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Let's go fractal!

Let's go fractal!
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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: 2004-02-15
Categories: Nature, Macro, Abstract
Camera: Olympus C4000z
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Scuba diving, the pros and cons [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-04-22 18:11
Viewed: 3820
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another UW shot taken on Mabul island, a scuba diving heaven near the famous Sipadan island off Borneo coastline.

While Sipadan is better known for deep diving, large fish and turtles, Mabul has got its trademark into shallow and slow diving where the diver has to look around for small critters. Mabul shallow dives allow divers to do multiple dives during day and night, I've seen Koreans diving there from 6AM until 11PM for up to 6 consecutive dives per day, which would normally lead anyone to the next decompression chamber.

Let me introduice you to night diving, this is a magical time for diving : everything is quiet down there, new nocturnal critters and gorgeous colors are coming out.
Of course a good divetorch -and its backup : you wouldn't want to continue diving when your torch has carefully applied Murphy's law and suddenly stopped- is the most important element of the dive.

Here is one of the critter that you spot better at night time : it's called a brittle star or ophiomastix, a relative of the seastar but much quicker, not a rare sight but usually shy and usually lives under rocks at day time.

That brittle star has been caught wandering on a zoantharian red coral which is blooming at night time whereas it is looking smoother without any of these "white flower blooms" at day time. note that corals are colonies of small animals and not a vegetal as many of us would believe at first sight.

In fact there are not two animals in that shot but more than perhaps hundreds, each "bloom" is an animal that has stretched some sorts of tentacles to filter sea water and feed on the plankton hence harvested.

Figure out that this is a close macro shot, the brittle star is about 4cm wide, the coral blooms are fascinating fractal objects, seen from further the coral branch looks alike the coral bloom pattern, while if you could look closer like on the original file, you would spot very similar patterns at microscopic scale.

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  • Riz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 192 W: 31 N: 101] (523)
  • [2004-04-22 19:49]

this is a pretty picture for one, oh and thanks for the note very informative. I learned something new and I like that you don't see and air bubbles from you or even any foreign matter in the water, the water must have been crystal clear. I like the dark areas around the brittle star because it draws your eye to its center, well capture Luko, the frame works for me as well.

Wow! That is a treat to see.
Especially like the center fractal placed low in the composition. It gives a sense of looking down at the oceans "blooms". Wonderful informative notes.

OMIGOD! absolutely fantastic what you've done down there Luko. great shot. beautiful colors. i enjoy your educative notes as well. very well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 252 W: 0 N: 99] (535)
  • [2004-04-23 7:48]

Colourful picture Luko, lovely.

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  • manny Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 24 N: 1499] (12033)
  • [2004-04-23 9:56]

Yes, it is very very good. I lie it a lot. I can't explain it why technically. I guesss it is the colors..and the texture an dthe composition...well, everything. Bravo Luko.

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  • ilouy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 18 N: 57] (760)
  • [2004-04-23 15:26]

Strong color and very nice composition. Nice shrapness too. Very interesting note! Thanks for sharing!

wow! si je comprends bien c'est une photo de maboule? lol superbe vue sous marine, de nuit de surcroit! ;-) les couleurs sont étonnantes.

Good shot Luko. I like the repeating patterns too. You must have pretty good lights if you can get this much color and detail underwater, even at shallow depths. Maybe I am not supposed to like that you cropped one of the arms of the brittle star, but I think it actually is a positive in the composition. I am not certain, it might just be digital noise, but it appears to be a little oversharpened. Good shot, good note too.

Just like in your previous submarine capture "Sardines school" it is escpecially the framing that makes it simply wonderful... The red colour springs out of my screen, it's impressing, it's beautiful!
You must dream about this for a long time after diving...

bright, colorful, sharp and clear, bio-art, true macro, and abstract - what a combination! Interesting note, too. :oD

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-04-24 14:46]

Beautifull Luko. Not much else to say really. You are just as good in the water as you are on land :). The colour is very intence. I like how the repetions of the corals pattern is broken by the brittle star too but for me, the colour really makes the shot.

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  • bfly Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 37 N: 169] (1546)
  • [2004-04-24 16:58]

very beautiful, clean and attractive...

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  • Tim Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 18 N: 240] (1139)
  • [2004-04-26 14:07]

Luke, Your note is fascinating. A very nicely captured phot with great detail and clarity. Thanks for sharing and God's best to you, Tim

Nice. The texture you've captured here is excellent. Very nice shapes...I have absolutely no clue about underwater photography, but from what I know it's not as easy as it looks. Anyway, Luko, this is just excellent.

Amazingly beautiful, almost haunting :)
nothing muich else to say luko, I'm totally absorbed by it :O

Beautiful shot Luko. Very fractal! Well composed, well framed, and a wonderful note.

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2004-07-08 16:47]

The clarity and color is amazing in this photo. great shot.

Amazing shot Luko and to think that it was taken under water at night!
Keep them comming!

Magnifiques couleurs, composition et détails. Je suis admirative de ton travail vu la difficulté de la photo sous-marine et la taille de tes sujets.

Brilliant! A superb nature photograph, but works wonderfully well on a visual/abstract sort of level too. Beautifully taken and composed. Great background info too.

  • altonv Silver Workshop Editor [C: 4 W: 13 N: 5] (349)
  • [2005-08-14 4:08]

This is simply just beautiful!!! the colour, light and the framing.. really well done.. in my favs.


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