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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

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Silversides are reflected in a diver's mask as he watches a huge swirl of the tiny fish.
By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
posted Saturday, June 17, 2017
30 votes

Up close and personal with a great hammerhead
By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
posted Saturday, July 1, 2017
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posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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posted Monday, March 20, 2017
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posted Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

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Divers explore "Orange Canyon", a dive site named for its gorgeous, bright orange elephant ear sponges. I dialed up the shutter speed a bit to make the blue a darker shade, in order to provide more contrast against the orange.
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"Beneath Flooding Light, Nature's Ballet" - A pair of great hammerheads cross paths under sunbeams.
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"Electric Yellow" - Detail of a queen angelfish's scales and pectoral fin.
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"Christmas Double Exposure" - Teaching myself double exposures in camera. Whoo hoo! I shot consecutive photographs in multiple exposure mode.
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"Psychedelic Hydroids" - A pair of hydroids photographed against a homemade background. No Photoshop. The background was held by my dive buddy and did not touch any sea life.
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"Icarus" - In early morning light, a hawksbill turtle is cast in silhouette as it cruises over Grand Cayman's deep wall.
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“Ghost Ship” - The ex-USS Kittiwake appears as if from a ghostly fog. I also call this "Kittiwake In High-Key".
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"Black Beauty" - Because of the seahorse's dark color, I chose to silhouette it with backlight, and frame it within the brightly-colored sealife it was hiding in.
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“Swarm”
Silversides look like a swarm of bees as they race into a swim-through.
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"Christmas Comparison" - I photographed these same Christmas tree worms as an example for single strobe position. Shot with identical settings but moving the strobe further back to create more shadows, and hence, texture!
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date posted posted: Thursday, November 30, 2017
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Dolphins In High-Key" - Spotted dolphins frolic in the waters of Bimini, Bahamas
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Sun rays spread behind a manatee in early-morning light while trees are visible through the Snell's window.
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date posted posted: Sunday, November 19, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea United States
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"Exiting The Maze" - A Caribbean reef shark threads through a coral maze and out into open sand.
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date posted posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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Wide Angle Snoot - Photograph #3: Third in a series of images where I'm experimenting with wide angle snoot technique. A lobster is illuminated by my snoot, while intentional light bleed from my strobe provides 3-D light on the edge a sponge.
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date posted posted: Friday, November 10, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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Wide Angle Snoot - Photograph #2: Second in a series of images where I'm experimenting with wide angle snoot technique.
A green moray eel is isolated by strobe light as it hides in an overhang on the East side of Grand Cayman.
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date posted posted: Friday, November 10, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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Wide Angle Snoot - Photograph #1 - First in a series of images where I'm experimenting with wide angle snoot technique. Here, a cluster of sponges are illuminated and isolated by a single strobe as a school of fish race over the reef.
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date posted posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"A Sweet Moment"
A manatee calf looks up at the camera as another one nurses on mom. Photographed at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River on Tuesday.
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21 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, November 3, 2017
date posted category: Freshwater
date posted location: Caribbean Sea United States
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"Sunrise Manatee"
A manatee is bathed in sun rays in the Crystal River. Photographed at first light.
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Beautiful composition and lighting
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date posted posted: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
date posted category: Freshwater
date posted location: Caribbean Sea United States
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Hydroid In High Key
Always looking for a unique and artistic way to shoot familiar subjects smile
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date posted posted: Friday, October 27, 2017
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Sponges In 3-D"
Sponges pop off the screen. Double exposure on a single frame. Shot in camera on the multiple exposure setting.
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date posted posted: Monday, October 23, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Close Focus
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"OCD Diver Tries To Right Shipwreck"
Kittiwake shipwreck
Grand Cayman
Diver model: Simon Claeys
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date posted posted: Friday, October 20, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Wrecks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"A Shark In Motion Tends To Stay In Motion" - Panning while photographing one of the three Caribbean reef sharks who spent the entire dive with us!
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date posted posted: Monday, October 16, 2017
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"After"
The USS Kittiwake was moved dramatically by Hurricane Nate!
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date posted posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Wrecks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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The USS Kittiwake has been rolled into the reef by in Hurricane Nate and is now lying at an angle.
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date posted posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Wrecks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Pastel Nudi" - Nudibranch tentatively identified as Creutzsberg's Spurilla. A rare find here on Grand Cayman.
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date posted posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
date posted category: Macro - Nudibranchia
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Dreamy Squid" - Squid near the surface with the sky and clouds dreamily in the background.
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date posted posted: Monday, October 2, 2017
date posted category: Macro - Close-Up
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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A juvenile slender filefish is backlit with my strobe as it hides next to a gorgonian.
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date posted posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017
date posted category: Macro - Super macro
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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