A Feast for My Camera

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Yesterday, for our regular Saturday morning dive, we motored out to Pig Island  to check out the Eel Garden, one of our favourites.

Along with some ordinary, but nevertheless spectacular critters, we enjoyed some rare treats.

On the long wall that marks the outer side of the Eel Garden, I visited one of my favourite anemones. Its residents are Spinecheek Anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus).  One of the pleasures of doing many dives in a small area over many years is that you get to know the fish as your neighbours. This is Mary Jane and her young cohabitant, Mike:
Spinecheek Anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus)Over on the other side of the wall at the old catamaran wreck, a double cluster of Bubble Coral (Plerogyra sinuosa)  was lit very nicely. I took a shot with the light available, eschewing my flash, as is my wont. It’s nicely balanced, not too bright, and the colours are somewhat muted – just exactly the way my eyes saw it:

Bubble Coral (Plerogyra sinuosa)

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I prefer shots that I’m able to capture with the light that is presented to me by nature. Sometimes flash is necessary (as in the Spinecheek shot at the top), but I prefer to show you the images that I saw with my naked eyeballs.

To illustrate the difference once again, here is the same shot with the flash turned on:

Bubble Coral (with flash)  - (Plerogyra sinuosa)

It’s more colourful, but it is not  what I saw.

Once in a while, maybe every hundred dives, we get to see something that blows us away. Here’s Albert, one of our Spanish divers, getting a shot of a giant flatworm. He had just gotten this new camera and this was his first dive with it:

Albert shooting the giant flatworm with his new camera

In case you don’t know much about flatworms (planaria), let me tell you that this one is huge. I can’t find it in my identification book, so it must be fairly rare. On the odd chance that anybody out there recognizes it or has a better book than I do, please let me know the species name:

Giant flatworm - Do you know the species?

On the other hand, new species are being discovered at the rate of dozens a year, so we may have  found something that has not yet been described.

Finally, Anna, another of our Spanish divers, has herself a brand-new tattoo:

Anna's new tattoo

And, a lovely one it is. I’m more into the pictorial designs rather than the abstract. However, this one, based on the henna hand designs, is certainly beautiful and very feminine.

Good job, Anna, for choosing wisely. It’s there for life, so I’m happy for you that it’s a good one.

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7 Responses to “A Feast for My Camera”

  1. nuria de francisco Says:

    I do have the same opinion as you have about the tatto!!!

    It is great…!!!

  2. Tips Photo Says:

    These are amazing pictures.

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  6. Andy Wapp Says:

    I just wish to say as a somebody who did this before everyone deciding on obtaining inked wants to get a good, solid tattoo. Unfortunately there are numerous myths going close to about receiving trendy ink .For example “I should get a layout that is ‘in’, some thing everybody else is getting”. I believe, this might be the worst mistake it is possible to make. The most regrettable tattoos are sometimes the tattoos that at one point had been regarded one of the most “popular” or the “in design” to have. Girls used to get “lower back tattoos” and believed they were neat. Today they are ridiculed and being referred to as “tramp stamps”.

  7. MadDog Says:

    Andy, for me it’s “different strokes for different folks”. I agree that it’s a good idea to stay away from “trendy” tattoos, because soon eveybody has one just like yours and in the same place. What does that say about you? Every one of my nine tattoos is absolutely unique – not another like it in the universe. Every one also makes a very personal statement about who I am. That is because I never get a tattoo without thinking about it for at least a year and evey one is custom designed by my daughter-in-law, my own design, or from a photograph. One wants to be careful about making skin statements concerning “who I am NOW”. What you want to think about is “Who will I always be?” They may not be the best tattoos in the world, but they are mine and mine alone.

    I hated my first tattoo, which was “flash” chosen from the wall. Not long after, I had an exellecnt cove job of a lovely wave and fish design: http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/wp-content/happy_zen_fish.jpg done my Tamara, my daughter-in-law. It’s one of my oldest and most favorite tattoos. It’s on the front of my left shoulder.