These beautiful little fish dart around so unpredictably, it takes quite a few shots to get a pleasing composition.
Denise's Pygmy Seahorse
Hippocampus Denise. This colouration is locally referred to as the Christmas Tree Pygmy, and it’s easy to see why.
Another beautiful anemone fish.
Anilao Muck Diving
We spent 8 days Muck Diving in Anilao at the end of October/start of November 2018. Here are some of the highlights to a very relaxing week of diving.
Hairy Squat Lobster on Giant Barrel Sponge, thoughtfully coming to the edge of the sponge for a photo.
Lovely Common Clownfish retreating to the protection of his anemone.
Pregant Male Pygmy Seahorse on fan coral.
Another of these amazing little shrimp.
Better known by its nickname, here we have an Orang-Utan Crab on an Anemone. These interesting little creatures are usually very difficult to distinguish in their environment, but i was fortunate here as the gentle swell of the ocean parted the anemone so that i could capture some interesting details.
Here we have a peacock Mantis Shrimp protecting eggs.
In July 2017, we spent nearly three weeks in the Philippines, mostly taking macro shots in Malapasqua, Puerto Galera and Anilao. Here a few of my favourite images from this trip.
Shrimp. Say no more.
Tiny nudibranchs with wonderful colours. I used the Retra LSD snoot for this shot to isolate the subject from the background. Much trickier then you might think.
We spent 2 whole dives checking out the beautiful pink fan coral and it's inhabitants (Hippocampus Bargibanti). These guys are tiny (maybe 10mm tall), and superbly camoflagued. But with persistence we counted 12 or 13 on this coral. Amazing
Peacock Mantis Shrimp
These Shrimp are amazing and colourful and have the most complex eyes known to man. They are also very timid, be sure it takes lots of patience and a little luck to get a photo like this.
Nudibranch - Chromodoris Annae
The most common nudibranch that we encountered in the Philippines, but undoubtedly one of the most photogenic.
This little guy was running around on this sea cucumber.
Fan Worm on Coral
Approach these movement sensitive fans slowly and gently so they don't retract into the coral host. Beautiful shapes and colours.
These transparent shrimp are elusive to photograph due to their transparent bodies.
Harlequin Shrimp Feeding
Amazing little Shrimp, they cut an arm off a Starfish and feed on it. Don't worry, the starfish grows it back.
Love the look of these anemones. The semi transparent skins really illuminate nicely.
Beautiful Common Clownfish.
A pair of beautiful nudibranch.
A most unusual green and white curly anemone hosting a yellowtail anemone fish.
Twenty two hours boat ride off the West Coast of Mexico, lies the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Socorro Island is the largest of the Islands, and much easier to pronounce - hence diving this Archipeligo is often just called Socorro.
Giant Pacific Manta
These beautiful inquisitive creatures are truly amazing. Tip to tip wingspan can approach 6m, yet they glide effortless and so gracefully through the water checking out the divers on their own terms.
I've been fortunate enough to spend many dives playing with them at 'The Boiler', and it is undoubtedly my favourite memory of these trips.
Roca Partida sunset dive. Amazing.
A close encounter with the amazing giant Manta an accompanying clarion cleaners.
The Galapagos Islands are without doubt one of the top spots on the planet for diving, especially known for schools of pelagics. There was no disappointment on our trip.
Dive Site ‘Landslide’, Wolf Island, Galapagos.
Wall of Hammers
This is the photo i was hoping for when we planned our trip to the Galapagos islands.
A close encounter with this Hawksbill turtle near Darwin Island.
It's pretty rare to see a pod of transient Orcas in the Galapagos. It's even rarer to jump in the water with them to catch a few photos. This was taken with a 16mm lens - the juvenile at the top of this four passed about 2m underneath me. I never felt in danger. I found out later that no wild Orca has even harmed a human. Sadly humans do not reciprocate this statistic. Beautiful, graceful intelligent creatures.
Only found here in the Galapagos Islands, these amazing evolutionary creatures have developed unique ways of surviving in hostile conditions.
The Maldives is very high on my best diving locations list, easy going, relaxing, warm, beautiful and amazing underwater. What more could you want? Oh yeah, an amazing dive buddy - fortunately i have the best.
I loved this dive as we went off in the opposite direction to everybody else, and it paid off nicely when we happened acrosss this lovely hawksbill turtle.
I really enjoy these colourful chaps, and with some luck and persistence you can get a lovely non distracting contextual background.