Underwater Dispatches: Sombrero Island in Wide Angle

After five months of not getting my much needed #VitaminSEA, I was able to tag along with two friends on a day trip to Sombrero Island. We did a total of three dives on Saturday and although I’ve had the RX100 for more than two years, this was the first time I actually went all-out with wide angle photography. The previous dives always had some technical malfunction with the strobes and I wasn’t sure whether it had more to do with wrong prepping or actual hardware failure — my left strobe always had issues. As it turns out, the strobe wasn’t set to shoot as slave.

So as a written reminder:

YS-110 alpha
M1 (not ETTL)
Slave Function: On

anilao sombrero island

The drive to Anilao was non-eventful, but the once familiar feeling of being able to drive alone to Batangas from Paranaque on a weekend was very liberating. Rather than just play mobile bingo for fun, I was able to listen to my current audiobook (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell).

Here are some photos from the trip. I shoot using a Sony RX100 Mark II with two old YS110 alpha strobes. I’ve attached a wide angle wet lens on a Nauticam housing.


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By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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