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#1 Cybergoldfish

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:17 PM

The Barge wreck at Bluff point, north of Hurghada in Egypt has been a firm favourite night dive of mine for years... It is literally filled with predatory fish from the family Scorpaenidae, plus the odd dozen flatheads, octopus, giant moray and so on. In the past I was only equipped with my trusty Nikonos and a framer - This always led to disappointment. So I decided a while back to try out the trusty 20mm especially for this location and it worked a treat - Not one frame wasted so far!

These images are all from one such dive in March this year.


Bearded Scorpionfish, one of the biggest I have ever seen - As long as my 'Volo' fin

Apart from resizing nothing has been done - Any scatter has been left in.

#2 Cybergoldfish

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:22 PM

Same fish different angle after someone forced it to relocate with a careless fin.

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:41 PM

The infamous Stonefish, undetectable apart from its eye.

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:52 PM

Pretty in Pjamas

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:56 PM

P. Radiata on the prowl

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 04:59 PM

Flathead (Crocodilefish)

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Posted 21 April 2003 - 05:19 PM

Sleeping Goatfish

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 03:22 PM

"I'm off!"

Another Crocodilefish on the adjacent reef

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Posted 22 April 2003 - 03:28 PM

Another lurking fish trap!

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 05:25 AM

The Buddy...

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Posted 25 April 2003 - 04:37 PM

Bob, I'm with you. I like WA night shots. These are from the Kona Aggressor, thus the black sand.
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Posted 25 April 2003 - 04:39 PM

They almost look Gallactic at times.

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Posted 26 April 2003 - 03:56 AM

I call it the Freddy Kruger method!

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Posted 30 April 2003 - 01:19 AM

Nice series of nigth shots, I found 'Freddy Kruger' as the most intersting one.
Its seems you use only one strobe in all the photos and think I remmember you wrote that you preffer only one, What is the reason for that? (maybe I'll find a good fundamental reason why I use only one cheap strobe and not the obvisuall - that I can't afoard it now :D )
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Posted 30 April 2003 - 03:37 AM

I use only one strobe for a number of reasons, and the night shots may emphasise this nicely:

1. Less hassle - I may carry up to 2 cameras at a time
2. I can light exactly what I want to, to the extent I want
3. I like the relief a shadow gives the subject
4. Controlable shadow depths to create a 3D effect
5. Don't need oversized camera boxes