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Pygmy sea horse in Okinawa


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#1 dirkhh

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 01:46 PM

A couple of weeks ago at about 85ft, perfectly camouflaged in a fan coral... I couldn't get it to smile at the camera, though...

 

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#2 SeaPost22

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 01:32 PM

Great picture, dirkhh!



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Posted 09 July 2018 - 11:12 PM

Good catch! You would have been very very close with that lens. Those can be tricky little buggers to capture. In my experience sometimes they’ll let you get a profile like this, sometimes they’ll turn their backs occasionally, and very rarely will they look in your direction for more than an instant. And then the coral will shade your strobe and bugger the shot! I obsessed over them for several years before I finally got a straight on portrait. You should be happy with this shot.

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 07:42 AM

 You should be happy with this shot.

 

Oh trust me - I am VERY happy with this shot. There was a bit of current and I of course wanted to make sure that I didn't touch the coral which added to the challenge :-)



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Posted 25 September 2018 - 06:54 PM

I’m yet to get a good pigmy seahorse photo.... I have tried many times... It’s a great shot...

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 09:27 PM

Amen to all this.

 

I spent a year in Lembeh and took many hundreds (thousands?) of pygmy shots over several hundred dives - I was on first name terms with one or two of them. I managed one good head-on shot without, as Robert suggests, getting coral in the way or some bit of sea gunk. Whenever I see a head-on shot I cannot help but feel there was some manipulation going on......  


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Posted 26 September 2018 - 10:42 AM

great picture  :notworthy: