DPReview interviews Justin Hofman about his seahorse image

Hofman on Wetpixel

DPReview has published an article about Justin Hofman’s image that has been shortlisted in the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest. It features a small estuarine seahorse (Hippocampus kuda) attached to the plastic shaft of an ear bud or Q-tip.

In the image’s official caption, Hofman describes how the behavior occurred:

As the tide started to come in, the mood changed. The water contained more and more decidedly unnatural objects—mainly bits of plastic—and a film of sewage sludge covered the surface. The seahorse let go of a piece of seagrass and seized a long, wispy piece of clear plastic. As a brisk wind at the surface picked up, making conditions bumpier, the seahorse took advantage of something that offered a more stable raft: a waterlogged plastic cotton swab.”

In the DPReview interview, he goes on to offer advice and discusses the equipment he was using. The image was taken using a Sony A7R II and Sony 16-35mm F4 lens in a Nauticam housing with a Sea&Sea 240mm dome and two Sea and Sea YS-D1 strobes.