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Passing Through

By pennyspike
Next one in the series 'Snorkeller's World'
This time it's the time when a shoal of Powder Blue Surgeonfish swam towards me. This doesn't happen too often as they will usually swim away from you or past you.
The seaplane is just the other side of the reef and isn't going to part my hair, although we are quite close. I've cloned out the landing stage.
Doing this series of pictures has taken me back to a very favourite place and activity. Pure indulgence! Thanks for sharing them with me.

Tags: Maldives Fish Digitally manipulated Dive Under water Seaplane Landscape and travel Sea surgeon fish Wildlife and nature Snorkellers World

Voters: RickConnell, Badgerfred, kevski and 297 more

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RickConnell 11 19
11 Jun 2007 1:05PM
What a great image. I especially love the mid point where the water has distorted the colours of the fish.


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kevski 11 14 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 1:06PM
What a beautiful shot this is .Love it.
Hop-A-Long 11 52 1 England
11 Jun 2007 1:08PM
That really is another fabulous shot. Nice work.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
11 Jun 2007 1:18PM
Another wonderful combination of images. I'm not much of a swimmer, but this would almost make me want to take up snorkelling!
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
11 Jun 2007 1:26PM
A beautiful image. Those fish are amazing!
Newtman 12 2 5
11 Jun 2007 1:33PM
Penny, I think it is we who should be thanking you for sharing a great series of images with us rather than the other way around.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 1:42PM
Thanks for comments.
Conrad, snorkelling in the safety of the lagoon is possible for the weakest swimmer. You can find plenty to see even in the shallows.
We've helped many a nervous snorkeller to overcome their fears. People keep asking us how we see more than they do, the answer is simple we spend many more hours looking.
Rob_Smith 11 10 England
11 Jun 2007 1:42PM
Penny, you are very clever, this series of shots is wonderful !
wyatturp 12 2 England
11 Jun 2007 1:58PM
They work so well and good to look at.

NeilM 11 England
11 Jun 2007 2:29PM
an amazing image Penny, love it.

HowardA 11 231
11 Jun 2007 2:38PM
Nice work Penny. I like the parrotfish that's lurking amidst the school of powder blues! You're right, unless they're feeding and gathered around a coral bommie it's pretty hard to get them swimming head on to you. Well done with the half-half and keep up the 'indulgence' Wink
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 4:04PM
just wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
chrissd 12 304 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 4:33PM
my goodness this is amazing
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 6:45PM
These are truly beautiful enter another world don't you..fabulous images for us to share,
Julian 13 76 3 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 6:58PM
Totally amazing again.
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 7:08PM
I do hope you're doing something with these Penny! another super piece

kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
11 Jun 2007 8:43PM
i think its great
nothsafoto 12 170 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 9:19PM
Another superb combo Penny. These get better and better.

Possum 11 148 England
11 Jun 2007 10:09PM
This is a magnificent shot and richly deserves the EC.
sheilac 14 162 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 10:10PM
Amazing shot, perfect exposure. Great!
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 10:17PM
Oooh. I've never, ever expected an EC. This is a great way to end a busy Monday.
Thanks Pete and everybody else who has given me the encouragement to post this series of images that I've wanted to create for ages.
I love you all. xxx
John_Humphreys 12 69 2 Ireland
11 Jun 2007 10:47PM
Spectacular Penny and the EC is well deserved. John
Mari 14 1.8k United Kingdom
11 Jun 2007 11:33PM
Wow, thats brilliant, such colour - you can tell that its a bit of a passion of yours, its amazing. Very well done on the EC (love your acceptance speech LOL) so have a big round of applause to go with it

Mari :0)
Nic_WA 13 179 2 Australia
12 Jun 2007 12:09AM
Wonderful - in the truest sense of the word. Well deserved EC Smile
12 Jun 2007 7:27AM
This is a magazine shot. Professional work.
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 9:12AM
A fantastic shot! congrats on your EC well deserved.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
12 Jun 2007 9:35AM
absolutely brilliant.
RoddBC 12 40 United States
12 Jun 2007 10:13AM
I'm loving these mods! Excellent in everyway! Keep them coming.

HarryStan 13 50 Australia
12 Jun 2007 10:53AM
Very classy shot, well desrved EC...
SueTurner 13 81 3 England
12 Jun 2007 11:39AM
what a brill series you have going here, and really well done on your EC,

patsy88 11 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 12:01PM
Just brilliant...
Geraint 11 715 34 Wales
12 Jun 2007 12:12PM
Must be the Maldives from the paint job on the seaplane! A superb shot, and a great idea. Brought back memories of my time there. Congratulations on your EC too!
Morpyre Plus
13 1.6k 8 Wales
12 Jun 2007 12:51PM
congratulations on a very well deserved EC

a beautiful image, wonderful colours and lighting and a great idea for an image - i would love to swim around in tropical sea especially if i had a good camera with me =)
catnappin 11 666 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:15PM
Simply superb, congratulations on the EC, very well deserved. Jacqui.
IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 1:31PM
An exceptional image, a treat for the eyes, and well deserving of its EC.
AlanBW 12 20 England
12 Jun 2007 1:34PM
Truly outstanding work, congrats on the well-deserved EC
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 2:03PM
Thanks again for your comments.
I can recommend swimming in a tropical sea for taking away all the cares and woes. I really think it should be available on the NHS. You should see the difference in people as they finish their holidays, it's taken years off them.Wink
TommyStr 12 9 3 Norway
12 Jun 2007 3:27PM
Had to get an EC, simply amazing!
Topcat 14 3
12 Jun 2007 6:27PM
Fantastic congrats on the EC
S_Boulding 11 72 England
12 Jun 2007 7:08PM
This so gorgeous. Great Shot. Looks like a lovely sea!
Maddie 13 2.7k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 7:26PM
well done on both awards Penny Smile
stevie Plus
14 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 9:51PM
Wow, that's an amazing image!
GarethRobinson 11 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2007 11:07PM
Emmm, will Outstanding do ok... hehe
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 8:31AM
Thanks again, every comment is appreciated.
conrad 13 10.9k 116
13 Jun 2007 9:32AM
You got an EC for this, that's wonderful - congratulations! (And I'll remember your encouraging words about snorkelling...)
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
13 Jun 2007 1:34PM
Excellent and well done Penny. Smile
g_parry 12 332 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2007 1:39PM

This series is fascinating. Excellent photography, magic scenes and just a little envy from me Wink
martinproe 12 293 5 England
13 Jun 2007 7:42PM
Congratulations Penny on a stunning Image,,,,,again!
ESP 11 26 England
13 Jun 2007 11:16PM
Sublime , colourful , vivid , inventive , magical , wonderful photograph.

I am not suprised this stunning piece of work has received so much attention and an EC Smile

Your pictures and commentry are a pleasure to look in on..........we ALL just WISH WE WERE THERE !!!!!

Ceciliat 13 6 Philippines
14 Jun 2007 5:46AM
Excellent work, congrats on your well deserved award....
daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 12:07PM
A very well deserved EC for such an unusual image. A real pleasure to view.

stevenb Plus
14 265 6 England
14 Jun 2007 8:28PM
This is so good a well deserved EC, wish it was mine. keep the good work coming.

phillips 12 69 2 Scotland
15 Jun 2007 7:39AM
Well deserved EC.

ericfaragh Plus
14 149 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 8:33AM
Congratulations on a popular and original series.
RosaB 11 61 2 Greece
15 Jun 2007 10:04AM
This is brilliant Penny and many congratulations on your well deserved EC!
maggiem Plus
13 339 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 11:53AM
How different is this!!!! Love it. Many congrats on the EC, so well deserved.
carterart 14 74 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 11:56PM
Can't find the words - just stunning
helena 14 134 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2007 2:08PM
Simply brilliant, well done and congratulations on getting the EC, Tara x
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2007 12:25AM
Thanks for your comments, it's my first EC so reading your kind words has been very encouraging.
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2007 6:53PM
such an unusual image a well deserved EC.

Steve-T 11 56 66 England
17 Jun 2007 7:14PM
Echo what has already been said. Superb.
skydivemike 13 47 Northern Ireland
17 Jun 2007 9:13PM
Outstanding in every way. Congrats on your Very well deserved EC.

djmaz 11 31
17 Jun 2007 9:50PM
how do you get them like that it is really good
i love it ceep it up

Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 12:38AM
best perspective distortion image i have ever seen !

A real joy to stare at .

18 Jun 2007 2:55AM
Cracking image!
paulstefan 13 509 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 11:38AM
Congrats on POTW, Penny.
Very well deserved for such an excellent and captivating shot.
Cheers, Paul
ESP 11 26 England
18 Jun 2007 11:59AM
Fantastic to see this on the front page as less than it...or you deserveSmile


dionne 14 29 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 12:15PM
WOW! How fantastic! Congratualtions of getting the POTW!!! Well done! Excellent picture!
Kind regards
Dionne x
catnappin 11 666 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 12:18PM
Congratulations Penny, very well deserved, I have enjoyed the whole series , but this is definitely special.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
18 Jun 2007 12:51PM
Incredible beautiful, superb composition

ian walker 13 716 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 1:15PM
jimthistle73 14 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 3:29PM
This is crying out to be on the cover of an expensive, glossy, coffee table book. Fantastic.
Kris_Dutson 15 8.2k 1 England
18 Jun 2007 3:34PM
Well done Penny.
Boagman65 11 2 1 Scotland
18 Jun 2007 3:59PM
Superb just Superb!!

jakcie 11 8 Ireland
18 Jun 2007 4:01PM
Very well deserved on POTW and I love it so much.
Best Regards
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
18 Jun 2007 4:06PM
Superb. VERY worthy of all its awards Penny.
landandlight 12 46 Scotland
18 Jun 2007 4:21PM
Stunning shot, well done.
HowardA 11 231
18 Jun 2007 4:41PM
POTW too!! Well done Penny - you must be very happy. Great stuff.
Alanman 11 3
18 Jun 2007 5:55PM
Remarkably good.
blackbird 11 159 15 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2007 6:26PM
Penny I'm so pleased for you, I've just logged in to find you've got POTW!!!
absolutely wonderful Smile
Darren9330 11 1 Maldives
18 Jun 2007 7:44PM
Stunning shot Penny, well done on the POTW!!

I remember our holiday in the Maldives and it was simply amazing.


peachT 12 3
18 Jun 2007 9:25PM
a wonderful shot, those little fish are so beautiful and I love the above and below the water line composition - a well deserved potw, congratulations! Smile
Cowbags 13 436 England
18 Jun 2007 9:33PM
Oh wow Penny! Yet another excellent image. Congratulations on both the EC and the POTW!!

diver pete 14 71 1 New Zealand
19 Jun 2007 4:05AM
Well done Penny, this is great. Especially like the reflection of the fish in the surface.
Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2007 10:49AM
Absolutely amazing. Where's Nemo?
DiegoDesigns 12 117 6 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2007 4:02PM
Quite extraordinary in every respect. Deserves full credit...

Photogene 12 176 Wales
19 Jun 2007 4:46PM
glad to be 130 - wonderful work.

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
19 Jun 2007 10:23PM
I've just come in after a couple of days away to find this. I'm gobsmacked.
Thanks to Pete and all of you who have been kind enough to keep on encouraging me.
There will be more but not for a while.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
19 Jun 2007 11:37PM
This series has been brilliant Penny. Totally inspiring and has just got better and better.Love all the movement in this.
Congrats on EC and POW truly deserved for your efforts.
neptune 15 76 England
20 Jun 2007 7:49AM
A stunning and very unusual shot. Well done!
Chriscj 12 96 1 England
20 Jun 2007 10:06AM
Wonderful work, well done on your EC and POTW.

mattw 14 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 2:24PM
Simply a beautiful and inspiring image Penny
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 4:45PM
Oh look, I'm sandwiched between to Dahlis, how surreal is that?
Thanks again for continuing to comment, it's amazing to know so many of you have looked at this.
I'm open to any comments or questions if anybody wants to know more.
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
20 Jun 2007 5:03PM
Having seen this I was drawn to your PF and have added you to my favourites. Lovely work. Quite different. PAul
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 6:34PM
Thankyou Paul.
20 Jun 2007 8:35PM
This is amazing!! I saw this image a week ago when I first looked at this site, and am still blown away. Is this an actual photo or is it mixed media? I am impressed!!

By the way...thank you for the invite, I'm having fun with all the awesome work here!
debster 14 693 3 England
20 Jun 2007 9:46PM
It seems I've missed a whole lot recently Penny, including this!!

Another stunning piece of work and much deserving on the EC and POTW - many, many congratulations....may it be the first of more to come!

markp11 14 4 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 9:53PM
Wow, really great shot, brings back memories from my visit last year to Komandoo, and you're right about the years taken off peoples lives.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 10:44PM
Thanks Debbie, Kellie and Mark.
A couple of points.
These pictures represent reality in as much as I could see this scene but it was created by blending top and bottom together later. It isn't possible with my equipment to do it in one shot. I wish it was.
Mark: I don't want people to get the wrong impression, it takes years off looks but not livesWink
In fact I think it could add years on.
jeanie Plus
14 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2007 4:11PM
Stunning work and very well done on the EC/POTW... well deserved.

wyatturp 12 2 England
21 Jun 2007 7:45PM

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2007 10:19PM
Thanks again. All these views and votes but no-one has done a mod yetSad
I'm not precious about it please feel freeWink
dalowsons 14 89 Australia
22 Jun 2007 1:21AM
This is so amazing ! Reminds me of those fantasy posters you can buy. One of the best photos I've seen in ages, congrats on a well deserved POTW !
RosaB 11 61 2 Greece
22 Jun 2007 7:32AM
Many congratulations on POTW Penny! Well deserved!
Goggz 11 2.3k 72 Wales
22 Jun 2007 8:20AM
'S beachless!

A picture that dreams are made of! Mucho gracias & congratulations in abundance for the awards! Most deservedly POTW!

Cheers, Goggz
stevekhart 12 4.5k 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 10:25AM
Fantastic montage, well done on the POTW, the canvas will look great!
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 10:29AM
I'm really looking forward to seeing it on canvas, but it's all your comments that are the real icing on the cake. To think so many people have looked at it and enjoyed is a good feeling!
anne_h 11 Netherlands
22 Jun 2007 10:39AM
Hey Penny,
I love this shot, how do you do it? Do you use an underwater camera for the bottom half? If so, which one, I have to get myself one!!
It looks amazing!
Smile Anne
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 11:28AM
I'm in the water for all of it Anne. I use a dslr in a Ewa marine bag and take top and bottom separately. It works because it is the view I see while swimming. The difficult bit is blending the two images to maintain the realistic view.
Some of the other pics in the series have a few more details. I've now put them into an album if you care to take a look.
Thanks for your comment.
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 3:59PM
These need to be in a book!!!
VintageRed 12 15 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2007 9:37PM
Enjoyed the different perspective of your "snorkeller's World" series. Congrats on your EC and a very satisfying photo of the week.
David 16 32 Scotland
23 Jun 2007 10:34AM
Superb vision and excellent PS work. I can see this as an 'Opening Shot' in one of the many photographic magazines.


jamescoates 11 44 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2007 11:04AM
Another cracking shot, very effective.
looboss 11 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2007 10:02PM

Now this must feel good Smile
geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
24 Jun 2007 7:05AM
Sorry I've not been commenting to much lately, been a little busy. This is great capture like the distorted fish in the swell
User_Removed 11 485 13 England
25 Jun 2007 8:58AM
breathtaking shot
GeorgeRusky 12 1 4
25 Jun 2007 8:05PM
Top class performance!
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2007 11:53PM
Thanks for continuing to comment and special thanks to Luis for the mod. I've been away and just noticed it. I do wish they's reintroduce the mod notification.
Your mod has plenty of impact Luis and I think it looks good. I tried to stay true to reality and did not do very much manipulation apart from the blending but I have to say your mod jumps off the screen.
I'm very pleased you felt that you could join in the fun. It probably won't ever happen again so I'm making the most of it Smile Smile Smile Penny
shortski 12 3 1 England
1 Jul 2007 12:59AM
Absolutely amazing pic..well done......jojo
imagio 11 12 1 England
1 Jul 2007 1:33PM
An amazing peice of imagery, deserves ed..

Micoo 12 United Kingdom
1 Jul 2007 7:03PM
Hi Penny,
This is the first time i've viewed your work and its breath taking, fantastic images!
Mic x
3 Jul 2007 9:57AM
I have to echo Mic's comment above .... superb work indeed! Click*
ChristineL 13 39 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2007 7:45AM
this is wonderful, superb manipulation,
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2007 11:19PM
wow !!!!!!!!
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2007 12:47PM
Thanks for continuing to comment, the thrill for me hasn't worn off yet, I love every one.
GlenD 11 United States
8 Jul 2007 4:58AM
Stunning Keith says WOW!
12 Jul 2007 1:31AM
Stunning work in all aspects, and the looboss modification is fantastic too Smile

warb 14 839
12 Jul 2007 3:02PM
another wow, nicely done.
pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2007 10:48PM
Thanks Glen, Noe and warb. I appreciate your comments.
Tusha 10 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2007 5:17PM
Wow!!!! Absolutely mindblowingly fantastic.
Fishnet 14 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2007 8:06AM
Penny, BIG respect to you, I have a terror of fish and admire anyone that can get close to them lol

Wonderful beautiful photo.
jaspernina 11 1.0k Wales
17 Aug 2007 10:28AM
It has all been said, stunning.

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2007 7:52PM
Steinmachine 14 80 Scotland
20 Aug 2007 2:27AM
This is a magnificent shot and richly deserves the EC.And its made the September edition of Digital SLR Photography magazine well done.

Amazing portfolio

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2007 4:49PM
Why thank you kindly Derek.
20 Aug 2007 9:54PM
Wow just absolutely fantastic portfolio,enjoyed the veiw.really inspiring.keep up the good work Penny.

pennyspike 15 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2007 11:02PM
Thanks Steve.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
31 Aug 2007 12:39PM
It was good to see this in Digital SLR magazine.
greystone 11 3
19 Oct 2007 8:58PM