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    I bought a supermacro converter for this trip - and what a massive surprise it was to me as to how to use it! Its a specially designed unit only suitable for underwater use, and needs to be only a couple of inches away from the subject - fun but tough!

    This little blenny has a permanent smiling face, but is only about half the size of the nail on your little finger. Fortunately, once they're used to you being there, they will sit and pose quite still

    Nikon D500 in a nauticam housing
    105 mm plus the nauticam super macro converter
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    twin Sea and Sea YS-D1 strobes

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    You have that lighting sorted really well Mike, another different and interesting shot. Are those barnacle tentacles in the lower portion of the image? The title is very apt and I could see this doing well in competition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Ashton View Post
    You have that lighting sorted really well Mike, another different and interesting shot. Are those barnacle tentacles in the lower portion of the image? The title is very apt and I could see this doing well in competition.
    Thanks Jon, no barnacle tentacle here, they just live in thing holes in the rock and corals, a few bits of stay sea grass knocking around but thats about it

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    Love this one! Great smiley face, well captured. Nicely composed in its hole. great image!

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    Superb Expression and excellent capture.

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    Amazingly well done. This one cracks me up!
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    ps: what % are sharply focused???
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    ps: I'd lose the two white spots in the dark hole ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur Morris View Post
    Amazingly well done. This one cracks me up!
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    ps: what % are sharply focused???
    Cheers Artie,

    It's a great setup but only under certain circumstances - you need to get wedged into the environment, so need a subject in a place where you won't wreck the coral. Back button focusing to lock the focus and rock backwards and forwards gently unto lthe shot is sharp. With something like this where the fish is all but stationary then maybe 50-60% were sharp, whereas this one http://www.birdphotographers.net/for...p-Coral-Shrimp was on a moving wore coral, so until I got a guide to trap the coral in place the percentage was close to zero.

    Everyone always loves the little expressions on these guys.

    White spots were cloned on the final shot - sloppy on my part

    cheers

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