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Through the Lens, Week 12

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.

Week 12 was just shot on a single 2-tank dive trip. A Little westerly weather made Red Bay an option for departure. The South Side is always promising for its macro life, but this dive trip really did turn out some awesome images.

I have always seen the Red Lip Blenny’s down on the South Side, but have always had divers I needed to guide. If there is one thing you need to photograph these funny fish, it’s time.

So being able to focus totally on taking photos I settled in around a specific coral head that had a very energetic Blenny hanging in and around it.

I was also able to photograph a brand new critter. We have a good population of Flabellina on the Kittiwake, but of a different variety. This one has been identified as a Flabellina macrusorum. It has a lot more color than the Purple Ring’s we generally see on the Kittiwake.

Week 12 –  October 3rd

1st Dive

Possibly the most vibrant critter I have seen in Cayman. I'm sure its some type of a Flabellina, but help with the ID would be appreciated.

Possibly the most vibrant critter I have seen in Cayman. This is a Flabellina macrusorum, it was about a 1/4 in. long, but was very cooperative and stayed on the same clump of Algae for the entire dive. 

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For this shot I stacked the Subsea +10 and +5 diopters. This creates a difficult shooting environment, as you literally have to be cm's away from your subject to achieve a focus point. Luckily he was very copporative and didn't mind me getting really close.

For this shot I stacked the Subsea +10 and +5 diopters. This creates a difficult shooting environment, as you literally have to be cm’s away from your subject to achieve a focus point. Luckily he was very cooperative and didn’t mind me getting really close.

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2nd Dive

For this dive, I set my sights on the Red Lip Blenny. There were a couple of other images taken while down, but I must say it was just random critters I saw while waiting for the Red Lip Blenny to return and I would then continue trying to achieve some shots of him.

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A Red Lip Blenny on a black background. By using a high f/stop (f/18 and up) you can achieve darker backgrounds helping you to isolate your subject.

A Red Lip Blenny on a black background. By using a high f/stop (f/18 and up) you can achieve darker backgrounds helping you to isolate your subject.

I don't recognize this Blenny any other photograph I have. I was posted up by a coral head waiting for my game with the Red Lip Blenny to continue and the orage eyes of this Blenny caught my attention.

I don’t recognize this Blenny any other photograph I have. I was posted up by a coral head waiting for my game with the Red Lip Blenny to continue and the orange eyes of this Blenny caught my attention.

A Slender File Fish hiding amongst some soft corals.

A Slender File Fish hiding amongst some soft corals.

A Red Lip Blenny standing his ground on the South Side of Grand Cayman.

A Red Lip Blenny standing his ground on the South Side of Grand Cayman.

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These guys have huge personalities. I spent a good 30 minutes with this one and it felt like we were playing a game. Really entertaining to photograph.

These guys have huge personalities. I spent a good 30 minutes with this one and it felt like we were playing a game. Really entertaining to photograph.

The Red Lip Blenny is a very intersting fish to spend some time observing. They dart around from point to point and seem to be playing a game with you.

The Red Lip Blenny is a very interesting fish to spend some time observing. They dart around from point to point and seem to be playing a game with you.

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A very colorful Triple Fin Blenny portrait. These small fish have excellent color, but what I really liked about the subject was the color background of algae this guy chose to post up on.

A very colorful Triple Fin Blenny portrait. These small fish have excellent color, but what I really liked about the subject was the color background of algae this guy chose to post up on.

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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