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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith (7)

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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
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posted Thursday, August 3, 2017
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posted Sunday, February 14, 2016
26 votes


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posted Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith
posted Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Susannah H. Snowden-Smith

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"Just Below The Surface"
A mako shark cruises just under the surface of the water as light rays penetrate deep below.
19 Votes
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"Lace"
Look for a few seconds and watch the fish appear! A slender filefish--and its eye--is framed by a seafan. I floated gently into place to frame the eye, and positioned my strobe in order to backlight the fish and seafan.
10 Votes
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date posted posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016
date posted category: Macro - swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Silver Rush"
Silversides rush over sponges on the North Wall. They arrive on Grand Cayman once a year...if we're lucky. They're amazing to photograph--racing in large packs to evade predators.
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15 Votes
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date posted posted: Saturday, August 20, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Take Me To Your Leader"
A graysby fish stares menacingly at the camera. No Photoshop, I set up my strobe lighting for a creepy effect, to go with the look I was getting.
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10 Votes
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date posted posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
date posted category: Macro - Close-Up
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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A diver explores the engine room of the ex-USS Kittiwake. I used a slave strobe and placed it so it would burst light through the metal structure in front of the diver.
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"Face To Face"
A 7 1/2 foot long blue shark presses its face into my camera dome port. This shark came up to me over and over again, emerging from under the boat, or coming straight into my dome port.
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25 Votes
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"Stars Above And Below"
Starfish are seen both through the surface of the water and below. No Photoshop: I used my wide angle dome port for this shot, carefully angling my camera housing in order to get both the over and under water views.
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17 Votes
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A two claw shrimp peers out from a purple vase sponge. This kind of shrimp is a rare find in Cayman! I used a shallow depth of field to focus just on the shrimp's eyes.
11 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, July 29, 2016
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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Cayman's beautiful North Wall, rich with life! An anenome, lots of little blue chromis, a snapper, sponges, colorful coral... I used my wide-angle dome port extension with my fisheye lens for a forced vingette.
5 Votes
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date posted posted: Saturday, July 23, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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A tiny spotted cleaner shrimp climbs on a warty corallimorph anemone. I lit the shrimp with one strobe, and lit the background with my second strobe to provide backlighting.
6 Votes
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date posted posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
date posted category: Macro - Super macro
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Starry Stingray Splash"!
No Photoshop
Over-under at Stingray Sandbar, Grand Cayman
9 Votes
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Fluorescing Goby - "Tie-Dye"
No color editing was done to this photo. The rainbow of colors is from shooting with my Nightsea fluorescence kit. The filters "excite" the fluorescence in the goby and coral.
6 Votes
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date posted posted: Saturday, July 9, 2016
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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A brightly colored starfish rests on seagrass just below the surface. I took this shot with my camera completely submerged, and utilized a Snell's window to include the sky and clouds.
14 Votes
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"After The Dive"
We surfaced from a magical dive to this magical light.
Photographed with a small aperture so that the sun burst through the cloud with a star effect.
8 Votes
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"Racing Stripes"
A juvenile spotted drum on coral, shot with a slow shutter speed and panning.
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16 Votes
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date posted posted: Sunday, June 19, 2016
date posted category: Macro - swimming
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I prepared my camera with a fisheye lens, but with my extension ring on the port to create a false vignette. I was hoping for some larger marine life to utilize this effect. Perfect for when a goliath grouper--unusual for Cayman--showed up!
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A colorful goby models for the camera atop star coral. I used a very shallow depth of field to focus only on the goby's eyes, and to make the rest of its translucent body blur into the backgruound.
9 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, June 10, 2016
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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A diver explores a swim through as light filters down from an opening in the ceiling.
Snapper Hole, Grand Cayman
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"Pink Peppermint"
I set off to photograph a peppermint shrimp, and looked inside dozens of vase sponges until I finally found this one. I used a large aperture to keep just the eyes in focus and blur the background into a soft pink.
7 Votes
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date posted posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Sunburst Stingrays!"
Over-Under at Stingray Sandbar
No Photoshop
14 Votes
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Diver and elephant ear sponge. I like this version with the legs apart. For me, the split legs add a sort of whimsy to the photo, like the diver is in flight. Plus, rules are made to be broken. wink
8 Votes
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date posted posted: Saturday, May 21, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Divers
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Spring Cleaning!"
A banded jawfish expels sand from its mouth as it clears out a new burrow. It will take the jawfish up to eight hours to create the home.
13 Votes
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date posted posted: Monday, May 16, 2016
date posted category: Macro - not swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Swoop!" - A hawksbill turtle nearly high fives the camera as it swoops past on the north wall of Grand Cayman.
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"Hide & Seek" - No Photoshop, I had the strobe positioned to create shadow, thus showing only the face of the filefish. I was lucky to find this one pecking away at a purple gorgonian, providing a nice contrasting color.
6 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, May 6, 2016
date posted category: Macro - swimming
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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I found this beautiful giant anemone on a shallow reef. It's a particularly gorgeous specimen for Grand Cayman. I waited for a diver to be in the right position, then clicked the shutter.
5 Votes
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date posted posted: Friday, April 29, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Close Focus
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Reef Art" - No Photoshop. Photographed using a slow shutter speed while sweeping across the reef. I used the surge to push me along.
9 Votes
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date posted posted: Sunday, April 24, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Close Focus
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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"Submariner" - Yellow spnges frame an imposing barracuda. I was going for a strong graphic image, so dialed up the shutter speed for contrast and to increase the silhouette of the barracuda and ledge it was under.
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date posted posted: Monday, April 18, 2016
date posted category: Wide Angle - Marine Life
date posted location: Caribbean Sea Cayman islands
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