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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Archive for December, 2013

Dec 30, 13     Comments Off on Curacao Coral Reef Photo, Colorful Reef Scenes

I have a Curacao reef scene for your viewing pleasure today filled with pillar corals, (middle) star corals and a bunch gorgonians that look like underwater bushes.

I will be taking off on a needed vacation on the 6th of July so beware there may be no updates for a few weeks BUT if I can find the time I will load some photos.

Have a wonderful day, Barry

Dec 27, 13     Comments Off on School of Grunts, School of Fish, Fish Ball Bonaire
Dec 24, 13     Comments Off on Blue-Light Scorpion, Curacao Scorpion, Arthropods
Dec 23, 13     Comments Off on Branching Anemone, Lebrunia danae, Cnidarians
Dec 20, 13     Comments Off on 1000 Steps Bonaire, Bonaire’s TOP Dive Sites
Dec 19, 13     Comments Off on Curacao Christmas Tree in Outrabanda, Punda
Dec 18, 13     Comments Off on Chapman Research Vessel Parked in Punda, Curacao

Good evening all, so sorry about the no blog today, I had two dives with our little submersible and had to go pick up glass for my new photo aquariums.

Yesterday was spent preparing for the big Christmas party on the Chapman Research vessel at downtown Punda, which you can see on the horizon. The Chapman is usually parked inside a safe harbor but last night it was brought here to Punda for our annual Sea Aquarium Christmas party. For this photo my colleague Tico and I arrived at 5:00 on the Otrabanda side (meaning the “other” side), and sweet-talked our way onto the second floor of a very popular sea front restaurant called The Governor. This gave us a great view of the Chapman against the beautiful backdrop of the colorful buildings of Punda. Our goal of the evening was to shoot the Chapman all lit up with Christmas lights, but because the ship was constantly rocking back and forth, we were unable to get any sharp photos.

As Tico and I sat here waiting for darkness, we watched countless tugboats, tankers, Venezuelan floating market boats, and these ferries you see below passing back and forth through the harbor. People normally can walk across the “Swinging Lady Bridge” that connects the two sides; but when that is open for ships to pass back and forth, then the ferry which you see in the foreground transports the pedestrians, which is a free service offered by Curacao.

At 8:00 the party started, and we again tried to get some Chapman Christmas light photos, but the ship was still rocking too much and we ended up putting the camera equipment away and enjoying the party with our friends.

Off to bed, see you tomorrow, Barry

Dec 17, 13     Comments Off on Blue-Light Corals During the Day, Night and Blue-Light

We have our big Sea Aquarium Christmas party tonight on the Chapman Research vessel (ship) that will be parked in downtown Punda. For you locals, if your out driving around you may want to do a drive-by to see this thing all lit up in lights, it should be beautiful.

Have a great day, Barry

Dec 16, 13     Comments Off on Blue-Light Flounder, Peacock Flounder, Bothus lunatus

Good morning from Curacao. I had another exhausting but fun weekend of long bike rides, trail building, dog walks, beach combing and diving. Friday evening Stijn and I did a blue-light night dive starting at around 7:00 and after an hour we were both frozen and had to get out! During a normal blue-light dive one of us is in charge of searching for new subjects using a mega-bright hand-held blue-light and wearing a pair of yellow glasses over our masks. On Friday night the job was given to Stijn and he did great, the kid found so many cool new things like the flounder above! Once an item is located I line up on the subject with the camera while he puts the hand held blue-light away and then with an “OK” from me turns on a bright white flood light so I can see to focus, this is really a major team effort and I can not do this alone! The flounder was found at the end of the dive as we were heading back in through our small channel, it’s his cool glowing eye that caught our attention! Most of these flounders lay partially buried in the sand and remain completely motionless, the only thing moving is their cool eyes that are always on the lookout for danger.

On my dive this morning I went back out to photograph the few things we found Friday night. Our goal is to have one photo under blue-light, one under white light at night and another shot during the day, there’s quite a difference in all three! I’ll send a shot of one subject in all three different settings to you later this week.

Tomorrow night is our annual Sea Aquarium Christmas party and this year it will be help on the Chapman. The Chapman as many of you already know is our big ship that transports the “Curasub” submersible to any location we choose to explore. From what I have heard it will be docked in Punda tomorrow night and lit up in Christmas lights and yes I will be somewhere taking photos before the party!!

I trust you all have a handle on your Christmas shopping?? Mine has been done for months, I’m one of those buy it early in the year and put it away, I hate waiting till the last second!

Have a wonderful day!!

Barry

Dec 13, 13     Comments Off on Diving with Endangered Hawksbill Turtle in Bonaire
Dec 12, 13     Comments Off on Colorful Caribbean Reef Squid, Curacao Cephalopod
Dec 11, 13     Comments Off on MERRY CHRISTMAS from Curacao!! Driftwood Tree
Dec 10, 13     Comments Off on Lionfish Eye Photo, Invasive Creatures, Deadly Fish
Dec 9, 13     Comments Off on Caribbean Reef Octopus, Octopus briareus, Mollusks
Dec 6, 13     Comments Off on Jumping Dolphin, Baby Bottlenose Jumping

Hi all, I have a jumping baby dolphin shot for you all my dolphin lovers out there today.

We are gearing up for a busy weekend starting with another blue-light night dive this evening. Tomorrow it’s trail work first thing in the morning followed by a dive, then a long walk with the dogs, a three hour bike ride Sunday morning and a long hike at Porto Mari in the afternoon! Stijn is being dropped off this afternoon at our house with his bike and will be spending the whole weekend with us for once, so while we are doing the blue-light photos tonight he will be looking for lionfish for dinner.

Yesterday Aimee and I hauled our driftwood Christmas tree to the North coast and spent two hours setting it up on the sharp limestone cliffs overlooking the sea. The reason for all that work was to photograph it and use it as this years Christmas card which I will be posting soon, we hope you like it. After the shoot we took it all back down, re-boxed it and hauled it back home where it is not re-built again in our living room soon to be covered in lights and ornaments.

Be safe out there and have a great weekend!

Cheers from warm, sunny Curacao,

Barry

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