental Sweetlips, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Oriental Sweetlips posing for the camera

Reefscape, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Milky water reefscape on the top of Close Encounters, Plenty of Sargent-majors around protecting their eggs.

Soft Coral, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Soft coral, just liked the pattern.

The Captain

Another day another ceremony, must be Bali

Om' Swastiastu

Bali being the Island of the Gods, demands lots of ceremonies that run in a eternal cycle. Just as in life what goes around, comes around and once again we find ourselves with 'Tumpek Landep'. A day for blessing all things metal and mecahnical. Which of course is just about everything in the Sea Rovers dive centre.

So here is us, the piratical brethren, a motley assortment of Christian, Hindu and Muslim, all dressed in our temple best and ready to bless.

Captain Paul & Son, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Captain Paul & Son, Jr Captain Rhade

Captain Paul & his Piratical crew pray for working equipment, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Bless our equipment so it don't fail....

dive boat Cynical Seahorse receives a good blessing , Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Captain Botac (Wayan Sudiarta) Blesses his vessel the 'Cynical Seahorse'

The Rusty Bucket also receives a good blessing , Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
And now blesses my vehicle, fondly known as the 'Rusty Bucket'

Captain Abdul, Pemuteran, NW Bali, Sea Rovers Dive Centre
Captain Abdul, doing his friendly hawker impression. "You want diving? Good price. Morning price. Special just for you." A cry fortunately much absent from the beaches of Pemuteran, Thank the Gods.

So, not only is our equipment regularly serviced and in tip top condition. Its is also thoroughly blessed.

Om Canti Canti Om
The Captain

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Estonia meets The Pirates Who Dive

Kairi Raudsepp, new to diving having completed her intro dive here with yours truly and now a new member of the Facebook Piratical Brethren site. Kairi send over a few memories of her time here with Sea Rovers.

Kairi & DM Wayan, in front of Sea Rovers
Kairi and SDI Divemaster Wayan Subratha

Capt Paul & Reception Wench Ditta
At your service, Captain Paul M Turley and the infectiously smiling Reception Wench Ditta

Kairi & DM Wayan, lounge at the gunwale enjoying the surface interval at Menjangan Island
Kairi & DM Wayan enjoying a surface interval at Menjangan Island

ZZZZZZzzzzzzz.......
Captain Botak, trying to cop some zzzz...... Scurvy dog! I'll have him flogged.

The crazy adventures of wacky DM Wayan and Captain Abdul
DM Wayan and Captain Abdul (also trainee guide) having way too much fun when they should be working.

Kairi also has the distinction of being our first ever guest from Estonia. We wish her all the best as she has already signed up for her Open Water Course back home. Brrrr...... And we look forward to taking her diving again soon.

The Captain

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mucky Pirates Nights

Been incredibly busy the last few weeks with high season in full swing, so not much time to take new pics. However I did get some nice shots early in July while night diving Mucky Pirates Bay.

Tiger Sole in Mucky Pirates Nights, Pemuteran, NW Bali
A not cunningly disquised Tiger Sole

Sand Eel in Mucky Pirates Nights, Pemuteran, NW Bali
Sand Eel, usually you only ever see their heads pocking out of a hole in the sand. But this night we got to follow him as he hunted.

Baby Lionfish in Mucky Pirates Nights, Pemuteran, NW Bali
Teeny Weeny Lionfish

Spider Decorator Crab in Mucky Pirates Nights, Pemuteran, NW Bali
One of my favourite night time critters, a Spider Decorator Crab.

A delicate Anemone in Mucky Pirates Nights, Pemuteran, NW Bali
And last but by no means least a very pretty Anemone.

More can of course be found in the Sea Rovers face book page where the reef photo albums keep expanding.

Now Back to Diving ;-)

The Captain