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SCUBA Diving in Sipadan with Sharks, Sea Turtles, Barracudas, & more!

SCUBA Diving in Sipadan  might be the best in the world! It’s teeming with colorful fish, sharks, and has great visibility.

SCUBA Diving in Sipadan

Sharks in every dive!

While it can’t be promised, some see sharks in nearly every dive. They’re everywhere, and don’t seem to care much about the divers swimming a few feet away.

I’ve included multiple Sipadan dive photos below, including sharks, Sea Turtles, and Harlequinn Sweetlips. It was also my first time seeing big eye emperors, school of jackfish, purple antihas, Unicornfish, and more. I’ve also included photos of surgeonfish, yellow mask angelfish, triggerfish, butterfly fish, parrotfish, and more!

Whitetip Reef Shark while SCUBA Diving in Sipadan
surprise visitors during our dive – sharks!

How to take better diving photos

Taking (good) photos underwater is really challenging!  You’re aiming at a moving target in less than optimal lighting conditions. At this point I’m still very much a beginner diving. I’m still getting comfortable equalizing and improving my buoyancy. I couldn’t really focus on the photography as much as I would have liked.

See all of my Sipadan photos from my Semporna Archipelago diving experience in Borneo (Malaysia). This includes more photos of white tipped reef sharks and sea turtles.

school of Jackfish
school of Jackfish
1st underwater SCUBA Diving photo of me
1st underwater SCUBA Diving photo of me
colorful fish in in Sipadan Borneo
what kind of fish is this? Please add it into the comments if you know
Harlequinn Sweetlips
Harlequinn Sweetlips

A graceful Sea Turtle swims next to us during our SCUBA dive

A graceful Sea Turtle swims next to us during our SCUBA dive
A graceful Sea Turtle swims next to us during our SCUBA dive

These dives were some of the best variety of fish I’ve ever experienced. You’ll see underwater photos of Yellowtail Barracudas, Lionfish, Jackfish, Parrotfish, Yellowmask Angelfish, Vlaming’s, Big Eyed Emperors, Triggerfish, and more. I loved diving in Sipadan so much!

I was surprised with the variety and colors!

Below is the slide show with captions on the fish:

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Hong Kong architecture photography

Incredible Hong Kong architecture photography that makes the HK look surreal!

Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captured Hong Kong’s architecture  in his Vertical Horizon Hong Kong architecture photography project. He’s made it into an 80-page book of photos from his 2012. The 26-year-old French photographer captures the city’s skyscrapers from vertical angles – all looking up. So cool!

Hong Kong photography by Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze

Quarry bay - Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze captures Hong Kong’s soaring heights in his new book, Vertical Horizon. It's a Hong Kong photography project featuring Hong Kong architecture
Quarry Bay

Photography tips: How to capture these:

Next, let’s talk about how they shot these photos. These vertical angles were captured through a wide-angle Sigma lens with a 10 mm focal length. Unlike a fisheye lenses, he says a sigma lens avoids distorting the urban landscape’s straight lines.

Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture Now let’s look at one facing downward instead. This below photo reminds me of the Guggenheim museum in NYC, but it’s actually Tai Hang.

This photo reminds me of the Guggenheim museum in NYC, but it's actually in Hong Kong. The photo is part of the Vertical Horizon photography project, a Hong Kong photography collection featuring Hong Kong architecture
This photo reminds me of the Guggenheim museum in NYC, but it’s actually Tai Hang.
Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture
love the brilliant colors

 

I love all of these! Hong Kong photography - Vertical Horizon of Hong Kong architecture

From French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze:

French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze shot these in 2011 and 2012 for this Hong Kong photography project
French photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze shot these in 2011 and 2012
Wan Chai, an area known for nightlife. It's part of a Hong Kong photography collection featuring Hong Kong architecture facing up
Wan Chai

 

 

Hong Kong photography of Tsim Sha Tsui, an urban area in south Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui, an urban area in south Kowloon

Where’s your favorite skyline architecture that you’ve seen? Hong Kong’s skyline is certainly a candidate for me!

Check out the full 80-page book of photos at the link below –
Vertical Horizon (English and Chinese Edition)

This Vertical Horizon Hong Kong photography project is a similar style to the awesome architectural photography of Peter Stewart.

To see more posts on Hong Kong, including some of the best Hong Kong architecture.