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Black water diving is becoming a rage in scuba diving world during the last several years. I finally got to do one as not every place is equipped to do it. Basically instead of usual night dive on a reef, you do night dive in the middle of deep sea with
strong light source hanging down from surface. My dive operator set up strong light source between 10-25 meters and we just hang out to see what showed up. The light would attract a lot of animal from the deep that usually are not seen during routine reef diving and after almost 40 years of diving on and off, I was able to see some animals that I have never seen before.

I used Nikon Z8, Nikon 60/2.8G, FTZ adapter, Nauticam housing, Sea $ Sea YS-D2 main strobe and Inon S2000 as filled strobe.
blanket octopus

























Paper Nautilus ( a type of octopus, not related to Chambered Nautilus) hitching a ride on a jellyfish



















few other stuffs I found.












































Oct 28, 2023 at 07:49 AM
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These images are really impressive. Thanks for sharing.

Any information you can provide about the brilliant colors would be appreciated. Bioluminescence, UV lighting, etc.?



Oct 28, 2023 at 10:27 AM
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Nice pictures but painfully slow to load...


Oct 28, 2023 at 11:12 AM
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What a beautiful creatures and colors!


Oct 28, 2023 at 12:20 PM
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So much fun

Great photos and I don't think I've ever caught underwater photography here before.

Thanks for sharing

Lil



Oct 28, 2023 at 12:51 PM
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What an impressive set of images, things we just don't see otherwise! YGMV

Bob



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These are stunners.

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Breathtaking images, truly works of art both from you and nature!

Karl



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Glorious colors, Suteetat!
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Impressive work!
I have never seen any of these species and will probably never see them in their ecosystem so thanks a lot for sharing!



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Something different for a change. Great set.


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ElvisD wrote:
These images are really impressive. Thanks for sharing.

Any information you can provide about the brilliant colors would be appreciated. Bioluminescence, UV lighting, etc.?



These were all shots with Sea and Sea YS-D2 main strobe and Inon S2000 fill strobe (my 2nd YS-D2 decided to die on this trip, luckily a friend has a spare strobe. These strobes all have temperature somewhere near 5000K. I just used day light WB as a starting point and adjust a little bit more. Just standard underwater strobe for underwater photography. Focus light was a Weefine Solar Flare 7000 light which is a bit warmer than day light.
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hosebag wrote:
Nice pictures but painfully slow to load...


Thanks.
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Chris Dees wrote:
What a beautiful creatures and colors!

Thanks, I really enjoy shooting them.
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Lil Judd wrote:
So much fun

Great photos and I don't think I've ever caught underwater photography here before.

Thanks for sharing

Lil


Thanks
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Bobg657 wrote:
What an impressive set of images, things we just don't see otherwise! YGMV

Bob

Thanks, I scuba dive for a long time but only saw some of these creatures for the first time as well.
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morris wrote:
These are stunners.

Morris

Thanks
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Karl Witt wrote:
Breathtaking images, truly works of art both from you and nature!

Karl

Thanks
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douter wrote:
Glorious colors, Suteetat!
Douglas

Thanks, Douglas
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juankgigo wrote:
Impressive work!
I have never seen any of these species and will probably never see them in their ecosystem so thanks a lot for sharing!

Thanks, many of these species are my first as well.
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cs3is wrote:
Something different for a change. Great set.


Thanks



Oct 29, 2023 at 10:18 AM
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Winner! Great job!


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George DeCamp wrote:
Winner! Great job!

Thanks George.




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Incredible pictures, YGMV. I know you've been diving a long time but I can still feel the awe and wonder in your shots. Always something new to see out there, and you brought some of it to us, thanks!
Eric



Oct 31, 2023 at 07:28 AM
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Super cool! I've only shot while free diving (& that was a while ago), the only "black water" being in Norway in November in dry suits. I thought that was cool, but nothing compared to this set. I hope you do more & keep posting them!


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Very interesting and unique images. Fantastic job !
Gary



Oct 31, 2023 at 09:42 AM
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Truly amazing work !! What glorious subjects that I certainly will never see . Amazing set.

Birdie



Nov 01, 2023 at 09:26 AM
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Wow. How cool is that?


Nov 01, 2023 at 11:37 AM
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Erictator wrote:
Incredible pictures, YGMV. I know you've been diving a long time but I can still feel the awe and wonder in your shots. Always something new to see out there, and you brought some of it to us, thanks!
Eric


thank you. I used to do a lot of macro photography underwater but kind of switched over to wide angle for most dives in the last several years (part of it is the location where I went as well). This is the first trip where it is 100% macro photography in the last 9-10 years I think.

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Monika C wrote:
Super cool! I've only shot while free diving (& that was a while ago), the only "black water" being in Norway in November in dry suits. I thought that was cool, but nothing compared to this set. I hope you do more & keep posting them!

I think I am hooked to black water this is a brand new experience for me.
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
Very interesting and unique images. Fantastic job !
Gary


Thanks, Gary.

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birdied wrote:
Truly amazing work !! What glorious subjects that I certainly will never see . Amazing set.

Birdie


Thanks Birdie.
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groob wrote:
Wow. How cool is that?

Thanks





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