Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth

Christmas Tree Worm

Christmas Tree Worm

 

Certainly one way to interpret this week’s challenge is to demonstrate the concept of depth-of-field. When shooting with a macro lens – as in this shot – the camera captures a narrow plane in which to focus. This shot was taken on our recent trip to Curacao. These creatures, called Christmas Tree Worms, can be found on coral reefs throughout the world. They sprout out of calcified tubes on the reef and even a slight hand wave towards them will cause them to retract into their tubes. So focusing up close can be tricky!

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36 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Depth

  1. Those are super cool! I totally want to decorate my tree with them! πŸ™‚

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  2. quarksire says:

    used to dive in the 60’s i did an ,,we made underwater housings for our cameras with extender tubes then for macro..to take shots of the x-mas trees πŸ™‚ an if ya got to close they would suck themselves back in ,, till ya left … kewl shot here πŸ™‚ will have to dig out some ol slides someday …fer my underwater stuff! hasta…. Q

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Q. There were lots of Christmas tree worms in Curacao in a huge variety of colors. I have a port on my housing that allows for a 120 (equivalent) mm macro lens. This trip was the first time I had used it and I’m really happy with the results.

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      • quarksire says:

        yeah is very kewl, an the x mas trees i remember years agi on like 1968 my dad won awards for his Xmas tree shots,,,an da nude a brankes lol… annenemies etc etc…keep on keep on an remember > exhale GOOD! .3 evr when surfacin!@ …dive safe … will lewk forward to more underwater shots frum ur arena πŸ™‚ Q 😎 sunny side up once again ..yep its dark down there in the depths lol.

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  3. Clearly, Cathy, you’re the Christmas Tree Worm whisperer to get this terrific up close and personal shot. Bravo!

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  4. Carrie Rubin says:

    This almost has a 3D look to it. Great choice for the photo challenge.

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  5. Super and perfect for today’s challenge, Cathy! Reminds me of some of the cacti we just saw while in Arizona. πŸ™‚

    janet

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  6. Amy says:

    Beautiful Christmas Tree Worms, and your depth-of-field shot is remarkable. Love the details of this photo. Always looking forward to seeing your underwater photos. Thank you, Cathy!

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  7. seabluelee says:

    Oh, fascinating creatures! And so beautiful, decorated in perfect spirals. Love it! And I think photographing underwater creatures also qualifies for “depth” in itself.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      The macro lens captures so much detail that’s really hard to see while diving. I do enjoy looking at the shots afterwards. One can appreciate how intricate and colorful they are. I did think about underwater photography fulfilling the challenge of depth – so we were on the same page, Leon! πŸ™‚

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  8. Amy Reese says:

    You captured them well, Cathy. They look crisp in the photo and kind of surreal. Very cool!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Amy! I love the new macro lens, but it definitely requires so skill – getting very close to the subject, focusing, getting the lighting just right and moving as little as possible – all while hovering in the water with noting to hold onto! Oh yeah, and breathing! But it’s a really fun challenge that’s even more rewarding when a shot comes out crisp. πŸ™‚

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  10. aFrankAngle says:

    I knew that many marine worms exist, but had no idea that they had so much beauty!

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  11. festive creature of the deep

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  12. Very interesting photo. It’s a beauty!

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  13. As soon as I saw that the challenge was “Depth,” I hoped it would be a seascape from you– and what an image! It’s like some 3-D puzzle, that pulls you in. Each time I look at it, I find something else that amaze me: the colors, the angles, the depth, the spiral… Wonderful, Cathy!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks so much, Dawn. I know! It’s hard to imagine these beautiful spirals actually being a marine worm!? And they manifest in many different colors. What I find fascinating about underwater photography is that there is always something fascinating and beautiful to photograph if one looks close enough. Hope your party was fun last night. What a game! And I’m glad the Pats won. That was quite the ending!

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  14. Brigitte says:

    Really gorgeous, Cathy. I love these types of shots where we see the object clearly and the backdrop is blurred. I also love how nature’s creatures mimic nature’s colors. Doesn’t this have the colors of the canyons and the valleys–the place in which you love and reside? And rather cactus-like, as well. So interesting! How it’s/we are all connected and similar, huh?

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