Second Place, Open Portrait, Bluewaterphoto’s SoCal Shootout

Black Sea Bass in Flower Garden

Black Sea Bass in Flower Garden

So excited to place in the Bluewater Photo SoCal Shootout, underwater photo contest! I got second place in the Open Portrait category with my wide angle shot I call “Black Sea Bass in Flower Garden.”  The black sea bass is looking right at me and is framed in a huge structure covered with Corynactis californica.  The shot was taken with my Olympus TG-4 in Olympus housing with a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe.  I used the Fish Mode, Wide Angle 1 settings.  With this camera, I don’t have to know or understand much about settings, however, if you want to know, the settings were F-stop 2.8, Exposure time 1/60 sec., ISO speed ISO-200. For this contest no cropping was allowed, so what you see is what I took!  I spent most of 2 dives shootiing the black sea bass, there was a pair of large ones circling the area. It is really impressive that my compact camera came in 2nd competing with SLR and mirrorless cameras in the same category.

Find all of the winning images at Bluewater Photo 2016 Shootout Results.  Thank you BlueWater for a great contest!  I am looking forward to using my new Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobe.

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