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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Caballo diablo

"Wild as a coastal barranca,
Swift as the wind blowing free,
With two eyes like fire brands that glow in the night,
Somewhere up there he's waiting for me"

And that pretty much sums up the weather conditions again but with two out of three hurricanes in the vicinity, things were never going to be pretty up top. Just as well they were pretty amazing down below. 

Turtles were first on the list for the morning and we had one that was more than happy to cruise along with us out the the main wall with occasional stops for a nosh on the odd bit of sponge.

No angel fish in tow with this beauty but they did make an appearance once we got down at depth to one of my favourite little sponge formations.

And of course Spot turned up as well to hang out with us for a little bit whilst we fought against a stiff current to maintain position for some shots. Not easy, whether your behind or in front of the lens, it really takes it out of you.

We got a few more in on the wall before we headed back into the shallows. Lovely rope sponge formations as always, still healthy and intact crowded with fusiliers and basslets. Spectacular.

We made one final pass over the sand patch and garden eels before a stop at Amphitrite for another one with Spot, then we got down to the serious business of hunting for the small stuff.

Dusky jawfish are always interesting to shoot and patience is priceless when it comes to taking shots with these little guys. Very low and very slow is the order of the day. And then wait. And wait some more. And then some more till it gets used to you being there. Then have at it.

Pretty much same technique for orange saddled blennies as they can prove to be a bit flighty at times, so you really do need to wait till they settle down.

A good backdrop of colours and textures will also help add a little something something to the subject as well.

And if you're really lucky you can capture some sweetlips having a shouting match as you're passing by. Go on my son! Get in there and give it some!

But the real star of the show needs no introduction. Not often found but sometimes if you look hard enough, you might just find what you need. Hiding in the usual spot as all the others I've found previously, but the wife lead me to this one so props to her.

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