I first encountered these fish swimming lazily on the reef. They were skittish. I got a few shots. Boy I was thrilled. Lately they are commonplace. Spadefish, they are pretty tame now.
There have been several or more hanging around the dive platform. So I have gotten images almost at will. The fish are not afraid. And they mooch bread when the divers come to feed the fishies.
Common or not, it is not a fish you see anytime anyplace. They are probably not good eating. I don’t see them in the market.
I have a lot of dive time logged. And I’m still learning. For instance, my equipment is old enough to need service. My BCD inflator is malfunctioning. Don’t worry if you don’t understand, it’s not important to the story. I have noticed it but did not fix it. It did not affect my dive. Until I figured out that it does. It slowly inflates my BCD. By the end of the dive the air in the tank is less and you float a little. The extra air in my BCD makes you float more. I did not put it together that this was occurring because of my malfunction. I automatically compensated. The upshot? Well, now I will have to fight less at the end of the dive. I fixed the problem. Buoyancy – always an issue – solved.
Open mouth? Well for a change I have several. Your mom told you not talk with your mouth open when you ate? It is not too common. I’ve been diving long enough to realize that certain behaviors are not commonly seen. I don’t see fish actually eating one another. I don’t see starfish eating the coral. I see stuff and probably don’t recognize its significance.
I have seen these fish once last summer. They are large and swim gracefully. I thought they were shy. But here they are under the platform teeming with beginner divers.
You know you are on the right track when an instructor is shooting along side you. I am told these fish have been here a while. I got my spiffy flash working. There is a difference between macro and wide-angle work. Here I am more wide and the lighting is flash and ambient light. But my images are sharp. Horray! The fish are large but drab. The point is that they are sharp and focused too.
It is dive time. Carol complained gently a year or so ago that she was waterlogged. I quickly switched to fall leaves. But right now I just completed fourteen dives in about five days and each day was pretty amazing. So you will have to put up with the fishies…until Carol complains again. This large fish was part of a group that hung out in this area of the reef for a couple days. They moved slowly and majestically.
What excites a photo diver? Unusual subjects – if you don’t see this fish often. Clear water – you need to keep backscatter to a minimum. And a head on shot is preferred. The side shot is like catalog shooting. Most fish do not like a camera pointing at them. And the fish certainly object to some big thing blowing bubbles approaching. So it is hard to get that head shot.
This was a big fish and not too intimidated. I settled for what he let me have.