POTW: October 2021 | Week 3

POTW-2021-10-3

I was on fire spotting cryptic teardrop crabs on our last night dive at Salt Pier. This little guy was one of three crabs I spotted that night – pretty good considering I had never spotted one on my own before.

These critters are so small, it is difficult to know which is the top and which is the bottom until I get them into LightRoom. Here, I get to see all of the details for these colorful tiny crabs.

Equipment and settings: Nikon D850 / INON z330 strobes / 60mm lens / f16.0 / 160/th / ISO 200  Location: Salt Pier Bonaire

Other winners in 2021…

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...

May 2021 | Week 4

May 2021 | Week 4

Angelfish are always a favorite to photograph, especially when they are friendly. This pair of French Angelfish didn't seem to mind that I was following them around for quite awhile snapping photos. Equipment and settings: Nikon D850 / Tokina 10-17mm / INON z330...

May 2021 / Week 3

May 2021 / Week 3

Since diving the ABC islands this past year, we have noticed an interesting behavior between Trumpetfish and Parrotfish. The Trumpetfish follows the Parrotfish while it is scavenging for food. I'm not sure how mutual this relationship is because it often appears the...