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Silk beneath the sea

Silk beneath the sea
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Copyright: Luko G R (Luko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 53 N: 198] (445)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02-19
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Olympus C4000z, UW WAL PWC01
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Scuba diving, the pros and cons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-05-03 18:10
Viewed: 2822
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is not a flower but a soft coral of dendronephtya type. Corals are not vegetal but aggregated small animals, each blossom being one.

While some of you snorkeling may have seen hard corals, horn, finger or flat type, unless you have been scuba diving you shouldn't have seen deeper dwelling soft corals which amongst all are my favorites.

From 20m deep and down everything looks like a tone of grey, as Red and yellow colors are the first to be filtered out by blue ambient light. things tend to get a bit dull if you don't bring with you a torch light to get the real colors out of what appears monotonous.

Your best bet will always be pointing your light to these kind of soft corals which magnificent colors range from deep purple to soft pink or golden yellow.

here's an orangy variety that IMHO contrasts finely with the turquoise of the surface.

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  • Judy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 95 N: 154] (531)
  • [2004-05-03 18:15]

Stunning shot Luko - belongs in the dive mag if you ask me. That tiny fish in the background also adds to this ito depth. Very well done. Colours are absolutely great, and it makes me want to go diving... Your note is particularly informative. Well done!

Very nice, Luko. Here I like the fact to be able to see more of the wonderful blue ocean that you're diving in. The subject itself is framed very nicely and the subtle use of flash brought out all the important details. Very cool.

Beautiful composition of a type of coral that I have never seen before. The colours are lovely and contrast nicely with the aqua blue-green of the water. It is amazing what grows and lives in the depths. Excellent shot, thanks for showing us.

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  • mimi (62)
  • [2004-05-04 0:24]

Stunning shot, Luko. Almost seems like I can reach out and touch the coral. Lovely colors.

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 24 N: 1499] (12033)
  • [2004-05-04 13:22]

This is another excellent underwater shot!Your composition is great and the colors are very beautiful.

(I showed Gina your WS of her picture and she requested me to print the steps. She will be in my yearbook class next year - yes, I will handle yearbook next schoolyear - and she said she can use this to improve the quality of portrait shots. She also printed your WS with Kittie's pic. Thanks again.)

Hi Luko,
Very nice composition, colours and sharp.
"Submerge yourself in the excitement of the underwater world and experience what it likes to live without gravity!"
Thanks for your sharing.
Best wishes,

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