In March of 2001, we travelled to Papua New Guinea
for the first time. We stayed on the liveaboard M.V. Chertan in Milne
Bay. Flora and fauna (including marine fauna) reminded me in many
ways of the Solomon Islands, but we also encountered several creatures
unique to the Milne Bay Province. The Papuan people are warm and friendly
and we were treated to a choir of children who entertained us on the
boat one evening. It was totally captivating.
I was experimenting with a new strobe configuration,
and had some initial problems, so I did not end up with as many satisfactory
images as I had hoped. I am especially disappointed that none of my
flambouyant cuttlefish photos turned out. But underwater photography
is about experimentation and learning. I am planning to return to
Milne Bay to try capturing the flambouyant cuttlefish again. Toward
the end of the trip, I also played with ambient light shooting using
Provia as well as Scala black and white slide film, both with a 15mm
Nikonos wide angle setup.
Again I've chosen to include some images that may
be technically flawed, but have some critter interest to them. I have
included a few topside photos. Please enjoy your visit through
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