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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
30 votes


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posted Wednesday, May 3, 2017
29 votes


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posted Monday, March 20, 2017
28 votes


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posted Sunday, February 14, 2016
26 votes


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posted Thursday, August 3, 2017
26 votes


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posted Tuesday, August 9, 2016
25 votes


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posted Sunday, March 26, 2017
24 votes


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posted Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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posted Sunday, September 17, 2017
24 votes
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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

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"Golden Fluorescence" - I've been working on an article on daytime fluoresence. Sneak peek: A golden roughhead blenny, photographed with Nikon D500, Nauticam SMC, shallow-depth of field, and Nightsea fluorescence filters during the day! Woot!
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date posted posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
date posted category: Macro - Super macro
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Ironshore Dreamscape" - No Photoshop. A stingray (lower left) kicks up sand as it sucks up food in the shallows. Photographed next to the ironshore as light rays penetrate.
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"Suspended" - A Caribbean reef shark approaches. Photographed on the East End of Grand Cayman.
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date posted posted: (last week)
date posted category: Sharks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Peeking Amphipod" - Look closely: an amphipod peeks over the edge of a hydroid. Framed against a sparkly homemade background I made. The background was held by my dive buddy, no sea life was touched.
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Enlarge to see detail: I used a remote strobe to light up this scene inside the galley of the Kittiwake shipwreck. I wanted to add some depth to the shot, so used a tiny bit of strobe to illuminate the rusted table in the foreground.
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"Evening Romance"
Two hamlets in a spawning clutch on Grand Cayman.
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Something different: special technique circular shot with Tokina 10-17mm and cropped sensor! Colorful feather duster worms and fire coral in front of the wheelhouse of the Doc Polson shipwreck.
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"Buzzing The Tower" - A giant loggerhead in flight. I swam hard to catch up to this beauty and get this shot.
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“Smokestack Silhouette” - A diver is framed within the smokestack on the Kittiwake shipwreck.
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Grand Cayman - The compass on the Kittiwake, which is level to the seabed, shows just how much the Kittiwake is lying on its side. Model: Alice Gostick
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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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date posted posted: Saturday, December 30, 2017
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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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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date posted posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2017
date posted category: Macro - Super macro
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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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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date posted posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Wrecks
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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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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16 Votes
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date posted posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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“Swarm”
Silversides look like a swarm of bees as they race into a swim-through.
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12 Votes
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date posted posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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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.
10 Votes
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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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date posted posted: Friday, November 3, 2017
date posted category: Freshwater
date posted location: Caribbean Sea United States
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