The only day of Memorial Day weekend that was favorable for diving was not until Monday, but it was well worth the wait! The Independence II headed out to the R.P. Resor along flat seas and sunny skies. Evidently, others had the same idea 'cause we arrived on site to find two other dive boats. With plenty of wreckage to go around, we picked a spot on the stern of the wreck and Sean got us tied in quickly. Surface viz looked amazing and everyone was eager to get geared up and into the water!
Divers returned from the first dive with lots of scallops. Each bag that came up seemed to be bigger than the last. But scallops were not in my sights today. I was after photos! So off I went for my second north-east ocean dive as a photographer. The bottom viz was about 25-30 feet, which is decent but I've seen much better on this wreck. I fired up my strobes and went for a nice swim along the wreckage with Kevin, who was kind enough to be my buddy (aka model) on this dive. Swimming along the bottom, I spied lots of eel pouts hiding in various nooks and crannies of the broken wreckage. The eel pouts were nice subjects for photography cause they stay relatively still :) I was also excited to see a dogfish on the wreck, but was not fast enough with the camera to snap a picture.
The wreck was covered in soft anemone that also made for good photography subjects. Best of all, they were vibrant orange in color (my favorite). Considering I only have a few dives with the camera, I am relatively happy with the results. Hope you enjoy them too.
Unfortunately for Kevin, I wasn't happy with my shots of divers because I captured lots of backscatter in the background :( That will be something for me to work on in my future dives. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and give me lots of opportunity to continue practicing.