No-Flash underwater photography

I take all my pictures without the use of a flash to capture the natural colouration of marine animals in their environment. Flashes blow away the typical underwater bluish or greenish short-wavelength skewed light spectrum (reds are almost absent below 10 m depth) by adding loads of white light. 
This allows to capture very colourful images that are yet far away from their realistic appearance, to both humans and other animals.

Observe marine wildlife 
through my eyes

Have a look at a selection of some of my favourite shots

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Pomacentridae Amphiprion clarkii Bangka Coral eye D4 19.03.12 09.22 MS_2146

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Plotosidae Plotosus lineatus 19.09.17 12.13 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_4977

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Lethrinidae Lethrinus microdon 19.09.17 12.12 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_4961

0 Reptiles Cheloniidae Eretmochelys imbricata 19.09.17 12.17 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_5064

? Blenniidae sp 19.09.17 12.04 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_4581

Gobiidae Bryaninops yongei 18.03.21 09.30 Bangka Nikon D4 MWB MS SAV_5329

Gobiidae Bryaninops yongei

Uranoscopidae Uranoscopus sulphureus 19.09.17 11.59 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_4412

Uranoscopidae Uranoscopus sulphureus 19.09.17 11.59 Mangrove Bay D4 MWB MS_4411

Uranoscopidae Uranoscopus sulphureus

soapfish

Serranidae Diploprion drachi

Sepiidae Sepia latimanus 18.03.28 11.23 Bangka Nikon D4 MWB MS SAV_7528

Sepiidae Sepia latimanus

Sepiidae Metasepia pfefferi 18.03.28 11.23 Bangka Nikon D4 MWB MS SAV_6961

Sepiidae Metasepia pfefferi

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Solenostomidae Solenostomus cyanopterus

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Antennariidae Antennarius striatus

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Antennariidae Antennarius striatus

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Antennariidae Antennarius striatus

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Trypteriigidae Trypterygion delaisi

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Trypteriigidae Trypterygion delaisi

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Dasyatidae Taeniura lymma

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Synodontidae Synodus sp.

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Odontodactylidae Odontodactylus scyllarus

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Apogonidae Ostorhinchus sealei

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Odontodactylidae Odontodactylus scyllarus

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Scorpaenidae Rhinopias aphanes

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Octopodidae Hapalochlaena lunulata

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Octopodidae Hapalochlaena lunulata

plotosus lineatus

Plotosidae Plotosus lineatus

nudi

Discodorididae Halgerda batangas

naso unicornis

Acanthuridae Naso unicornis

Mangrove bay 2019 Matteo Santon D4 SAV_5010

Synanceiidae Synanceia verrucosa

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Scorpaenidae Scorpaenopsis oxycephala

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Dasyatidae Pastinachus cephen

Gobiidae Pleurosicya sp. 18.09.20 11.17 Nikon D4 MWB Double CT Orange Bangka MS 18m SAV_9133

Gobiidae Pleurosicya mossambica

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Toxotidae Toxotes jaculatrix

18.03.28 11.33 Bangka Nikon D4 MWB MS SAV_7168_TOP

Sepiidae Sepia latimanus

18.03.28 08.54 Bangka Nikon D4 MWB MS SAV_6702_TOP

Pomacentridae Amphiprion polymnus

SAV_4544 (2)


Hungry dugongs have no table manners

Matteo Santon - Image 2

This image shows a dugong foraging on a large seagrass patch. This is one of the last places with a resident dugong in the Red Sea. Dugongs are considered to be at risk of extinction in the wild. Their main threats include by-catch, boat strikes and destructive fishing. In the picture, the dugong voraciously forages holding its breath at 24 m depth, while two pilot fish feed on small invertebrates. The relationship between these two species is an example of commensalism: the dugong does not really benefit from having pilot fish around, yet it offers them protection from predators and sources of food. This image has been taken without the use of a flash and using manual white balance to capture the natural coloration of the subjects.

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