Remembering wet and warm....

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....like the waters off Grand Cayman and Papua New Guinea. Today was 30°s F ...and nothing to photograph, so I dream of warmer days....

All scanned slides... No auto focus, No auto exposure. Focus by estimating distance to subject. Water magnifies about 33% as I recall! Not much light past 30'...so I had dual strobes on my little range finder camera.

#1 hovering all Bloody Bay wall - Grand Cayman
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#2 Justin "petting" a manta ray during a night dive....Grand Cayman
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#3 Coral reef - Papua New Guinea
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#4 Another beautiful coral reef - Papua New Guinea
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#5 Beautiful coral and azure vase sponges - Papua New Guinea
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#6 Bloody Bay Wall - Grand Cayman
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#7 Clownfish and anenome - Papua New Guinea Find the translucent shrimp on the right....
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Just as I wish there were more people here posting tabletop photography, I wish there were more people posting underwater photography. This is such a wonderful set! When did you take the photos?
Thanks, Mike. Scuba diving is the most exhilierating thing I've ever done! The underwater world is beautiful! So colorful and such a diversity! I dove between 2010 and 2015..... Started diving in So Calif in 50° or colder water. Full wet suit, etc. But the sun rays penetrating the depths through the kelp forests were stunning!

I was about 60' down for this shot... That's a girabaldi fish....brilliant orange.
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I have always loved your variety of images including your underwater shots. The saying of “jack of all trades, master of none,“ does not apply to you. You are the Master of ALL!
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Wow, what an adventure to do some underwater photography Karen, excellent work and well deserved for the front page.
Thanks so much, Louis! Underwater photography is definitely the hardest photography I've ever tried. So many variables. Lack of light and particles in the water so if your strobes aren't pointed just right, you illuminate all the stuff in the water. LOL! Distance distortions. Manual focusing challenges. And did I mention I HATE being in the water. When showering I make sure no water runs over my face! :eek: But I often dove up to 100' underwater and through long tunnels and was totally calm and relaxed. My air tanks lasted longer than anyone's. Go figure.....
 

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I have always loved your variety of images including your underwater shots. The saying of “jack of all trades, master of none,“ does not apply to you. You are the Master of ALL!
I have not nominated for feature In ages, so I nominate this!
Thanks so much, Wade. Did you notice the translucent shrimp on the right?
 
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