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Old Sep 9, 2010, 6:27 AM   #1
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Not much chance to get outside at the moment, work busy and wife forcing me to suffer my pet hate, re-decorating !

However I am managing to bring yesteryears photos into Aperture, update them, and then post them onto SmugMug (love the plugin for Aperture). So that's what I present here, taken at Kapulai (a permanent sand bank near Mabul, Borneo) :

Mating Mandarin Fish. These gorgeous little creatures, with almost fluorescent colouring, are all of 6 cms (ca. 2 ins) when fully grown, come out to mate (esp. just before, during and just after the full moon) at dusk, so I had a long wait on the sea floor, 90 mins in just 3 metres (10 feet) of water, I kept so still I even had to fend off sea urchins on the march !

The mating ritual is spectacular, they come together then shoot skywards for up to a metre at the same time releasing sperm & eggs into the current, this goes on for maybe 10-15 mins and then they disappear in a flash. Worth every minute of the wait.

This was taken with an ...... wait for it ..... Olympus 3040 (3 mp) in a Inon housing and with WA lense attached to the front of the housing. Notice the detritus suspended in the water.

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Old Sep 9, 2010, 2:37 PM   #2
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A really nice capture from a classic, but capable, older camera. Look forward to seeing some more shots.

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Old Sep 10, 2010, 4:09 PM   #3
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A really nice capture from a classic, but capable, older camera. Look forward to seeing some more shots.

Steve R.
Thanks Steven !

I'm still processing the old shots but there is a folder of those done already on Smugmug (see link below) - you're very welcome to check them out and any comments are appreciated.
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