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Jeff Buchanan's Underwater Photography -- Updated September, 2013

All photos copyright 2000 by Jeffrey Buchanan

Jeff Buchanan redseadiver@saudidiving.com, according to his good friend Bob Hedberg, "didn't know a thing about diving when he first came to Jeddah and wasn't even a fan of the sand and sun of the beach." Hedberg, however, insisted on taking Buchanan to the Red Sea and encouraged him to put on a mask. From 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 get a 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 sleeping and we disturbed him. After the camera flash, the shark turned around and 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 not a Moon Jellyfish; I don't know a name for it. The small fish in the last picture was swimming around the jellyfish, staying with it all the time. I 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 a Spotted Eagle Ray. These are really wonderful animals. It's uncommon that I can get close enough to them for a good photo in normal Jeddah visibility water.
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.
jangenfish.jpg (75593 bytes) 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.