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Valentin’s sharpnose pufferfish – canthigaster valentini
Photographed at approximately 12 meters deep.

Valentin's sharpnose pufferfish - canthigaster valentini

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

False-eye pufferfish – canthigaster papua
Photographed at approximately 12 meters deep.

False-eye pufferfish - canthigaster papua

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes

Black pufferfish – tetraodon nigroviridis
Photographed at approximately 8 meters deep.

Black pufferfish - tetraodon nigroviridis

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

Porcupine pufferfish – diodon hystrix
Photographed at approximately 10 meters deep.

Porcupine pufferfish - diodon hystrix

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO400, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Tamron 90mm macro, 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes

Map pufferfish – arothron mappa
Photographed at approximately 14 meters deep.

Map pufferfish - arothron mappa

D800 in Ikelite housing, ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/2.8, 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

 

 

All of a sudden I had time for 3 subsequent dives to take my camera. It was a busy day shooting and editing!
And I’m trying to shoot a variety of things, but some things you don’t always see, and other things are just too beautiful to let pass.
The lion fish are absolutely gorgeous and very photogenic. I guess I’ll keep on shooting those.

And then there are the less common ones. Frog fish… Got a moray eel, an extremely cute juvenile harlequin sweetlips, a few different pufferfish, and a few beautiful sea urchins.
The sea urchins really were something different. The colors are stunning (and unedited!). It was almost like being in a club with a big (neon) light show. The colors are radiating, pulsing almost!
You’re missing out on a beautiful world if you only live above water.
I guess the powers that be put all the colors in the ocean, out of the reach of human destructive hands as much as possible…

Catfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Pufferfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.2, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Pufferfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.2, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Juvenile harlequin sweetlips

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.2, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Coral

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Lionfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Lionfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Lionfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Moray eel

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/32, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Frogfish

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.8, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Sea urchin

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.5, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Sea urchin

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe

Sea urchin

D800 (in Ikelight underwater housing), 1/1000 sec @ f/3.2, Tamron 90mm, Ikelight DS161 strobe