A Darker View

Tag "reef"
Spotted Boxfish

Spotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris)in a cave at The Hive

Flamebacked Coral Shrimp

Flamebacked Coral Shrimp (Stenopus pyrsonotus) under a boulder at ʻAuʻau Crater

Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby

Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby (Cathigastor jactator) in a cave at 25ft on the Puako reef

Red Reef Lobster

A red reef lobster (Enoplometopus occidentalis) in a cave at The Hive

Sometimes the photo does not quite work as planned. Turn to shoot the guys following me into a cave, except that the flash does not fire… It helps to turn it on. Expecting the result to be a discard, I am surprised to see a rather interesting photo…

Entering the Cave

Divers entering a cave, accidental long exposure as the flash did not fire.

Hawaiian Red Lionfish

Hawaiian red lionfish (Pterois sphex) on a cave ceiling

A good dive?

There may be a few criteria of a good diving experience. One of the top reasons I would call it a good dive… When the dive results in at least one really good photo.

This fellow was not in a cave, not in a wall, but out on the coral flats, and area not usually associated with great photo opportunities. Out on the flats the light is troublesome, in a cave or under an overhang I can control the light, eliminating the strong blue green hues that ruin so many photos. Under a coral head, I spot a fish just perched in the crevice. He did not move despite six or seven exposures with the camera a foot in front of him…

Redbarred Hawkfish

Redbarred hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus) perched in a reef crevice

Red Swimming Crab

Red swimming crab (Gonioinfradens paucidentata) in a reef ledge at Pentagon


A miniature garden of hydroids hang from a cave roof

Bluestripe Squirrelfish

Bluestripe squirrelfish (Sargocentron tiere) in a small cave at Pentagon