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    A Chromodoris hintuanensis nudibranch, a type of sea slug, traverses the dark sands just offshore in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia.

    Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM at 100 mm, 1/200 sec at f/16, ISO 100

    Here is one of my favorite nudibranch pictures from my trip to Indonesia last autumn. Before I started scuba diving I had no idea that slugs (of all things) could be the wellspring of so much beauty.

    Nudibranch species are so numerous that English-language common names are eschewed to prevent confusion. Thus, for sea slugs Latin names (or binomial names) are relied upon exclusively. The species shown here is Chromodoris hintuanensis, which for me is both a challenge to remember, and to pronounce!

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    A Manta Ray makes a close pass at a dive site appropriately named "Manta Alley" within Komodo National Park.

    Canon EOS 5D, EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM at 16mm, 1/250 sec at f/10, ISO 200, Dual Ikelite Substrobes

    I have just published a new image gallery with photographs from my June trip to Komodo National Park in Indonesia. The primary objective of the trip was to photograph the beautiful reefs and diverse marine life of Komodo, but I also managed to capture a number of landscape images and portraits of local villagers that I think are worth sharing. Oh, and there are several photographs of the dreaded Komodo Dragon in the gallery, too!

    Please click the following link to go to the gallery: Komodo Gallery

    As always, I’m eager to hear your feedback.

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    With very little prompting, this group of girls from the Indonesian village of Sangeang were ready to strike a pose for the camera.

    Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM at 88 mm, 1/800 sec at f/5.6, ISO 400

    Anyone familiar with my work knows that I rarely photograph people. Not because I have anything specific against the idea, rather I just prefer to focus on nature and wildlife. However, on a recent trip to Komodo National Park in Indonesia, I had the opportunity to visit a nearby village called Sangeang where the locals are known for their boat building skills. Seeing them crafting large wooden vessels (called Phinisi) by hand, was an interesting experience.

    But the children who followed us around like groupies were, for me, the highlight of our brief visit. Though I am certain they have had foreigners strolling their narrow streets many times before, we were still sufficiently novel that we were accompanied by our newfound entourage everywhere we went. One group of girls in particular were a delight — changing their demeanor from one moment to the next to reflect shyness, inquisitiveness, boldness, boredom, and ease. To my surprise, every time I lifted my camera to take a picture, they suddenly froze, and then stared down the lens in amazingly photogenic fashion. They enjoyed seeing their likenesses when I showed them the pictures I was taking on my camera’s LCD.

    As our group returned to the beach and prepared to board the dinghies, the setting sun hung low on the horizon and everything was bathed in a warm golden light. The girls bunched together for a few final photos and I was fortunate to capture the image shown above. If you look closely at their faces, you’ll see a range of expressions which perfectly capture the way the girls acted around us: sweet, confident, reserved, tough and enthusiastic.

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