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Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Jade Gem"⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This is the second instalment this week of "name that nudibranch". This is a another #species of #nudibranch that was shot in the #shallow #water in #Lembeh. It was one my #dive #guide has spotted for the first time a couple days earlier and was excited that I had my #super #macro set up ready to go as this little #jade #gem is getting close to #microscopic. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For this trip I had recently picked up a #canon 5DSR boasting 50 #megapixels which did come in handy for cropping this shot. I estimate this subject to be approximately 4mm in length and the weather was pretty rough this day so trying to shoot this in 9' (3M) of water with the surge did proved challenging.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If anyone else has seen this species or knows the scientific name; Please leave a comment. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This #scuba #diving photo was taken in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful @crittersatlembehresort in #north #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/1600 f32 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more #oceanic #shark #fish #eco #conservation and #underwater #phototips please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-04-13T13:54:38+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Wakatobi Resort

"Unknown Flower"Currently, about 2,300 valid #species of #nudibranchs are known and new ones are discovered every year. I have been #fortunate to photograph many #rare nudibranchs in Indonesia and most species I have encountered at least twice; except for this one (and few others I will share this week) It was the end of a #night #dive in Wakatobi and in the #halimeda #sea grass I spotted this strange orange shape. The dive #guide was very #curious and upon surfacing he also mentioned he had never see this #species before.Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, #marine #gastropod molluscs which shed their shells after their larval stage.They are noted for their often extraordinary #colours and striking forms. If anyone knows or has seen this species please leave a comment below.This #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIIl in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful #wakatobi #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f22 ISO 160 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more #oceanic #shark #fish #eco #conservation and #underwater #phototips please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-04-10T13:37:44+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"#Unicorn"⠀ ⠀ This #baby #frog #fish is less than 6mm in length. You can see grains of sand which actually appear as small boulders in the photo. For #scale the entire frame you see is slightly less than the size of a dime. Most #underwaterphotographers #love to #explore and some of the best #dives can be spending 70 min #hunting for #critters in a 30 foot (9m) patch of sand or #halimeda #sea grass. ⠀ ⠀ Frog fish are masters at #camouflage and will change to match their surroundings. Unfortunately as juveniles when they are growing they often have not masked into their #environments yet. ⠀ ⠀ Frog fish lure their prey with a stalk between their eyes that copies the movements of its prey. Their mouth can open and expand to the width of their bodies to engulf its #prey.⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DSR in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful #lembeh #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/250 f22 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-04-07T13:29:05+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Turneffe Flats

"Fighting Back"⠀ ⠀ An interesting shot of our #dive #guide trying to feed a speared Lion fish to a grouper. The Lion Fish is a problem to the #coral #reefs of #Belize. It is known to eat all the small #reef fishes that we #love visit on our scuba dive and snorkel trips. And because it doesn’t belong to the Caribbean it doesn’t have many #predators. ⠀ ⠀ It's believed #aquarium owners first dumped lionfish off the coast of #Florida in the mid-1980s. Since then, the fish have spawned at a rate that would make rabbits blush. Lionfish are now devouring reef fish from North Carolina across the Caribbean.⠀ ⠀ Many #caribbean islands are fighting back. #Marine #biologists and dive masters have been trying everything from training predatory fish to eat them to coaxing moray #eels to try a new delicacy. The challenge is you often encounter overly aggressive eels and predators. ⠀ ⠀ Additionally many #resorts are training divers to hunt the predatory creature, but more recently the answer is simple. Eat them! Lion fish have #poisonous spines that need to be removed before eating. It their buttery meat is often compared to hogfish, one of the most popular reef fish served in restaurants. The mild taste and flaky texture allows Lion Fish meat to be prepared in a wide variety of different ways. From raw (ceviche) to deep fried, grilled to blackened, Lion Fish dishes are growing in popularity and the potential answer to a growing epidemic.⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKII in a @aquaticadigital. 1/60 f7.1 ISO 160 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com

By | 2017-04-04T13:29:06+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Wakatobi Resort

"Smile"⠀ ⠀ A smiling #blenny photographed in one of the destinations I #love most @wakatobi_resort #indonesia. ⠀ ⠀ Located in the Asia-Pacific World #Coral Triangle, in the province of South East Sulawesi, the #Wakatobi Islands offer clear #waters and a #rich #bio-diverse underwater life. Wakatobi hosts 942 #fish species and 750 coral #reef #species (of 850 globally), versus 50 in the Caribbean and 300 in the Red Sea.⠀ ⠀ Habitats found in the national park are #mangrove forest, coastal #forest, lowland swamp forest, riverbank #vegetation, lowland rainforest, mountain rainforest and coral reefs. The Wakatobi Archipelago has 25 groups of coral reefs including fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls.⠀ ⠀⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticadigital. 1/200 f14 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀ #instafollow, #l4l #tagforlikes and #followback.

By | 2017-04-02T13:27:20+00:00 April 1st, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Sawblade"⠀ ⠀ The Tozeuma Shrimp or Sawblade Shrimp is another unique #critter found in the Lembeh Strait. It is generally found with black #corals and #sea whips in the #depths of the #ocean. An elongated #shrimp, which blends in with the coral not only by its shape, but also by adopting the same #colour bands as its particular coral colony host. It can be white, yellow, orange, red or combination of these. ⠀ ⠀ The #rarest colour combination is the one shown in this photo which is yellow and blue. It is quite #difficult to find, but stays up to a few months on the same coral. Extremely elongated and it's body is transparent with irregular transverse #camouflaging bands. ⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticahousing @crittersatlembehresort in beautiful #lembeh #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f9 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-03-29T14:01:02+00:00 March 28th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Critters at Lembeh Resort

"Mobile Home"⠀ ⠀ The Amphioctopus marginatus, also known as the #coconut #octopus and veined octopus, is a medium-sized #cephalopod belonging to the genus Amphioctopus. It is found in #tropical waters of the western #Pacific #Ocean. It commonly preys upon #shrimp, #crabs, and #clams, and displays unusual behavior including bipedal walking and tool use. This includes gathering coconut #shells and #seashells and using these for #shelter. The is a 6cm long juvenile but this #species can generally grow up to 15cm in length. ⠀ ⠀⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticahousing @crittersatlembehresort in beautiful #lembeh #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f14 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-03-18T13:36:49+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Wakatobi Resort

"Speed Racer"⠀ ⠀ The #Racing #Stripe #Flatworm all known as Pseudoceros byfurcus can be a #stunning #subject when #photographed within an interesting #environment. This species can grow up to 6cm in length and can quickly move along the bottom by rapidly beating tiny hairs which act like #millions of #feet to #propel them along in an undulating manner.⠀ ⠀ They feed by placing themselves over their #victims and sucking in their prey, a tube like extension in its mouth acts as a grinder.⠀ ⠀ For shots like this I generally have set my strobes inline and wide-like you would for a wide shot but strobes are facing directly inwards towards the port. This would have created greater separation from the background but for this shot I really thought the #environment was as big part of the scene. I decided to #shoot 250 to reduce some of the background #rendering and to keep some of the blacks with the cracks and shadows. I used the classic 10/2 strobe placement (like your driving car) for this shot. Strobes directly next to the port.⠀ ⠀ ⠀ This #macro #underwater photo taken at #Wakatobi #Resort, #Indonesia with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticadigital 1/250 f16 ISO 100 #SeaAndSea Alpha 110 #strobes ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For more #daily #aquatic #scuba #diving photos, #photography #tips & #conservation news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com

By | 2017-03-14T13:33:14+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Whytecliff, British Columbia

"Red Eye"⠀ ⠀ Sometimes a good old fashioned #fish shot works. The most important part of shooting fish is generally two things. One the #composition of the shot. Often a shot with a clear blue or green background will make an image seem flat, especially if you have even #light from two strobes. Playing with the output of your strobes or shooting with a single #strobe will often provide more texture or less even lighting with darker areas. #Experimenting with your strobe position, #power, front lighting (strobes next to the #port opening) or back lighting by placing them out front and facing backwards slightly towards the port opening. ⠀ ⠀ I generally prefer to take high #contrast photos. A little darker, with some vignette which I try to light for underwater but sometime requires a small adjustment in post #Adobe #Lightroom. This however is an in camera shot. The only adjustment is a slight bump in contrast as underwater photos will loose contrast quickly due to the #density of the #water. ⠀The second is eye contact with the subject. This gives the shot personality. Without it fish shots will elicit very little #emotional value. ⠀ This #underwater photo of a #flounder was taken in #beautiful #Vancouver #British #Columbia with a #Canon #5DMKII in a @aquaticahousing. 1/125 f14 ISO 100 - Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more #underwater #scuba #diving photos, #photography #tips & #conservation news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-03-10T12:47:53+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments

Bangka Island, Murex Resort

"Brain Station"If you look closely you can see all the internal organs of this #transparent #Anemone #Shrimp. These shrimp are usually found on #sea #anemones but sometimes you can find them on soft #coral patches which makes for an more interesting and textured background. This subject was bout 1.5cm but this #species can grow up to 4cm in length ⠀ ⠀ This #underwater photo was taken while #scubadiving with a #canon #5DsR in a @aquaticahousing. A great example of the #diverse underwater #world found at beautiful #Bangka #Island #North #Sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f22 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

By | 2017-03-08T12:27:30+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Underwater Photography|0 Comments
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