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Now You See Them . . .
Photograph by Tim Laman

Small orange basslets feed in clouds above a healthy Fijian reef, eating plankton borne by the currents. But when danger threatens (see next photograph), the waters clear instantly as basslets and other small prey dart into the protective shelter of the reef's corals. Alternating interludes of placid feeding and frantic flight make each reef pulse like a beating heart.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100F
Lens: 17-35mm @ 17mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Overcast, approximately 20 feet (6 meters) deep
Time of Day: Late afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Two underwater strobes used as fill for ambient light


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