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.
Jan 23, 17 Comments Off on New Species, New Fish, Deep Sea Fish, New Goby
Good morning friends, I am back from Bonaire! In short, I was picked up from the airport a week ago by Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian, jumped onto a waiting research vessel called the Chapman from Curacao and spent the week photographing new and exciting finds discovered by the Smithsonian scientists and Substation Curacao. Substation has a mini-submersible that can be loaded and unloaded into the water from the ship by way of a giant crane and it can dive to a depth of 1000 feet. Most days the submersible did two, 3-4 hour dives and brought goodies up for me to photograph each dive, I was one busy hombre!! Above is just one of the hundreds of insane beautiful finds, this is a possible new species of goby seen for the 1st time right here on this little o’l blog, how cool is that?? I have so many photos to clean up and get ready in Photoshop and once ready I will get them on here for you to see. Bonaire’s weather was a mixture of off and on rain and many days of giant swells creating not so good diving conditions meaning, I only was able to get in the water twice with the camera. On my last day, after we packed up and called it quits, our good friends Sal and patty collected me and my piles of luggage at the docks and took me to their beautiful Bonaire condo. I offered up a suggestion to head out and try to photograph all the yellow “dive rocks” which are located at the entrance to each and every dive site, a project I have wanted to do for years and Sal and Patty were game for anything. So we took off with camera in hand and raced to just about every dive site on the island getting most of them photographed before dropping me off at the airport at 2:00, it was such a fun day and I will post some of those shots in the near future.
That’s it in a very small nutshell, I will write more soon when I catch up…