Galapagos Macro Magic
While The Galapagos Islands are known as one of the best big-animal encounter spots in the world, don’t overlook the small stuff! Those same currents that deliver so many nuturients for the big guys also deliver plenty for the small ones as well. Particularly in the central islands. The following slide show highlights some of the great macro opportunities you’ll find when you dive with the M/V Galapagos Sky.
Galapagos Macro Photography Tips
Galapagos diving presents extraordinary opportunities for photographers to capture stunning wide angle shots AND incredible macro pics as well. The currents you will dive in add an extra challenge to underwater photography, so here are some macro tips:
1. Our itinerary is varied, so plan your photo dives accordingly. Wolf and Darwin are the mecca of big animal diving – but also offer some fantastic macro subjects. Our sites in the central islands such as Punta Vincente Roca are perfect for the macro photographer. Throughout your seven night dive cruies you can carry various rigs with you on different dives. We’d recommend 75/25 wide angle at Wolf/Darwin… and maybe 50/50 or even more macro in the central islands.
2. Get Out of The Current: In order to find great subjects, you need to search, and in Galapagos that means getting out of the current. Look for dips in the reef, areas behind boulders and reef formations, and outcroppings. All provide a break from the current.
3. Trust Our Guides: If there is a single commandment to get fantastic macro shots in the Galapagos, it should be “Thou shalt trust thy dive guide”. Our guides are the best in the business, and know the reefs of Galapagos inside out. They know where the sea horses, frog fish, and red lipped batfish are and can find them for you. As we are usually diving from a panga with no anchor – we enter the water at different spots even at the same sites. Rely on the guides to help you.
4. Have a Plan: While you may simply hunt for macro opportunities on any dive, it’s better to have a plan or shot list. A quick discussion with the divemaster prior to entering the water will usually yield a pretty good “shot list”, and then concentrate on that list once you’re down. The Galapagos is a big place – and there’s no guarantee that you’ll find every subject on every dive. But again, our experienced divemasters know these sites, and macro subjects, well.
5. Plan Your Exit From Each Shot: Working close to the bottom, you will often have to stabilize yourself against current or surge. So before you go for the shot, take a look around and check the direction of the current. Move into position, stabilize yourself with a very carefully placed hand, and have your exit strategy in mind before you snap your pictures. Galapagos reefs are based on granite (not limestone) so they are not as fragile as some coral reefs. But- please use care with your hands, camera, and fins as always.
Good luck on your next Galapagos dive trip!