Two Gobies in a Bottle


Two Gobies in a Bottle



Anilao, Philippines



Canon Camera, with one inon strobe with a retra snoot, +12 wet lens



17 meters (55 feet in depth) during a day dive

I had seen gobies in a bottle on the previous dive, but my experience getting shots of them was limited.  Just the day before I was using my retra snoot and was thinking about shooting the gobies with it.  A snoot is a light shaping device to help bring attention to smaller subjects by just having a fraction of the light on a subject, than what a regular strobe would produce.  These gobies are less than an inch long and loved their little home to this glass bottle.  I was obsessed with getting this shot.  I told the dive guide to leave me next to the gobies for the entire dive.   I laid in front of that bottle for an hour waiting for the right moment for these gobies to come out.  I knew I would be good on the air because I didn’t move at all the entire dive.  At first, I was too close to the bottle.  It took me 15 minutes to figure this out.  When I moved back about 8 inches that is when I knew I was in the right spot.  The gobies came out for me almost right away.   I think these gobies had a lot personality and for both of them to be in the shot, was really fitting.  The picture represents the colors, textures and personalities of these guys.  The light shaping device, the retra snoot, attached to my strobe emitted a fraction of the light to showcase the gobies faces.  The wet lens helped magnify the image and sharpen the clarity of their eyes.  The diameter of the glass bottle opening was about 1 inch. 

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