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May 15, 2006

California hydrocoral, Stylaster californicus
I love the way California hydrocoral (Stylaster californicus) spills over
this ledge. This is surely the shot that took the most attmepts before achieving
a presentable image. It doesn't look like a particularly difficult subject, but
the combination of turbulent water and the somewhat problematic geometry led to
a string of disappointing pictures. Interestingly enough, another photographer's
picture of this same patch of coral was one of the driving forces behind my
decision to take up underwater photography. And, coincidently, I acquired my
first housed camera from that photographer's spouse!

    "East Pinnacles", Carmel Bay, California
    May 15, 2006

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