The Maldives - Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef resort - Hembadhu island
You need better than this camera but don't need expensive diving or photographic gear for snorkelling photography
Fujifilm Finepix F70 EXR - Auto - No flash - F3.3, 1/400 sec, Iso-200, Focal length 5mm
The camera and white balance
The Finepix F70 EXR lacks a white balance = 'underwater' setting which I consider vital.
In the banner shot above, photo editing software has done quite a bit. Tried to rescue this shot's colour with manual
rather than automatic white balance adjustment.
Not all the corals were anywhere near as bleached as they still appear.
A camera with 'underwater scene' mode sounds good but it takes control of too much.
It is having a camera with 'white balance set to 'underwater' which counts. This was used in the shot to the right.
Not a great shot, and despite the coral rubble background, the truer colours of the fish are apparent.
The guy above - Pomacanthus imperator - occurs in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Usually alone but
nice size as grow to nearly 16" (40cm).
Here, in his natural habitat, he's swimming over quite a lot of pale and bleached corals, looking as if he's in an aquarium with all the other fish.
With blue green pullers (green chromis), lots of Indo-Pacific sergents (the striped jobs) and a Pinstriped
butterflyfish just below his tail.
Juveniles differ in colour with contrasting bright blue and white rings -
They're omnivorous (ie eat anything).
Angelfish seem quite a neat bunch. Nice size, not too shy and neat to look at. Clearly designed for
A couple of relies - juvenile French Angelfish in Grand Cayman
and the Regal Angelfish in Lahami Bay (Red Sea), shown below.