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"I was on a blackwater dive with a member of the Roddenberry family (of Star Trek fame) watching a parade of underwater aliens drift past when this larval cusk eel swam by. The external stomach helps the developing fish grow as fast as possible by eeking every last bit of nutrition from its every meal. Out of the four divers underwater that day, we had over 1000 blackwater dives under our belt and none of us had ever seen anything like it." - Jeff MilisenJeff Milisen. Courtesy of UWPG.
The use of these particular filters makes the fluorescence of some animal species stand out. They are typically used in night diving, but for this photo I used them during the day.
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The story: In the last summer a conjunction of several factors: the sea temperature rise in conjunction with coelenterates reproduction period and the decrease of natural predators, dramatically boosted the population of Rhizostoma pulmo. Then Mistral wind and currents concentrated thousands of individuals of jellyfishes in the shallow water of Versilia coast. Calm sea and unusually good visibility motivated me to explore this fascinating subject from a photographic standpoint, exploiting the soft light of the early morning and sunset.
The story: It's a small filefish always camouflages in soft coral. I used 2 diopters which has very short focus distance for this shot, so I had to hold myself still to avoid scaring away this cute fellow.
The story: Owing to the shallow depth of field of super macro photography, it is hard to get both claws, face and tentacles in focus. Therefore i had kept shooting when I feel all these target points nearly rest in same focal plane. I have took around 60 shoots in order to get the skeleton shrimp stay in the centre of the frame and all target points in sharp focus.
The story: This photo was taken on the North coast of the Balearic island Minorca on a place called Punta den Siulet. It shows a Felimare picta in a very nice posing. The proplem was to bring the sun and nudi together in this shot because there was very little space for the housing and strobe. So I had to wait about 10 minutes. When I have seen the result of the shot I just thought "in the end it was a good idea to let my buddy wait.
"I was on a blackwater dive with a member of the Roddenberry family (of Star Trek fame) watching a parade of underwater
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Jeff Milisen. Courtesy of UWPG.
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See Winning Photos From the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Competition

One of the most prestigious underwater photo contests in the world has announced its winners, and they include captivating and rarely seen images of mysterious marine life.

More than a dozen photographers who specialize in capturing creatures lurking in the deep ocean blue took home over $70,000 in prizes in the 2015 Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition. The contest, organized by the Underwater Photography Guide, is in its fifth year and attracts photographers from more than 50 countries, according to Discovery News.

Photographer Jeff Milisen snapped his winning “Best of Show” image of a larval cusk eel while diving in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, he explains on the guide’s website. “We had over 1,000 blackwater dives under our belt and none of us had ever seen anything like it, whether on Earth or boldly going elsewhere!” he said.

The eel has “possibly never been photographed before or even seen underwater by a diver,” judge Scott Gietler said on the website. "These subjects are incredibly difficult to find, focus on, and light -- a true winner,” Gietler told Discovery News.

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