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Diving Through Swaying Gorgonians in Curacao

ABOUT Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last ten years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest. Pages

The Rockmover Wrasse: What a Difference Adulthood Can Make!

Adult rockmover wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus)In a previous post titled “Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into Brutes,” I listed the rockmover wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus), aka the reindeer wrasse or the dragon wrasse, among four other species that are typically sold in the marine aquarium trade as cute little youngsters but mature into very different adults. However, despite its surprising (for those who didn’t do their advance research) transformation, I think N. taeniourus remains a worthy aquarium species provided certain accommodations are made. That notorious physical transformationDepending on where they’re collected, the juveniles (the stage at which they’re typically sold), are either green or burgundy with dark brown and white mottling. Their color and patterning allow them to camouflage among growths of algae. They also possess two greatly elongated dorsal spines that vaguely resemble a deer’s antlers, giving rise to the “reindeer wrasse” moniker. Perhaps not surprisingly, owing to their cuteness, juveniles often tempt unwary hobbyists into an ill-considered purchase. Juvenile N.

School of Baby Caribbean Reef Squids Video

embedded contentGood morning friends, as I drove into work this morning and looked into the water I saw our school of baby squids had seemingly grown overnight and figured there was no time like the present to jump in and shoot a little video for you all. These little sweethearts were born here and will stay here until they are old enough to head out to reef. I constantly see adult females laying eggs under our rocks and then “PRESTO” months later we have new baby squids. These here vary in size from about 1-4 inches and have been in our little protected lagoon for quite some time now, I’m thinking about a month. During the days and especially at night they are out hunting non-stop and they seem to have no problem catching small fish, they are master hunters

Sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish Video Clip, Curacao

embedded content Hi friends, I have another fun video for you all today of a big adult Stoplight Parrotfish sleeping with his head propped up on a rock and his body laying in the sand. Aimee and I never get tired of seeing this, I mean who would have even guessed that fish sleep?? On any given night dive we see about 20-30 parrotfish, all different species and sizes fast asleep in the weirdest of places! For instance we usually see parrotfish stuck in tube sponges or laying flat up against rocks and it’s not uncommon to find them inside barrel sponges and hidden under algae, honestly if you really look they are everywhere! When I find them out in the open like this one they can be very hard to approach as light will scare them. I’ve learned that coming in very slowly with a non-threatening approach usually works, just be calm and quiet, get in and get out!

Marine Aquarium Photography: The Basics of Exposure

Reef tanks can be quite challenging to shootAt its core, the reef aquarium hobby is a pursuit of aesthetics. We seek out visually appealing fish and corals and look for inspiration in other aquarists’ tanks. More and more reef hobbyists want to share their hobby with others online, and that’s when things fall apart. It is not that there’s a problem with the reef tank, but that the photo taken doesn’t do the real thing any justice. Sometimes, the photo just comes out with the colors wrong or the exposure messed up so the bright areas are just lost in overexposed blotches. There have been times when people show me pictures of coral they found online and I have to explain to them that in real life, it will not look like that because most of the aesthetics that grabbed their attention in the first place were visual artifacts in the taking of the photo that exaggerated the color. Most of the time, this is unintentional on the part of the photographer.Our reef tanks happen to be among the most challenging subjects to shoot. Chief among these challenges is the fact that our aquariums are dark subjects.

Ikelite Blue-Lights UV Fluorescent Underwater Gear

Good morning friends, sorry about not posting yesterday but I got busy and then just ran out of time. I have a fun blue-light photo for you all today with Aimee as the star all decked out in her new Ikelite yellow glasses and her camera completely decked out in Ikelite blue-light fluorescent gear! So for those of you non-divers trying hard to figure out what is going on here let me try to better explain. What we are doing is putting blue-filters over our normal white light flashes, putting a yellow filter over the lens, wearing yellow glasses over our masks and using the white light VEGA’S (Ikelite video lights) as our main search lights, which also have blue filters screwed onto them.

Two Banded Coral Shrimps in a Vase Sponge

Good afternoon from Curacao! I’m busy in the deep-water lab today cleaning out my old photo aquariums and running around town buying some new ones. The aquariums themselves are in good working order and can be used for other things I just can’t use them to do photos in any more because of fine scratches on the front. When you combine a 105 macro lens with a Nikon D-800 and shoot at F-40 through the glass you pick up every little detail including fine scratches that look like they are on the fish but they are from the glass. That’s why it’s just easier to replace them regularly so you don’t have to spend hours working in Photoshop removing unwanted lines. My two Banded Coral Shrimps, Stenopus hispidus are still hanging out in the same vase sponge for months now, I stop and say hi to them every time I swim by

Ikelite, Fluoresence, Blue-Light Diving, UV Dive

Good morning friends! Our friends at Ikelite have just introduced a whole new line of products for all your blue-light diving needs. The photo above shows my Nikon D-300s all set up and ready to go. I have the Yellow Barrier Filter over my 105 macro lens, two Dichroic Excitation Filters over each of my DS-160′s strobes, a VEGA Video/photo light with a Dichroic Excitation Filter (to search with), a pair of Yellow Barrier Filter for the dive mask and my trusty Gamma LED (white light) which I use for an aid in focusing.

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