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Shot in the Great Barrier Reef

Shot in the Great Barrier Reef
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18 Comments | Report
barbarabrock Platinum
 
barbarabrock January 05, 2017
Awesome the way you caught the eye contact!
Gabriele69 Platinum
 
Gabriele69 January 06, 2017
Wow
Gabriele69 Platinum
 
Gabriele69 January 06, 2017
I can almost touch him.
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 February 07, 2017
Well Hello Nemo シ
andrewmedvegy
 
andrewmedvegy February 09, 2017
Nemo
Thephotochic
 
Thephotochic March 09, 2017
Very nice!!
FredBlundell
 
FredBlundell April 16, 2017
Superb artistry!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 10, 2017
Amazing capture! Congrats.
Treecy
 
Treecy June 11, 2017
Very beautiful
FionaWorwood
 
FionaWorwood July 03, 2017
Amazing!!!
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe October 04, 2017
Wow!
MarvelousM3
 
MarvelousM3 March 31, 2018
Wow!
were_underthesamesky
 
were_underthesamesky April 09, 2018
So amazing¡
IngerLise65
 
IngerLise65 August 14, 2018
Cool
kimbauersbidwell
 
kimbauersbidwell August 17, 2018
So crisp!!!
michelegreenwoodwarren
 
michelegreenwoodwarren October 12, 2018
How crystal clear... amazing!
LeeHuang
 
LeeHuang September 29, 2021
What A beautiful capture!
JHT-Images Platinum
 
JHT-Images Jul 25
Delightful!

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in the Great Barrier Reef during liveaboard SCUBA vacation to the northern reefs. This particular photo was taken in Ribbon Reef #9.
Time
The photo was taken during the third dive of the day at approximately 2-3 pm.
Lighting
Given the time of day the sun was high on the sky which helps produce great colors. The image was also lighted from the side in order to get the complex shadows inside the anemone.
Equipment
Image was produced using rented equipment for the diving trip. It was taken with Canon G7X with Fantasea Housing and a single Inon 2000 strobe.
Inspiration
Unfortunately the Great Barrier Reef is disappearing at an alarming rate. Between destruction and coral bleaching we may not have long to enjoy it if we as humans don't change our views on the world and the natural environment. I wanted to document this trip along with the beautiful undersea life as best I could. I am hoping that by shedding light in the beauty of our oceans and the complexity of the creatures that live there I can inspire people to protect them.
Editing
The photo was edited using Lightroom. The white balance was adjusted increasing warm tones. Highlights were decreased and shadows partially opened. The clarity and vibrance were slightly increased. Since the photo was taken underwater there was a lot of backscatter which needed to be edited out, although some is still evident on the photo.
In my camera bag
My everyday camera bag is a Lowepro Inverse 200 lumbar pack. For diving trips I have an Evecase Extra Large DSLR backpack. I have a pair of Nikon D7200 with Nikon 18-300, Nikon 60, and Tokina 11-16. The underwater housing is a Nauticam D7100 with dual Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes.
Feedback
The beauty of nature and animal photography is that they are once in a lifetime events, blink and you miss them. Capturing clownfish or other slow moving subjects are a great entry level subject, they give you multiple opportunities to photograph since they are confined to the anemone. Just like any other animal if you try to chase them, they hide and you will not get the shot you are after. Here is were patience is a virtue. Most animals are creatures of habit and with careful observation you can figure out where are their "favorite" spots to come in and out of the anemone. You just have to dial in you settings, focus on that area, and shoot, shoot and keep on shooting. It is not abnormal to see a diver-photographer spend 15 minutes on a single subject trying to capture it correctly.

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