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The Absent Spectrum - Vatu-i-Ra Channel, Fiji | by Jim Patterson Photography
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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

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Taken on May 7, 2010