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Monthly Archives: May 2015

After disappointing weather at the outset that had us all shooting macro, the sun came out and with it, the color on the reef.  Here’s a shot from the top of a site called G6. Really liked that site. Look at all that color. All those fish. The glimpse to the pretty blue through the “window.”

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Dive site: G6

1/250th at f/8.  Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens, Nauticam housing and mini dome port, 2 Sea & Sea strobes.

 

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Here’s an expectant anemone fish guarding its eggs. These eggs are very close to hatching. If you look closely, you can see the eyes of the baby fish. The parent comes out from the anemone not only to chase away potential predators, but also to aerate the eggs by blowing water over them.

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Dive site: Pinnacle

1/250th at f/5.6.  Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 60mm Olympus f/2.8 macro lens, Nauticam housing and flat port, 2 Sea & Sea strobes.

 

Today was the 2015 San Francisco Carnaval parade.  Last year, I shot the parade during Derrick Story’s San Francisco Street Photography Workshop (which was great).  This time, I shot it on my own.

Memorial day is the unofficial start of summer.  And true to form, it was cool today in San Francisco.  But that didn’t dampen spirits.  It was a great event.

Right after I got there, I got one of my favorite shots of the day.

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The people marching were definitely feeling it.

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And the bands worked the crowds so that we felt it too.

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white shirt

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My last shot of the day.  She carried this enormous “shell” the whole length of the parade.  Smiling all the way.  That’s impressive stamina.

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Well, as hot as slug on slug action gets anyway.  Here are  a pair of Roboastra Gracilis nudibranchs doing a mating dance in Fiji.

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And they weren’t just dancing.  Nudibranchs are hermaphroditic so when they mate, they fertilize each other.    In the picture below, you can see their genital papilla touching.

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Dive site: Dream Maker

1/250th at f/11.  Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 60mm Olympus f/2.8 macro lens, Nauticam housing and flat port, 2 Sea & Sea strobes.

 

We’ll get back to all that crazy color a little later.

But for now, here’s an up close and personal encounter with a little hawkfish (dwarf, I think).  Under a little ledge, looking back at me.  I’m sure hoping that I’d move along.  As you’ll see from the notes below, shot with my macro lens which definitely wasn’t the plan.  All that color from yesterday, those big expanses of corals — the plan was for wide angle.  But the weather was lousy.  The visibility was poor.  And so instead of fighting the conditions with a wide angle set up, we all jumped in to do macro instead.

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Dive site: Underwater Fantasy

1/160th at f/11.  Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 60mm Olympus f/2.8 macro lens, Nauticam housing and flat port, 2 Sea & Sea strobes.

 

I just got back from another great underwater photography workshop with Alex Mustard, this time in Fiji.  Despite a few logistical challenges this time and less than perfect weather at the outset, it was still a great trip.  And so very nice to see so many familiar faces too.  Ultimately most important, the diving and photographic opportunities were great.  We all came away with images we were quite pleased with.

And the colors, wow.  The colors are unbelievable in the literal meaning of that word.  But don’t take my word for it.  See for yourself.

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Bright orange anthias swimming out from the bright pink, yellow and magenta soft corals.

Dive site: Instant Replay

1/250th at f/8.  Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens, Nauticam housing and mini dome port, 2 Sea & Sea strobes.