Canon Camera, dual inon strobes, +7 wet lens
18 meters (59 feet at depth) during a day dive
When I am coming up on anemones, I am always looking for crabs, shrimps or clownfish to compliment the shot. You have to take what nature gives you. I was fortunate that this crab was sitting right in the middle of the anemone. Getting partial shots or angle shots are typical but not ideal. These guys have a tendency to be hidden on the side or underneath the anemone. I was the first camera to come up on the porcelain crab so he wasn’t agitated or restless. The crab was just settled in, relaxing. I tried to move in as slowly as I could to get a couple close up shots and then move on with the group. The wet lens helps with magnification but you have to have a much closer working distance to the subject to maximize clarity. The strobes were set in a manual setting which gives the image softer, more natural light. This helps prevent the image from being over exposed, while still showing off lighter colors. The porcelain crab has a symbiotic relationship with the anemone. A porcelain crab protects anemones from invaders and the mucus from the anemone gives the crab the nutrients it needs. These mutualist characteristics promote a long-standing relationship where they live in harmony for a long time. Porcelain crabs and the anemone fortunately together can show some good colors in their pictures, too. This was the first and last time I saw a porcelain crab just sitting in the middle of the anemone. I feel very fortunate to get this photo. I think this porcelain crab was less than 2 inches in width and as you can see looks to be in great health.
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