[UW Photo A123] Turtles at Ningaloo reef

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[UW Photo A123] Turtles at Ningaloo reef


 (Location: Gulliver, Ningaloo Reef, Exmouth, WA, Australia)

Though I have seen many Turtles in their natural habitat, couldn’t make it a point to take photos. They are very fast underwater and usually don’t give much room for a photographer unless he/she is well prepared to shoot a fast-moving subject.

While I was diving the famous Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, I got this great opportunity of shooting a descent size turtle. Fortunately, it was resting on a narrow boulder. My camera was equipped with a fish-eye lens which may not be the best but I managed to click few shots without disturbing the creature. Luckily, I had already set high dept-of-field since I was looking for opportunity for a close-focused wide angle shot. Ocean surge and visibility wasn’t in my favor, but they were manageable. 

One should not understand Ningaloo reef as a very blue tropical looking reef in Sri Lanka or south east Asian region. Water in the reef was cold and its more greenish. So, given these conditions I am pretty happy with this outcome.

[UW Photo A122] Through a frame

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[UW Photo A122] Through a frame



(Location: Rangoon Wreck, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka)

Shipwrecks are great objects to photograph underwater. One of the key techniques I use in shooting within the vicinity of a shipwreck is combining the wreck with fish or other objects of the ecosystem. Most importantly, it gives a room to frame the nature with rustic decaying shapes of the wreck which I enjoy doing. Anyway, giving a natural frame is a great practice even land photographers do. No matter what, this adds some aesthetic value to the image.

[UW Photo A121] Shipwreck at its best

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[UW Photo A121] Shipwreck at its best



(Location: Lotus Barge, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

This is one of the photos I am so pleased with. I like the colors, composition and everything. Most of all, this is not even cropped or spent time improving after shooting. This is pretty much as it was shot. This also reveals how shipwrecks harmoniously blend with natural growth of coral and marine life. This also shows the wreck itself with some pride. Nice balance in-between man-made artifact and nature.

[UW Photo A120] Lion fishes at car wreck

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[UW Photo A120] Lion fishes at car wreck


(Location: Car Wreck, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

This is a good opportunity to shoot a nice pair of Lion fishes. Though I am happy with the composition I am not quite sure if I like the final output. The main subject which is the big fish is not sharp enough. Also colors are not as good as expected. Anyway, we learn from each mistake.

[UW Photo A119] Divers reaching the wreck

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[UW Photo A119] Divers reaching the wreck


(Location: Car Wreck, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

When shoot Divers I always want to create a special composition by combing them with wreck or reef. This is one such attempt made while I was diving with a team in Colombo recently.

[UW Photo A118] Pic from Coal Ship

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[UW Photo A118] Pic from Coal Ship


(Location: Coal Wreck, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

[UW Photo A117] Silhouette and rustic wreckage

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[UW Photo A117] Silhouette and rustic wreckage


(Location: Rangoon Wreck, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka)

This is an experimental shot tried recently - how you rate it ?

[UW Photo A116] Image from Rangoon Shipwreck

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[UW Photo A116] Image from Rangoon Shipwreck


(Location: Rangoon Wreck, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka)

[UW Photo A115] Fishes of Lotus Barge shipwreck

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[UW Photo A115] Fishes of Lotus Barge shipwreck


(Location: Lotus Barge, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

[UW Photo A114] Richness of Lotus Barge

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[UW Photo A114] Richness of Lotus Barge


(Location: Lotus Barge, Colombo, Sri Lanka)

I always try shooting upwards while staying law. This image shows the result which is good background supported by blue waters and sunlight. This is one such attempt made in Lotus Barge shipwreck in Colombo. I am happy with the result.

Anyway, there are two concerns; First one is getting direct sun into image throws extra challenge in managing the light. Part where silhouette comes in could be too bright with respect to other areas of the image. Second challenge is you should not stay too deep for extended period of time during diving due to safety reasons. Photographer had to take this fact very seriously while attempting this. 

[UW Photo A113] Image from Rottnest Island

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[UW Photo A113] Image from Rottnest Island


(Location: Rottnest Island, WA, Australia)

[UW Photo A112] Uncommon Coral

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[UW Photo A112] Uncommon Coral


(Location: Longreach bay, Rottnest Island, WA, Australia)

[UW Photo A111] Blue Devil

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[UW Photo A111] Blue Devil


(Location: Longreach bay, Rottnest Island, WA, Australia)

Around the Rottnest Island of Western Australia offer, temperate yet bit different underwater ecosystem. It is a place with cold water yet with some corals. Blue Devil is one of the interesting sub tropical fishes we found here.

[UW Photo A110] Hawkfish

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[UW Photo A110] Hawkfish



(Location: Snapper Dive site, Bentotoa, Sri Lanka)

[UW Photo A109] Corals in SS Orestes

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[UW Photo A109] Corals in SS Orestes

This is an interesting Ship Wreck. When try shooting conditions were not perfect, yet there was a room for try it once visibility improved suddenly during the dive.


(Location: SS Orestes Shipwreck, Unawatuna, Sri Lanka)

[UW Photo A108] Blue Ringed Angelfish

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[UW Photo A108] Blue Ringed Angelfish


(Location: Yala Rock, Weligama, Sri Lanka)

This is one of my favorite shots from my underwater shoot at Weligama bay. In am anyway pleased with the fish life in Yala rock.

This photo is all about timing. This chap approached me in gentle manner and my camera was in right configuration and right setting. Please keep in mind I am shooting fully manual mode. So having right setting in right time is a big win. Mostly my clicking was done in right time filling the sensor with the composition I am pleased with.

[UW Photo A107] Imperial Nudibranch

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[UW Photo A107] Imperial Nudibranch


(Location: Noisy Rock, Weligama, Sri Lanka)

This is Imperial Nudibranch (Hypselodoris imperialis) captured in Weligama Bay in south coast of Sri Lanka. Weligama Bay doesn’t consist of rich corals, instead boulders. Anyway, a significant number of different Nudibranch specifies can be found here.

[UW Photo A106] Beneath the Temperate water

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[UW Photo A106] Beneath the Temperate water

We all are obsessed with tropical waters. Yet, temperate waters can give you surprises with sharks, kelp forests etc. Once I tried exploring a small sheltered coast in Shelharbour, south of Sydney in a sunny autumn day and found immense beauty through the lens.  For the first time I saw crystal clear water and macro life in it. This is one the pictures I am pleased with.


(Location: Shellharbour, NSW, Australia)

[UW Photo A105] Clownfish

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[UW Photo A105] Clownfish


(Location: Blue Lagoon, Bali, Indonesia)

[UW Photo A104] Frogfish

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[UW Photo A104] Frogfish


(Location: Blue Lagoon, Padang Bay, Bali, Indonesia)

[UW Photo A103] Cockatoo Leaf-Fish

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[UW Photo A103] Cockatoo Leaf-Fish


(Location: The Jetty, Padang Bay, Bali, Indonesia)

This is Cockatoo Leaf-Fish (Ablabys taenianotus). When spread its dorsal fin, it gets the shape of a Cockatoo bird. This one mimics as a dead leaf on the sea bed and ambush passing preys.

[UW Photo A102] Leaf Scorpionfish

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[UW Photo A102] Leaf Scorpionfish


(Location: Blue Lagoon, Padang Bay, Bali, Indonesia)

This ghostly white odd shaped fish is Leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus). Actually, same species can be found in many colors like red, pink, brown and etc.  As name suggests, its flat body resembles of a leaf.

[UW Photo A101] Manta Ray

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[UW Photo A101] Manta Ray


(Location: Manta Point, Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia)

[UW Photo A100] Manta Ray and a diver

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[UW Photo A100] Manta Ray and a diver


(Location: Manta Point, Nusa Penida Island, Bali, Indonesia)

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