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Each spring, Ras Mohammed on the southernmost tip of Egypt's Sinai desert attracts huge school of fish. Located on the confluence of the Gulfs of Suez and Aquaba, it is a place where pretty much anything can happen...
Here a photographer shoots a school of Bohar snapper (Lutjanus bohar).
Nikon D810, Nikon 16-35mm f/4.5, SEACAM Superdome, SEACAM Seaflash 150 strobes. 1/125@f/10 , ISO640. Processed with Seim Silver 3 in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
 
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Diving with the rookery of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) at the UK's Farne Islands is amazing! The seals are incredible interactive and chose to engage and interact with us clumsy humans...

Nikon D500, Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5, SEACAM CP Port, INON globalZ240 strobes. 1/125@f/8, ISO1250

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A Pedersen cleaner shrimp dances on the Something Special dive site, Bonaire. A site where I could happily spend all day with a snoot and a 105mm lens - and my partner claims I do.

Tanks from Dive Friends who are handily placed all over the island including a number of the favourite dive sites

Nikon D500, Nikkor 105mm lens, Inon Z240 strobe with Retra LSD snoot

ISO100 1/125,  f16

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Some specialities from Sydney Australia, I usually head out with Abyss Scuba Diving they run boat and shore dives based around Botany Bay and off shore reefs accessible from there.

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Giant Cuttlefish at a reef offshore from Sydney's Eastern Suburbs

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Weedy Sea Dragon on a site just inside the north head of Sydney Harbour.  Found all around the southern coastline of Australia, Sydney is a great spot to find weedies.

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Port Jackson sharks appear on Sydney dive sites in the winter when they come close inshore to breed.  This one is at Oak Park at Cronulla south of Sydney, it's a shore dive on an ocean beach that is sheltered by a headland to the south.

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Eastern Blue Groper, actually a type of wrasse, these are 1m long blue puppy dogs who will follow you on a dive making close passes - some divers feed them sea urchins and they are hoping for a handout.  This is on a shore dive from Bare Island a popular dive site just inside the heads of Botany Bay.

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Excellent photos. I can only contribute with videos, because in the last few years I'm switched from photography.

Sorry for the German text but it was a submission to a German underwater video competition. The footages were taken in German lakes close to Leipzig.

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And another Red Sea image

Ruqia Island dive site. Diving from the Emperor Diver's Boat, Emperor Elite

Nikon D800 with Sigma 15mm lens, ISO 200, 1/100,  f10

Doesn't the colour of the ocean and soft corals just make you want to get back in the water?

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Here are a couple from my 'backyard' (Vancouver, BC) all taken less than a 40-minute drive from the city.

Tim - love the red crinoid image!

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Okay... First image: taken @Wakatobi (can't remember the site) from about 3 years ago.

2nd Image (this time of me & a friend): taken @Cenderawasih Bay 4 years ago.

 

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Vibrant colors and an abundance of life. Anilao in the Philippines is not only a macro destination! 

Mike Bartick explains more on Wetpixel: https://wetpixel.com/…/going-big-in-little-town-by-mike-bar…

Taken while diving with Solitude Acacia Resort during the 2018 Anilao Underwater Shootout.

Nikon D500, Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5, SEACAM CP port, INON globalZ330 strobes with 4600°K diffusers. 1/25@f/10, ISO160181201-ahanlon-503572.jpg

Extreme super macro! Nudibranch porn! Nudibranchs are simultaneous hermaphrodites; ie. they possess both male and female sex organs and copulation is usually reciprocal, both individuals donating and storing sperm
The "business end" of two Nembrotha cristata sharing and donating.
 
Taken in Puerto Galera, Philippines with Atlantis Dive Resorts & Liveaboards
 
Nikon D850, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR, Nauticam SMC-2, INON global Z330 strobes. 1/25O@f/10, ISO100
 

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As lots of terrific images are showing, the Red Sea is great for wide-angle dives.

One of the most important elements I have found (certainly if you want to sell images) is putting a diver into the scene. This give it context and a human element.

The hard part is finding the diver who has the patience and dive skills to model. It's much harder than it looks! Take a look at lots of images of divers and you have bits of gear hanging all over the place, fins and legs in weird positions...... 

So a big thanks to my partner who - usually - has the  patience and the ability to exhale at the right moment (nice bubble stream), look at the right spot (eyes visible in the shot), hold the dive light properly (so it packs up nicely in the image) and get her legs and fins in an attractive position. Compared to all that, pressing the shutter is easy.

So: dive site was St John's Habili Jafar in the southern Red Sea

Dive operator: Emperor Divers on their boat the MV Emperor Elite

Nikon D800 with a Sigma 15mm FE lens. ISO200 1/50 f11. Two Inon Z240 strobes both canted over to light the soft corals

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Some sea lion shots from San Pedro Island, Mexico:

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A bundle of color! A Janolus savinkini nudibranch makes its way across the sea bed.
Taken in the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, diving with Critters at Lembeh Resort
Nikon D500, Nikon 60mm f/2.8, SEACAM housing, SEACAM Seaflash 60 strobes. 1/250@f/4.5, ISO50
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Photographer Li Westerlund catches the shot. This whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is performing a vertical feeding behavior known as a "bottle" or bottle.
Every year, hundreds of whale sharks aggregate off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Wetpixel has been there for the past 15 years or so...
Diving with the excellent Keen M Bluewater
Nikon D850, Nauticam WACP, 1/200@f/8, ISO 200
 
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Red Irish Lord perfectly perched on a sponge.

At God's Pocket

Nikon D500, Nauticam Housing, Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye, 2x Retra Flashes, ISO 100, f11, 1/125

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Nice pic, Matt

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Dive site: Mini Log, Anilao, Philippines

Diver operator and resort: Buceo Anilao (nice place to stay and a good dive operation)

With special thanks to troporobo for all his terrific help when my partner and I were looking for advice on Philippines diving

Nikon D500, Nikkor 105mm lens ISO200 1/160 f13. A pair of Inon Z240 strobes

Some years ago whilst working as the dive manger of a resort in the Lembeh Straits, I hit a real plateau in u/w photography. One of the guests who was staying at the time talked to me about "neutral space". This, for me, came to be a patch of background which would allow the shape or colour of the main subject to stand out and form either perhaps a pattern or highlight a colour. The background was, in fact, a neutral, effectless platform. (I hope that doesn't sound too pretentious!).

So I saw this goby sitting up on a  bit of coral with the colour of the eyes in contrast to all around it. I wanted the eye on the rule-of-thirds intersect line - and set the aperture so that I would have enough of the head in focus - especially of course the eyes, but blurred out the rest so that it became a neutral canvas. Only the eyes were to be sharp, colourful and striking.

 

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Here few pics from my archive.

 

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Location: Tulamben

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Location: Fakarava south

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Location: Pandar Island

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Location: Alor

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Location: Protea Banks

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Nice, Marcus! The turtle mirror image is lovely.

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Really nice goby pic, Gerard!

 

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that one was with the subsee +5 or +10 attached. I should write these things down. Was at yellow submarine I think. Som nice big blobs of coral with quite a few of these in sand

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I always think most macro images benefit from either shooting up or, at least, shooting on a level with the subject. Hence my post about using a 45-degree viewfinder a couple of days ago. I found this made a huge difference to how I could compose images.

This ?Goldentail Moray (Gymnothorax milaris) was on the Windsock dive site in Bonaire.

If you havn't dived in Bonaire, I can heartily recommend it for u/w photography. Easy shore diving, 3-4 dives a day perfectly manageable. Not too difficult shore entries at many sites. An island environment that caters very well to divers - but isn't crowded or over run. Mainly macro but also some good wide-angle stuff. A couple of wrecks. Water in the 27-28 degree range. The reefs in fairly good shape and recovering nicely after a major hurricane hit (unusual for Bonaire) really damaged them. Fairly easy to access - about an 11 hour flight from Europe via Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam

Nikon D800 with Nikkor 105mm lens. ISO 200 1/125 at f/16 and a pair of Inon Z240 strobes.

 

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A large female tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) swims serenely by a diver at Grand Bahama's Tiger Beach.

Large numbers of females gather in the area, the majority of which seem to be pregnant. The exact reasons for this are unknown, but it is surmised that the sheltered water of the Bahamas Banks, along with a proximity to mangroves for them to pup and to protect the vulnerable young sharks may be the reason.
Diving with the amazing Epic Diving
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Backlit by an INON global Z240 strobe triggered by a Anglerfish Creative Lighting trigger, this Norton motorbike is a much photographed relic of war in the holds of the famous wreck of SS Thistlegorm at Sha'ab Ali, Red Sea, Egypt.

Diving with Tornado Marine Fleet, organized by Scuba Travel

Nikon D810, Kenko Tokina 17mm f/3.5. SEACAM Superdome. On camera strobes were SEACAM Seaflash 150s. 1/125@f/10, ISO3200

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Two terrific pics, Adam.

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