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Willey’s Dorid


How dry! What’s in a name? Will you remember tomorrow? Seen it? Bored? Too many fishies? Well the trick about salting a bird’s tail – you get close enough with the salt and you can catch it. Got it? It’s not cooking lessons. So rarely… yes there are things you may take for granted…but certain things are rare to find during a dive. This is instant, “AH!!” Yes, at least two exclamation points worth. Yes, I have seen these before. And they are still a thrill to find. If you are bored because you have seen this before, then stick to the book where I found the name. Leave this post. So it was a find graciously pointed out to me. IMG_1633And as I took picture after picture of the single, my buddy pointed about a foot to the left. Two!!! Mating? Ah!!! That’s unusual too. No, this was not product placement. They were there actually as we found them. Cool! I’m charged! It was a very good dive. Yeah, I’m happy.

Another buddy missed this. He was so jealous he told us he saw a shark! Not. What to note? The horns in the front and the frond in the back. That’s part of the standard shot. Or if you don’t care, then the pattern and pretty colors should catch your eye. We joke in the operating room. Who was “Willey?” And that would always be Dr. Willey who invented the instrument or operation named after him. Who knows? Don’t care? Willey was the first to spy this. Thanks, Willey.

Hard to See


Want something? Want to laugh? I get to dive with a photographer. He’s good. By that I mean he has a good rig. By rig I mean he has equipment in the water that would break my heart if salt water got in it. Thousands of dollars – if you have to ask you can’t afford it. Three of us were underwater. He was not using a camera. His rig was set up wrong. So he just was acting as fish finder. He pointed things out and my other dive buddy and I shot the images. Subject? Well, he has better vision. We both wear glasses. There are bubble corals seen all about. And once I saw a shrimp pointed out to me by another photographer. It was the only one I ever saw. I’ve been looking since. Nada! IMG_1782So Amr points and I know what he’s pointing to. It’s a shrimp! I can’t see it. Emperor’s new clothes? I shoot. Shoot again. Adjust the flash. Change angles. Can’t see a blessed thing. I finally blow up my image in the LCD. Ah! Eureka! Yes! Do I look enthusiastic? Sound? Yup! Got it. My dive buddy moves in. He doesn’t have the faith that I have. He can’t see a thing. He doesn’t even know where to point his camera. He doesn’t get the shot. I had faith. Yes!! Got it. Not the best. But no image no post here. So you get the benefit of a low res shot. Hey, it’s invisible, tiny, hard to see….and probably not even good to eat. Oh, see the tiny claw! I swear Amr has x-ray vision. He smiles.

Hard to Get


Big fish little fish, there are a lot of choices. The distance to the subject and the size of the subject (AKA fish) is important. Little fish, baby fish, they are hard to shoot. They are hard to see. They move around a lot. Ah, what the heck. Some days you are not inspired to write and post. I missed yesterday. Life is coming a bit quick. What’s my point? There are small tiny fish in the sea. They are hard to see. In fact I am amazed that my camera picks them up and I can actually show them to you. IMG_7795So here. This one’s so small you can’t see it easily. And to photograph it is a challenge. You may or may not think so. But I’m here to say it ain’t easy. And what’s this? A baby something…



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.

Open Mouth


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.IMG_8764

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.

IMG_8786 Anyway fish swim, they don’t speak, and they keep their mouth shut.

Red Sea Bannerfish – snack


Someone takes a bite, you’re gonna notice. It doesn’t seem to hurt. But when I can’t tell one fish from another, it helps to have a piece missing. IMG_8792These fish usually are paired. In this situation they were grouped happily swimming near the edge of the reef. I have been here again and did not see this one special bitten fish again. IMG_8790Maybe the ogre came back and finished the job. I can’t imagine the fin is a good snack. But hey, I’m not a fish eater in general.

Scrapes and Bites


No picture? It didn’t happen. Right? I see lots of fish. They swim and are very skittish. Can fish be skittish? Well, they certainly slip away and hide in the coral whenever I swim by. But to be honest I see fish poop in the sea but never really see them eat one another. IMG_7560Still there are scrapes and bruises that I assume are not from playing rough. Nope, I can’t say that I have seen to much eating going on.IMG_7561I think it’s gotta hurt. There is no fish aid station. Do scales regenerate? All I know is that this allows me to tell one fish from another.



Generally any portrait is focused on the eyes. With fish it is not too much different. But there are times when the fish would prefer anonymity.IMG_8478

So here is a flatfish. The eyes are on one side and barely visible. In fact the whole fish would rather wish you to never seem him at all. I usually have a dive buddy spy him first. So the camouflage works for me.


Then there is the technical problem of color balance. I was lucky enough to shoot this subject on two different dives.


Same set up and same strobe gave me two different results. I could not seem to expose and get out the green tint. The green is more natural to what I actually saw underwater. The first set is more natural color to my eye. Ether way the fish is just trying to avoid my plate.


Side view – regal angelfish – yes, they eye matters. You’d never accept a tail view. Head on is better. But the fish generally avoids a big air bubble blowing diver. This is more a catalog shot for ID. Ok, the mouth open gives some interest.


Goatfish. Don’t ask. I don’t know why the name. The eyes are wide. The pattern of them resting on the bottom is not too common for me. They were just holding there. I swam up slowly and got a couple shots. It was the behavior that struck me. …all nice and calm resting on the bottom. Fish rest?


Starfish In The Sea


There are several types that I see. This one is a pebbled sea star. The other is a Ghardaqa sea star. Arabic does not follow the convention of “u” after ‘q” so it is disconcerting to type, especially names.


Nice. Cute. Solitary. Frequently found under coral. They aren’t too special to me since I have seen lots of starfish in the aquariums I have frequented. But I’m still having fun finding them during a dive.


Natural light does not make the background fade. It gives an overall tint of green with reds washed out. Digital white balance can compensate. Flash gives a more natural look. But then again, why are the animals red at all. At depth the natural color fades and red is not really seen. Or it is dull. So why then be red? There’s a question here somewhere. If you can’t see red are you invisible. Or, does sea life adapt anyway and not see red? Or are fish color blind? I’m not wiki so I will let you look this fun fact up.

Boxer Shrimp


Night dive. Told you, they are fun. These colorful guys are attractive snacks so they stay hidden. Well I wouldn’t know. They seem to be all shell to me. But they are impressive. Of course the veteran divers are pretty blasé about it. To me they are still a thrill. But I’ve shot a lot of them too. Still, I’m excited because they are not easy to spot and hard enough to shoot. No, they are not snack material for me.


I couldn’t resist another shot posted. There’s a lot of color and the antennae are striking. My ability to get a close up does not permit an eyeball view. I live within the limits of my gear. It’s pretty neat anyway.


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