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2012 Photos from the Ozarks


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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:29 AM

Thanks Harry and Andy!

Bryce, I use Adobe's Camera Raw and Photoshop.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 06:35 PM

Spectacular photos.

I see you use a Nikon DSLR, but how is it housed?
Are you snorkeling?
Do you use flash at all?

Just curious as I want to work on my snorkeling photography.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 07:07 PM

Thanks Chris! I use an inexpensive DiCAPac housing with a few modifications to the lens port. I think you mentioned that you also use a DiCAPac housing in another thread.

Yes, I only snorkel. I'm sure I will get scuba certified at some point, but it wouldn't be much of an advantage in the streams that I frequent. Besides, much of the interesting stuff is in shallow water.

I never use flash. I much prefer the look of natural light. Many UW photos with flash look a little fake to me. Also, using the on-camera flash usually just degrades UW photos. A good external flash set-up is expensive and cumbersome. I wouldn't really consider using flash unless I got into deep scuba diving or night snorkeling/diving.

Your Lightroom tutorial post was very helpful. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your UW photos.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

awesome pics! those banded darters are so beautiful!

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:54 PM

Here are a few photos from a trip I made to the Buffalo River in late August. We were in the middle of a drought here, and the river level was lower than I have ever seen it. There was hardly any water entering the pool from upstream (the left):

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Unlike much of the rest of the river at this time, the water of this spring-fed pool was still very clear. From shore, the center of the pool appeared to be only several feet deep. It was actually about 10 feet deep, an illusion caused by the clarity of the water:

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Numerous Longears followed me around as usual:

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There were quite a few Black Redhorses in the middle of the pool:

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It was a little odd to see this Ozark Bass out in the open near the surface. They are usually hiding in the shadows:

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Whitetail Shiners were schooling in the shallows:

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This Midland Watersnake glided off its basking rock and into a scene with some nice reflections:

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A few Blackspotted Topminnows were hanging out near the margins of the pool:

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

Nice illustration of the vital importance of springs/seeps in keeping streams alive in summer (and probably in winter too - refuge from extreme cold). Too much groundwater pumping (or groundwater-injection waste disposal) could destroy that refugium effect.

Edited by gerald, 01 November 2012 - 10:50 AM.


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 11:08 AM

You are very talented. Thank you for sharing. When I tell my tropical fish-keeping friends about how beautiful and interesting some of our natives are they look at me like I'm crazy. I'll just start referring them to this thread from now on.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:33 AM

Good points Gerald.

Thanks danawhicker!

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

I re-viewed the entire thread. Some incredible photographs here.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

They are unbelievable pictures. I'd love to be able to visit the location and even more be able to take pictures half that good.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:34 PM

Thanks Doug and David!

By the way David, do you ever check your PMs?

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

You what's funny? I almost never miss a PM and now I miss one with an offer like that. I'm sorry Isaac.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

No problem David.

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

It's been a while since I've visited the forum. After seeing your photography again, I realize what I've been missing - A BUNCH! Thanks for sharing these. Everytime I see a set of your photos, I think "Now that's as good as it gets!", until I see your next set of photos and I'm blown away all over again.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:36 AM

Thanks Steve!

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:41 AM

Well, it’s a new year now, but I hope nobody minds if I finish up by posting a few more photos from my last couple of snorkeling trips in 2012. This set of photos is from a spring near the White River in late August. The spring emerges in a pool about 40-50ft wide. Most of these photos were taken at the far end of the pool where the water is 4-5ft deep:

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I followed a Brown Trout around for a little while:

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Green Sunfish were hanging around the boulders and vegetation at the edges of the pool. I focused on them for a while as I did not have many good photos of this common species:

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:46 AM

I was surprised to see a Channel Catfish swimming around the bottom of the pool. It was wary and always on the move, so it was a little difficult to photograph well:

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I was also kind of surprised to see a few male Longears still guarding nests this late in the year (late August). The Longears were well past spawning mode when I was in the Buffalo River a few days prior to this, but the fish behave differently in this cold spring. One particular male drew my attention as it was probably the best looking Longear I have ever seen:

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Bluegills are usually common and not very interesting, but I was really struck by the intense golden color of this individual:

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There was a good variety of sunfish species in this pool. It was probably the highest diversity of sunfish species I have seen together. In one small area there were Bluegill, Green, Longear, Redear, and Redspotted Sunfish as well as Ozark Bass and Largemouth Bass. This photo shows 4 species:

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Here’s an Ozark Bass with a Striped Shiner and some Hornyhead Chubs:

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And finally, here’s a young White Sucker that was sifting through the sand:

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:47 AM

I will have a few more photos from one final trip in 2012 that I will try to post within the next week or two. After that I will start a new thread for 2013 when I start taking photos this year.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

Great photos as usual! I really like the vertical shot of all the sunfish species.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:41 PM

These are absolutely amazing!




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