For the purpose of a book the whole ray in the picture is fine. For the purposes of illustration I find that a cropped image and more close up detail provides better graphics. I would like to have a little action. So let’s get this guy on the move. They tend to be sedentary until provoked. I don’t do anything. I just get in close and then they move.
I suddenly have a lot of clownfish images. I’d like to have a head on view with the eyes bulging out. And I want good color and sharp focus. It ain’t easy.
But a strobe goes a long way to helping. I am in my second learning curve. I learned to shoot by natural light and custom white balance. Now I have a lot more shots that are simply better. I can now chase the elusive pose.
It retracts very rapidly to threat. The strobe makes it a lot easier to light and get a focused image. My problem is that I am still struggling to get the exposure perfect. I tend to get close and then the worm retracts. So I am getting fewer shots. But the ones I get are better than what I was getting before. I have to say this is so because the strobe cost me so much to get.
They are described as having two dorsal fins. The book is not entirely complete. I like the head on view with the teeth just so. Mostly the fish tail is what I get in the viewfinder.
But very occasionally there is a fish who challenges me. This is the moment to take advantage and get your shots. The last image is hard to interpret. Was there a bite taken by another predator?
Mouth down this guy looks sad. He hides under the coral. Shy. It’s still a challenge to get a face on pose. Most fish fear the big noisy object blowing bubbles is going to eat them. I guess hiding under coral gives a measure of security.
This is a rare fish to find on the reef. It is said to have an electric charge to stun its prey. It is also known as a torpedo ray.
Fun facts? I have had a very limited opportunity to get a proper shot of this fish. The last try my camera was not working properly and I bare got a passable shot. This time around I had everything clicking. The fish did not shock me. I kept away from the electric sensors. I got my shots. Everyone was happy. He swam away safely.
I realize that there are different stonefish. This guy is colorful cute and cooperative. I see them for the details in the eyes and mouth. Otherwise it is entirely easy to miss them. And believe me this fish is not interesting in being detected. This group is dangerous and venomous. Familiarity may be dangerous. But these fish are pretty sedate. They don’t bother me as long as I don’t bother it. I can get in close with my camera. Just follow the rules. Don’t touch anything.
This is a very small fish. It challenges me to get an image. Focus is a big issue. I cannot manual focus effectively. It is always on the move – skittish. Flash/strobe helps. You get good color and stop action. And when it all comes together you have a keeper.
These feisty fellows are on the rocks near to where I emerge. They are solitary each guarding a rock and crevice. They stare at you with open mouth and an attitude. If I linger these guys will nip at my fins. They are aggressive. The main benefit is that they challenge you. So getting a head on shot looking them in the eye is not too hard. I’m not getting the tail end with these guys.
It was the end of the dive and I was under a rock looking. Hmm, would that be I’ve been under a rock? Aha! A lobster, I shot several images. They were bright and colorful. Sharp, in focus, well exposed! What luck! Too bad, it was dead, the victim of some other predator. Inhuman I suspect because the lobster did not have the distinct red shell of boiling. Dead nonetheless and my image hopes faded. Upside down and missing the tail half it was an exciting find for about a second. It wasn’t there any longer the next time I looked.