Keystone Jetty 2020/06/13 and 15

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Keystone Jetty 2020/06/13 and 15

Post by derekcs » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:17 pm

Finally got back in the water after spending three months dry. 2 tanks on Saturday and Tuesday.

The site was crowded on Saturday with both divers and boaters. I parked off to the side by the boat dock to keep my distance from people gearing up. It seemed like people weren't strictly sticking to a 5-person group limit, but it wasn't a clusterbleep either. And maintaining distance wasn't hard entering the water. Tuesday, dlh and I had the site to ourselves. There was even a young bald eagle hanging out on the jetty. Pickles was closed on Tuesday, but there was a long line of people waiting to get takeout on Saturday. I recommend ordering online and picking up when it's ready. Overall, I didn't have much cause for anxiety either day.

As for the diving, it didn't disappoint! Viz was maybe 15ft on Saturday. The water was greener and cloudier on Tuesday, <10 ft for sure. Currents were nothing on the first dive each day but strong on the second dive. I spent maybe 5 minutes on the pilings before heading back to the jetty on Saturday and didn't bother Tuesday. The rock of life was covered in more kelp than on my last dive in March. Not as many critters on it. But I found a big male scalyhead sculpin on it that was very photogenic. Elsewhere, I saw more scalyhead sculpins that were very cooperative. Mosshead warbonnets. Longfin sculpin. Tons of mating red rock crabs and a pair of mating helmet crabs. Hudson's dorid and clown nudibranch. Big ling cod. On Tuesday, I ran into a couple red rock crabs tearing apart the remains of a buffalo sculpin.

These were also my first dives with my new Backscatter MF-1 strobe, which replaced the second Ikelite DS-161 strobe I usually carry. I need to try a dive with the MF-1 as my sole strobe to get a better feel for it, but I really liked the results I got so far. I did supermacro (105mm + Nauticam SMC-1 diopter) both days and needed a lot of light given the small aperture. So the MF-1 was on or just below max power the whole time.

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Hope to see you all from a safe distance while wearing face masks soon.
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Re: Keystone Jetty 2020/06/13 and 15

Post by ScubaJess » Fri Jun 19, 2020 7:28 am

Fantastic post Derek!!!

Nice work on that Warbonnet! Cool you got a new strobe. I hope you can test it out more soon. :)

Did you find the baby lumpies on the line?

Thanks for the update on pickles. We did takeout there Monday on the way home from DP.
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Post by Sharkb8 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:56 am

Excellent shots! Welcome back to the water. That warbonnett shot is incredible. Keep us (me) updated on your MF-1 strobe usage. I am thinking about finally getting strobes for my TG-6 and that is definitely on my research list. I probably should have picked one up during the covid sale...
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Re: Keystone Jetty 2020/06/13 and 15

Post by dlh » Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:51 pm

Derek and I both did the keystone dive together last week and had a great time. We had both recently picked up the Backscatter MF-1 ministobe and took them on the dive. The really interesting thing about this strobe is that it is custom designed for use with a really nice and compact Snoot. I used it on several shots below. I've used a few different snoots in the past and this is by far the best setup I've seen yet. The aiming lights are precise and the whole rig is small enough to easily point and adjust. I'm just getting use to it but I go several pretty nice images with it.

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Clown Nudibranch closeup
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Snoot shot of tiny 5mm long Grunt Sculpin
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Mosshead Warbonnet
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Snoot shot of an alabaster nudibranch
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Post by ScubaJess » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:01 am

Nice work Dave! Those are beautiful!! The baby grunt is so CUTE!!!
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Post by ScubaJess » Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:22 pm

Here are some of my snaps from a few Keystone away missions... It's basically a baby fish nursery these days! Highly adorable critters on the loose :luv: :luv: :luv: :luv:
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Red baby lumpy
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Super tiny baby Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker
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Baby red gunnel
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Baby Mosshead Warbonnet
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Baby sculpin
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Baby painted Greeling
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These guys are everywhere on the kelp right now
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