This experiment started with a desire to salvage a photo where the subject was well captured but the background was horrible and distracting. I started to wonder about using the technique in a slightly more creative way to make a subject pop out more dramatically. Most of these photos had in common a background very close in colour and texture to the the animal itself.
My non-diving friends seem to like these, but divers and photographers mostly don't. True, they are obviously artificial and are the sort of thing that you might find on a postcard in a seaside gift shop, but there is no attempt here to hide the technique. On the other hand, we know what the environment should look like and it is disorienting to see monochrome coral, not to mention that eliminating colour selectively takes away from the wonderful demonstration of how some animals fit into their habitat so well.
I wonder if anyone else thinks this could be an interesting effect if applied selectively from time to time? Let me have your thoughts, and don't hold back!