mandarinfish

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Mandarinfish – synchiropus splendidus
Photographed at approximately 12 meters deep.

Mandarinfish - synchiropus splendidus

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes

Mandarinfish – synchiropus splendidus
Photographed at approximately 12 meters deep.

Mandarinfish - synchiropus splendidus

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelite DS161 strobe

Mandarinfish – synchiropus splendidus
Photographed at approximately 12 meters deep, during a night dive.

Mandarinfish - synchiropus splendidus

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, Ikelite DS161 strobe

I promised you that one still.

Haven’t been able to go out much in the past days. We’re sitting out the tail of the third typhoon here. Luckily the worst hasn’t come here, but with rain -literally- the whole day, rough sea and very strong currents it’s not really diving weather.
My time here is running at an end… for now… But I’ll be back here soon. With camera. And better weather.

Pufferfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Cuttlefish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Moray eel

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

The moray eels you don’t usually see out in the open like this during the day. But at night they’ll give you a good photo op 🙂

The same with the mandarinfish. They are very cute (slightly strange as well), but really quick. And they don’t like light very much. There’s only a time window of about 30-40 minutes after sunset when they come out, after that it’s over. When you flash they hide for awhile and you have to wait for them to come out again. If you shine a big light on where they are, they won’t come out. So you have to shine a light with a very weak beak, or hold your hand over the beam. All of this makes it extremely hard to focus and take good pictures. The couple of lucky shots I got are below.

Mandarinfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Mandarinfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Mandarinfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/5.6, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe