Weekly Photo Challenge – Shine

Fluorescent Coral

Fluorescent Coral

Did you know that most coral polyps fluoresce? Here’s a shot taken on a night dive during our recent trip to Belize. I used a blue spot light to excite the fluorescence in these beautiful coral polyps helping me find them in the dark. To photograph them, I placed a blue excitation filter on my strobe and a yellow filter over the camera lens to cancel the blue which allowed me to capture the true color of the the fluorescence.

Diving in this dark underwater environment at night with a blue light is like being on one of the dark rides at Disney World where they use black lights and fluorescent paint to make the figures more vibrant. The corals shine brilliantly!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – H2O

 

Social Feather Dusters

Social Feather Dusters

Yes, of course, I’m posting an underwater photo. We just got back last week from a ten-day diving trip to Belize. The challenge is to pick just one shot! I decided on this lovely group of white social feather dusters as I love the movement of the water through their delicate tendrils. Feather dusters are a kind of tube worm and these creatures are appropriately named “Social” because they live together.

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