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#1 SlipperyDick

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 12:27 PM

I had a chance to do a few dives at the bridge around a month ago - and I'm still in shock. Talk about subject overload... it's a shame that diving is limited to the two high slack tides each day/night.

Here's a little selection of images from the trip. They're all taken during day dives, except the scorpionfish eye which was on a 3am night dive:



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Octopus eye
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 Diopter SubSee
1/250, f20, ISO250


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Banded jawfish with eggs
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1/320, f22, ISO200


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Sailfin blenny
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/320, f22, ISO200


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Lancer dragonet
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/250, f20, ISO200


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Tube worm
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/320, f18, ISO200


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Scorpionfish eye
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/250, f25, ISO200


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Algae sprout
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, Kenko 2X teleconverter, +10 diopter SubSee
1/250, f25, ISO200


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Posted 08 August 2009 - 01:17 PM

Stunning images as always, really difficult to say which one I like the most of this group. Beautiful.

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 02:46 PM

Killer shots! The octopus eye does it for me.
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 07:15 PM

The Sailfin Blenny is just spectacular. Single strobe?
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Posted 08 August 2009 - 08:37 PM

GAH! these are fantastic!

Sailfin blenny for me too..... such an incredible pic

The octopus eye is gorgeous as well

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Posted 08 August 2009 - 08:39 PM

Beautiful shots Keri
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 07:11 AM

Sailfin Blenny is outstanding. Very unique. Great series.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:11 AM

Amazing images Keri!
Can't pick a favourite - they are all great!
What focus light did You use?

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 09:19 AM

Very nice indeed. The blenny is excellent. And I like the octopus eye, which I think works well with the lighting. I'm presuming that the lighting is courtesy of a new Subsee product... [edit] I meant ReefNet product (wrong brand name)...

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 10:38 AM

Come-on Mr. Wilk share the lighting thing with us. Snoot?

All those shots are just AWESOME :)

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 01:15 PM

Wow!

Really cool images. Loved them all. :)

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 04:01 PM

I love the photographs!

Mood-lighting, Wow! My votes for some sort of ReefNet *Snoot* to debut at DEMA?

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 05:39 PM

Thats got to be some of the "snoot work" you eluded to last time we spoke...very nice! I may try to squeeze in BHB a few days before DEMA.
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 06:23 PM

Octo eye is stunning.

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:04 PM

I suck. Nothing more to be said. :)
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Posted 09 August 2009 - 08:15 PM

Awesome/amazing/moresynonymsforawesomeandamazing stuff dude! :)

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Posted 09 August 2009 - 11:09 PM

Phenomenal, fantabulous.......inspirational..

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Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:51 AM

Great pictures! I have been experimenting with very thin/small diameter snoots but never worked out like this and were very difficult to point. You have me thinking on how/what did you use for this lighting!
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Posted 10 August 2009 - 01:47 PM

Wow! Thanks for all the encouraging comments and kind words everyone... very much appreciated!

A few of you folks have guessed correctly - these are all using a custom designed snoot that I put together. It looks like crap, but works pretty well. The snoots fit over my DS125s and can produce beams of light anywhere from 12-inch diameter all the way down to about 2-3mm diameter.

As for this becoming a product - maybe some time in the future, but these things I'm lugging around are sort of heavy, ugly, and just so stupid looking that they'd probably scare more people away than they'd attract. Not dismissing the possibility of redesigning it though, just not sure if the demand is there to warrant production.


davichin - you're right, they can be difficult to aim, but when you nail a shot with them, it can really turn out well! Each of the shots posted took between 30-120 minutes to shoot.

Here are a couple more snooty shots showing the tip of the lighting rig:

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Horseshoe crab eye
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/250, f20, ISO200

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Horseshoe crab eye with snoot
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/60, f14, ISO200



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The same tube worm from above, with snoots showing (those are 8mm thick pen bodies)
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/320, f22, ISO200



And here are a couple more that I think turned out well:


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Stargazer
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/250, f22, ISO200


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Baby skeleton shrimp riding on mother
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/200, f20, ISO200


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Tiny nudibranch
Nikon D300, 105mm lens, +10 diopter SubSee
1/200, f20, ISO200


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Urchin
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/200, f16, ISO200


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Octopus
Nikon D300, 105mm lens
1/320, f20, ISO200




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Posted 10 August 2009 - 02:12 PM

Dang Keri those are nice
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