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3 From Frederiksted Pier

10 August 2015 - 06:45 PM

We did 5 dives at Frederiksted Pier during our recent St. Croix trip. So, all 3 were on the pilings at around 5m.

 

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stx1 - While photographing this baby gray angelfish I also caught this Goby, but I can't find the species. Both were hanging out inside a sponge. Goby was only 1-2cm.

 

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stx2 - my best guess is Warty Sidegill Slug (Pleurobranchus areolatus) but I'm far from certain. Larger, 5-7cm.

 

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stx3 - absolutely no clue. very small. looks nudi-ish, but I can't see any rhinophores. maybe a juvenile? 1-2cm.

 

Thanks for any input


Why I Love Macro

07 August 2015 - 09:10 AM

It's the little surprises!

 

After every trip, when I'm in the processing phase of things, I discover little critters I had no idea were there.

 

Case in point - on this crab, there's a tiny juvenile Reticulated Brittle Star. The adults were all over the place, but I never would have seen this little one. And there above this xmas tree worm, there's a juvenile Nimble Spray Crab (I think).

 

To me, it's one of the real rewards of shooting macro.


Toplit Rhinophores

15 July 2015 - 10:01 AM

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:

 

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For reference, this was the Nudi, not sure of species yet:

 

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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. 

 

Olympus OMD-EM10, 60mm macro lens, CMC, Nauticam Housing, 1xYS-D1 strobe


EM10 First Gallery

30 June 2015 - 06:13 PM

 

Link to Photo Showcase Gallery Post

 

The forum guidelines said to post galleries to Photo and Gallery Showcase, so that's what I've done.

 

Got a chance to try out the new EM10 setup at Blue Heron Bridge. Mostly 60mm macro. Lots of fun.


EM-10 First Outing

30 June 2015 - 06:09 PM

OMD-EM10

Nauticam Housing

2x Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes

 

Blue Heron Bridge. Riviera Beach, FL, USA.

 

Mainly shot the 60mm macro lens, but also put the 14-42 kit lens on for some shots of the divers on our trip. 

 

Full gallery here:

 

https://flic.kr/s/aHskfjpjUB

 

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.