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Underwater Photo Contest Entries By Paul Duxfield

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This shrimp reminded me of a snooty maitre'd at a fancy restaurant, maybe I was a tiny bit narked!
Calm and tranquility, as this lone fisherman waits patiently.
The tiny shrimp catching a ride on the skirts of this Nudibranch, seemed to be clinging on for dear life, as these two hurtled around the reef! Well as much as a nudibranch can be described to hurtle, that is! Shot on a Canon S90 Inon Macro and Torch

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I love to get in close and explore the abstract patterns and symmetry in nature.Underwater there is always something pretty to shoot.
In the absence of more suitable and photogenic subject matter the narcissist in me, pushes me to quite literally "shoot myself", I wanted to get something a little different, so shot through the ladders whilst climbing, easier said than done!
In the summer at Shark Reef in Rasmo, large congregations of Bohar Snapper accumulate, difficulty here was being patient enough to wait for all of the elements to drop into place and for Shelly to be unobscured by fish.
Quite tricky to get the exposure right with this one. I was using a program only camera and to bend it to my will I used Spot Metering and exposure lock, useful when you have an impatient buddy and only one chance to get it right.
We were lucky enough to have these dolphins hanging around for around 40 mins cavorting and teasing us, a blissful day.
I couldn't believe how small these little guys are when I first encountered them.But what Ribbon Eels lack in stature they more than make up for with attitude! They are almost as tricky to shoot as Clown Fish, with their incessant darting about.
There is a reason why sunsets are a bit of a cliche, and thats because they press all our aesthetic buttons.Sipping an Ice cold Bintang, and watching this fabulous and unique display every evening, was one of the highlights of staying at Tasik Ria.
I couldn't see the expression on this fishermans face when I took the shot as it was very contrasty. It was only when I processed the shot that I realised he didnt seem best pleased with my shooting him.
It's quite weird really, divers will often quite happily let shrimps clean and poke about in their mouths, but imagine if we did the same with land based critters! Cockroach or grasshopper dentistry anyone?
Parrot fish was just settling down for the night, and so not wanting to unduly disturb this sleepy fellow, I grabbed a quick shot and departed.
Sharks Eye shot with an Ixus980 and Inon Close Up lens and Inon Strobe.
My strobe had flooded so I lit this with the focussing light I normally use to provide light for the compact camera to see properly.
This Lionfish was admiring his own reflection in the dome of the Inon Fisheye lens on my compact.
Because of her positioning my buddy Shelly has almost the same shot of me and the turtle from the opposite side.
I guess the crew here distorted by the surface waves, was wondering what the heck I was doing hanging about near the ladders, and not coming up for another round of pancakes that is the norm after the first dive of the day on a liveaboard!
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Shark Reef in the summer time and you have lot's of schools here. These Batfish were just turning away as Shelly was filming them, and of a few that I took this was one that, ticked all my boxes, with Shelly in one corner with the Batfish opposite.
This was fun to take, swimming upside down underneath Shelly, exposing so that she was not a total silhouette, and timing it so mine and her bubbles didn't obscure the shot.
This young Indonesian girl was busy catching small fish, and cleaning them down by the waters edge, without a care in the world, who needs a GameBoy?
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I love the fractal patterns in nature, these feather star arms at the macro scale, echo the patterns we see all around us, from the very tiny seen here all the way up to the spiral shape of the galaxy we all live in, sorry got a bit hippy there!
First time I saw a pair of these I couldn't believe that nature could throw up such crazy colours.
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I did some experimentation shooting shallow depth of field, available light, high ISO shots.This was taken of some coral that looked to me a bit like chopped mushrooms.
I know they are a little cliched,but they can be quite a challenge, testing the camera focussing abilities to the max. I cant resist shooting them though and this is my personal favourite so far....
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Sometimes the most mundane looking creatures can reward you.This is the interior of a sea urchin, and to me it looked very alien,if you saw it in a Sci-Fi movie you would be impressed that someone had even imagined it!
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Whip Gobies are almost as popular a subject as Clown Fish, and equally skittish. I had never had a successful shot until going to Indonesia, where they are in abundance on most whips, and a little more chilled out it seems!
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