Another Perfect Saturday – The Canon G10 Comes Through

Posted in Under the Sea on July 4th, 2009 by MadDog
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For the first time in months, I bungled this weekend and did not muster enough attitude go get off of my bum and go into the office to do posts over the weekend. This is bad. I’ve made a pact with myself to post every day. If I’m going to do this, I need to do it right. Anyway, I’m cheating slightly on Monday morning by doing three posts and back dating them so my calendar isn’t messed up. Most people won’t notice, because I’d be shocked if anybody actually checked this site every day – I’d be worried about mental health issues or saying, “Get a life!”

Nevertheless, Saturday was a huge success photographically, aside from the happy fact that there were thirteen people on the boat! Faded Glory  was groaning under the weight of the party, which went on all afternoon.

The new Canon G10 was performing miraculously. I can’t believe how good this camera is. I’m getting shots that were not possible before. I’ll show you a few today and some more “tomorrow” when I fake Sunday’s post.

I’m soothed wonderfully by the subtle colours in this image which shows the polyps of the coral Anthelia glauca:

Coral Polyps
The next one is a Clark’s Anemonefish (Amphiprion calrkii)  in front of a Bulb Anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor):

Clark's Anemonefish
I’m getting textures and colours from the new camera that it’s predecessor could not capture. The improvement between the G9 and the G10 is amazing.

Here is another shot of Clark’s Anemonefish. I got a very good one last week, but this one is even better. If you click to enlarge, you can actually see the lateral line, which, on this fish, is not normally visible even with the naked eye, let alone through a camera lens. I’m so pleased that I want to dance:Clark's Anemonefish
Actually, it doesn’t take much to get me dancing anyway. Here is another shot of a Bulb Anemone at the Eel Garden near Pig Island where we did our dives on Saturday. This one just blows me away:
Bulb Anemone

I don’t know what it takes to make you giggle, but for me, this does it. I’ve been dreaming of shots like this for years – planning them out in my head – how I would do them, what the lighting needed to be. The shot above used available light at 25 metres on an overcast day with murky water above. I don’t know what more you can ask of a camera.

This is a shot of an uncommon anemone – at least I think  it’s an anemone. It is also a very stingy, sticky one. You do not want to brush against these:
Anemone
Each one is about 50mm in diameter. I’m going to have to do some checking on this one. It may not be an anemone at all. It would be unusual to find a group of the placed so regularly. It may be a kind of coral with huge polyps. Next time I go to the Eel Garden, I’ll have to disturb it a little to see what is underneath.

Stay tuned.

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