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Andrew Wu 🐻 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬  Dive. Travel. Photography. Join me in my travels around South-east Asia! Next: πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ Pulau Tioman 4Aug to 6Aug βœ‰οΈ: namelessbear@yahoo.com.sg

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Any frogfish fans out there? If so, how weird do you like them?
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Behold, the Psychedelic frogfish aka Histiophryne psychedelica!
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See the swirly white stripes on this unusual-looking fish? These are unique to each individual, much like fingerprints to humans.
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Don't count on seeing these fellas just anywhere, though.. They're only found in Ambon, Indonesia, so pack your bags! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Say hello to a newly-certified PADI Rescue diver!
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What a great weekend in Tioman with @simplyscubasg. Lots of fun, new friends, and all while getting certified!
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Time to get started on my Divemaster course πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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'Tako to go'
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Here's one for you cephalopod-lovers out there!
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Octopuses are some of the most intelligent marine animals out there, some using stuff they find lying about for protection just like this one here using a shell and a plastic bowl.
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What's amazing is not only how octopus are using these tools, but also that they have the foresight to hang on to these tools, anticipating a use for them in the future.
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Unfortunately for this octopus, what it sees as "protection", I see as "takeaway" πŸ˜†

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'Hitchhiker'
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Another beautiful shrimp, the Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) is known as quite the hitchhiker, hitching a ride on sea cucumbers (as pictured) and nudibranchs!
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These shrimp use their hosts as not only transport for access to a never-ending buffet of seafloor junk, but also for protection.
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Any hitchhikers out there? Let me see those hands! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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'Glow with the flow'
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I love nudibranchs! Do you?
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Here we have an Ardeadoris egretta, characterised by it's white body, rhinophores, and gills, with a flowing mantle accentuated by a yellow/orange band.
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I think it's fair to say this is one very elegant nudi! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Here's the colour version of the black and white pygmy seahorse shot I shared a few days ago!
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Thanks again to Jason @jay_k_zed for challenging me, and Maureen @maureen_koo for the editing suggestions!
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Tell me! Which do you prefer.. The colour or bw version? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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'Fade'
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Here's a nudibranch, the red-lined Flabellina (Flabellina rubrolineata), taken in a different style 😎
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Known for having cerata (the hair-like appendages on their back), these extensions not only make them look more attractive, but serve a more practical purpose in extending their surface area, helping them 'breathe'.
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Some nudibranch even ingest stinging cells from their food and store them in their cerata for protection!
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Now isn't that cool? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Have you ever seen seas this flat?
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Ahhh.. Malapascua.. How I miss you so! Hope I can find the time to head back soon for more tech training.
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Happy Friday, boys and girls! What are your plans for the weekend? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Here's another post-processing workflow! I'm thinking of doing these regularly, so please let me know what you think in the comments below!
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There are likely better ways to do what I did, so if you know of any, please share 😊
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1) This is the unedited, uncropped RAW file
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2) Firstly a crop as I feel there's too much negative space. Then I adjust black/white clipping, highlights, shadows, exposure, and increase contrast and clarity
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3) Add a Radial Filter covering the nudi's rhinophores, face, mouth, and food. Adjust feathering of the filter to my liking, and reduce exposure
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4) Colour adjustment using HSL, and adjust crop as I felt the image wasn't properly balanced
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5) Backscatter removal (ugh)
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6) Exposure adjustment, and add brush stroke to reduce exposure of right side of body as I felt it's overexposed and distracting
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Andddd.. We're done! Any questions? Don't be shy.. Just ask! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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A big thank you to my buddy Jason @jay_k_zed for challenging me to post a picture of a pygmy seahorse in black and white! Also, special thanks to the lovely Molly @maureen_koo for suggestions on how to edit this picture! πŸ˜™
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So I have to admit.. I struggled with this challenge! Not being experienced in black and white, I fumbled through my pictures looking for a good candidate with nice texture and contrast.
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With macro photography, I also had to think about the viewer's connection with the subject, something I'm still practicing, particularly when it comes to critters living in a world that's alien to us!
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Some brushwork helped bring out the pygmy seahorse a little more, but I wonder if it was a little too much!
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Help me improve! Tell me what you think about it in the comments below πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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'Tagged'
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Here's a peek into the coral conservation program conducted by a few organisations in Bali!
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There are options available from volunteering your time towards reef rehabilitation to adopting coral.
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Pictured is an adopted coral planted following a donation. While I'm unsure about the effectiveness of these programs (attaching a zip tie to coral like this? Really?) in repopulating coral around the region as there isn't much information available online, I think awareness is a great first step.
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What do you think? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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See this beautiful display? Brilliant, isn't it?
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What you're looking at is the Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus giganteus). Yes, a worm.
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What you see are the gills which help the worm 'breathe', while also acting as a feeding structure, transporting food to the worm's mouth, much like a sushi conveyor belt. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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