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Anilao Dragonets - sp?

09 February 2016 - 06:24 PM

2 Dragonets from Anilao, Philippines. Don't have much experience ID'ing these. They sure are pretty though. From my books I'd guess Synchiropus morrisoni, but the blue specks don't really match up. Ideas?

Eye Missing

20 January 2016 - 07:40 PM

Check out this very odd fellow from Anilao. This is the only shot I have, and the left eye is completely missing! Genetic defect? Lost in a fight? I know it's a burrfish of some kind. Never seen anything like that before. Usually on  burrfishes, the eyes are so dramatic.

Anyone Tried Nauticam's Shutter Release Extension?

01 December 2015 - 06:33 AM

This article caught my eye:




and I was wondering if anyone has installed this and tried it underwater. If you've tried it on a smaller housing (like the NA-EM10) that would be of even more interest. I shoot exclusively with back button focus and assign F1 to the focus function. In order to press F1 and release the shutter in a coordinated manner, I have to have my right hand in between the right tray handle and the right of the housing. Even at the widest extension, there's not a lot of room in there for someone with big hands or gloves. It seems like this device might make it so that I don't have to do this anymore, and could have my right hand in a more natural position, like it would be in a DSLR housing.


The NA-EM10 housing does not have the metal brackets. I've seen an part number that is the right handle bracket, but not a kit with both. Seems odd.


Thanks for any info.




Anilao Nudibranchs EM10, 60mm

24 November 2015 - 11:24 AM

My first trip to Anilao, or any place in the Coral Triangle for that matter. My main goal was to find lots of Nudibranchs. Here are the results of my efforts:




I was able to successfully ID 52 different Nudi species. I'm including flatworms just because I feel like it :)


Olympus EM10, Oly 60mm macro lens, NA-EM10 Housing, CMC Diopter (most for Shaun the Sheep), 1x YS-D1 strobe. I shot the first day with 2 strobes, but quickly realized I'm more comfortable with just one when shooting macro. 


I welcome any comments. 2 resources really helped in the IDs. This site and the Nudibase Facebook group. 


This was with Bonnie Pelnar's Photo Workshop group at Crystal Blue resort. One of the main pieces of feedback I got was that my images were too flat, too much like ID photos with uninteresting composition. I tried to keep that in mind, but I also realized I enjoy well done ID images, so...



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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