Australia first hand on the reef.

Discussion in 'Photography' started by RSnodgrass, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    Had a chance to visit the northern Great Barrier reef around 16 degrees (in the tropic zone).

    I can't speak for the rest of it but the area we visited was really healthy which was great to see. The biggest reason is water temps have fallen from a 7 yrs stent that was well above average according to the one guide boat owner and quoted temps in Celsius.

    Will try to have some photos to come on here... haven't looked yet to see how many turned out.
     
    • Like Like x 4
  2. Flounder

    Flounder BRS Reef Squad!
    TCMAS Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    4,605
    Likes Received:
    428
    Location:
    Crystal
    TTIWWOP!!
     
    • Like Like x 2
  3. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    Finally getting around to a few photos, I didn't have my strobes which definitely hurt my focus but managed to get a few. More to come...

    I have a higher def of this but I like the fish in the background.
    DSC04811.jpg

    The teeth on these humphead parrot fish are amazing... they are a network of stop sign shaped plates that wear off.
    DSC05078.jpg

    Dinner time...
    DSC05119.jpg
     
    #3 RSnodgrass, Sep 13, 2019 at 2:07 AM
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2019 at 2:25 AM
    • Like Like x 4
  4. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    He also let the two of us follow him around for a long time within a couple inches, pretty amazing... I saw a number of others but they were always high tailing it away at top speed.
     
  5. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    There were yellow leathers galore (every location)... hard to capture just how vibrant they were.
    DSC05509.jpg DSC05513.jpg

    No idea what this is but looked pretty sweet.
    DSC05520.jpg DSC05524.jpg

    One of the many monster clams, of the big ones this was one of the most colorful.
    DSC05530.jpg
    DSC05533.jpg

    DSC05566.jpg

    Natures Velcro, they stick to anything. Sometimes are a good place to find ghost pipefish but I didn't find any this time.
    DSC05579.jpg
     
    • Like Like x 4
  6. Reefking

    Reefking Senior Member
    TCMAS Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2015
    Messages:
    1,439
    Likes Received:
    421
    Location:
    Plymouth
    I cannt take my eyes off that blue tenuis and clam above. Blue is such an unusual, rare, and striking color to see on the ocean floor.
     
  7. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    I tried to keep the colors authentic but it could have slight variations. Depth and available spectrum play a big roll so it could be an illusion compared to what we would see in our tank.

    Also there were some corals bleaching so it's possibly fluoresing (despite colder water, 72f) but I'd say less likely as I saw several like this but smaller.

    Either way I remember seeing this particular one a ways off because it was a beacon of color with its size!
     
    #7 RSnodgrass, Sep 14, 2019 at 9:01 AM
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019 at 12:28 PM
  8. coralreefer

    coralreefer I contributed!
    Lifetime Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2007
    Messages:
    2,326
    Likes Received:
    25
    Location:
    Saint Paul, MN
    Awesome! I'm thinking about planning a trip to Australia next Summer so if you have any recommendations I'm all ears!
     
  9. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    Go longer... it was 39hrs one way for us.

    *feel free to hit me up,we were in Port Douglas on the northeast inside the tropic of cancer
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    I really like this one... too bad there wasn't a clown!
    DSC05342.jpg

    DSC05318.jpg
    DSC05242.jpg

    The stags were massive... mainly saw this variety and brown looking ones. Wasn't hard to find colonies 10-20' across. Maybe I should rethink the frag in my tank.
    DSC05195.jpg

    Heavily cropped photo but there was enough detail to still see the chromis for you fanatics (o:
    DSC05385.jpg
     
    #10 RSnodgrass, Sep 15, 2019 at 1:23 AM
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019 at 12:21 PM
    • Like Like x 6
  11. AmyZ

    AmyZ I am the MOTHER
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2015
    Messages:
    1,843
    Likes Received:
    281
    Location:
    Andover, MN
    Love the pics you take on your trips
    They're awesome!!!
     
  12. Fishfoo

    Fishfoo I contributed!
    Lifetime Member TCMAS Member Meeting Host 2019

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2016
    Messages:
    529
    Likes Received:
    158
    Location:
    Champlin
    Beautiful pics as always, Ryan!
     
  13. OP
    RSnodgrass

    RSnodgrass TCMAS President
    BOD Lifetime Member Event Committee Meeting Host 2019 Meeting Host 2018

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    4,954
    Likes Received:
    772
    Location:
    Lynd, MN, United States
    Appreciate it, I'll keep some more coming! Most of my photos are of coral but I have to delete quite a few due to focus or often the camera simply cannot grab the color information and Photoshop can't recreate a color the camera didn't see with significant effort/skill beyond mine.

    If anyone has any better tricks to equalize your ears when snorkeling let me know... I had some nasty squeezes drying to dive down from the surface. If there was a surgery to make it as easy as it is for a buddy of mine I'd be all over it.
     

Share This Page