Great Barrier Reef

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© Michael Fuchs
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Photo Info
UploadedOctober 7, 2013
TakenSeptember 29, 2013
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/200 sec at f/9
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length17 mm
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I took this image on the north-west side of Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. This was at a depth of only about 15 ft in very clear water. This is on the outer ocean side of a coral-cay (basically an atoll), so the seafloor drops off quickly to deep open ocean water on the left. On the right side of the image, the water progressively gets shallower up to the water surface at the edge of the cay. This shallow thriving ecosystem is a thin stripe around the periphery of the cay that is only about 100-200 feet wide. At times there was a light current as the ocean water is divided and flows around the outer edge of the cay. The water was a little cool at 68F.

18 responses

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (7 Oct 2013):


  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (20 Oct 2013):

    Wow, could spend all day in kaleidoscope problems here.


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (22 Oct 2013):

    I love it!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (3 Nov 2013):


  • Barbara Socor

    Barbara Socor gave props (26 Nov 2013):

    I can only echo others: Awesome! Magical! and a sure Wow!

  • Lynn Pepper

    Lynn Pepper gave props (13 Jan 2014):

    A WOW shot - love the colors!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (4 Feb 2014):


  • Tiia Vissak

    Tiia Vissak gave props (17 Feb 2014):

    a beautiful capture!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (20 Jul 2014):

    What an awesome experience and photo!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (24 Sep 2014):


  • Camille Coffman

    Camille Coffman gave props (27 Sep 2014):

    I see something beautiful like this and I miss my saltwater tank.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (27 Sep 2014):

    Something you don't see every day and it is beautifully photographed!!!

  • nikonphotog

    nikonphotog (Deleted) gave props (14 Nov 2014):

    Very nice. Love the whole idea of photography underwater. Never done it but is sure opens up a lot of the world.

  • Mick Stafford

    Mick Stafford   said (16 Nov 2014):

    Very nice composition

  • stuart s

    stuart s gave props (4 Jan 2015):

    What a glorious shot.

  • Melissa Hearle

    Melissa Hearle gave props (24 Apr 2015):

    Fantastic colors and composition. Lucky you for seeing this in person!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (25 Jun 2015):

    Another beautiful shot!

  • Judith Hays

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