Showing posts with label LaPaz. Show all posts
Showing posts with label LaPaz. Show all posts

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Photographing La Paz, Mexico

Photographing La Paz, Mexico on the Sea of Cortez, is a photographers delight. Almost as many subjects in the air as in the sea. Birds are plentiful, such as Pelicans, Boobies (Gannets), and Frigate birds.

We were based at Club Cantamar for SCUBA diving. In addition to underwater photography equipment, you should bring your long "Bird Lens." To shoot close Pelicans, you probably need at least a 400mm Zoom lens with image stabilization (IS) set for following them in flight. 300mm will mostly keep you on the edge of frustration with our winged friends. Some IS lenses let you switch IS modes to compensate either for camera shake for a still subject or a moving subject you are following while panning. The image below was captured near sunset in mid flight.

La Paz is known for its colony of 400 California Sea Lions living on the island of Los Islotes. You can shoot them on the surface or of course, from underwater using SCUBA or just snorkelling. I think this is the world's best shallow dive. You can spend over an hour in six to eight feet of water. The Sea Lions here are very used to people and are mostly friendly and love to play.

Reasonable caution and common sense should rule the day, particularly during breeding season around March. You really don't want to get between a 600 pound Bull and its potential mate. Other than that, the guides will advise you on their behavior and you should have a blast. October and November are great months to visit as the pups are now big enough for the "parents" to let thm go out to play without too much attention. More on the Sea Lions, Whale Sharks and other marine life in other posts. Click here to see more from La Paz. Click here to see more birds.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Ikelite has announced that they are offering an upgrade in their port locks to FOUR LOCKS instead of the traditional TWO. I have second hand accounts that say that some people using the new 8" dome have not secured their ports correctly and this resulted in flooding. The new four lock system should prevent this.

Ikelite is generously offering to upgrade housings by replacing the front of the housing for $150, this is the cost of a normal housing tuneup. As an option, they are offering to tune up your old housing back for $50.00. I have been using Ikelite housings since 1980 and never flooded a camera.

Click Here for complete details. It will cost from $150 - $200 for the upgrade.

Finespot Jawfish, LaPaz, Mexico.

Click here to see my Underwater Collection.