Grand Cayman - September 1998

Dave
Nikki
Here are a few of the pictures Nikki and I shot during our dives. These were all taken using a Sea and Sea MX-10 camera with YS40 strobe and represent our first attempts at underwater photography. I've captioned the pictures based upon information in the "Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life - Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas" but I'm not entirely sure that some of the captions are correct. If you see anything wrong, please let me know.

I suppose I should really come clean on what I did to these pictures between picking up the prints from the lab and putting them on the site. They were all scanned into Adobe Photoshop 5.0 from 6"x4" prints using my UMAX 1200S scanner. Inside Photoshop, I cropped the images (a couple of these images represent areas as small as 25% of the original print) and resized them to the dimensions you see here. In most cases a slight "unsharp mask" filter was applied and in even fewer I admit that I added a bit of red to get the colour balance back to something like normal. I also tweaked the levels in some to get the contrast range looking a bit better. On the whole though, the scans you see here are pretty close to the original prints.

(Yes, the Moray Eel picture was taken by Nikki)

  Finger Coral and Giant Anemone

Finger Coral and Giant Anemone

 
Brain Coral and Black Ball Sponge

Brain Coral and Black Ball Sponge

  Common Sea Fan and Blue Chromis

Common Sea Fan and Blue Chromis

  Green Moray Eel

Green Moray Eel

 
Porous Sea Rod

Porous Sea Rod

  Stoplight Parrot Fish and Brown Clustered Tube Sponge

Stoplight Parrot Fish and Brown Clustered Tube Sponge

  Yellow Tube Sponge

Yellow Tube Sponge

 
Squirrelfish

Squirrelfish

  Brown Clustered Tube Sponge with a Bicolor Damselfish in the background.

Brown Clustered Tube Sponge with a Bicolor Damselfish in the background.

  Green Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle
(don't you just love the beautifully diffused flash lighting :-) )

 

Things I learned about underwater photography:

Although I've been a keen photographer for years, this was my first attempt at underwater photography. Experts are encouraged to scoff at the following (or drop me email with corrections and suggestions) which are probably extremely obvious to anyone who has done this before but here are some things I learned about taking pictures above and below the surface with a Sea and Sea MX-10 camera, a YS40 strobe and no manual or textbook to read.

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