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Atlantis Dive Resort

"Lion"⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Story of the Shot: This Lionfish was huge! I was shooting macro this day and as I looked to my left this fellow had floated into the area. Typically Lionfish are 5-45cm / 2- 17inches in length. This particular specimen I would estimate was close to 30 inches in length and was easily the largest Lionfish I have ever come across. ⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @atlantisresort resort in Dumaguete, Philipines ⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKIII. 1/200 f20 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes in a wider 9-3 position. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tip: Because I was shooting macro (100mm Canon Macro Lens) In order to fit the Lionfish in frame I was quite far away probably 2.5m /10' away. When you take a picture with that much water column between you and the subject you will loose some of the contrast in the photo. This Lionfish has remarkable features and colouring. This photo was slightly washed out so I needed to bump the contrast by +20 to bring the features out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings

By | 2017-12-07T12:36:30+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Atlantis Dive Resort

"Bad Hair Day"⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Story of the Shot: Another Picture of this Beautiful Orangutan crab in desperate need of a comb. ⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @atlantisresort resort in Dumaguete, Philipines _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKIII. 1/320 f22 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adobe Light Room Tip: You want to do very little post production on a photograph lit well such as this but there are a couple of tips you will want to do use to bring out some of the detail. First off you don't increase the contrast. Much of the detail is found in the hair of this crab will get lost if you increase the contrast too much. Second you will want to increase the clarity and sharpening by +10/ +15. For photos with amazing detail when using Lightroom try decreasing the contrast (-10 /-20) and look at the HSL module setting and in this case where the hair strands are a mixture of reds, magentas and oranges. You may want to slight turn down the luminance slightly (-10) on each as it will also help reveal some of the detail as well. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings

By | 2017-12-04T12:47:52+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Spiral Dreams"⠀ ⠀ Story of the Shot: Tuberculosis Xeno Crab - Xenocarcinus tuberculatus. This species of underwater crab found exclusively on black corals, mainly in pairs, but can be in groups as juveniles. Its carapace is spiky and often covered by polyps of its host for better camouflage. Its colour depends on the colour of its host. ⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Angel's Window Dive Site @crittersatlembehresort in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 5D MKIII. 1/200 f16 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging 110 Alpha strobes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Tips: Getting to know where critters live is key to understanding the shot you want to take at the beginning of the dive. Xeno crabs generally live in fairly deep water. Most of the ones I have come across are in 80-100' (25 -30M) of water. They live on whip or black coral and generally take on the colours of their environment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings |

By | 2017-12-02T12:27:24+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Coopers Green Regional Park

"The Torch"⠀ ⠀ Story of the Shot: This Orange cup coral (Tubastraea coccinea) measures about 1cm across. This species belongs to a group of corals known as large-polyp stony corals. This non-reef building coral inhabits shaded vertical surfaces and caverns down to huge depths. ⠀ It extends beautiful translucent tentacles at night, which gives the species its nickname, the sun coral. It is on the endangered species list and removal of native corals such as these may reduce the production of the entire ecosystem, compromising ecosystem functions.⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Cooper Green Dive Site on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia Canada⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/320 f120 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tips: Photo was taken using cross over strobe technique - When you extend your strobes out in front of the camera and have the strobes facing each other at roughly 90 degrees (facing slightly towards your port) so you can light the subject and also create some separation between the subject and it's background.⠀There is no post production on this, it is a purely in camera shot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings |

By | 2017-12-01T12:30:14+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Atlantis Dive Resort

⠀ "Spiderman"⠀ ⠀ Story of the Shot: This Bug Eye Squat Lobster is a cousin of the Hairy Squat Lobster. They are very small with this particular subject measuring about 0.8cm across. They feed on zooplankton and are found in small holes of coral and rocky reefs often with just the head and arms exposed. I am not sure if there eyes are as awesome and the mantis shrimp, but the eyes in this shot are tack sharp. ⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: San Miguel Reef @atlantisresort resort in Dumaguete, Philippines.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/250 f25 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. Photo was taken using a modified macro setup. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ Tips: This was shot with Nauticam SMC and a Doubler. When shooting super macro the minimum focal distance is very close. This subject is probably 2.5cm from my doubler. When you are this close you need to ensure you have you strobes on their highest power and your f stop as low as you can get it. This was F25, but also I will shoot F32 (although at F32 using a doubler + SMC I often find the images to be too soft.) Also because these critters live inside a hole, the SMC + Doubler almost completely cover the available light. For shots like this I will often pull both strobes behind the camera and shoot through the housing trying to avoid creating as shadow from the housing itself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings |

By | 2017-11-28T12:40:13+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Wakatobi Dive Resort

"The Stare Down" ⠀ ⠀ Story of the Shot: This species is the first pygmy seahorse known to science. They are some of the smallest seahorse species in the world, typically measuring less than 2 centimetres in height. They live on seafans of Muricella species. Their body is covered by tubercles and they adapt the same colour as their host (yellow, red, pink, orange or purple).⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @wakatobi_resort in South Sulawesi, Indonesia.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 5D MKII. 1/250 f22 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging 110 alpha strobes. Photo was taken using typical 9-2 macro set up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com | @nauticamhousings |

By | 2017-11-22T12:42:48+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Atlantis Dive Resort

"Caviar"⠀ ⠀ Story of the Shot: Jawfish (mouth brooder) holding eggs that are a couple weeks from hatching.⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @atlantisresort resort in Dumaguete, Philippines.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/250 f18 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. Photo was taken using typical 9-2 (like steering wheel) macro set up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com @canoncanada | @nauticamhousings

By | 2017-11-07T12:32:43+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Counting Stars"⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Story of the Shot: The Street Night Octopus is a very rare and unusual cephalopod species who are only active only at night. _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @crittersatlembehresort in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/200 f8 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. Photo was taken using typical 9-2 (like steering wheel) macro set up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com @canoncanada | @nauticamhousings

By | 2017-11-02T13:35:15+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Reach"⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Story of the Shot: Big Fin Reef Squid can often be found in shallow reef habitats. Commonly seen in water column hovering close to reef. They can often be found in sandy and sea grass habitats or close by mooring lines on which they lays eggs. This curious species is often attracted to dive torches during night dives offering a perfect photo opportunity⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: @crittersatlembehresort in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/160 f11 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. Photo was taken using typical 9-2 (like steering wheel) macro set up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com @canoncanada | @nauticamhousings ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

By | 2017-10-30T13:59:18+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Atlantis Dive Resort

"New Dew"⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Story of the Shot: In Dumaguete it was frogfish season so I had to return in my second week to understand how the mop was growing.⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Location: Location: @atlantisresort resort in Dumaguete, Philippines.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Structure: Taken with 1DX MKII. 1/250 f18 ISO 100 with @seaandseaimaging YSD2 strobes. Photo was taken using cross strobe set up (strobes on either side of the subject facing one another perpendicular to the housing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _____________________________________________________________⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For more scuba diving photos, underwater photography, conservation news and photo tips please @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com @canoncanada | @nauticamhousings ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀

By | 2017-10-23T13:42:46+00:00 October 22nd, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments
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