Photo of the Week

March 2021 / Week 1
February 2021 / Week 3

Spotted Drumfish are hard to resist for an underwater photographer. They are typically shy fish, found under coral heads swimming endlessly in circles and “figure eights”, making their movements very predictable. In addition, the Spotted Drumfish go through very dramatic changes as they grow from juveniles to adults. The juveniles are very delicate with very long flowing fins – appearing almost as ribbons as the fish dance in the water. Even with the predictable swimming patterns, the juveniles can be a challenge to photograph given their preference for hard to reach locations, small size and agility – but well worth the effort.

As the fish start to mature, the fins get proportionately smaller and the fish start to lose their delicate build – but they continue to swim in endless circles. In addition, as they mature the fish start to develop distinctive white spots along the dorsal fin and tail.

Equipment and settings: Nikon D850 / 60mm / INON z330 strobes / f20 / 1/125th / ISO 160.  
Location: Marie Pampoen, Curaçao

Other winners…

March 2021 / Week 2

March 2021 / Week 2

This week's POTW is a macro view of a cup coral captured under the pier at Tugboat Beach. We typically don't see cup coral at any other sites in Curacao, but they can be found in abundance under the pier. The pier is a wonderland of marine life - the sponges and...

February 2021 / Week 3

February 2021 / Week 3

This week's winner was shot at Playa Piskado, which is my favorite dive site on Curacao. David and I always seem to run across something new here or we see old favorites. Our last dive started by seeing a group of squid, followed by turtles swimming towards and around...

February 2021 / Week 2

February 2021 / Week 2

This week's Photo of the Week is a school of Glassy Sweepers. I selected this photo because of the technical and timing challenges photographing these fish. They are extremely reflective, so trying to get the strobe lighting correct along with the shutter / aperture /...

February 2021 / Week 1

February 2021 / Week 1

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...

January 2021 / Week 4

January 2021 / Week 4

It was very difficult to choose this week's POTW winner. In fact, there was a split decision amongst the judges - however since I am the photographer and the author of this post, I am also tie breaker. I love cephalopods, and this octopus was extremely playful. In...

January 2021 / Week 3

January 2021 / Week 3

For this week's POTW, I had a limited number of photos to choose from. After an eight day surface interval due to a severe sore throat, I was finally able to get in the water yesterday and fire off some shots. Awwww - it felt so good. The fish in this photo is a...

January 2021 / Week 2

January 2021 / Week 2

This week's photo of the week is a juvenile Slender Filefish. I spotted two of these filefish in a gorgonian soft coral. The one in the photo is approximately 1 1/2 inches in length and was doing a phenomenal job evading my camera lens. The fish were very tricky to...

January 2021 / Week 1

January 2021 / Week 1

It's been a rainy January here in Curacao. It's my theory that the universe is trying to cleanse itself of the stench that was brought on by the year 2020. Happily 2021 brought on many changes and provided new diving adventures. Daan, of Rebel Diving introduced David...

December 2020 / Week 4

December 2020 / Week 4

This is the last Photo of the Week for 2020 and I feel lucky I shot it. I had a limited selection of photos as I as sidelined for most of the week - out with a mysterious sore throat and cough (but thankfully not Covid as we took a day out to get tested). Anyway, once...