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Sun, October 07, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, October 7, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This guy is a real clown. He’s a Freckle Face Blenny. Comical face, funny behaviors. And just to make sure the joke is on you, he lives in a place where it’s nearly impossible to shoot him. That would be the shallow surge zone, typically in a rock shelf area.

This particular dive we dubbed the “washing machine dive”, because we had incredible cross, up and down currents along the wall where we were. For a good part of the dive, we had to swim through our own bubbles, because they wouldn’t float upward! Anyway, Sam on the Bilikiki had been looking for a freckle face blenny for me, and he indicated that there was one on top of the 4 foot shelf where all this water was focusing its energy. I thought, “You have got to be kidding!”. But I followed him up, and proceeded to get zipped back and forth in the surge as Sam looked for blennies in their holes. I found a likely subject and attempted my few shots. With manual focus. This photo is the result. You can see the force of the surge in his face, as his normally upright cirri are bent sideways by the water. And I’m sure he was laughing at me the whole time..



Fri, September 21, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, September 21, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another of my wide angle shots from Mary Island. There is frequently a large school of barracuda there, along with the ubiquitous jacks.



Sat, September 08, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, September 8, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Hmmm, it’s Saturday. Must be time for a clownfish!



Sun, August 26, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, August 26, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Sometimes, anemones don’t really look like anemones. This shrimp, a Periclimenes brevicarpalis, also known as a popcorn shrimp, lives in an anemone known as an adhesive anemone. The tentacles on the anemone are very short, giving its surface a textural look almost like coarse velvet. This shrimp and anemone are regular friends on the reef.

Popcorn Shrimp


Sun, August 19, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, August 19, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is a Clark’s Anemonefish. I like this photo because the fish was being shy and coy.



Sat, July 21, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, July 21, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Here’s another shot that has been incredibly popular on Flickr for unknown reasons… This one was taken in Leru Cut, but rather than the traditional view of looking out the front of the cut, this is in the back of the cut, looking straight up at the pool overhead that is in the mangroves. The sun was streaming down and the light was very pretty.



Sun, July 15, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, July 15, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Some folks on Flickr seemed to enjoy this photo, so I am posting it as a favorite of the day here. From Barracuda Point, Mary Island.



Sat, July 07, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, July 7, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Being a macro fanatic, I really enjoy photographing small crustaceans, such as this little shrimp, who is sitting in a mushroom coral.



Sun, July 01, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, July 1, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I love to take photos of sunbursts, though they are somewhat difficult to get right with digital cameras. DSLRs have come a long way in the last few years, and my D2X does a better job with them than my old D100. On this day at Mary Island, the water was uncharacteristically glasslike and the sunlight was streaming through the water, so I worked at capturing the large schools of jacks with the sun.



Sat, June 23, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 23, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

See anything? Stonefish just look like rubble. This is a closeup of the face of a stonefish. And about what I was looking at when I first found him. I was following a dragonet over the rubbly bottom, when I just noticed the face in the sand, and it was quite startling!


Sun, June 17, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 17, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

These little catfish school on the reefs in largish groups, moving over the bottom and feeding. I find it amusing to try to get in front of the school and capture their faces as they encounter the strange bubbling photographer in their way.



Sun, June 10, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 10, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Would you believe this is a clam? A tridacna clam, once of several marine species that can grow quite large. Some of the clams have beautiful blue or green colors and patterns and some are almost iridescent. I like to take photo abstracts of these.



Sat, June 02, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, June 2, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Here’s another pretty little character. This is a tiny squat lobster, perhaps a half inch in length or so, that lives on a barrel sponge. I’ve heard these called Hairy Crabs, Fairy Crabs and even Sid Vicious crabs :). They camoflauge very well against the sponge, despite their vivid pink and purple coloration. But when you put a little light on them, they almost sparkle.

Sid Vicious


Thu, May 31, 2007

Scubadiving Magazine 2007 Photo Contest Results    [ Photography ]

I haven’t been spending much time pursuing photo contests lately, but I did send a couple to the Scubadiving Magazine contest this year. One of them, a Denise pygmy seahorse from the recent trip to the Solomons Islands, received an Honorable Mention in the Macro category. You can see it, and the rest of the winners at the Scubadiving Photo Contest webpage. You’ll have to dig through a fair number of photos to get to my HM in the Macro category, so here it is, as a shortcut:



Sat, May 26, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 26, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

It’s Memorial Day holiday weekend here in the States, and in honor of all the heroes who have fallen for our country, I’m posting a red, white and blue fish for the favorite today.

This fish is called an Elegant Dartfish, and is related to the maddening Fire Dartfish. They like to flirt with photographers and then zip into their hole at the slightest movement at the camera trigger. Then to add to the hassle, they also like to hang out at about 90 FSW or deeper. Little buggers. But they are pretty.

Elegant  Dartfish


Sun, May 20, 2007

I’m an obsessed photographer…    [ General,Photography ]

But I owe it all to my dad :). I don’t ever remember him being without a camera. When I was a small child, I have vivid memories of making playdough animals by the dim light of a darkroom redlight with my brother, as my dad made black and white prints and watched over us. He’s been gone for many years, but he left behind one of his first cameras, a Minolta Autocord TLR with a broken shutter. This camera moved around with me for many years and I re-discovered it in a box a couple of weeks ago. With a little internet surfing, I found a resource for repairing the camera (Karl Bryan, here in Oregon), and sent it off. Karl cleaned and fixed the camera, and replaced some leatherette. I got it back this week and it looks and works just beautifully. I’ve put two rolls of TMAX film through the camera now, and will have it developed very soon. I hope to have some shots from this camera up on the website shortly after. Isn’t it cute??

Minolta Autocord


Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 20, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This dwarf hawkfish lives on the Wreck of the Ann, in the Russell Islands of the Solomons. He found a little colony of tube sponges in which to hide from me and the sponges make for a nice constrasting background.



Sat, May 12, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 12, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Now I wasn’t kidding when I said there would be alot of these little coral hermit crabs in my Solomons favorites that I post here. They are one of my favorite critters to shoot in the Solomons. This one has vivid colors and is on a very soft looking green coral, a nice combination.

Coral Crab


Sat, May 05, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, May 5, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of my orange cat Tyler, now passed on, whose birthday was on Cinco de Mayo, I’m posting an orange-themed photo of a wire coral goby on a lovely wire coral.

wire coral goby


Sat, April 28, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, April 28, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another anemonefish shot.. But this one seems a little different than the normal pose.



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