POTW: February 2021 / Week 1

Yellow Headed Wrasses

This was another tough week for judging the POTW. Again it came down to two photos and again yours truly served as the tie breaker. The subject for the two photos under consideration were the same. It was a couple of Yellow Head Wrasse engaging in either aggressive or romantic behavior – I’m not quite sure which. As I was observing the fish, I notice they both were locking open jaws – somewhat resembling a kiss. However when I opened the images in LightRoom and noticed the exposed teeth, it seems they are exhibiting some sort of dominance behavior.

Regardless of the behavior, I think the photo turned out great – especially considering I didn’t have time to change any of the settings on my camera fearing I would miss my window of opportunity.

Equipment and settings: Nikon D850 / 60mm / INON z330 strobes / f16 / 1/160th / ISO 320.  
Location: The Garden at Blue Bay, Curaçao

Other winners in 2021…

September 2021 / Week 2

September 2021 / Week 2

This shy red Sea Horse was spotted by our dive guide Jolanda of Beyond the Coral Dive Center in Bonaire. Jolanda is amazing at spotting great u/w subjects like seahorses and frogfish. This lovely critter was one of a pair of Sea Horses at Chogogo dive site. The...

September 2021 / Week 1

September 2021 / Week 1

If you dive at night in Bonaire, the odds are with you that you will see a Tarpon or two (or three). The tarpon are attracted to divers because they eat the fish that are attracted to a diver's light. It can be a bit unsettling at first - a large silver fish whizzes...

August 2021 / Week 3

August 2021 / Week 3

Due to health issues, it's been awhile since I've posted a POTW - but I'M BACK BABY!!!  I had been dry docked for about a month and on my first dive back, David found this Mantis Shrimp at Invisibles in Bonaire. He stood guard as I was shooting something else at...

July 2021 / Week 2

July 2021 / Week 2

Photos of the Pederson Shrimp are pretty common, but I like the perspective of the shrimp in this image. The head and antenna of shrimp are in focus and at eye level. The soft, blurred background helps to emphasize the focused parts of the image. Equipment and...

July 2021 / Week 1

July 2021 / Week 1

I was fortunate to spot this adorable juvenile Smooth Trunkfish at Bari Reef in Bonaire. It was about the size of a marble and was moving all about, making the image a bit challenging to capture. But I was up for the challenge and fired off a number of shots with a...

June 2021 / Week 4

June 2021 / Week 4

David and I had an amazing "frogfish" week where we saw six different frogfish across two different dive sites in Bonaire. We saw one of the frogfish at "The Lake" and our dive guide Jolanda from Beyond the Corals found five frogfish at Salt Pier. While at Salt Pier,...

June 2021 / Week 3

June 2021 / Week 3

This week we are featuring a Creole Wrasse being cleaned by a couple of juvenile Spanish Hogfish and a juvenile Bluehead Wrasse. This is a common occurrence however I haven't been able to capture a good image of this behavior until now. Equipment and settings: Nikon...

June 2021 / Week 2

June 2021 / Week 2

You have to get up early to dive Atlantis in Bonaire in order to minimize the encounters with the kite surfers, but it is worth it!! On our first visit we spotted several turtles and rays. The reefs are pristine and teeming with fish in both the deep and the shallows....

June 2021 / Week 1

June 2021 / Week 1

David and I went out early to dive Atlantis in Bonaire before the kite surfers hit the water and it paid off. It was a beautiful day - the sun was out, the water was clear and there was no current to speak of. David spotted this Crinoid atop a green sponge at a...