dancingfish news

Wed, November 26, 2008

WordPress updated    [ Website updates ]

I’ve updated to 2.6.5, so please let me know if there are any anomalies.



Sun, November 09, 2008

A few images from the Galapagos…    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I’m back from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. This is a fascinating area, and I had a wonderful trip. Here are a few images from the trip.


WordPress update troubles    [ Website updates ]

I updated WordPress to 2.6.3 right before I left for the Galapagos (remind me never to do that again!), and I managed to mangle some permissions on some files, so that my news blog was down the whole time I was gone. Sorry about that!! I should have it fixed now.


Sun, September 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, September 21, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Another Lembeh favorite for today, and this time it’s a common subject, a clown anemonefish. Common, but always lovely, I enjoy shooting these guys.


Gotta love Nemo!!


New – search boxes for photo names and gallery names    [ Website updates ]

After a suggestion from one of my coworkers at Intel, I have added Wikipedia and Google search boxes to my photo pages and gallery pages that will automatically do searches based on the photo name or the gallery name. I may need to tweak the gallery name search to be more useful. But I’d love to hear feedback about this feature and whether it’s useful.

Also have upgraded my WordPress installation to 2.6.2, which is very easy to do now that I’ve converted to Subversion updates.



Mon, September 08, 2008

Keystone Jetty, Whidbey Island underwater photos    [ Diving,Photography ]

After only just recently posting my Keystone images (what few there were) from last September’s trip to Whidbey Island, we went up this last weekend to dive again. I did two dives, but have no photos from the first dive due to a camera configuration error on my part. I was also trying out a modification for my AF-ON button, which I use for autofocus, but which was very hard for me to reach, especially with dry gloves on, on my new Seatool housing. The modification was a button extender, which seemed to work pretty well, and I enjoyed being able to focus and shoot again (simple pleasures!). Anyway, here are a few photos:






The gallery is here.


Mon, September 01, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, September 1, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Okay, back to posting some favorites from my last Lembeh trip! This is a zebra crab, who makes his home within the poisonous spines of a fire urchin. Fire urchins are beautiful creatures, if not that easy to get along with, and they make a sparkling negative space for this strikingly striped little crab.

urchin crab


Page navigation in galleries is working again…    [ Website updates ]

Recently I noticed that page navigation within my galleries and between photos was totally broken, and I apologize for that. I think it must have been broken since I upgraded my galleries to Exhibit Engine 2.02, sometime last year, but it took me a while to become aware of the problem. I believe it is fixed now, so I hope folks will have an easier time navigating my gallery pages. If you see any anomalies, please let me know!


Sat, August 23, 2008

A cold water Wetpixel gathering..    [ Diving,Photography ]

14 hardy Wetpixelians gathered for diving in Puget Sound from a Bandito Charters boat on August 17th. Other than Rick and his crew, I knew not a soul on board except remotely through emails and Wetpixel postings. I had great fun, with Carol and Johanna as my dive buddies, and took a few photos along the way. There are some topside photos and underwater contributions from the other participants on this Wetpixel thread.

The sites we went to were Point Defiance – North Wall, and Maury Island Barges. The viz was thick and fairly terrible, but the company was fun. Here are a few of the photos.




I created a virtual gallery of the two dives on the website. The gallery is here.


Wed, August 20, 2008

WordPress upgrade    [ Website updates ]

I’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.6.1. Please let me know if you see any anomalies.

In other news, I went diving in Puget Sound again on Sunday, and I’ll post some photos soon.


Mon, July 14, 2008

Keystone Jetty    [ Diving,Website updates ]

I’ve finally gotten a few photos up from a trip to Keystone Jetty last September. I had some equipment issues, so it’s miraculous I had any photos at all, but it’s just a few.

The gallery is at http://www.dancingfish.com/gallery/list.php?exhibition=43&ee_lang=eng.



Sun, July 13, 2008

A few Puget Sound photos…    [ Diving,Photography ]

I was able to take in my new Seatool housing and D300 camera yesterday for a dive off one of the Bandito Charters boats. On the first dive, we went to Dalco Wall, the current was ripping, and since it had been a few months since I’d been drysuit diving, I decided to leave the new camera on the boat. Of course, Leslie then found a spiny lumpsucker, which I’d never seen before and would kill to get a photograph of. He was very cute! But the second dive, at Sunrise Beach, was nice as well. Here are a few photos…


painted greenling

scalyhead sculpin


There are a few more photos in the new Sunrise Beach gallery at:

sunrise gallery


Tue, July 01, 2008

My new underwater photo setup    [ Photography ]

I’ve been a little busy, getting this order together, then receiving and assembling it, and testing it. It’s my new digital rig, with Nikon D300 in a Seatool housing. This is the setup for 60mm macro, using optical cable connections to Inon Z240 strobes. Very nice little outfit! Hope to get it wet soon.

P.S. Yes, I plan to continue to use my beloved Subeye film setup! I’ve been shooting film and digital side by side for five years now.


Wed, June 04, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, June 4, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Wow, I’ve been so busy lately, but didn’t realize it had been quite that long since I posted a favorite photo! Hope that y’all haven’t given up on me.

Today’s favorite is a very cool critter, a peacock mantis shrimp. This little lady is also carrying a large bundle of eggs, protecting them until it is time for them to hatch. I should have posted this one on mother’s day!



Mon, March 10, 2008

Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition Results    [ Photography ]

The results of the BTS photo contest are posted, and I received an Honorable Mention in Macro for this shot:


The website with all the winners is at:

BTS Photo Contest Results


Sat, February 09, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 9, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This is an interesting criiter, IMHO. The blue ribbon eel starts out all the same sex, and are black with yellow stripes when a juvenile. As they mature, they are males that are a bright blue with yellow stripes. When and if they become a more aged eel, they will have the opportunity to turn female, and all yellow, such as this one. Also known as the “Old maid eel”. However, this is when they reproduce, so these eels are essential to the survival of the species. However, the yellow ones are much more rare than the blue or black ones.

yellow ribbon eel


Sun, February 03, 2008

Some feed template changes…    [ Website updates ]

If you are subscribed to this news page, and notice anything broken about the feed, please send me a note. I’ve made some changes to the feed templates, and want to make sure I’ve not broken anything.



Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, February 3rd, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are some interesting corallimorphs in Sulawesi, but I’m not very good at IDing them. This is a corallimorph with some resident Periclimenes shrimp.



Mon, January 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 21th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Clownfish are tough subjects. They’re wiggly to the point of being hyperactive, and sometimes they are aggressive and like to chase us photographers around. I was lucky and came across these two posers:


These guys are “false” clownfish, since the true clownfish are Amphiprion percula, and these are Amphiprion oscellaris.


Sun, January 13, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 13th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Crinoid shrimp are small reclusive crustaceans that like to hide within the arms of crinoids on the reef. They are so well camoflauged that many divers overlook them. Dive guides will frequently push them out of their hiding places with their pointers, but I don’t like it when they do that. This one, however, was sitting right out on top of an arm, and the dive guide just pointed to it as we came across it. It was a nice, vibrant yellow.

crinoid shrimp


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