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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PhotoFriday – ‘Glorious’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Glorious’

This weeks theme brings to mind the glorious sight of hundreds or schooling Snapper at Ras Mohammad in Egypt. There’s nothing quite like seeing so many large fish all at once.

To see others take a look at my Red Sea 2013 gallery.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

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Red Sea 2013 – Schooling fish at Ras Mohammad

Continuing on with the photos from my Red Sea 2013 trip today I’d like to show you the amazing schooling fish that you can often see at Shark & Yolanda Reef in the Ras Mohammad National Park. I wanted to put some video in too but my mac ran out of space so we’ll leave that for another day. This is my favourite dive site in the world but at this time of the year with all the schools its even more spectacular! You cannot take a wrong lens on this dive, macro, mid range or super wide. The reef is full of beautiful soft corals and colourful anthias, huge bump-head wrass, there is the cargo of the Yolanda wreck (toliets and baths etc), Moray eels, the list can go on. This post is just dedicated to the schools. I’ll post another to cover the other sealife (I didnt take any of the wreck this year because the fish action was so much fun).

The snappers don’t look so big in this photo above but check out this one below from Nadya Kulagina of me photographing the impressive school – notice the tiny camera in my hand 😉 (I’ll edit this post next month so you can see a link to Nadya’s new blog when it’s up & running, she has some really lovely photos from this trip that are only on facebook at the moment).

Me and Snappers by Nadya

At one point I was fortunate enough to have a choice of what giant school is fish to photograph. The Barracuda were circling below the snapper and the batfish were on hand (just out of shot behind me) and I didn’t know where to turn, what a dilemma to have!

The Barracuda tend to school at a deeper depth so you have to watch your gauges as they circle up and down. Here The school of Barracuda (which I can only assume was female) were being chased and herded by one gnarly looking much bigger Barracuda (which I assume was the male). I was a bit wary of him because when he came close he had a very large set of teeth! I spent some time with them swirling all around me in the saddle between Shark & Yolanda reef.

I found I liked the photos of the Barracuda best in black & white, and the batfish & snappers mostly in colour. There are a few reasons for this. The Batfish are best shot with filter (not flash because they are very reflective and they have lovely yellow fins) which lends itself for nicer colours throughout the image (see the first photo in the post). The Snappers can work nicely with flash or filter and I liked photos from both. The barracuda are lovely graphical arrow shaped fish that sometimes school in circles. They tend to be deeper making them less suitable for filters and they are highly reflective but with no colour other than silver so that they themselves to black & white quite well.

for more shots you can see my gallery here, although I haven’t finished adding to it yet. Tomorrow is photofriday so I shall resume posting about the red sea trip next week!

PhotoFriday – ‘Season of Sun’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Season of Sun’

When I think of sunshine I think of Egypt and at this time of year all my friends are getting off there to catch the red sea action of wrecks, schooling fish, and of course warm water and lots of sunshine. I haven’t been to the north red sea since 2010 but here are some of the photos from that time & place…

Strong overhead sun allows you to make good use of magic filters to extend the colour further back in your underwater images such as this one:

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery. Or my best from 2012 here.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Many’ (but not for long)

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Many’

Click image to go to see alternate sizes (looks better larger).

This weeks theme is “Many” which makes me think of schooling fish. It is truly awe inspiring to see a whole school of huge schooling fish especially when they swarm past you! One of the best places to see this natural spectacle is (or should I say was) Ras Mohammad National Park in Sinai, Egypt where every year in the summer all the fish get together in great schools for a mass sporning. You’ll have to be quick if you want to see it for youself though, you will not be able to see this for much longer. Foolish & irresponsible politicians in Sinai have once again allowed fishing in this amazing area. The fish will be wiped out in a small number of years, the tourist trade in that area will fall away and it will be all their own fault. Obviously anyone who has any moral or environmental sense is outraged.

EDIT: I’ve just found out that they overtuned this and fishing is now banned again in this area due to pressure from tourism companies and environmentalists! YAY – well done everyone.

As well as schools of snapper I’ve also seen schooling unicorn fish and batfish.

 

If you want to see more of my underwater photos from the Red sea, Egypt then check out other photos in my Red Sea 2009 Gallery and Red Sea 2010 Gallery..

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