[UW Photo A186]

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[UW Photo A186]


[UW Photo A185] Bait ball

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[UW Photo A185] Bait ball

This is a bait ball observed near Cargo Wreck, off the coast of Colombo. Bait Balls are formed by thousands of small fish as a defensive mechanism against a predator. Spherical shape of the bait ball usually changes very fast while moving entire ball to different directions. This movement is dramatic to watch but may not last long. If you want to capture it, you must be prepared and act very fast. I am happy I was equipped with a wide fish-eye lens that helped me include entire ball to the frame from a close range. 

[UW Photo A184]

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[UW Photo A184]


 

[UW Photo A183] Sun corals on Shipwreck

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[UW Photo A183] Sun corals on Shipwreck

 


[UW Photo A182] Life in full motion

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[UW Photo A182] Life in full motion

 


Kind of bait ball of fishes are found one in a while. Taking a photo of such event has a couple of challenges. First one is you should have good visibility of the water to capture it with clarity. Second one is you need to act quickly. This time in I was lucky to find and shoot this at my wreck dive at Medhufaru at Colombo.


[UW Photo A181]

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[UW Photo A181]

 


[UW Photo A180]

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[UW Photo A180]


 

[UW Photo A179]

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[UW Photo A179]

 


[UW Photo A178]

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[UW Photo A178]

 


[UW Photo A177]

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[UW Photo A177]


 

[UW Photo A176] Close up of a Moray eel

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[UW Photo A176] Close up of a Moray eel

 


[UW Photo A175] The Peacock Sole

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[UW Photo A175] The Peacock Sole

 


[UW Photo A174] The hope

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[UW Photo A174] The hope

I may have said before that I am serious about the aesthetic value of an UW photo. 

This photo doesn’t have any rare creature or phenomenon, but this is a typical example for a recreated art. This is simple and unique. 

This is an example for a photo I captured in very poor sea conditions. Water was murky and current was strong that lead me think photography is the last thing I would consider doing.

[UW Photo A173] Dwarf Hawkfish

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[UW Photo A173] Dwarf Hawkfish

 

Hawkfish is not difficult to capture because they stay still for a while allowing you to get a photo if approach gently. In this case, I am particularly pleased with the diverse background colours those add something more to the image.

[UW Photo A172] Fusilier Juvenile

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[UW Photo A172] Fusilier Juvenile


 

[UW Photo A171] Portrait of a Lionfish

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[UW Photo A171] Portrait of a Lionfish

 

[UW Photo A170] White Tip Shark resting

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[UW Photo A170] White Tip Shark resting

 


[UW Photo A169] Batfish

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[UW Photo A169] Batfish


 

[UW Photo A168] Honeycomb moray

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[UW Photo A168] Honeycomb moray


 

[UW Photo A167] The Other direction

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[UW Photo A167] The Other direction

 


[UW Photo A166] Octopus

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[UW Photo A166] Octopus

 


[UW Photo A166] Porcelain Anemone Crab

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[UW Photo A166] Porcelain Anemone Crab


 

[UW Photo A165] Portrait of a Moray Eel

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[UW Photo A165] Portrait of a Moray Eel

 


This a portrait of a Moray Eel captured in Trincomalee. Low depth of field is used to emphasise the facial expression and blur the background. 

[UW Photo A164] Simon Lorenz @ work

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[UW Photo A164] Simon Lorenz @ work

 


This is renowned photographer Simon Lorenz shooting at famous Car Wreck off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. I was lucky enough to dive with this world class photographer and get a couple of valuable advises as an amateur photographer.

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