PhotoFriday – ‘Orange’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Orange’

anthias

Annoyingly I spaced last week and missed the theme of wet. Doh! This week’s theme is Orange, not a lot more orange in the sea than anthias and the reefs in the Red sea in the summer are thick with them. Although common, I think they are lovely little fish. I could watch them for hours if I had the air time.

anthias

anthias

anthias

Tell me in the comments, what common critter just has you coming back for more?

anthias

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PhotoFriday – ‘Darkness’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Darkness’

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

This weeks theme is darkness, which technically you cannot photograph or you’d just have a black image but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph in dark places under the water.

These photos were taken in the Cenotes in Mexico but similar effects of light shafts can been seen in caves all over the world where the sunlight can stream in. Also, the insides of wrecks can be artificially lit to illuminate the darkness. Obviously at night, the whole sea goes black and artificial light is all you have.

For this type of underwater photography, you have to have great knowledge of your camera (because the light, if you have a torch with you, is usually facing towards the subject and not your camera or strobe controls). And of course the discipline to check on your diving equipment every now and then. Lucky, I learnt early on that deep inside a cave you can accidentally go too deep to get the right angle, spend too long and end up with unwanted deco time and very little air! Safety first people.

It’s not for everyone though, my husband hates diving in the dark (night dives, inside of wrecks etc). He came into the Cenotes because you can mostly always see the light from somewhere but he wasn’t very happy at all. If you’ve dived with us you’ll often see him hanging around outside of wrecks looking frustrated that I’m taking ages no doubt.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite dark place to scuba diving?

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PhotoFriday – ‘Intense’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Intense’

For a diver like me who doesn’t much like to move her fins much, any full on swimming is intense. Finding and watching the schooling barracuda at Ras Mohammad is especially so as they tend not to always be in the same place (so you might have to swim the length of the reef to get to them) and they tend to be quite deep and constantly changing depths. To the unwary diver they can be mesmerising and before you know it you are way below 30m (on Nitrox this is v dangerous) or you’ve stayed too long watching them and run out of air or no-deco time! :-/

Tell me in the comments what is it about scuba diving do you find intense?

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Photo for #TurtleTuesday

One from the Archives for Turtle Tuesday. This little fella is from Cebu in the Philippines, click here to see more underwater photos from Cebu.

New Flipboard Ocean & Photography Magazines

I don’t know how many of you use Flipboard but I’m just getting into it as a way of archiving all the interesting links I find for a particular topic. At the moment I’ve started curating two magazines, one about the oceans (scuba, the environment, cool photos etc) and one about Photography. Please find the links below if you’d like to follow them in flipbaord.

Oceans Magazine Photography Now

Nadya’s image of Me & Snappers is winning again

On International Women’s Day no less, Nadya posted another win for her image of me taking snaps of snappers! This time the 2014 Monochrome Awards. Go Nadya!

If you want to see why I was photographing up so close see below or here’s my post of schooling snappers from the archives.

Published for Science

I got a nice surprise a few days ago when my copy of the Annual review of Marine Science (vol 7) arrived, I’d contributed the picture above taken at the Mangroves in Raja Ampat to Johan van de Koppelpaper’s paper on Long-Distance Interactions Regulate the Structure and Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems.

Annual Review of Marina Science vol 7

My pic is on p149 if you have a copy.