I had a good internet connection today so I ended up doing some telephone work via Skype (mainly re-booking my return flight) and then took a dive at Créole Rock; upon return to the boat I opted to do a second dive at Turtle Reef and changed lenses to the 35mm one with the two close-up diopters which entailed changing the front of the Ikelite housing, the lens port. After descending to about 20 feet I noticed that not only had I switched the lens to “manual” instead of “auto” focus (and left the setting at infinity, which didn't work underwater) but that there were droplets of water inside the housing. Luckily it was just several drops but I'm not too sure where it came from. I disassembled the housing, dried and cleaned everything and then re-assembled it for a short dive underneath the boat at anchor. This time nothing leaked and I was going to scrape the small barnacles off the hull but my Ace Hardware scraper that I'd put into my pocket had dropped off somewhere underneath the boat and despite searching for it I couldn't locate it and was too lazy to take off the dive gear and get my backup scraper so the barnacles (well, small barnaclettes) remained safe from me for another day.

Blue Tang and Grunts The Blue Tang shot through the school of Grunts in this picture.
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Blue Tang and Grunts
Bluestriped Grunt Bluestriped Grunt
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Bluestriped Grunt
Juvenile spotted Drum A juvenile spotted Drum hovering close to a protective anemone with a shrimp in the background.
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Juvenile spotted Drum
Squirrelfish looking forlorn Somehow those huge black eyes always give these Squirrelfish a touch of the blues. This one was getting cleaned as I approached (see the shrimp in the bottom left) so I departed before scaring it off.
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Squirrelfish looking forlorn
Corals and Rocky outcroppings. Corals and Rocky outcroppings.
[18°7'3.86"N 63°3'25.06"W ]
Corals and Rocky outcroppings.
Macro diopters The two diopters, one at +2 and the other at +4, screwed together and ready to put on the 35mm Nikkor lens so that I can get close-up shots underwater.
(2012-02-20 15:17:37 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
Macro diopters
Ikelite water intrusion I had just descended to about 20 feet at Turtle Reef in Grand Case, St. Martin when I noticed little drops of water inside the frame and opted to return topside and to the boat immediately so that my camera and lens wouldn't get flooded or shorted. I had just replaced the front dome port for another lens and think that I might not have sealed the O-Ring correctly. Nonetheless after cleaning and drying and reseating everything I took a test dive under the boat and the housing stayed dry.
(2012-02-20 15:06:21 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/2.5, 1/500s] ISO 100 Focus 3.76m)
Ikelite water intrusion
Ikelite housing without back or port My Ikelite housing after cleaning and drying with the back removed and the lens port at the front removed as well.
(2012-02-20 15:17:24 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.71m)
Ikelite housing without back or port
Ikelite back frame and mount The back part of the Ikelite frame for the D7000, the camera is securely mounted via the tripod screw and the flash cable attached.
(2012-02-20 15:17:31 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.53m)
Ikelite back frame and mount
Ikelite front with O-ring The O-ring is for the lens port in the front, the dome of the port is clipped in with the 4 sliders in the picture and the O-ring provides the watertight seal (provided the O-ring is seated correctly and is clean and free of even a grain of sand)
(2012-02-20 15:18:29 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus 0.63m)
Ikelite front with O-ring
Ikelite with Dome port installed The small dome port for the 35mm lens is now attached to the frame and sealed with the O-ring and clips.
(2012-02-20 15:23:12 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 0.60m)
Ikelite with Dome port installed
Ikelite frame at dusk The frame cleaned and sealed (minus the camera, which is taking the picture) and ready for the next dive.
(2012-02-20 18:14:40 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/15s] ISO 320 Focus 0.67m)
Ikelite frame at dusk
Zanshin folding propellor I manually extended the blades of the prop for this picture but need to clean the prop and it is also time to replace the Zinc anode on the shaft.
(2012-02-20 15:47:00 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/6.3, 1/25s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
Zanshin folding propellor
Brilliant golden sunset No photoshop color enhancement needed here, they colors had to be toned down otherwise it would have looked as unreal in the picture as it did in real life.
[18°6'16.4"N 63°3'26.73"W (facing W)]
Brilliant golden sunset
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