Anyone that reads my blog posts has probably come across my photos from the Red Sea. It’s such an excellent location for me, being less than six hours flight time from home and having a well-established dive industry that provides diving at some world-class sites. One of the best things about the Red Sea is its superb visibility and in these images you can see just how amazing the conditions can be. I have dived all over the world and enjoyed coral reefs of every description, but rarely have I enjoyed water clarity like that which the Red Sea offers. Here are some images of the Red Sea at its best.
The image above was taken at a site close to the tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It’s a classic Red Sea scene: a steep wall, that in this case drops for hundreds of meters, covered in soft corals, with thousands of Pseudanthias squamipinnis ‘pulsing’ in and out of the reef in response to any perceived threats and my flash guns. Conditions here are often poor with strong currents bringing particulates that ruin the visibility, but not on this dive.
This image has always been one of my favorites; taken in the Straits of Tiran, it shows a reef flat, rich with hard coral. Normally these areas can be unapproachable due to wave action that will see you washed onto the coral. On this dive the water was almost gin-clear. A sohal tang (Acanthurus sohal) is looking for algae to graze upon.
This final image shows the wreck of the Giannis D, a Greek freighter if I remember correctly, that ran onto the reef in the 1980s. This is a classic shot, that most photographers try to get, often persuading dive guides to let them in the water a few minutes earlier than the rest of their colleagues. Again, this was a grand day, strong sunlight and clear waters allowing for a shot I’m rather pleased with.