Sunday, 4 November 2012

Under the sea


I have yet to take any half decent shots of anything under the sea in HK. Learning underwater photography is like re-learning to use a camera all over again... in a dream where the laws of gravity don't apply. Anyway while I am still getting to grips with this skill, here are two ubiquitous underwater creatures, for the landlubbers. I'd be a really unlucky diver if I didn't manage to get an identifiable shot of these!
Clownfish - these are everywhere. This one was sleeping in its anemone. They never stray far from their home but they will act territorially if their anemone is approached, even towards a neoprene-clad alien hundreds of times its size. Sometimes you see tiny, baby clownfish in anemones too. Just like Nemo. Aah.

Flat anemones on the sea floor (as opposed to the ones on rocks, above). These also have clownfish in them sometimes. In daytime these look drab and brown but on a night dive (as here) with a powerful torch I realised they actually have weird, b-movie alien type patterns.
If my previous attempts at underwater photography are anything to go by, then I've already improved! Onwards and upwards downwards.
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4 comments:

  1. Very cool. Great start. Look forward to more.

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement! It's really difficult! Imagine low-light photography in fog on a moving boat and that's still about ten times easier because you have your feet on something...

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  2. I had it in my head that HK is so polluted that there's nothing on the sea floor but karabee crisps packets. This is rather nice!
    What experience do you need in order to do a dive like this? Can you do it without any?

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    1. Hi Cloe, you do need to do a basic diving certificate to be allowed to go and dive in the sea with scuba gear. It doesn't take long to do though. I can tell you more if you're interested! And yes, Hong Kong is not the Great Barrier Reef but there are things to see underwater... if you look carefully!

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