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Underwater Photo Contest Entry

Taken by: Francesco Pacienza

To the light
[:b:]To the light[:/b:] by Francesco Pacienza
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Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014- (9/24/2014 7:26:00 AM)
Category: Wide Angle - Close Focus
location: Mediterranean Sea Italy
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Question this message is importantI have a hard time imagining how you would get an image like this without scaring the poor creature out of its wits to get it above the camera. confused
 
Jd
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message There are many pictures in the contest with the subject in a non natural position, and worst of all many of them shortlisted.
 
Oscar Miralpeix
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message Dear friends (Miralpeix and JD, the behavior of many animals is not as we imagine. Seahorses have swimming ability and do not live always attached to some other body or on the seabed.
I think that every time we go underwater disturb the inhabitants, and even more so when we use our torches, more powerful, and our flash maybe a few inches from their eyes.
Without controversy.
 
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message jajaja, yes I agree. Maybe WE must stop to take pictures with flash. OR ... just take 2 or 3 pics at the same subject and never shot a fish during a night dive.
You are a lucky man, I know that seahorse can swim, but here in spain I never saw a seahorse swimming far away from rocks or algae.
However congrats for your picture, but if this behaviour is so frequent in Italy maybe next time you can try to shot with the seahorse looking at you.
Regards
 
Oscar Miralpeix
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message Miralpeix your humor is out of place. I have often seen behaviors of animals that many scholars consider unnatural. You are free to think whatever you want, but because you do not know if that horse was close or far away from any structure to which it clings. Preach without knowing where and how it is made.
Regards.


 
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message Rectification:
I saw one picture from you with the seahorse face to you.
Congrats!
 
Oscar Miralpeix
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message Dear Mirailpex, you're referring to my yellow friend? That is a model that strikes a pose, just for a few shots as soon as I see underwater. Every now and then offer him a cold beer and spend a bit of time to tell us things.
If Judge and trust members of this site have decided to put it in the shortlist means that all the negative elements which you has seen, they do not have them considered as such, but merely to evaluate the photo in its essence.
Regards
 
Fpacienza
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message Keep arguing.

there are 2 posted entries withing the last few hours where the animal are manipulated.
the little cuttle fidsh and the stingray...check it out.

You moaners and groanrers are the reason why this web site is in such decline.

few of of the "regular photographers" even bother.

roll eyes
 
Batfish
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message side note...please do not say i am wrong...everyone has manipulated a creature one way or another to get a clean shot....stop crying.

 
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message Looks like I stirred up a hornets nest. It is a special image. I was really curious if the sea horse was chased into the blue or this was just dumb luck. If the answer is dumb luck I might even vote for it.

As for people leaving the site because people complain seems doubtful. More conversation negative or positive is always a good sign. Not many people really discuss or offer criticism or compliment. That is more a death knell for a site. There are still some amazing images here. Controversial and otherwise.
 
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message Yes...you put it very well.
I have been following this site for many years and put plenty of images on, albiet, none ever award winners.
I have notice a HUGE reduction in the number of images posted and the number of photographers who contributed were like a "whos who" in underwater photography.
This site is not the same for whatever reason but the shots that are being posted are fabulous.

 
Batfish
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message Dear Francesco,
lately we have seen very often the pictures where seahorses are "flying" in the water mass. And all knowledgeable and experienced divers know that it's not typical behavior for seahorses. Of course they can swim, but their usual position is to be attached to algae or to something on the bottom. I understand that you could take this picture without manipulation with the seahorse. But if I were you (as underwater photographer), I would not download such a picture to anywhere. Because many people could think, that this picture was taken manipulating the subject. And as a judge I will never consider such a picture and will put it aside for the above-mentioned reasons.
With my personal respect to you,
Iyad
 
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message Dear Iyad, I respect your point of view and your opinion. There are places where it is easier to find horses that swim to move from one point to another without having to throw up. As in all things there are two sides to a coin, if one wants to see only the one he is used is free to do so, but can not deny that there is also another side other than that. The world of the living marine eseri is a new world of which we know very little, and what little I know sdi know it, until a few years ago, only to observations in the laboratory or aquariums. In Nature everything changes and evolves, nothing stays still.
With my personal respect to you.
Francesco
 
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message Dear JD, I have not manipulated the horse, it was close to another subject that I was photographing and started to swim to move to a different support. Free to believe or not.
Regards.
Francesco
 
Fpacienza
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message Congrats then!
 
Jd
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