Subtlety

I just happened to catch this fish in profile with enough exposure to catch the pattern of coloring. I guess that’s how you figure out the species. The small fish are too small to really get on the image sensor. Larger fish swim away from me. These guys, about the size of your hand, seem to linger long enough to get a shot every once in a while.

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Blue Clam

For the lack of a better term, I’m calling this one ‘blue.’ I love the brilliant blue center. It is well enough protected that predators haven’t eaten it. It is quite large. Maybe it’s not as tasty as it’s color. In any case, I see them now often enough on each dive. Not too many that I don’t stop to photograph them….

Coral Tree

Coral is pretty boring. It doesn’t move and really doesn’t present a challenge to photograph. So you need a color pattern or something to catch interest. I should get in closer too. But this is my attempt at coral landscape. The color in the foreground is balanced against the blue of the Red Sea. Come to think of it, why is it called ‘Red?’

Close-in

As my skill improves, I have been experimenting with underwater technique. At this point I am using natural light and custom white balance. And I have been off wide angle and gone to zooming in more. Does it matter? Well to me it’s an acquired skill and will hopefully get me more dramatic images. Hey, who really cares how hard it was? The ‘net is full of good stuff. But to me it’s all part of a new skill set and education.

Texture

These fish swim around in large numbers in the Red Sea. Mostly they are backlit so they appear to be dark navy blue in color. This is one of the first times that I realize that there is some texture to the color pattern. Ah… the things you learn when you dive. They don’t like getting in close, so I never really get a good shot. Mostly it’s a behind ‘over the shoulder’ view and mostly I don’t keep those shots.

 

Giant Clam

All the ones that I have seen are large. I imagine that they live fairly solitary lives as they are few and far between. I stop and shoot their picture. It’s one more creature in the sea that doesn’t swim away. My only problem is in keeping in a hovering pattern above. I tend to get too excited to stay in one place. I’m still trying to ‘be one’ with my dive gear. It’s not easy.