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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

138. Pink Whipray (Himantura fai) at a cleaning station

Subject: A Pink Whipray (Himantura fai) lies on a sandy bottom where it is getting a rapid clean by Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus). Although the Blacklip or Sunburst Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ) aren’t considered cleaners, they use the presented opportunity to get their piece of the pie.

Technique: To avoid spooking the subject with my camera lights, I turned them off and increased the ISO, resulting in quite a noisy image. I used an orange filter to filter out the blue. The noise was easily removed in post-processing by applying a noise reducing generator. Fine-tuning the colours and adding a bit of contrast resulted in a satisfying shot.

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