[UW Photo A104] Frogfish

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[UW Photo A104] Frogfish


[UW Photo A103] Cockatoo Leaf-Fish

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[UW Photo A103] Cockatoo Leaf-Fish


This is Cockatoo Leaf-Fish (Ablabys taenianotus). When spread its dorsal fin, it gets the shape of a Cockatoo bird. This one mimics as a dead leaf on the sea bed and ambush passing preys.

[UW Photo A102] Leaf Scorpionfish

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[UW Photo A102] Leaf Scorpionfish



This ghostly white odd shaped fish is Leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus). Actually, same species can be found in many colors like red, pink, brown and etc.  As name suggests, its flat body resembles of a leaf.

[UW Photo A101] Manta Ray

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[UW Photo A101] Manta Ray


[UW Photo A100] Manta Ray and a diver

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[UW Photo A100] Manta Ray and a diver


[UW Photo A099 ] Devil Scorpionfish

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[UW Photo A099 ] Devil Scorpionfish


This is Devil Scorpionfish captured in famous Jetty dive site at Padang Bai, Bali, Indonesia. This strange looking fish, as suggested by its name, is a dangerous fish with venomous dorsal fins. It is closely related to Stonefish. This fish is very camouflaged and quite difficult to identify within its territory.

When closely examining, you may see shadows in this picture. That’s because I have used only one strobe from one direction to light the image. Probably, I would have used two strobes from both sides. Anyway, I have used a focus light to get proper focus on the subject, otherwise this would have been a very difficult shot in murky water.

[UW Photo A098] Silhouette of a Manta Ray

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[UW Photo A098] Silhouette of a Manta Ray


This is a Manta Ray at famous Manta Point dive site in south of Nusa Penida island of Bali, Indonesia. Any UW photographer would try to capture a silhouette of Manta against the sun, which I too tried here.

It is not hard to find a Manta against the sun since they usually swim around casually while you can shoot from the bottom. Anyway, challenge is giving the correct light since sun rays will give excessive light to the image still underneath the fish is kept dark. This is my first attempt and tried to capture the color of the fish by eliminating the strobe slightly. I need to study more on photographing silhouettes.

This site is a promising place for Manta Rays, but it’s a place with heavy swell and very close to a massive structure of boulders propagating from the sea bed. So always photography is not the primary concern, but safety.

[UW Photo A097] Colour Diversity

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[UW Photo A097] Colour Diversity


[UW Photo A096] Coral

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[UW Photo A096] Coral


[UW Photo A095] Another Abstract

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[UW Photo A095] Another Abstract


[UW Photo A094] Mantis Shrimp

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[UW Photo A094] Mantis Shrimp


This is Mantis Shrimp. I really like its diverse color range. Usually, it stays in holes and small cave like places giving a little chance to take photographs from the entrance. Once it starts swimming, it moves very fast leaving no chance for a predator or a photographer.

[UW Photo A093] Scorpion Fish (Close - up)

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[UW Photo A093] Scorpion Fish (Close - up)


This is a close up photo of a Scorpian Fish. Objective of this is to get black background so that face of the fish is significant. It is the positioning of the strobe that makes sure object (i.e. face of the fish) is lighted but not anything beyond it.

[UW Photo A092] Scorpion fish

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[UW Photo A092] Scorpion fish


[UW Photo A091] Rhythm

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[UW Photo A091] Rhythm



Attempt of adding bit of aesthetic value to an underwater picture.

[UW Photo A089] Red Rock Cod

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[UW Photo A089] Red Rock Cod


This is clearly a scorpion fish, though locals call it Red Rock Cod. I believe this is Eastern Red Scorpionfish, (i.e. Scorpaena jacksoniensis Steindachner).  This is small juvenile fish found in the sheltered water close to Sydney. Luckily, I was equipped with macro lens to capture it.

[UW Photo A088] Abstract

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[UW Photo A088] Abstract


[UW Photo A087] Underwater plants

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[UW Photo A087] Underwater plants


[UW Photo A086] Striped Catfish

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[UW Photo A086] Striped Catfish


[UW Photo A085] Floating forest of Homebush Bay

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[UW Photo A085] Floating forest of Homebush Bay


This is the SS Ayrfield Ship wreck in Parramatta River in Sydney, Australia. This is one of the most photogenic wrecks with trees grown on it.

Technically, I am not sure if this can be called an underwater photo since we cant see any underwater part in the composition. Still, this is taken with split level UW photo technique to capture the mirror effect in detail. What this really means is actually, camera lens is submerged in the water using a Dome port. Since water is so dark and murky, we don't get the underwater part but complete reflection. Whatever we call, this is an experimental shot.

Also it should be noted that the water is contaminated and no one is allowed to swim or dive there (not even fishing), so everything was done while staying in the banks of the river.

(Special thanks goes to Nilhan Uduwarage for his help and support in this photo shoot)

[UW Photo A084] Blue Grouper

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[UW Photo A084] Blue Grouper


This is the same friendly Blue Grouper in the Shelly Beach. Its wonderful to see it again after a couple of weeks. This time I was equipped with a wide angel lens so managed to capture the full image. Water clarity is not that great. This fish swam with me for a little while without any hesitation.

[UW Photo A082] A school of Fish

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[UW Photo A082] A school of Fish


[UW Photo A081] Variegated Lizardfish

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[UW Photo A081] Variegated Lizardfish

When water is not clear (poor visibility) it is very hard to go for a wide angle, but macros. This macro was shoot under poor visibility, yet macro image has come without any issue.


[UW Photo A080]

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[UW Photo A080]


[UW Photo A079] A friendly Blue Grouper

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[UW Photo A079] A friendly Blue Grouper

I met this friendly Blue Grouper in my casual weekend dive in Shelly Beach, Sydney. It followed me for a while during my dive.


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