Jeff Buchanan's Underwater Photography -- Updated
All photos copyright 2000 by Jeffrey Buchanan
email@example.com, according to his good friend Bob
"didn't know a thing about diving when he first came to Jeddah and
even a fan of the sand and sun of the beach." Hedberg, however,
taking Buchanan to the Red Sea and encouraged him to put on a mask.
then on, Buchanan was hooked, became a certified diver and then an
instructor as well as a talented underwater photographer.
||Here's a photo of a Comet
Longfin taken about a week ago. We see
these animals occasionally, but they are so shy that I usually do not
picture of them. This photo was taken at Sheraton Beach in the Red Sea
north of Obhur in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My camera was a Sea and Sea
MMII EX with the internal close-up lens at about 18" distance.
|This is a White Tip Reef
Shark that's about 4.5 feet long. We ran into it
on the Jeddah South Corniche a few weeks ago. Apparently he was
and we disturbed him. After the camera flash, the shark turned around
swam about two feet in front of me. What a rush!
|Here are three pictures of
a Blue Jellyfish, one of many that appeared here
on the Jeddah South Corniche for a few days and then disappeared. It's
a Moon Jellyfish; I don't know a name for it. The small fish in the
picture was swimming around the jellyfish, staying with it all the
had a difficult time taking this photo in the surf.
|This is a rather
unremarkable photo that was taken on the Jeddah South
Corniche just south of the Mecca Wreck in September 99. The creature is
Spotted Eagle Ray. These are really wonderful animals. It's uncommon
I can get close enough to them for a good photo in normal Jeddah
||This is a Ghost Pipefish -
the first I've ever seen - that Mark Absous found at a night dive we
did at Sheraton Beach (Jeddah Red Sea) in April 2000. These fish have
apparently adapted their color to that of a dead palm branch. There are
a lot of these dead palm branches on the sandy bottom. At first, that's
what I thought it was until the stick moved away from me. There are a
lot of particles in the water, but there's still enough image of the
pipefish to be interesting.
|Two weeks ago, on 1-2 June
2000, John Evans, Richard Baltimore and I went to the Farasan Islands
for a dive trip. This photo was taken of a guitarfish that we saw on
our last dive. There was a lot of brown algae in the water that day.
The visibility was poor and it was rather dark at 65 feet where we
found this fish, the first I've ever seen. I was pointing to a large
grouper for the others to see, and then the guitarfish swam directly in
front of me. Exposure was 1/60 @ f:5.6 using Kodak Gold 100 film and
standard 35mm lens on my MMIIEx.
||This is a photo of a
juvenile Emperor Angelfish, taken at Sheraton Beach in April 2000. I've
only seen this fish at one other time/place when I visited Oman and
never in Saudi Arabia before. This fish was found on a remote coral
head in the sandy sloping bottom below 130 ft. (Maybe this is why we
don't see them very often.) He was shy and I was fortunate to get this
picture before he hid inside the coral head.