Recently an underwater photographer named Wu Yung-sen, who has been photographing underwater for years, captured a rare larval Wunderpus octopus when he was diving.
Its transparent body allowed this photographer to get a closer look at its brain. The images portray how delicate this creature is. This octopus is considered valuable to photographers, dive tourism, and home aquarium trades too. In the 1980s, The Wunderpus was discovered and officially described in 2006. But there isn’t much information on its life’s history and behavior.
Wu Yung-sen’s photography collection also consists of photographs of other unique underwater creatures. Blackwater photography has become popular among underwater photographers. They have to realize which areas are suitable for blackwater photography, attract blackwater creatures, and protect themselves.
Getting the correct light to capture these creatures is very difficult, according to Wu Yung-sen. His shooting depth is usually about 15-30 meters. The movement range of blackwater creatures is around 5-2000 meters.
Apparently, most blackwater creatures are transparent. Photographers consider photographing blackwater creatures is one of the greatest honors.
Although the photographers have to face various difficulties to capture these creatures, we see that it is totally worth it from the pictures. These pictures depict a magical world within the ocean. The colors of these animals are similar to that of the night sky.
Blackwater photography is challenging, and it comes down to luck at the end of the day.
Did you know that more than 80% of the ocean is yet unexplored? Isn’t this surprising given the fact that it covers 70% of the Earth’s surface?
What is blackwater diving?
Blackwater diving is not an ordinary night dive with a subject photographed in the dark. Blackwater diving where there is no bottom, over bottomless water, where you are miles offshore. Each diver is attached to a weighted downline tied to a boat, via a shorter tagline and lights to attract larval and pelagic subjects.
It is tricky to get clear photographs of salps and other gelatinous plankton, as they are always on the move. They don’t contrast against the background, so finding the right camera setting is difficult, but you can take breathtaking photographs once you are dialed in.
Most blackwater creatures are larvae, and are mostly transparent. Some even expose their organs. An interesting thing about blackwater photography, is that larvae and adults are totally different.
All images are used with permission from 吳永森(Ace Wu). More info: Facebook