They have a lot of names, but I like Sea Pearls. I also like Bubble Algae. The binomial name is Ventricaria ventricosa, and they are one of the largest single-celled organisms (each bubble is one cell).
Posted by bmorescuba
on 16 February 2016 - 12:32 PM
Anilao Fish Gallery is done - finally! Highlights include the Kung-Fu Panda Goby, Pygmy Seahorse, Golden Coralgoby, Juvenile Sweetlips, and lots of Frogfish. Some very tricky IDs, especially never having been to the Coral Triangle region before. Except for the few wide angle shots, all shots taken with the effective 120mm lens, which is not ideal for fish portraits. It was great for nudibranchs, the main reason I was there. But it's not like I'm going to the Philippines and NOT take fish pics. A few highlights attached. To see the full gallery, use this link (but it's massive):
Of all the pics from my recent trip, this one stands out to me as the most interesting. I was trying out my new Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC). Man, you sure do have to get close with that thing! At least when it's paired with the Oly 60mm macro. We were at Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix, USVI and found this dorid Nudibranch on the sand. I took some normal macro shots, then got down real close head on with the CMC. I had to rotate the strobe above and pointing down in order to light it at all, since the subject is almost touching the CMC. Since this Nudi has a translucent body, it basically illuminated the body from within and this is the shot I got:
For reference, this was the Nudi, not sure of species yet:
I'm very pleased with the effect, even though I had no intention of doing that. Hopefully I didn't stress the little guy pumping so much light through his body.
It was my first time with the new EM10 setup and overall i'm quite pleased. I think, after years of trying, I might actually be starting to get close enough to these macro subjects. Of course, switching from an APS-C 60mm macro to a m43 60mm macro gave me a little boost, too.