The Absent Spectrum - Vatu-i-Ra Channel, Fiji

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Sorting through my Fiji images, I came across some shots of fields of leather corals. I certainly enjoyed photographing them and would position myself low and close to the reef to fill the frame with this one species. I felt it simplified a busy scene to focus on one animal.

 

But with the tropical blue water and subdued golden color of the corals, it was difficult to resist keeping the image in color. For me, monochrome converisions often are a result of lack of killer color. Here that was not the case. A little voice inside my head said "try black and white". Call it experience, call it schizophrenia. Either way, here is an alternate view of Fiji's tropical reefs.

 

Nikon D300

Tokina 10-17mm fisheye @ 14mm

1/250sec @ f14, ISO 200

Aquatica Housing and 8" Dome Port

2 Ikelite DS160 strobes with Manual Settings

  • NRVI PRO 5y

    beautiful in B&w. Do you have the same in colors ?
  • Raymond Larose -> raylarose.com 5y

    Usually not a fan of underwater shots, but this is just amazing, Jim!
  • Dan Grenier PRO 5y

    Wonderful photography...
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  • Algom@ 5y

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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  • Manu% 5y

    wonderful shot!
  • Mark Shaiken PRO 5y

    WOW. The textures are unbelievable!
  • Caleb Garvin 5y

    Awesome texture, It really works well in black and white!
  • Gerard Schuur 5y

    Wow! Spectacular!


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  • Colin Maduzia 5y

    What a unique image. Really great foreground light and surface light. Those corals are amazing. The perspective and contrast are so powerful.
  • Vance Taitano 5y

    Great stuff here Jimbo! Congrats to you and Kendra on your placements! Stiff competition this year for sure : )
  • J.J. Taylor PRO 5y

    Masterful. A work of art.
  • steve williams ARPS PRO 5y

    Excellent.
    Really like B&W underwater images
  • Justin Smith PRO 5y

    Wow, the texture in the coral is amazing!
  • Falling Thru The Lens 5y

    Wonderfully surreal! I can imagine the temptation to keep it in color, but I'm glad you didn't forgo this.
    I enjoyed this photo in Chasing Shadows.
  • Clo Hamelin 5y

    Beautiful matter, beautiful black and white. Le silence des profondeurs.
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  • Andrei Linde PRO 4y

    Beautiful!
  • Emma Websdale 4y

    Hi there,
    I am currently writing an article on species that live in coral reefs from a conservational approach, to gain interest of the species that flourish in coral reefs but are being jeopardise because of the dangers that face them. Please will you grant me with your permission to use this image in my article? All image credits will be given, alongside with a direct link to your image.
    I like to combine writing with the use of photography to inspire people of the wonderful natural world that surrounds us, to educate and promote conservation!
    I hope to hear back from you.
    Emma
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Taken on May 7, 2010
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