“Coral Garden” – Ofu Island, American Samoa – Floris van Breugel - Featured Photographer
I am ready to pack my scuba gear and head to Ofu Island. This is a photograph that could “launch 1,000 ships” as they say. I am not sure what is more beautiful, the island topography or the 100% coral coverage. I am also blown away by the split level image. Give me a thousand tries at the exact same place and time I could not duplicate such an image. Although it would be great fun to try! After reading Floris’s story below please check out his outstanding website at www.artinnaturephotography.com.
The isolated tropical paradise of Ofu, one of the Manu’a islands of American Samoa, is home to one of the most pristine and beautiful coral reefs of the south pacific, and it’s right off of a coconut palm lined beach with spectacular views of rugged green peaks. It is a challenge to get there with no regular transportation, but that is a small price to pay for the solitude you can find here. In the foreground of this image is a dense patch of Staghorn corals (Acropora). You can read more about this image, and my journey to Ofu, on my blog: http://www.artinnaturephotography.com/wordpress/2012/the-coral-garden-ofu-and-american-samoa/.
Exposure: iso 400, f/16, 1/100th
Notes: this is a stitch of two exposures taken at different focus settings which was necessary to get the whole scene in focus due to the optics of the dome port.
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