Blue-Ringed Octopus, Okinawa Japan

Subject

Blue-Ringed Octopus

Location

Okinawa, Japan

Equipment

Canon Camera dual inon strobes with red light, +6 wet lens

Dive

13 meters (43 feet at depth) during a night dive

Blue-Ringed Octopus can have a lot of different colors.  Sometimes they will have dull blue rings and hardly any color at all.  Other times they will have dark blue rings, and orange texture to their skin.  This one had light texture of blue rings and an off white that was a little different than what, I am accustomed to shooting.  I remember the octopus moving around and then for brief moment he paused.  It was at that moment I felt he was almost comfortable to pose for a photo.  It was not for long but I was able to get a few shots and then he was on his way.  I was shooting with manual light in the lowest setting in the camera.  This allowed the image to not be blown out by the strobes but still get the natural light the octopus had.  I had red light on him so I could see him in the dark and get very close.  The strobes over powered the red light so they did not show in the picture.  The wet lens I used was a thick piece of class.  Each of my wet lenses has a magnetic attachment.  The front of my camera also had a magnet ring so I could switch between wet lens quickly if I wanted to.  This was a huge time saver.  Screwing in wet lenses on and off not only takes time but the salt in the water sometimes causes the lens to stick in the 67m thread of the camera housing.  When I was shooting this blue ring, I had my camera set up for a lower ISO.  The camera was so close I did not need extra brightness in the image.

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