BLUEBOTTLE ARMY

BLUEBOTTLE, PHYSALIA PHYSALIS

Following strong summer northeast winds, hundreds of bluebottles blow in and are trapped, floating around the bay and sometimes clumping together in huge rafts. After quite a few early mornings and lighting experiments I captured the striking contrast between their blueness and the orange sun rising in the background.

Bushrangers Bay, Shellharbour, New South Wales

Nikon D300s, Nikon 10.5mm F2.8 Fisheye, 1/200, f/22, ISO 100, Inon Z220 Substrobe at ½ power flash, handheld, Aquatica for D300s with Aquatica 8” Acrylic Dome Port water housing

by Matthew Smith, New South Wales