Sea anemones have always fascinated me. They are named after the anemone, a terrestrial flowering plant, due to it’s equally flashy appearance. I could easily watch them move for hours in the water. Their waving motion with the tide is rhythmic and entrancing. They are a close relative of coral and jellyfish. They spend most of their time attached to rocks waiting for fish to pass close enough for their venom-filled tentacles to ensnare their unwary prey.
During a visit to Bali we heard about muck diving. As this sounded awesome, we grabbed our gear and headed into some murky water. This area of Bali is known for some of the best macro photography underwater. The difficulty is finding everything. We spent over 1.5 hours floating in 20 feet of water searching for hidden micro animals. My wife lost her snorkel and I accidentally punched her in the face. I was trying to help her get suited up, but it’s something that I will probably never live down…
The tentacles on this sea anemone were striking to behold and came out as one of my favorite abstract macro photos. The hardest part of macro photography underwater is getting things in focus. There are a lot of techniques to try and get it right. Practice tends to be the best option. I can’t say how many pictures I take underwater that don’t quite turn out. That’s all part of the fun!
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