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Banded boxer shrimps in a barrel sponge, Jahir II, Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Featured in Underwater and Sealife, July 2011
Canon G10, with on-camera flash used on minimum output to fire two external Nikonos strobes.
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I love the abstract feel this has to it….Amazing and intricate detail.Great work, Dieter! Have a lovely day, cheers :-)
I’m not going to pretend to be anything other than a complete amateur at underwater photography, but I like this one too :) :)
– Dieter Tracey
fascinating image Dieter, love the warm hues
thanks Georgie! it’s always a surprise seeing what colour things turn out underwater… the red wavelengths of light are all absorbed by the time you get a few metres down so when you look at something like this it just seems blue-grey or blue-black, and then ‘pop!’ the flash goes off, and you say “wow! that sponge is orange…” :)
Great shot Dieter
thanks Matt! and cheers for the feature :)
thanks very much, Sharon :)
Love the composition and tones!!
thanks so much :) :)
!!!(and makes a great nature abstract!)
:) thanks Rose
thank you :)
It is such a beautiful photo – both as an abstract and as a figurative piece. Lovely!!
I’ve been dwelling a bit on your comment before about the limitations of your D60 and how, indeed, you can’t have everything! and one thing I could never possibly justify is spending the money to get decked out with with a serious underwater kit. Which, sadly, places a lot of limitations on what I can do underwater.
And yet, in some ways I actually ‘like’ the challenge of trying to be creative and get the most out of limited equipment. After all, ALL photography is about compromise anyway, at the most fundamental levels (think dof, reciprocity, diffraction!), no matter how much money you have to spend. Ultimately having a noisy camera (or, in this case a point-and-shoot camera) is just another constraint around which you need to make your creative choices. Which is why I’m inordinately fond of my better underwater efforts even though they don’t really cut it as serious underwater photography. People probably do it all the time, but at the time I felt like I was the first person to think of strapping a couple of old Nikonos strobes to my little compact camera, and it worked like a dream! I also like to think of this, in a tongue-in-cheek way, as my contribution to the Nikon v Canon wars: using both at the same time ;) Apologies for the rant, lol… and thanks for your lovely comment :) :)
Lol!!! I’ve only ever attempted under-water photography once, and it was a dismal failure (probably coz I bought a disposable underwater camera to do the job… but partly coz it was sandy and the water was a bit mucky…). I’m totally impressed that (1) you would risk your little point-and-shoot underwater, and (2) that you’d bother experimenting with flas underwater!! So clever. I’d never think of doing that! Flash is a mystery to me. My next purchase will be an off-camera flash. And maybe when I know what the hell a strobe and a rocket-thingie (or is it a pocket-thingie? Pocket-wizard? Does that sound right? Anyway…) and all those other fancy-named flashes actually look like/work, I will consider them too!! Lol!
haha!! you crack me up =D I think “strobe” is simply the word people like to use for a flash that doesn’t drown when you get it wet ;) and regarding risking the camera, see my comment to Kathie. Oops!!! Flash is pretty much a necessity for underwater stuff because the water absorbs all the reds. You can get a bit back from the raw file, but pretty much nothing below about 10m or so. Unless you’re really shallow it’s the only way of getting enough light on a subject to get a decent shutterspeed too. As for flash, well, as much a fish-out-of-water as I was in the studio it is one thing you have to get your head around at uni! Oh, and when you get your pocket-wizzie, I’ll just borrow yours :)
PS. I always enjoy the challenge of constraint too :) And I also enjoy having a camera body that’s on the lighter side of the considerable difference in weight between the D60 and any of the full-frames!!!
Indeed! Recently I’ve taken to heading out with just one lens attached and leaving my bag at home, even though I just know I’m going to regret it one day! More in a bmail sometime soon… :)