Oct

29

Date: 29th October 2016

Conditions: Horrible

Visibilty: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 30minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Very ordinary conditions at St Leonards today..hardly worth getting wet.

Camera Details: Canon 100mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Jan

16

Date: 16th January 2016

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A large Pot-Bellied Seahorse was the highlight of a short dive at St Leonards Pier today. Other than that i just photographed some Sand Gobies and tried to get a lock on a baby Scaly-fin with its iridescent blue markings.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 1 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

14

Date: 14th November 2015

Conditions:

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: The big surprise of this dive at St Leonards were 4 juvenile Blue Gropers actively feeding near the start of the break wall. This is a very positive sign for the health of a returning local population. Lets hope this generation of spearfisherman stay away from them and let the species recover.

Camera Details: Canon 60mmmm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

5

Conditions:

Visibility: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: This dive at St Leonards was to test out a super macro setup using a 1.4x teleconveter on the 60mm lens. A loss in sharpness was noticeable, but some of the results were ok. Achieving focus was challenging.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm + teleconverter 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Jun

28

Conditions:

Visibility: 10m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: I had just mounted a new bar across my housing to hold a focus light/3 strobe etc… so this dive was to try out the buoyancy with the new rig with an optically fired strobe.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes + YS-D1

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May

23

Conditions:

Visibility: Night

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: I decided to leave the wide-angle lens on for this dive and do some CFWA. The Conger Eel was back in his pipe under the cross section, plus a couple of stargazers in the sand. The highlight were two seahorses that were very active moving between the weed.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Mar

23

Conditions:

Visibility: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: A wicked current was running tonight…stronger than i’ve ever felt it at St Leonards. It made for an interesting dive with all the critters seeming a bit on edge…including myself. Especially with large smooth rays appearing out of the darkess, fish darting for cover in the beam of my torch light, and stargazers swimming around on the open sand. Not your usual night dive! There was something strange in the…water…like this crooked Fiddler Ray. Strange dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Mar

7

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: Another great night dive at St Leonards. Sand Octopus, Velvetfish, Little Gurnard, soles, stinagrees, nudi’s and flatworms. Always nice.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X Inon z240 Strobes

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Feb

20

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: An excellent night dive with Chris. Lots around including multiple Sand Octopus, a massive Maori Octopus, two Stargazers, a few Dumpling Squid and a couple of Velvetfish. Also clusters of Nudibranch, flatworms and an unidentified ‘cod’ like fish.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

31

Conditions:

Visibilty: Night Dive

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 80minutes

Max Depth: 4m

Details: There wasn’t a huge amount around at St Leonards on this dive, but a few things of interest was a cardinal fish carrying eggs in its mouth, a velvetfish and a seahorse. I also got pretty excited about a Barred Toadfish…not a species you see regularly, but Chris and Kerry weren’t as impressed.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Feb

22

Dive Number: 555 22/02/2014 St Leonards Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: An operation from Melbourne where trying out there standard dress kit, so i took the opportunity to snap some bygone era dive photos. I say that using this gear around a pier is the best idea though. The hose was ripping life from the pylons, and trudging over the bottom was really upsetting the local stargazers.(but so was I!) Another good sighting was a very approachable Bastard Trumpter..the first time i’ve seen this species.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Dec

12

Dive Number: 526 12/12/2013 St Leonards Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 4m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Just a quick dive at St Leonards to test some of Sophies new gear. A brittle star was the only subject i managed to photograph.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Oct

26

Dive Number: 505 26/10/2013 St Leonards

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 3m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time:60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A tiny shrimp and a seahorse were the stars of this dive.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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May

5

Dive Number: 469 04/05/2013 St Leonards Peir

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 5m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: While my strobe was away being fixed, I decided to try my hand at video which I may upload in the future. Most dives in April and May will be video with the occasional ambient light/torch light photo. Dive 479 is my first dive back with the camera.

Camera Details: Tokina 60mm I-Torch 4

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Apr

28

Dive Number: 468 28/04/2013 St Leonards Peir

Conditions: Aweful

Visibilty: 1m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 40minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: While my strobe was away being fixed, I decided to try my hand at video which I may upload in the future. Most dives in April and May will be video with the occasional ambient light/torch light photo. Dive 479 is my first dive back with the camera.

Camera Details: Tokina 60mm I-Torch 4

Photos:

No Photos

Apr

26

Dive Number: 467 26/04/2013 St Leonards Pier

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: While my strobe was away being fixed, I decided to try my hand at video which I may upload in the future. Most dives in April and May will be video with the occasional ambient light/torch light photo. Dive 479 is my first dive back with the camera.

Camera Details: Tokina 60mm I-Torch 4

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Mar

26

Dive Number: 454 26/03/2013 St Leonards Pier

Conditions: ?

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 50minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Testing the video mode on the 7D on this dive. I’m not going to upload vids here…photos only.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

Photos: NO PHOTOS

Jan

12

Dive Number: 429 01/12/2013 St Leonards Pier

Conditions: ??

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 45minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Saw a grass shrimp that i’d never seen before. Very hard to photograph.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Nov

10

Dive Number: 403 10/11/2012 St Leonards Pier

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: Tired St leonards with the wide angle to capture some light rays and under-overs.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

23

Dive Number: 357 23/09/12 St Leonards Pier

Wind: ??/

Tide: ???

Conditions: Not the best

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Just playing with Stinky.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes

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Sep

8

Dive Number: 348 08/09/12 15.53, St Leonards Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: Horrible

Visibilty: 1m

Water Temp: 11.2c

Bottom Time: 36minutes

Max Depth: 3.7m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Worst conditione ever! 1m vis is if that…i couldn’t even see if there was anything around. I came across a dumpling squid on the way in(i actually got lost..at st leonards!) but thats about it. This was mainly a dive to test out some split fins.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobe

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Jun

17

Dive Number: 320 17/06/12 16.36, St Leonards Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: Bleak day

Visibilty: 8m

Water Temp: 11.6c

Bottom Time: 39minutes

Max Depth: 3.3m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: An ordinary day, and i had some strobe problems, so just a few ambient light wide angle shots.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Apr

7

Dive Number: 290 07/04/12 11.30, St Leonards Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: -m

Water Temp: 18.4c

Bottom Time: 70minutes

Max Depth: 3.1m

Air usage:

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: Got a bit bored on this dive and headed out the north side of the pier,

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm , SS200 Strobes

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Mar

10

Dive Number: 275 10/03/12 14.30, St Leonards Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions:

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: ???minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Air usage: 170bar/2500psi

SAC: ???? litres/min

Details: A short dive to test a new (used/old) reg i bought off ebay.

Camera Details: Tokina 10-17mm, SS200 Strobes

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Feb

9

Dive Number: 268 09/02/2012 18.54, St Leonards Pier

Wind: ???

Tide: ???

Conditions: ???

Visibilty: ???m

Water Temp: 22c

Bottom Time: ??minutes

Max Depth: 3m

Details: A small pink swimming anemone was the most interesting critter on this dive…i’d never seen one before. I had a small leak in the housing so aborted the dive early.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, SS200 Strobes

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