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Mangrove Magic

March 1, 2014

Trying to capture the beauty of the mangrove forests of Cuba was an interesting task. Snorkelling through the maze of tangled roots I found myself more concerned about rubbing up against the abundance of fire coral than the possibility of running into a crocodile.  When I left the boat it was a bright, sunny afternoon.  However, once inside this living structure it was very dim and eerie.  Yet there was something very magical about this place and I quickly got to work experimenting with the little natural light that was available . . .

For the full story on Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), Cuba please click here.  And for the Full Gallery click here.

Split of a mangrove forest

Mangrove Split

Saltwater Crocodile

 

Silky Sharks (carcharhinus falciformis)

February 22, 2014

The crisp morning boat ride to meet a couple dozen silky sharks was one of the more exciting journeys I’ve had to a dive site. My apprehensions were high yet I was determined to get in the water and make them smile for the camera! In this particular location silkies are referred to as “brown sweeties” for their affectionate disposition. They certainly lived up to their nickname, quickly becoming one of my favourite shark species. Known to be somewhat aggressive in other parts of the world these particular sharks were actually quite friendly as well as patient with my dome port and flashguns in their faces.Now listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN, these sharks were once thought to be immune to overfishing. With worldwide shark populations declining at an alarming rate, it is always a privilege to be able to spend some time in the water with these highly misunderstood creatures.

School of Silky Sharks

Golden Jellyfish

February 15, 2014

Slipping into the green water of Jellyfish Lake (Palauan: Ongeim’l Tketau, “Fifth Lake”) in search of the Golden Jellyfish (Mastigias cf. Papua Etpisoni) felt like something only my wildest imagination could conjure up. Yet, I found myself in Palau, ten thousand miles from home with nothing more than my snorkelling gear and camera in a very surreal environment.

As the jellyfish move from one side of the lake to the other, following the path of the sun every day, finding them required a lengthy swim. However, little by little, a few jellyfish began to appear; until finally I was surrounded by thousands of these delicate creatures.  I spent the next hour or so in this watery wonderland admiring these fragile creatures going about their daily routine.  A true privilege to witness!

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Golden Jellyfish
Reflections

Filming in Jellyfish Lake

 

Reflections from Palau

February 7, 2014

Finding beauty in the mundane is not always an easy task.  Take this image for example.  A simple collection of leaves and their reflections on the surface in Palau.

While on a lunch break in a shallow nook of a Palauan Island I jumped into the water to photograph the shipwreck (below) in about 7 meters of water.  The wreck itself was beautifully decorated in coral with a lush green hill set behind it.  Yet there were thousands of leaves floating on the surface that had to go for the over-under shot to work. It was a never-ending attempt to remove them from the frame.  Having exhausted myself, I gave up and started to float on my back in the warm, midday sun.  When it was time to get back on the boat I put my face in the water for one last look at the wreck and saw this . . . I can only imagine what I would have captured if I had only noticed their beauty earlier on.

Every time I look at the image above, I am reminded to never dismiss the mundane because sometimes what we’re searching for may well be right in front of us.  For the Full Gallery of Ocean Images click here.

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Water Portraits

January 30, 2014

When you are in love sometimes you do the most unusual things! Leia & Steve couldn’t be any more in love and so we thought it would be fitting to do something out of the ordinary to capture their bond with one another.  I don’t know about you but for me these water portraits capture the essence of what it feels like to be in love with your best friend. Together floating weightlessly & fearlessly into the unknown . . .

For more ideas on what we can do underwater take a look click here.

Leia & Steve

 

Engagement Shoot