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#1 Mehmet Gungen

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 01:42 PM

I shot the photos of a Red fluorescent anemone & clown fish at 30meters.

Since the location was quite deep i made all the shots with strobes.

Even though the photos are clear with good focus and the clown fish are normally exposed the anemone which was gloving with very bright red color looks like an ordinary one.

Due to the depth I think that it probably is not a suitable case for filters. Even if i could catch the bright color of the anemone the fish probably would be either underexposed or blurred.

Is there any advice you could provide?

#2 AllisonFinch

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 04:20 PM

I shot the photos of a Red fluorescent anemone & clown fish at 30meters.

Since the location was quite deep i made all the shots with strobes.

Even though the photos are clear with good focus and the clown fish are normally exposed the anemone which was gloving with very bright red color looks like an ordinary one.

Due to the depth I think that it probably is not a suitable case for filters. Even if i could catch the bright color of the anemone the fish probably would be either underexposed or blurred.

Is there any advice you could provide?



Yup, I've seen those in PNG and they never come out as bright as my eye sees them. Most other flourescent colors do the same thing, in my experience. Oh, well.....

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:14 PM

As I understand it, the fluorescence is the result of light refraction from existing ambient light. It doesn't actually glow, and you would not be able to see in the dark. Hence, the strobe overpowers and washes it out.
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#4 Mehmet Gungen

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:31 PM

As I understand it, the fluorescence is the result of light refraction from existing ambient light. It doesn't actually glow, and you would not be able to see in the dark. Hence, the strobe overpowers and washes it out.



If this is the case, filter photography using the ambient light should be the only way to capture it.

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:38 PM

Even shooting without a filter and shooting raw at a high enough ISO to get a good exposure at reasonable shutter and f-stop would be worth trying.

Just need to shoot all ambient.
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Posted 22 January 2011 - 01:30 PM

Maybe not the same variety of Anemone that you have been discussing, but similar in colour.

iso 100
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With strobes

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Posted 23 January 2011 - 04:54 AM

That is a coral, Stew. But nice color on it with the strobes anyways.

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Maybe not the same variety of Anemone that you have been discussing, but similar in colour.

iso 100
1/160
F11
With strobes

60mm Canon

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 04:45 AM

There are paired lens & strobe filters that can reproduce the effect:

http://www.uwvisions...oducts.php?m=25

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Posted 24 January 2011 - 07:10 PM

My poor attempt at that anemone

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 09:28 AM

Gorgeous shot Allison!
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 11:46 AM

I decided to try getting the real color of that anemone during another dive after I posted here.

I had a wide angle lens and magic filter when we were diving there with a different route. I had chance to get down to that location with around 2 minutes non deco bottom time.

I spent almost half of it trying to make custom white balance however my D200 failed. Than I decided to shoot and making white balance afterwards. (with this purpose i shot my hand too)

I took several shots while the anemone fish absolutely not be corporative and swimming elsewhere instead of being in front of the anemone till the end of my non deco bottom time.

Even though the attached photo is far from being an example of a good composition the color of the anemone is totally the same as it looks there at ~30meters. It is shot without any strobes. Even The fish is with underexposure while anemone glowing there has a contrast with surrounding objects.

I think it would be possible to get a good shot with a new generation SLR with higher low ISO performance and with a macro lens with a magic filter on.

On the other hand i think the anemone fish would still be underexposed if the exposure shall be based on anemone :-/

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 12:17 PM

That is a coral, Stew. But nice color on it with the strobes anyways.

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plate coral isnt it?
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Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:12 PM

Yes. Fungia.

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Posted 20 June 2011 - 12:53 PM

Hi All,

I am trying to capture red vs green fluorescence but am having trouble with having the red come through. I am using a canon G11 equipped with a 530 nm long pass filter and a strobe with 475 nm excitation light. Any hints on how your guys get such great shots of the red fluorescence?

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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:22 AM

To get the best result with the anemone you have to use your strobes.
i shoot little underexposed to protect the colors , some time when you shoot,
the bright/strong colors (red,yellow,pink...) can burn and torn over saturation...
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Posted 08 July 2011 - 01:38 PM

Mehmet, stunning shot! Absolutely wonderful. Who cares if the clown fish is underexposed?!?? The anemone is just beautiful!

Great job!
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