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Sneaking In

Post by Fishstiq » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:52 pm

Have you ever had a photo of a critter that you thought was okay on the camera, only to find out when you get it on the computer that there are photographic stowaways? You review pictures on the computer, and voila, there's a critter in there that you totally missed during the dive?!?!! I had a couple recently and thought I'd share to see what everyone else had... apologies if i'm repeating an old thread here. :dontknow:

Here I was trying to photograph the grunt sculpin behind the anemonae, and I never saw the fish in the foreground!
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This was supposed to be a fish in a pipe. I never even knew the crab was there.
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Post by divergirl07 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:18 pm

I love that!!! here is one I was taking of the alabaster & when I got it home on a big monitor-now ya gotta look close - at about 4o'clock toward the center , on the blue area is an almost see thru nudi!!! #-o
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Post by Scott G » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:27 pm

happens all the time to me.

my favorite attached... was chasing one of the smallest scalyheads i've tried to track down... . scalyhead was probably an inch long.

Looked at the photo's afterward, not unexpectedly he was out of focus, but in the frame was the smallest cabezon and a very small hermissada (sp?).

BTW, there is also a jingle next to the tail of your newly discovered fish.

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Post by nwscubamom » Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:44 am

Fishstiq,

Love it when that happens! With the higher resolution cameras now, I'm finding that it happens more frequently. :)

BTW, I think your Scalyhead Sculpin (your original stowaway fish) may be sitting on egg masses (the lighter color blobs off to the left).

Divergirl, it looks like your see through nudi is an Opalescent. Cool stowaway!

Scott, do you ever find Snubnose Sculpins out there?

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Post by Sounder » Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:46 am

This is a great thread!! I'm not a photographer, but looking at the pictures and hearing the stow-aways is like finding Waldo!!
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Post by Nwbrewer » Fri Oct 31, 2008 7:49 am

I knew something was there, but not what -
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Post by Chenari » Fri Oct 31, 2008 10:16 am

Dive at Harper's yesterday revealed quite a few things. Not only did we find a Whitespotted greenling guarding what looked to be about four or five egg masses (Each a different color :dontknow: ) but these couple of pictures later showed some stowaways trying to get in on the photo goods lol

Here, I was going for the nice little Sculpin posed in the middle, but off to the left side of the pic, you'll notice a nice and orange Gunnel head peeking out.

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Here we have a nice little juvenile Painted Greenling with a Sculpin sneaking in lol.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h65/c ... G_0825.jpg

Which reminds me. Why is it that Juvenile Painteds have a big black spot on their dorsal fin, but adults don't?

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Post by Grateful Diver » Fri Oct 31, 2008 11:52 am

My most glaring example of an accidental subject was on a San Juans trip ... I took this neat picture of an anemone, and it wasn't until I downloaded it that I noticed who was sitting underneath ...

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Post by cardiver » Fri Oct 31, 2008 12:07 pm

I took this pic a couple of weeks ago at Redondo. I didn't notice the Sailfin until I downloaded the pic to my computer.
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Post by Fishstiq » Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:47 pm

Nwbrewer wrote:I knew something was there, but not what -
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Dude, that's a good picture!!!

cardiver wrote:I took this pic a couple of weeks ago at Redondo. I didn't notice the Sailfin until I downloaded the pic to my computer.


I had to look at this for a bit before I could see the Sailfin.. ](*,) once you see it, it practically jumps out at you!!

Bob, I remember being on the Deep Sea and you came up with some great Candystripe Shrimp photos..... I never saw a-one of them!!!!
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Post by Dusty2 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:44 pm

This little sneak is one of my favorite subjects but I didn't even see it till the the strange orange ray pattern caught my eye on the big screen. Look at the dark area in the lower section at about 7 oclock. It took me quite while to realize I was looking at a grunt sculpin.
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Post by DiverBob » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:13 pm

Great topic! Here is a picture the we took at Fox Island. It wasn't until we got it downloaded onto the computer that we realized we were looking at 2 crabs! It makes you wonder just how much we are really missing! :dontknow:
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Post by Dusty2 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:53 pm

This is one where I just kept finding more as I looked closer. I took these two pinpoint gunnels in a toilet at 50 ft. Then when I got it on the computer things just kept popping out at me. First I noticed the sharp-nose sculpin, then the two tiny hermit crabs below the gunnels, then to my surprise I realized the little critter above the gunnels nose was what I thought was a heart crab but after reading Jan's post about Golf ball crabs I realized it was my first ever GB crab! That would have Been enough then I looked at the dark spot to the upper right and there was a Barnacle eating nudibranch! All this in an area about 6 or 7" in diameter.

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Post by dwashbur » Fri Nov 14, 2008 2:04 pm

I took this one at Redondo yesterday. I thought I was just catching a cute little gunnel for my wife, who has an ongoing love affair with those little fishies, but when I got it on the computer I saw something extra snaking out alongside him. That must have been one super-tiny critter!!!!

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Post by Dusty2 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:17 pm

dwashbur wrote:I took this one at Redondo yesterday. I thought I was just catching a cute little gunnel for my wife, who has an ongoing love affair with those little fishies, but when I got it on the computer I saw something extra snaking out alongside him. That must have been one super-tiny critter!!!!

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Cool shot! But don't judge the size by what you can see. There could be allot more there than meets the eye.

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Post by Dusty2 » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:09 pm

We all know how small these pretty little flowers are so you can imagine my surprise when I spotted the tiny little shrimp on the left. No doubt that without the camera it would be invisible.
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