An ornate ‘ghost’ pipefish sits captured between two lenses ~ the image here has been somewhat cleaned and post-processed to give that green halloween kinda ghoul colour. It also accentuated the contrast and detail of the image given the poor ’snowy’conditions for photography. Particulate organic matter within the water column making the photography very difficult and currents sweeping across the artificial reef. It is a difficult thing to gauge animal stress whilst under photographic conditions and also whether or not to use flash photography with such sensitive critters ~ disturbance from their territorial area can cause much distress ~ so we tried not to trap the little ghost pipefish too unnecessarily.

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ornate ghost pipefish, solenostomus, dome port, dome port reflection, camera to camera photography, images in parallel, animals under photography pressure, non flash photography

As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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