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Through the Lens, Week 11

Through the Lens with Chase

Interested in what we are seeing throughout the year while diving in Grand Cayman? We are excited to start bringing you weekly photo updates on what we have been seeing week to week throughout the year. Stay in tune with the wildlife you love here in cayman, and possibly get ideas for new dive sites and marine life you would like to see on your next trip.

With week 11 we continued diving out on the North. I will admit it is very hard to go diving on that side without setting up for wide angle. You never know when that amazing pelagic is going to come cruising by, so generally if we are diving North I will shoot with the wide angle setup.

This all being said after recently doing a camera review on the Olympus TG4 I have since gotten a full dosage of the macro bug. So for this weeks post’s I am glad to bring you a full week of photographing all those little critters we see out on our dives.

Week 11 –  September 24th through September 26th

September 24th

Morning Dive – Flamingo Flamanco

Not often do I see Secretary Blenny's away from their hole. This is the second time I have seen a blenny in this exact spot with no hole in sight. I'm thinking it must be the same guy.

Not often do I see Secretary Blenny’s away from their hole. This is the second time I have seen a blenny in this exact spot with no hole in sight. I’m thinking it must be the same guy.

A large Triple Fin Blenny sitting on a sponge with nice texture.

A large Triple Fin Blenny sitting on a sponge with nice texture.

You might notice the similar pattern of the sponge in the image above. This is actually the exact same sponge and it did in fact have two different Triple Fin Blenny's resting on it. This smaller one blended in better for sure.

You might notice the similar pattern of the sponge in the image above. This is actually the exact same sponge and it did in fact have two different Triple Fin Blenny’s resting on it. This smaller one blended in better for sure.

This Filefish must have been enjoying his morning cleaning, as these guys are usually to timid to let divers approach.

This Filefish must have been enjoying his morning cleaning, as these guys are usually to timid to let divers approach.

A Green Moray gets a little cleaning session from a Cleaning Gobe.

A Green Moray gets a little cleaning session from a Cleaning Gobe.

Super macro shot of a Rough Head Blenny. These guys really do stand their ground.

Super macro shot of a Rough Head Blenny. These guys really do stand their ground.

A Roughhead Blenny shot with a +10 Diopter.

A Roughhead Blenny shot with a +10 Diopter.

September 25th

Morning Dive – Creole Cliff

A new find for me here. It appears to be some sort of Gobe, but it is tiny. The purple rope sponge the fish is resting on probably has a diameter of 1 in. Making this guys very very small.

A new find for me here. It appears to be some sort of Gobe, but it is tiny. The purple rope sponge the fish is resting on probably has a diameter of 1 in. Making this guys very very small.

This golden fish was so small. It is sitting on a Purple Rope Sponge on the edge of the wall.

This golden fish was so small. It is sitting on a Purple Rope Sponge on the edge of the wall.

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I loved when this little guy swam up beside this Brissle Star's arm. It was a really nice size comparison for this tiny little critter.

I loved when this little guy swam up beside this Bristle Star’s arm. It was a really nice size comparison for this tiny little critter.

A close up of a Lobster in the swim through at Creole Cliff.

A close up of a Lobster in the swim through at Creole Cliff.

September 26th

Morning Dive – Haunted House

Purple Vase Sponges have become a go to when I search for macro life. They often have a Triple Fin Blenny cruising around on them.

Purple Vase Sponges have become a go to when I search for macro life. They often have a Triple Fin Blenny cruising around on them.

We did not see any Neck Crabs for a good two weeks, until we dropped in at Haunted House this morning. I generally find these crabs in gorgonians, but it is always a treat to find one on a Rope Sponge as it creates a lot prettier image.

We did not see any Neck Crabs for a good two weeks, until we dropped in at Haunted House this morning. I generally find these crabs in gorgonians, but it is always a treat to find one on a Rope Sponge as it creates a lot prettier image.

A closer look at this hairy little guy!

A closer look at this hairy little guy! 

It is not very often I find a Neck Crab in a location that I can get this close. Generally we find these guys in Gorgonian's giving them a lot of branches to hide behind. The rope sponge this guy decided to sit on made for the perfect scene to capture a close up face portrait of this awesome Neck Crab.

It is not very often I find a Neck Crab in a location that I can get this close. Generally we find these guys in Gorgonian’s giving them a lot of branches to hide behind. The rope sponge this guy decided to sit on made for the perfect scene to capture a close up face portrait of this awesome Neck Crab.

September 26th

2nd Morning Dive – Pinnacle Reef

Close up of a Blenny. Achieved with Subsea +10 and +5 stacked on a 100mm macro lens.

Close up of a Blenny. Achieved with Subsea +10 and +5 stacked on a 100mm macro lens.

Thank you everyone for checking out our work for the week. We look forward to continuing our pursuit of underwater photography/videography and sharing it with all of you along the way.

Until next time.

Chase

Get in touch with me. I would love to help with photography questions, or even just talk about one of the images from this Week.

If you are interested in purchasing prints of our work send me an email for cost and sizing options.

chase@dnsdiving.com

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