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by dphershman
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: a purple dirona and an Eubranchus sanjuanensis
Replies: 1
Views: 701

a purple dirona and an Eubranchus sanjuanensis

I did a couple of dives in the San Juans this past Sunday and had a couple of interesting finds. The first was a violet colored Dirona albolineata . Down here in south puget sound they're typically white or somewhat salmon colored, but this is the second time that I've seen one that was violet purpl...
by dphershman
Sat Apr 18, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: A few days in Monterey
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: A few days in Monterey

Thanks everyone! Viz was about 35 feet the first day, a bit less the second day. As a puget sound diver I confess to a bit of annoyance with the surge, taking macro shots while being tossed back and forth is a real challenge!
by dphershman
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:58 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: A few days in Monterey
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

A few days in Monterey

Last week I had the good fortune to spend a few days diving in Monterey, CA with a couple of friends from the area. Here's a few photos and a short video from my GoPro. http://hershman.smugmug.com/Underwater-Photography/Cold-Water-Diving/Monterey-April-2015/i-8Vsbp9G/0/M/_DSC4613-M.jpg The BeachHopp...
by dphershman
Tue Feb 17, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Keystone Jetty Butterfly Crab
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Keystone Jetty Butterfly Crab

Mark and I went to Keystone Jetty on monday to take advantage of good currents, sunny weather and a long weekend. We were hoping to find one of the King Crabs spotted there. Didn't find them, but I did run across this brightly colored Butterfly Crab sitting on one of the rocks. http://hershman.smugm...
by dphershman
Sun Feb 08, 2015 8:13 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Burrowing Anemone?
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Re: Burrowing Anemone?

it seems a bit stout for a tube Anemone.... but alas I don't have a shot from a different angle.

Dan
by dphershman
Sat Feb 07, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Burrowing Anemone?
Replies: 2
Views: 567

Burrowing Anemone?

Was diving at Fox Island West Wall and saw this.... thought at first that it was some kind of tube worm but then looked closer and thought it might be a burrowing anemone of some kind. Anyone know? http://hershman.smugmug.com/Underwater-Photography/New-Underwater-Photos/i-6zGs8kk/0/M/_DSC3950-M.jpg ...
by dphershman
Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Fish ID help
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: Fish ID help

oh my! if its a blackbelly it sure is in bad shape.

Thanks Jan!
by dphershman
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Fish ID help
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Fish ID help

I did a night dive at Redondo last night and saw this guy down around 45 feet. I don't think I've ever seen one before, at first I thought it was a snailfish of some kind but it was much larger and had protruding eyes. Anyone know what it is? Thanks! Dan http://hershman.smugmug.com/Underwater-Photog...
by dphershman
Mon Jan 12, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 4309
Views: 447452

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

its neat that your setup allows you to do both macro and wider angle shots without changing lenses. I take it that's with the Olympus OM?
by dphershman
Sun Jan 04, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!
Replies: 6
Views: 1464

Re: Post all Pregnant/YOY Rockfish Photos/videos here!

Janna, I was diving Saltwater State Park reefs yesterday (January 3, 2015) and came across this very gravid Black Rockfish. I remembered this post and thought I'd share it. http://hershman.smugmug.com/Underwater-Photography/Marine-Life-of-the-Pacific/Rockfish/i-xKZkVGx/0/M/_DSC3498-M.jpg In addition...
by dphershman
Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Finding a strobe for a Nikon 1 S1
Replies: 7
Views: 1530

Re: Finding a strobe for a Nikon 1 S1

I'm not very familiar with YS strobes as I use Ikelites, but I would second the suggestion that you make sure that you get a strobe that is advanced enough that you won't feel the need to replace it if (when) you upgrade your camera. You'll save a bundle if you pay a bit more upfront. As for TTL, it...
by dphershman
Thu Dec 25, 2014 8:26 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Brown Wolf Eels at Day Island
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Re: Brown Wolf Eels at Day Island

Jan K wrote:Nice, especially the second shot with all the Sailfin sculpins :)


Thanks! Most of the octo and wolf eels usually have a sailfin buddy or two 'hanging out' with them. I count 4, maybe 5 of them in this pic, all hanging upside down :)
by dphershman
Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Brown Wolf Eels at Day Island
Replies: 4
Views: 902

Brown Wolf Eels at Day Island

I've observed that the adult female wolf eels at Day Island wall typically are brown, while they are blue elsewhere. Juveniles go through a color morph, changing to light blue as they mature of course, but the females at DIW seem to stay brown. Anyone with more fish knowledge than I have a reason? D...
by dphershman
Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Winged Sea Slugs
Replies: 4
Views: 985

Winged Sea Slugs

One of my favorite little critters is the Winged Sea Slug Gastropteron pacificum . These guys are the size of a pea or smaller, and have a way of fluttering past your nose when you least expect. On those rare times when I manage to get a focused shot they show a lovely color pattern. This one was in...
by dphershman
Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:30 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Redondo today
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Re: Redondo today

A storm like that really does reshape the terrain, down to about 40 feet.
by dphershman
Sat Nov 29, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Redondo today
Replies: 8
Views: 1010

Redondo today

Went down to Redondo for a morning dive today and found this going on. Snow won't stop me, but 6 foot swells at high tide make for a tricky entrance and exit

http://youtu.be/XlwCjshud8M
by dphershman
Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Fox Island West Wall
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Fox Island West Wall

we find that if we go too deep we miss it completely, then have to double back. If we stick to 40-45 feet at 180 degrees we hit right on it.
by dphershman
Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Fox Island West Wall
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Re: Fox Island West Wall

Nice! How was the viz? Any Giants around? We were planning on heading out there but had to bail last minute. Gotta get out there again soon. Viz was between 15 and 20 feet depending on location. We didn't see any Giants around this time, but we have seen some rather nice red-colored ones in the pas...
by dphershman
Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Fox Island West Wall
Replies: 4
Views: 865

Fox Island West Wall

Mark and I went out to Fox Island West Wall yesterday for a change. This site is always a rather modest dive overall with a short wall at 45 feet (that is easy to miss) but the site always has lots of varieties of nudibranchs due perhaps to the variety both rocky and sandy bottom terrain. Here's a f...
by dphershman
Sat Sep 20, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: curious to know what this is
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Re: curious to know what this is

oh my! (What a yucky name!)

Thanks!
Dan
by dphershman
Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:59 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: curious to know what this is
Replies: 2
Views: 942

curious to know what this is

This is a picture of a mass that was about 2 feet across, somewhat oblong shape suspended from some structure about 6 feet off of the bottom at Edmonds Underwater Park. When one of the 'feather-duster'-like creatures closed the entire mass jiggled like jello. I don't think I've ever seen this before...
by dphershman
Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of poacher?
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: What kind of poacher?

thanks!
by dphershman
Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: What kind of poacher?
Replies: 2
Views: 680

What kind of poacher?

I was diving at Fox Island West Wall recently and spotted this small poacher sitting on the ledge. I got several shots of him before he swam off. Anybody know what kind? (I admit to being clueless about poachers) Dan http://www.hershmanphoto.com/Underwater-Photography/Marine-Life-of-the-Pacific/Fish...
by dphershman
Thu Jun 19, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: Ten Years in the water taking pictures
Replies: 1
Views: 655

Ten Years in the water taking pictures

I recently remembered that I did my first open water dive at Redondo in early June 2004, so I've officially passed the ten year mark of diving. I had a camera in my hand for nearly every dive over those years, so I had some fun this week taking a look back at how my photos and gear have changed. I'm...
by dphershman
Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:57 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: A Memorial Day week-end to remember ...
Replies: 8
Views: 888

Re: A Memorial Day week-end to remember ...

Love the multiple lumpies shots :)