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Up in Alaska, we saw humpback whales come together to cooperatively make a bubble net to feed on small fish.  This isn’t that.

We’d just had a very nice dive and were hanging out on our safety stop when a large, tightly packed group of divers passed underneath us.  It was quite a crowd. Were they all breathing synchronously?  Were they trying to corral us so that they could eat us like the whales?

I’ve certainly seen plenty of other divers’ bubbles before.  But never a wall of bubbles like this.  And the good news is that Juan was there to pose.
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Dive site: Palau

Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 1/40th @ f/8, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.

 

Here’s a cave-y shot for a non-cave diver (me).

You enter at the surface and go down through a shaft that opens out into a big room with a smaller chamber behind.  This is the view from the back of the big room looking out to the open ocean with one lone diver.
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Dive site: Blue Holes, Palau

Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 1/40th @ f/8, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.

 

My gear had really dried out.  So, off for a quick trip to Maui.  And you know, it was bitterly cold — air temp in the upper 60s.  Just like the big snowstorm on the east coast.

Here’s a very blue shot of a nice Eagle Spotted Ray off South Maui at a dive site called River Run.

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As usual at an Alex workshop, I learned a ton.  This is one of those things.

Tube sponge in the beautiful tropical blue water.  And the trick is the spin.  The strobe freezes the sponge.  And the ambient lights the background as you spin the camera.  Slow shutter speed, of course.  In this case, 1/15th of a second at f/11.  Next time, even slower shutter speed.

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Grand Cayman.

Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm fisheye.  Nautica housing with mini-dome port.

Harlequin shrimp on the arm of a seastar.

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Dive site: Wailea Point, Maui, Hawaii

Not sure why he’s so sad.

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Dive site: Wailea Point, Maui, Hawaii

Nudibranch, that is.  I believe these are endemic to Hawaii.  In Indonesia I saw some relatives that were golden/brown.

And no touching things down there in general.  But a particularly good idea not to touch these.  I’m told they eat hydroids and use the stingy part in their blue frills to sting things that touch them (and try to eat them).

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Dive site: Molokini – Reef’s End, Maui, Hawaii

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There just aren’t that many blue plants. Purple, yes. But really blue? Not so much. These are some crazy blue flowers. And in the vet’s parking lot no less.


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Sitka. Ceiling of Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel. Even cooler in Russian: Собор Святого Архангела Михаила.

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