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ocean 15

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Picture 15 of my ocean series.
Taken mostly in 2005.
I'm quite new to underwater-photography, so take it easy on me... :D
But please feel free to comment!

Update-Species:
Lat: Pterois volitans
Eng: Red Lionfish
De: Pazifischer Rotfeuerfisch


Other photos from that trip:




To be seen in my underwater gallery [link]


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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON
Model
E5900
Shutter Speed
10/601 second
Aperture
F/4.9
Focal Length
23 mm
ISO Speed
98
Date Taken
Aug 24, 2005, 6:04:44 AM
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Hikari147Hobbyist Photographer
So close,.. very nice! :)
pogonotomy's avatar
oooh I love the natural colors of underwater creatures. Against the blacks and blues of the natural plants, etc., they look so nice. I find it hard to find anyone who can mess up underwater photography too terribly, and I think your pictures are quite nice.

This picture scares me a little, though. I am very irrationally scared of the ocean and the eye of this fish scared me to bits, but it's really good. To me there is a sort of dark, intense feeling about the picture. Like the fish is warning me off, though I'm not even with him in the ocean. Really good. Bravo. <3
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
Hey, thx for the comment!
The pic was taken at a nightdive. The fish is a pacific lionfish. It was hunting at
that time, so maybe it's that mood and the darkness of the water showing in
the picture. What's interesting is that they use the divers for their huntingstrategy!
They follow you closely and when your flashlight points at a smaller fish, they
come up and just virtually suck it in. ;-)

BTW: Allot of people have this irrational fear of the ocean. The sad thing is, that they tend to project it into the animals living there, like sharks. 99 % of the population have never met a shark in the ocean, but most people are skared of them or ever hate them (unlike dolphins for example). :(
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Wow that is really interesting! o.o That's so.. smart. I never thought of fish as strategic. I knew that the fish was something like a lionfish.. i love the patterns on them and their oddly shaped fins =D

Yeah.. I realize it's silly. But i still think it is very brave and awesome that you were able to get so close to these animals- it's produced great results. I'd keep taking shots underwater if I were you, you seem to have a knack for it =]
I've taken a few pictures underwater, none came out amazing. It was off an island near Belize.. I caught a picture of a sea turtle (which apparently are rare around there, I felt so special that I framed the picture and now it hangs in my living room, blown up.) and an angelfish.. but that's really all that came out too well. Yours are very nice <3
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
Uh, and:
My first underwater pictures where not great either. Just carry on, you'll get better results, you know, "learning by doing"! =D
Its great to have the picture of that turtle on the wall. I've got plenty of pics, that, if put here would make people go: "oh, well, uhu... Uhm, only blue colors, bad composition, what is it???" But for me it's: "Hey, wow, that was my first thresher-shark!" ;-)
Your turtle will remind you of that day in the water...
And beauty lies in the eye of the beholder! =)
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yes really the picture is just a good memory.. it's not in the correct position and the colors are terrrible
so it's not really a good picture.. just.. cool. xD thank you! i hope you don't mind me watching you and maybe
trying out a few things you've done? i think it'd help..
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
I don't mind at all! :)
Learing from what others have done (esp. their mistakes ;-))
gets you on track quicker.
pogonotomy's avatar
=3 thanks! and i'll try one of those cameras you recommended.. wow you've been a big help. i LOVE your pictures
and i can't wait to see more of those though <3

i suppose i'll let you go now xD i've taken up enough of your time
thanks again!
-katie
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
No problem, glad to help!
:)
pogonotomy's avatar
=3 thanks! and i'll try one of those cameras you recommended.. wow you've been a big help. i LOVE your pictures
and i can't wait to see more of those though <3

i suppose i'll let you go now xD i've taken up enough of your time
thanks again!
-katie
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
Well first of all it takes the right equipment. And that, unfortunately, is very expensive! You need a decent camera AND underwater housing, wich most of the time costs more than the camera. Plus you need an underwater flash, because you need to have your own lightsource. The water makes colours disappear the further down you get. E.g. red isn't visible below 5 m (15 ft). That's propably why your pictures came out less than what you expected. Also you need to be an experienced diver. Getting close to the animals isn't that special once you get the hang of not scaring them off. I've made about 500 dives so far, and never had an animal trying to harm me. Especially the various sharks seemed to be more cautious than anything. It's hard to even get close to them.
So keep it up and explore the oceans, you'll loose the fear the more you'll get adapted... ;-)
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wow that's some very good advice, actually o.o; my uncle has just given me the opportunity to go diving with
him in china and perhaps singapore and i think i'm going to.. so maybe i'll practice a bit before then and look at
some BETTER equiptment (maybe not the best, since i'm only just starting out) and see what i can come up
with. =3
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ZyklotropProfessional General Artist
I'd try an Olympus 5060 or Nikon 5900. Olympus and Nikon have underwater housings for those cameras, not too expensive and good for down to 40 meters (120ft). No external flash needed. If you get close enough to the object you get good results.
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