Pink Fungia Coral
My brother and I had just finished a multi-day kayak trip around the otherwise impenetrable southeast coast of Taveuni, home to 200 waterfalls and not even a single footpath. We slept in a cave used by boar hunters, and for dinner ate coconuts and crabs, which we roasted on the fire. After the grueling two days of paddling, I was ready to relax on the beach. I took an underwater housing for my Canon G10, a great-vintage point-and-shoot even National Geographic photographers would use when they couldn't get their SLRs into tight places.
I did some snorkeling and ran into a banded sea krait. But the most exciting thing I saw was this spectacularly-colored pink fungia coral. It looks like I put it in Photoshop and blew out the saturation, but the drab plan life around it proves I did nothing whatsoever to enhance its color. I wanted to take an HDR photo, which requires three different shots, and with such little light they had to be slow framerates. I decided to put the underwater housing on a flexi-pod, and wrap that around a rock. I used the timer so the camera would be absolutely still when the shutter clicked. Time and again I dove down to this coral, planted my rock and camera next to it, and hit the shutter button, and ever time a swell would rock the camera during the shot. Of all the many pictures I took, the waves only permitted this one cluster. I've never seen any other HDR photography under water, and now I know why. But I think it’s a great alternative to artificial (flash) lighting.
Canon Powershot G10, f/5.6, 1/10 sec., ISO-200, 6mm focal length, 3-photo HDR composite