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Boxer Shrimp

IMG_0274I found this one. I was following my dive buddy to shallower water. The long antennae are the tipoff. They reflect the flashlight. You may shoot a series and only one shot will do. Fortunately the shrimp was cooperative and I got this with the claws open.

Red Cup Coral

IMG_0210This is a very hard coral to see. It resides deep and underneath ledges so that getting a shot is a technical challenge. You keep looking into the crevices and sometimes your camera can fit. It’s a nice shot anytime you can see it.


IMG_0188Another day another night dive. Right as we dropped to the bottom there on a coral outcropping was a starfish. This is an unexpected pose. Maybe it was settling into place. I shot quickly because my buddy was headed to 100 feet and I was behind. Never leave your wingman.


IMG_0099I was diving with two advanced photographers. The big rig heavy duty cameras were impressive. I don’t use one. It would break my heart if I got water damage. So I am content to use my Canon G12 and natural light. We were headed back. Suddenly one of the photographers pointed and then twisted and turned into position to shoot. I white balanced and peered into the blue. There were two fish circling. The loss of detail made them hard to identify. Tuna? No jacks. They were jacks. Predatory fish, they were circling but we couldn’t see why. Meanwhile I just shot instinctively. At this distance no amount of flash was going to make to much difference. Photoshop enhancement and it is easy enough to make out. They are jacks because I was told so.IMG_0102


IMG_9996Experience teaches you that some things are special when you find them. You just never know when you will see it again, if ever. IMG_0010Ordinarily octopi are very shy and hide inside coral so you see some texture and the rest is left to imagination. I was having a very good dive week. This one was sitting in the open and letting me shoot from all angles. Sometimes the wildlife is very skittish and sometimes they just sit and let you have at it. IMG_0069The problem is when you have all the shots you need and the octopus is still posing. So I got a movie and kept changing angles. Some shots work and others don’t. I like being able to see the tentacles and suckers. This octopus was very cooperative. He finally moved and I got motion shots.IMG_0083

Some days are like that. It was a magical dive.


IMG_9902Okay another but it’s different than the other. My dive buddy kindly pointed this one out. It’s the size of a penny. At 60 feet color is not good. I tried flash but no good. It was uneven. I took my best shot. The focus was dead on. You can see tuft and one horn. Not too bad. This one is not common on the reef. I have only seen one other.


IMG_9861Never put your camera away early. Another rule I follow. As we were headed home to shore, I looked in one more hole. There was a brightly colored crab. One shot only, and the exposure and focus were kind. There’s no name in the guidebook. I chased to get one more shot. The other side of the hole had two spiny urchins guarding. I could glimpse the crab, but no shot, no way. I’ve been spiked by an urchin. Once was more than enough. The crab was very shy and never put in a new appearance.

Spotted Eel

IMG_9841I have been told there are no sea snakes here. It makes sense. Snakes breath air. This was a spotted eel. He was going along the bottom when we found him. I was stuck. I had just caught another puffer in my left hand. I had my camera in the right. That left me with no way to adjust the camera. And I needed another hand for the flashlight. Yes I could have used help from the octopus. This is a very rare find. The kids saw one in December but we only got a small part of the body – no head shot.


IMG_9749On a night dive it is special to see an octopus. I guess it is the season right now. I was fortunate to see them quite frequently in the flurry of recent dives. We caught this guy in the open! That is unusual. He was unsure whether to run or hide. So we split the difference. I was able to get the shots. I have been in the Red Sea for a while. And to see an octopus is not usual. For some reason all my dive buddies were seeing them and sharing their observations. Sometimes you just hit it right.IMG_9750

Swarming On The Reef

IMG_9463This school of fish was migrating over the reef in huge numbers. The light just didn’t let me get good detail. They were colorful. The fish seemed to be migrating. I kept looking around. There were probably big fish looking for a tasty fish dinner too. And I was not interested in meeting any large predators.



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