The last dive on our third day I was able to shoot more freely, going where I wanted, accompanied by Raf who knew interesting formations and holes where fish would be.
It’s difficult to photograph when diving. Strong currents make it difficult to maintain balance and buoyancy holding a camera in both hands to focus and follow the fish. You see an interesting coral formation or fish swimming nearby, then move towards them, with only a few seconds to shoot. If you’re lucky, you get one or two good photos before the current sweeps you away or the fish swim by. It’s a bit of a challenge, but fun.
Small fish swam through anemone, seeking protection from predator fish.
One of the more unusual creatures I saw was a jellyfish that was a long cord of transparent film with a dot of living organism inside each cell.
Some living coral aren’t in the books we looked through. These were the only ones of this type I saw in three days. I hovered over the coral bank to get close enough for a couple of photos before currents pulled me away.
Plate coral were visible in many forms, textures, and colors.
On the wall of one reef, I spotted an unusual coral formation squeezed between coral walls. It looked like a fungus you’d find on a tree in a dark fores.
Elusive tropical fish
Sometimes a school of tropical fish would swim by, offering only a second or two to get a photo. Then they were out of range or disappear in the reef. It was fun, but a little frustrating, wanting to freeze time for that ‘perfect shot.’ Those are rare for the amateur.
The most difficult fish to film were schools of tiny silver, blue, yellow and red fish. They’d appear in the distance, sometimes swimming away, other times close enough to photograph. But hey swam away, took far for a good photo.
On my adventure diving certification dive, my instructor pointed out a rare coronet fish seemingly suspended between coral formations. I couldn’t see it at firs;, my instructor swam closer and pointed until I saw him and got a quick photo. Later on the surface, my instructor said I was lucky to get the photo.
I was able to get a video of clown fish swimming in anemone.
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Next: Leaving the Great Barrier Reef
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I recently published my first international thriller, Thirteen Days in Milan, which is available on Kindle as well as other ereaders, tablets, and smartphones.
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