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Colourful creatures: Amazing 'X-ray style' images of ocean dwellers at night

Colourful creatures: Amazing 'X-ray style' images of ocean dwellers at night

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 7:04 PM on 12th April 2011


This incredible set of photographs reveal capture some of the sea's inhabitants in a way you have never seen before.

The stunning pictures, taken off the coast of Hawaii, were taken in the dead of night with a special flash to give a wonderful display of colours.

Among the 'colour x-ray' style images are pictures of rare squids, jellyfish and shrimp. 0Measuring just a few centimetres in length they can be found living off the coast of Kailua-Kona.


These stunning photographs were taken at depths of more than 7,000 ft


Fine art photographer Joshua Lambus has been on more than 400 so-called blackwater dives to capture the images

Fine art photographer Joshua Lambus took the picture and believes he has been on more than 400 'blackwater' dives.

The 25-year-old had the idea after becoming frustrated with running charters for divers who just wanted to see turtles, dolphins and whales.

To get the unique images, Joshua waits until nightfall to head out about three miles on a boat. He then cuts the engine and dives into the water.

The captain kills the lights so Joshua can pick out the plankton more easily. In pure darkness he waits for something to drift by and takes its photograph.

He said: 'This is a unique dive and because we live on a mountain with such a steep underwater drop off we are able to reach relatively deep water very quickly.

'I had the idea because as a dive organiser I used to get requests from people who wanted to go out to see turtles, dolphins and whales.

'I like those animals, but they have an obvious beauty, I think it's more rare an instance to notice the pattern on a spider's back, or the texture of a lizard's scales.


The captain kills the lights so Joshua can pick out the plankton more easily. In pure darkness he waits for something to drift by and takes its photograph.


'Then I start the long spooky swim in the dark back to the group and the boat before doing it all over again'


The photographs are taken out of the Honokohau Harbour in Hawaii

'After gearing up and loading the boat we head out of Honokohau Harbour at around 10pm and after we have found our spot we'll kill the engines, and began drifting.

'Then we jump in and once I find something I'll begin drifting with it and start taking photos.

'I have sometimes found myself almost 200 yards from the boat before I look up from my subject.

'Then I start the long spooky swim in the dark back to the group and the boat before doing it all over again.

'Modern cameras have a hard time picking up light that dim so we use powerful waterproof strobes to illuminate the creatures for a fraction of second.

'The colours they produce are the naturally reflected colours of their pigmentation.'


Once Joshua finds something to photograph he will just drift along with the current as he snaps away


Joshua says that modern cameras struggle to pick up light so they have to use powerful waterstrobes

Joshua became a minor celebrity after he photographed a tiny octopus, called a tremoctopus - only the second time the animal had been captured on camera.

On one occasion during a dive he chased off a killer white tip shark that was swimming towards a female colleague.

He added: 'The lack of light and reference is the closest thing I could imagine to being in space.

'And the vulnerability we put ourselves in, suspended in the darkness is very unlike anything I've personally ever felt.

'You're at the complete mercy of the ocean and the creatures in it. I notice how better my day to day life feels on weeks I've done the dive as opposed to weeks I've gone without.

'When photographing small aquatic animals, not only am I able to bring the images to an above water audience, but I give the chance look at them in great detail, frozen in a candid moment.'


'The colours they produce are the naturally reflected colours of their pigmentation'


'The lack of light and reference is the closest thing I could imagine to being in space'

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...-pictures.html

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