3rd Place Supermacro Ocean Art 2018 Ludovic Galko-Rundgren

3rd Place Supermacro

Ludovic Galko-Rundgen

Paris, France

"Eye C U"


Ludovic won a gift certificate from Bluewater Travel 


The Story: This was my second diving day using the Reverse Ring Macro technique, aka the macro photographer's head split . The magnification factor at 15mm is huge; about 4 times the actual size, for the first day we had trouble finding subjects not to large for the set up. 

Hence with my gude Ajiex Dharma we discussed about which critter should fit the technique according to its minute size, the hairy shrimp came on top of the list as an evidence. Ajiex soon found a couple of hairy shrimps we could focus on, the trouble is that one of the shrimp he also found was the biggest specimen of hairy shrimp I had ever seen, it would not fit either into the frame but only the eye.

The surprise factor wih RRM is that you don't see anything in the viewfinder, as there is no focusing possible, until you get the distance correct by approaching the port : suddenly the eye of the critter appeared huge and tack sharp. 

I was struck with that look, the picture came almost as it is.

Location:  Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Equipment Used:  Canon 70D Camera, Nauticam NA-D70 Underwater Housing, Reversed 15-85 Zoom Lens, Inon Z240 Strobe and Retra LSD Snoot.

Settings: F3.5, 1/200 sec, ISO 200


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