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Best viewed enlarged to see the full scene. I framed the flamingo tongue close to the dome and used one strobe to light it, then lit the reef in the background with the other strobe.
"Fly-By"
Caribbean reef shark on Grand Cayman.
"Bit Off More Than You Can Chew"
A grouper struggles with the still-breathing large fish crammed into its mouth.
Diver & Sponge
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Light filters onto a diver as he emerges from a swim through
"Illumination" - There are lots of beautiful swim throughs in Cayman, but I wanted to photograph more than just blue light coming through the back. When I came upon this conch shell in one of the swim throughs, I saw the photo I'd been waiting for.

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Excellent use of spot lighting.
"Stingray Sunrise"
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"Mosaic"
"The Beehive"
A sponge hangs out from a steep wall as divers pass overhead. If you look closely, you can see an arrow crab peeking out over the edge of the sponge.
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That's a great shot. Nice work on the composition here. Underexposing the background was the key to this image.
Drunk Secretary Blenny Telling A Joke: "And thheen I said..."
"Just Beneath The Surface" Light rays stream down onto the Ex-USS Kittiwake from the surface, visible just above. Photographed using an extension ring with my wide-angle port for forced vignetting.
"Just Passing Through"
"Iguana In The Coral Garden"--Finally got a full-length fluorescent dive here on Grand Cayman! This bearded fireworm crawling across coral makes me think of an iguana in a garden. Photographed with a Nightsea fluorescent kit.
My second time ever photographing sharks and I can't wait to do it again! I positioned myself low on the reef to shoot up against the blue with color in the foreground.
"I always feel like...somebody's watchin' me...!"
"Ghost Ship"
Used a port extension ring with my fisheye dome and 10-17mm lens to give a forced vingnette.
Reminiscent of a ghostly passenger ship sailing through thick fog, the Ex-USS Kittiwake materializes in early-morning light.
A diver peers out of a swarm of silversides in a swim through.
I found this tiny banded coral shrimp on the Oro Verde shipwreck. To photograph it, I framed it within the piece of twisted metal hull where it was hiding. Shot with f/3.5 to focus on the body and blur the antennae.
"Eyes On The Prize" - A tarpon eyes its prey of silversides in a swim-through.
"The Omegas & The Alpha" - Sunlight penetrates a hole in a swim-through, leading down to where silversides give a tarpon a wide berth.
"The Professor"
"The Cathedral" - A tarpon appears to ascend toward a hole in the ceiling of the swim-through as silversides split around it.
"Torrent"
Silversides rush around a jack hunting them in a swim-through.
Trying for a little something different with a slow-exposure and strobe to capture movement.
"Neptune's Craters"
"Why So Grumpy?"
When I first spotted this tobacco wrasse it had a tiny fish in its mouth. I followed it, planning to photograph the behavior. By the time I got off a shot, the meal was gone, and I was given THIS look. ; )
"Tiny Dancer"
A yellow headed jawfish hovers outside of its burrow.
"Manatee On The Moon"
While photographing manatees, rain started pouring down: big thick drops plopping onto the surface and denting the water. I suspected the texture would make an interesting photograph.
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