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#21 Christian K

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 09:27 AM

This is my favourite image from 2009. It's my oldest girl Engla, seven years old, snorkeling with Lotta on a reef in the Egyptian Red Sea. We did a story about adventures in the Red Sea with children for a Scandinavian family magazine and this made it to the cover. I shot it with my old, trustworthy, D200 and a Nikon 10,5/2.8 fisheye. Forground lit with two diffused Inon Z240:s; ISO 100, f13, 1/90.

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#22 Andy Morrison

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:06 AM

This is not my best but it's a favorite from my favorite dive of the year for several reasons. I shoot Great Lakes shipwrecks almost exclusively. I'd never shot anything other than wide angle underwater. This year when I got my new housing I also purchased a flat port so I could play around with my 60mm. I never realized how challenging it would be in the mental sense. Shooting close-up or macro is a completely different way of seeing underwater than shooting wide. The first 10 minutes of the dive I felt helpless, swimming around not knowing what to shoot. My dive buddy finally pointed out a flamingo tongue snail for me and it was one of those "aha" moments. Now I knew where to look and for what. It gave me a start. This one I found near the end of my dive almost directly under the dive boat. But the problem with shooting two strobes dead on was it looked so flat. After a few minutes it dawned on me to remove the left strobe and position it behind and to the side to give the whole image some dimension. Like I said, it's not great or anything that hasn't been done before but it was a wake up for me to look and think differently underwater. And I had a blast doing an 86 minute dive in 80 degree water shooting my 60mm instead what I'm used to - a 15 minute bottom time in 40 degree water shooting wide in 25 feet of viz. Sorry this is long winded but hey, that's why I like this image.
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#23 scubamarli

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:17 AM

I'm still slogging through hundreds of photos from 2009, but this is one I like, as others have said before me, because it is different from what I usually shoot, being larger than a pea, with a lens I don't often use (60mm), and at night at TK2 in Lembeh when I was being barraged by a massive school of shrimpfish, probably attracted by my mask light! It was all I could do to swat them away...it was like a swarm of locusts...very creepy. So, I am pretty happy that it turned out after all; I like the pattern and colour.

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#24 Torchuck

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 11:45 AM

it was pretty hard to choose. Diving this year was very different.
First time I dived in fresh water... but...
my favourite photo is squid couple dancing in the night.
I tried to do it for two years.
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Indonesia, Lembeh. Canon 5D. Canon 100mm macro, Nexus, Inon 240x2. Different type of lighting(diode/lamp) affected the color of squid.
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#25 Steve Williams

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:36 PM

What a great set of images so far. This was my first year shooting a DSLR when I began to feel like I had a clue what I was doing. The first got the most views on Flickr, My first with over a 1000. Thanks Alex!

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and this one was my first ever competition entry, and it won a prize in the Visions in the Sea show to benefit the Shark trust.

"Can't catch me" taken on my first trip with Jim Abernethy and the crew.

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Thanks for all the help guys and gals!

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#26 jkane

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:42 PM

This school of akule, aka bigeye scad, is my favorite shot of 2009. It was taken on a shore dive in Kona with a Tokina 10-17. The school is ~40 ft wide and it must include thousands of the foot long fish. When agitated, the school adopted fast changing amoeba-like shapes. Later when calmed down, the school compressed into a tight ball as shown in this shot. It was an amazing day. _JLK4050.jpg

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#27 vazuw

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:43 PM

I didnt do alot of diving this year, so ill cheat my favorite photo this year was taken at millenium park chicago ill usa d300, hand held at dusk. I apologize to steve in advance

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#28 Michael

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 12:59 PM

Here are mine:

Male Leatherback in the open ocean way offshore Florida (Gulf Stream). Taken with a D700, 16mm, 6 inch dome port, 1.5 Kenko Teleconverter, Aquatica housing and two Inon Z220s. This turtle is one of four seen and photographed in one unbelievable day. This magnificent animal is about 8 ft. long and almost 9 ft. from flipper tip to flipper tip. Shortly after the photo he tried to bite the camera and I had to push it off with my hand.

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Young boy in Bali playing with a home-made jukung on the beach at sunset. Taken with a D2x, flash, 16mm on the last day of shooting for my new book, Wild Waters.


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#29 Nige Wade

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:05 PM

I had to post two because I couldn't decide :)

Both taken in Bali at Tulamben, the snells window and sunburst was taken in April and the grouper in November
Two Fantastic trips.


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#30 buceo

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:11 PM

One of my best photos
I love it because I dream about it before dive and it was realize few minutes later.
Set with G9 + UWL100 + Z240 / SB105

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 02:56 PM

This was really hard for me as I've been lucky to do a lot of great diving this year. This one's not my best, but it brings back all the memories of the Sardine Run earlier this summer. What an adventure!

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BTW, I count 16 dolphins and 3 sharks in the pic :)

Best wishes to all for a happy and prosperous 2010!

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#32 JennyHuang

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:03 PM

Great images!! :good:

This is mine:
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The tail of Orange-lined Triggerfish. This was take in Tulamben,Bali. I love the simple beauty of this shot.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:23 PM

I never found a friendlier great barracuda that was willing to pose for my camera like this one before.
He was a good 1.5m long.

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#34 edpdiver

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:42 PM

There are a lot of great photos posted. Here is one of mine that I like, both for the shot itself, and also for the memories it brings. It was taken at Pescador Island near Moalboal in the Philippines during a great trip I took with my wife and son during the summer of 2009.

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#35 Gudge

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:49 PM

Every year or so Ningaloo Reef/Exmouth Gulf has a population explosion of red jellyfish for two or three weeks. This year we were blessed with clear water during the same period and I got several dives in with them before they disappeared again. This is my favourite, I call it Rocket Jelly:

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Taken with Canon 50D, Tokina 10-17 @ 10mm and 2 x Inon Z240 strobes.

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#36 DULMEN

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:49 PM

This is my favourite picture from 2009 ,this was take in Baltic sea until very nice diving

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#37 loftus

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:52 PM

it was pretty hard to choose. Diving this year was very different.
First time I dived in fresh water... but...
my favourite photo is squid couple dancing in the night.
I tried to do it for two years.
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Indonesia, Lembeh. Canon 5D. Canon 100mm macro, Nexus, Inon 240x2. Different type of lighting(diode/lamp) affected the color of squid.
sorry for my english

This is a stunningly beautiful image! You mention a diode lamp,was this your flashlight which stimulated the colors. I presume the actual image was captured with the Inons.
Don't worry about your english, the image speaks for itself.
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#38 Simon Rogerson

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 03:55 PM

There are plenty of excellent photos in this thread. Here's my effort: a well-placed frogfish that has taken on the rusty coloration of its shipwreck home.
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#39 Chet King

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 05:13 PM

This is my favorite image and underwater moment of 2009, I think we both had the same expression! Taken in Lembeh with a Canon 350D in an Ikelite housing and single 125 strobe.

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#40 Cal

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 06:21 PM

I ummed and ahhhed about which photo to put in here

This photo was from the first underwater model shoot I ever did and It turned out surprisingly well. Also, the model is a dear friend of mine who's subsequently moved back to Sweden (otherwise of the world from me) so its also a nice momento of the friendship.

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