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Crinoids, a class of marine animals in the phylum Echinodermata, are pretty creatures. The photo at right shows a crinoid perched on a Malaysian reef with its fluffy arms extended for feeding. Looking at the photo, it’s easy to see how they acquired their common name, Feather Stars. This is how divers usually see crinoids,…

Hello, Fish Face!

I like to photograph the faces of creatures that live in the sea. Here is a sampler of fish faces. All of these individuals belong to the Wrasse (Labridae) family. Most wrasses seem to have attractive markings on their faces, which show up well in close-up images like these. Shown above: Thalassoma klunzingeri, from the…

Even the clearest water has at least some particles suspended in it — sand, silt, plankton, who knows what — and most of the time, in most places, the water isn’t really all that clear. In fact, during a plankton bloom or after a storm that has caused a lot of runoff, you might just…

It is probably safe to say that when most people think of colorful things in the sea, tropical reef fishes come to mind first, followed perhaps by nudibranchs or sea stars. While most reef fishes, nudibranchs and sea stars are not only colorful but beautifully patterned, as a photographer, my favorites among colorful things in…

Lighting underwater photos

We see this happen all the time here in Hawaii: Tourists go snorkeling — sometimes for the first time in their lives — and they are excited by what they see. They decide they want to take pictures of all the pretty fishies and corals to show their friends back home. They buy a single…

New month, new topic here on Photo Synthesis: underwater photography. For the next four weeks I will be presenting photos of marine invertebrates and fishes from warm water locations around the world. These photos are the product of what has been, for me, a long journey of discovery — about the sea, about marine life,…

Geek-eye View

As I prepare to hand off this photoblog to Cobalt123, I thought I would share my favorite non-rocket photos. Each clicks through to a story or geeky observation. Last Thoughts Magic Toes Fire & Ice A Beautiful Computation in the Wolfram sense Curiosity Diamond Age & Eyes and even some people Namaste.

The Shuttle & SpaceX

The Shuttle is glorious after midnight awaiting a big adventure… A complicated design… Lifts with a thunderous roar… SRB Separation is visible to the naked eye… and the payload joins the ISS… As the Shuttle is retiring from operation, SpaceX is gearing up to service the space station and other orbital launch needs: Here you…

The Moon

Alluring, enticing, begging us to come pay a visit… Like a moth to the flame, before there were flames… Reflecting our reflections… and echoing in the dreams of Neil Armstrong…

Rocket Mavericks

For my last rocket-centric post, let me show the big project that I helped with, from a new prefecture for civilian space explorers, called Rocket Mavericks…. She lept off the pad with a glorious 30 ft. plume. Computer simulations estimated she would scream to 100,000 ft. at Mach 3 • 22 ft. tall, 540 lbs…