We caught a lucky break around here when Hurricane Irene gave us nothing more than a brush pass on her way north, before subjecting our neighbors up that way to some serious trouble. Trust that the Bears in the northeast escaped with a minimum of distress and damage. We’ve been through many hurricanes and know that they are nothing to be trifled with or underestimated.
Posting this TR may seem a bit frivolous at this time, but I figure that it might bring someone a smile or two, so here goes:
Seas have been pretty rough around here, so the poor visibility underwater has had me spend much of my time shooting close-up photography. I recently picked up a close-up diopter for my housed camera, and saw fit to do some experimenting with the new tool. Not to get too involved technically, but all of the images here were made with my Nikon D2X camera, a Micro Nikkor 105mm lens, (and unless otherwise noted, the lens was used in conjunction with the aforementioned diopter,) and a pair of Inon strobes. The Micro-Nikkor is what is generally referred to as a “macro lens”, and is ideally suited for making images of small subjects at close range. The added magnification of the diopter increases the reproduction size of the subject and enters the realm of “super-macro.”
There are some very specific parameters that you’ve got to accept before trying to use such a rig to make images. First off, the depth of field is exceedingly shallow, so focus must be spot on. Secondly, you must get extremely close, (within 6 inches,) of your subject, so attempting to photograph skittish subjects is an exercise in futility. So essentially you’ve got to find subjects that are stationary or completely fearless. Trying to photograph a small critter that is swimming is supremely difficult. (Think dropping Corbet’s Couloir and skiing it smoothly in white-out conditions. Switch.) That’s why I’m so pleased with the pair of images that I’m including of the Glass Goby.
Just to illustrate the magnifying power of the diopter, this first image of Fleshy Stony Coral was made with the 105mm lens alone, and the second was made with my new toy attached.
The first mobile critter that I attempted to shoot was this Yellowline Arrow Crab.
Next up is this Pederson Cleaner Shrimp.
Banded Coral Shrimp.
Next, something a bit more mobile, a Roughhead Blenny peering out of a small worm-hole.
A shot without the diopter of a pair of Neon Gobies.
Portrait of a Neon Goby in its’ den. Note the small tube-dwelling worms, (those feathery looking things,) just above the fish’s head.
Front end, or “face” of a Flamingo Tongue Cowrie.
A tiny Mantis Shrimp pokes its’ head from within its’ burrow.
Portrait of a female Sailfin Blenny.
The images of a Glass Goby that were the most demanding to make. (Either that or the ones that involved the most luck.)
In the immortal words of Porky Pig:
"That's all folks."