There are two subjects in underwater photography that attract me the most; eyes and patterns. This week I’d like to treat you guys with a bit more variation in one blog, so I’ve selected a few lovely patterns found on the Maldives!
Enjoy the pictures and feel free to leave a comment.
More information can be found underneath the pictures (scroll down a little bit).
Some species of nudibranches (the slugs) have beautiful patterns. They all have little ‘antlers’ on top of their head, sometimes they’re like plums and some look like screws on top of their head. Anyhow, nudies – once spotted – are extremely rewarding to photograph. For the rusty one I had to hover upside-down alongside a wreck in order to get a nice composition.
Honeycomb morays have a… honeycomb-like pattern all along their bodies. This allows them to hide well inside vibrant reefs and also make great photography subjects.
Lionfish (or devilfish) have a zebra-like pattern over their body. Their stripes continue flawlessly in their fins, venomspikes and eyes. Stunning!
The small duckface-fish is a saddleback puffer. They’re incredibly agile so you could imagine I was extremely happy finding at least one good picture of it. Their pattern reminds me of giraffes and they have these incredibly blue stripes coming out of their eyes.
Whoever thinks seastars are boring – think again! Some species are ‘flat’ to look at, while other species, like the one in this gallery, have spots and speckles all over their bodies. Once in a while you can find a lonely arm swaying along the bottom of the ocean. Hopefully it’ll regrow 😉
Next up we have a really freaky thing; the sea cucumber. They are basically a crawling intestine with spikes and hand-like things, eating and pooping sand. And that’s.. all there is to say. However if you look closely you have to admit they’ve got a beautiful skin.
And last but not least – a close-up of the inside of a clam. I’m still not sure what kind of clam this is – but it sure is beautiful!
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In this blog I’d like to take you with me to the cute critters living in the Maldives. As I’ve said before, the Maldives are known not only for the pelagic fish (i.e. whalesharks and manta rays) but also for the abundant macro life. And that makes the Maldives an amazing place to dive (and shoot pictures… loaaads of pictures).
The fun thing about cute critters… you never know if their picture is going to be cute at the moment you make it. Some critters have a high cute factor, of course. But sometimes you expect something to appear in the screen that will make you melt immediately, and it turns out.. not like that. It turns out cute or not. The other way around works as well; you expect to look at a Godzilla-like creature and turn out to get a Furby. Surprise surprise!
Enjoy the pictures, feel free to leave a comment! See you next week!
Last weekend, we went to the Belgian Ardennes to enjoy some forest air and kayaking. We stayed in a lovely little bungalow for three days and on our way back we swung by … drum roll… TODI! =D
Today I wanted to experiment a bit with my flash-strobe and fish-face portraits. Sadly one the puffers was a little bit cranky and decided to nibble on my finger! TBH it didn’t hurt at all and it was kind of funny. But you bit me, you little a-hole. So in return I didn’t give them a lot of attention after that.
But good for you little buddy, defend your home from those pesky divers!
The last time we visited TODI my ear didn’t equalize well, with a nasty ear infection as a result. For a few weeks my hearing and balance was disturbed, which was a real nuisance. Luckily, my ear wasn’t damaged and everything healed perfectly!
With everything functioning as it should, Mark took a day off from work and we went to TODI on a weekday (wednesday’s my day off, yay!) to say hi to the fishes.
After waddling through traffic we plunged in and almost immediately our little puffy friends wiggled up to me! I don’t know if it was my new devil-horned cap or if they just like me, but all puffers followed me around all 76 minutes of our dive. I like you too, buddies! 🙂
A lot of fish were guarding the eggs, so I didn’t disturb them for too long. I shoo’d a little brat who thought it was funny to scrape off the eggs from a rock with his fins. So I scored a little karma on the way, too.
Anyway, enjoy the photos from this dive and feel free to leave a comment!
A few weeks ago, I first met these little happy-faced cuties. Back then they swam away from you as soon as you laid your eyes on them.
BUT NOT TODAY!
December in the Netherlands! The month of celebration, low temperatures, snow, and…. my birthday. Time to flee!
We have the untraditional tradition to celebrate my birtday together, without friends and family. Last year we didn’t have the opportunity to do something fun, so this year we decided to REALLY celebrate by going back to Egypt.
In preparation for our next diving vacation to Egypt (we’re almost there!) we decided to visit… TODI! Surprise surprise 😉
Last time we were there the puffers were still anxious. How would you feel if you’ve just been splashed into a 30m wide 10m deep tank with thousands of unknown roommates? We figured they had some time to settle in so they would be less scared. Moderately soon they swam to us and decided to try a bit of GoPro taste.
Earlier this week TODI added some puffer fish to their – already huge – collection of fish! So… we decided to pay them a visit. They’re a bit quicker than their cousins in Egypt, so it was quite a challenge to capture them.. but YAY, I managed to do it!
Photo collection of our latest trip to Marsa Alam, Egypt. We’ve made a total of 20 dives and from the 1500+ photos I’ve made, I think these were the prettiest.
Enjoy the pictures and feel free to leave a comment!