PUFFERS

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Padang Bay, Bali, Indonesia

THE STORY

Went to dive “Jetty” for the fist time, so chose a 60mm lens for versatility, unaware of what I’d find. Also picked up the easy to handle Inons. I was not ready to see so many Longspined Porcupinefish (also known as Freckled Porcupinefish – Diodon holocanthus) and didn’t know about this behaviour. You usually see them one by one, in the reefs.

THE TECHNIQUE

So I had to improvise a bit of wide angle with a macro lens, with serious lack of strobe power. First thing was switch them to manual – full power, to avoid the pre-flash power loss. Then, stretched their long arms all way to the front opening just a bit, to reduce distance, thus increasing effectiveness. This seemed to be enough, so kept the f/16 for depth of field and reduced speed a bit for the back fins and background.

DIVE MADE WITH PLOUF DIVING

NIKON D7200, NIKON 60MM F/2.8 AF-D MICRO, 1/250, F/16, ISO 100

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