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Predators on Patrol

By pennyspike
Last for a while in the Snorkeller's World series so this is a bit of a mood change.

As the daylight rapidly disappears and photography is getting very difficult the predators start to become active. There is an atmosphere in the sea, the calm disappears with the daylight and a sense of purpose takes over the fish.

Just beneath the surface Red Snapper and voracious Half-beaks start rounding up the shoal fish. Out of the picture White-tipped Reef sharks roam.........

This image is different from the others but I thought you would like to see it. Most snorkellers are quite unaware of the changes that occur at duskWink

I used a camera in a Ewa-Marine bag and the images were taken duing one snorkel. The blended result shows you what I saw.

Tags: Sunset Maldives Water Fish Underwater Digitally manipulated Dive Snorkel Landscape and travel Snapper Half beak Wildlife and nature

Voters: A_Harrison, Badgerfred, jaspernina and 62 more

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A_Harrison 18 261 Canada
14 Jun 2007 10:56AM
You are making the most of these. Beautiful

Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
14 Jun 2007 11:04AM
jaspernina 15 1.0k Wales
14 Jun 2007 11:17AM

conrad 18 10.9k 116
14 Jun 2007 11:37AM
This is different indeed. Wonderful colours. I like it!
Ganto 16 769 2 Ireland
14 Jun 2007 11:43AM
Top class.

Kim Walton 19 145 30 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 11:45AM
Good work------to be honest i thought it was a put together work ,to do it incamera is something else---big click.
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 11:57AM
Thanks for commenting I did wonder how this one would be received after the others.
I don't want you to have the wrong impression of my skillsWinkIt has to be put together because I don't have the equipment to do it all in one but the component parts were all there at the time.
You can take a click away if you want toSad
Nic_WA 18 179 2 Australia
14 Jun 2007 11:57AM
These really are wonderful images...I've been telling a few people about them today Smile
NeilM 16 England
14 Jun 2007 12:00PM
very pleasing image.

Newtman 16 2 5
14 Jun 2007 12:02PM
It's a wonderful, dramatic image however you did it.
HowardA 15 231
14 Jun 2007 12:09PM
Strong work Penny. Dusk is a fantastic time - fish on the hunt. I can recommend a night dive for your husband over on Mayaa Thila in Ari atoll - the white-tips really get stuck in amongst the coral heads and the morays are out in force.

You've done really well with this - strange to have the clouds seemingly sharper than the fish but you've captured the mood perfectly. I like the menacing look on that red snapper! Congrats.
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 12:36PM
Thanks again, your comments as always, are always appreciated.
It was really difficult to get the fish as there was so little light and they don't hang about as you know. I took a lot to get one or two sharp.
The setting sun behind the clouds was also not easy while bobbing about, but too good to miss.
wyatturp 17 2 England
14 Jun 2007 3:12PM

mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.6k 2573 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 3:51PM
This gives a whole new meaning to dusk - extraordinary image.
Maiwand 16 3 73 England
14 Jun 2007 4:26PM
Wonderful image. Love it.
John_Humphreys 17 69 2 Ireland
14 Jun 2007 8:48PM
Brilliatn picture and such an informative description. John
User_Removed 19 16 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2007 10:19PM
what a contrast in colour!

chrissd 17 304 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 6:03AM
awesome again
g_parry 17 332 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 11:49AM
It's a shame to see this series finish - comment on this one and the series - wow

pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 11:56AM
Thanks for comments, they will be back. I'm just very busy with the group of Chernobyl children for the next few weeks and EPZ will have to take a back seat.
maggiem 18 339 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 11:57AM
So effective. Brilliant.
dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2007 6:44PM
You have a unique portfolio Penny and this is so dramatic..This is a truly wonderful piece of art.
TrevorPlumbe 16 60 England
16 Jun 2007 10:25AM
AWESOME SERIES fantastic portfolio,don't how I missed them
scott_jessuk 17 249 1 Scotland
16 Jun 2007 2:15PM
Wow truly amazing capture, excellent colours.

tomcat 17 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2007 9:01AM
An insight to something we wouldn't normally see
Well done Penny!!!

piccy 16 8 Wales
17 Jun 2007 4:59PM
Wow, pleased to be no 30.
17 Jun 2007 5:49PM
Fantastic and brings back happy memories to a frustrated UK snorkeller! I can see the standard I am aiming for now with my own images. Keep it up!
Steve-T Plus
15 56 66 England
17 Jun 2007 7:11PM
Brilliant. The colour and drama are excellent.
patsy88 15 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2007 7:18PM
I think its all been said, well done..
skydivemike 17 47 Northern Ireland
17 Jun 2007 9:12PM
Top work Penny.

joseph 16 England
18 Jun 2007 10:12PM
diver pete 18 71 1 New Zealand
19 Jun 2007 4:25AM
I think I like this one the best so far. Excellent shot, well done.
looboss 16 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 9:37PM
I like the idea but the light doesn't marry up! Sad Bottom half could of done with a touch of hue adjustment I think!
however! its still a great shot or shall I say, great shots Wink
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 9:46PM
Thanks for the interest and comments in this one. I'm quite surprised you're not fed up with them by nowWink
Hi Luis, Thanks for comments
It's not supposed to really because what you see top and bottom are so very different as the light goes rapidly and the blue changes to a more murky green. I did boost the sky a bit to show up those lovely rays. Please have a go at a mod to show me how you would like to see it.Smile
looboss 16 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 9:54PM
Well the problem is I am not that good at manipulating in PS but I will have a go, even if turns out not quite what I see in my minds eye Smile
looboss 16 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 10:11PM
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 10:18PM
Thanks Luis, You've certainly brought out the red in the Red SnapperSmile
imagio 16 12 1 England
1 Jul 2007 1:34PM
Another amazing image glad I found your pf its amazing..

StevenPrice 18 30 2 England
2 Jul 2007 4:26PM
another super idea very well done.

2 Jul 2007 7:02PM
Wow great gallery!
The contrast between the sky and underwater makes it look pretty surreal.
Nice work.
3 Jul 2007 10:00AM
well put together again .... especially good pics considering the poor light! Click*
6 Jul 2007 7:18PM
This is absolutely amazing!! click
17 Jul 2007 1:17PM
love it Penny. helen
magnus 18 661 5 United Arab Emirates
2 Aug 2007 11:13AM
Remarkable composition and construction!
Wibbles 15 1 England
19 Aug 2007 11:51AM
Another fantastic creation!
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2007 12:04AM
Thank you kindly Wibbles.
22 Apr 2008 12:13AM
Sahyadri 15 61 2 India
3 Jul 2008 1:58PM

( i have uploaded a picture of backwater fishing .. do drop by Smile)
Mavis 20 143 2 England
27 Oct 2008 10:21AM
Amazing to see Penny , even if it is a manipulation few of us would ever get shots as good as these . Sharpness and colours of that undersea world and a magnificent sunset . Your comments set me all ashiver you are brave being there at dusk Smile
BreadandShutter 13 16 7 United Kingdom
25 May 2009 5:19PM
Penny this is my personell favourite of your work
Penny you ROCK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
pennyspike 19 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
26 May 2009 7:26PM
Thanks, (blushingSmile)
1 Jun 2009 11:23AM
What a fantastic set of images. Well blended and interesting

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