Endangered Staghorn Corals under Blue-Light

by | Aug 13, 2016 | Corals, Reef, Science | 0 comments

Good morning friends, I went for a quick night dive with my blue-light setup to find and photograph these rare, endangered Staghorn corals. Aimee went with me but didn’t get in the water, she only helped me get in and out. The camera setup I use is so big combined with the three flashes, that it’s almost impossible to enter and exit by myself, I think it weighs about 20 pounds!! This is the first time I have ever photographed these rare corals because the areas I usually dive with blue-light doesn’t have them.

I jumped in the water at around 8:00 and swam directly out to the corals and found a safe place to lay in the sand to take this photo. To my surprise, these corals unlike many others (like the brain corals and star corals) were not very fluorescent and I had a very hard time getting enough light on them, even with three flashes. Because of this problem I thought “why not take out a tripod and do a long exposure??” So that’s what I’m working on here at the shop this morning, I’m getting a big, heavy tripod ready to take down and do a re-shoot, I will let you know how it goes.  MORE


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