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   CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Sep 14 08:31 AM

September 14, 2011 Neptune Memorial Reef



Quote:
Tomtate grunts and yellowtail snapper swim through Neptune Memorial Reef, an underwater cemetery with decorative arches and columns installed on the ocean floor off Miami Beach. The cremated remains of about 200 people have been mixed with cement and molded into memorial sculptures.
Photograph by David Doubilet, National Geographic

via National Geographic


infinite monkey  Wednesday Sep 14 10:26 AM

Gorgeous. That would be a cool dive spot.

Sigh. I love the ocean.



Wombat  Wednesday Sep 14 07:54 PM

I thought it looked really small (only half a metre high) until I noticed the diver, then I had a moment of dizzyness as my brain adjusted to the correct scale.

Cool place.



CaliforniaMama  Thursday Sep 15 07:23 AM

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Originally Posted by Wombat View Post
I thought it looked really small (only half a metre high) until I noticed the diver, then I had a moment of dizzyness as my brain adjusted to the correct scale.
At first, I thought it was an image of an aquarium.


Gravdigr  Thursday Sep 15 04:45 PM

I would not want swim around dead people.

Death + scuba diving. Not a good mix.



infinite monkey  Thursday Sep 15 04:57 PM

I love the ocean AND I love dead people.

I'm so there.



manu  Friday Sep 16 06:04 AM

The photo looks fake. Lights are weird. Why so many fishes in front of the camera and none further on?
Light on the diver looks weird.
Visibility strangely rendered.
...

for me it's a photoshop.

This does not mean the picture is not nice, it is definitely appealing to me as a final stand...



infinite monkey  Friday Sep 16 08:23 AM

Fish school. The school happened to be closer to the camera?

As to the lights, it's in the ocean. Water does funny things to lights.

What say our professional photographers?

As one with advanced open water scuba certification, I think it looks pretty normal.



glatt  Friday Sep 16 08:29 AM

Looks normal to me too, and there are fish in the distance, but it's a bit darker there, so they blend in.



ZenGum  Friday Sep 16 08:43 AM

I sea dead people.



CaliforniaMama  Friday Sep 16 10:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by manu View Post
The photo looks fake. Lights are weird. Why so many fishes in front of the camera and none further on?
Light on the diver looks weird.
Visibility strangely rendered.
...

for me it's a photoshop.

This does not mean the picture is not nice, it is definitely appealing to me as a final stand...
I personally know the photographer. He used to live in my house and work at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Until his interest in photography got noticed. He quit the Aquarium and went on to do photography full time.

I don't think that with his talent he would need to photoshop an image to get it noticed.


CaliforniaMama  Friday Sep 16 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
I sea dead people.
I wonder if the dead people sea us?


Sundae  Friday Sep 16 11:56 AM

Nice and all that.
But just stick me in a hole in the ground.
No coffin, no wrapping, no furore.

I believe I am a creature of Earth, and to earth I should return.
And not accelerate any else's demise by using up resources.



infinite monkey  Friday Sep 16 12:04 PM

I'd like to be thrown into the ocean, whole, and let the sharks eat me. Give back to the part of the earth I've had an affinity for my whole life.

In lieu of that, a hole in the ground would be nice...like you said no coffin or anything.

Both these things are frowned upon.



glatt  Friday Sep 16 12:08 PM

How about just thrown into the bushes?



Sundae  Friday Sep 16 12:11 PM

If we had them in this country I would so go for that.
The best I can hope for is a badger's den.



Gravdigr  Sunday Sep 18 06:50 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
I sea dead people.
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaMama View Post
I wonder if the dead people sea us?
The dead sea everything.


Neptune Reef  Wednesday Sep 21 04:21 PM

It does look surreal but it's not fake. That's me in the photo.

Quote:
Originally Posted by manu View Post
The photo looks fake. Lights are weird. Why so many fishes in front of the camera and none further on?
Light on the diver looks weird.
Visibility strangely rendered.
...

for me it's a photoshop.

This does not mean the picture is not nice, it is definitely appealing to me as a final stand...



classicman  Wednesday Sep 21 04:24 PM

Welcome to the Cellar, Neptune.



Neptune Reef  Wednesday Sep 21 04:25 PM

The light in the background is a huge lamp like is used to light a stage, made water tight. The grunts are very curious fish and are drawn to the motion.

There were thousands of photos taken, over 3 days, for this one picture in NatGeo, 40 minutes were dedicated to photographing this one scene.



Neptune Reef  Wednesday Sep 21 04:28 PM

No dead people. Cremated remains mixed with cement in shapes like starfish.

Quote:
Originally Posted by manu View Post
The photo looks fake. Lights are weird. Why so many fishes in front of the camera and none further on?
Light on the diver looks weird.
Visibility strangely rendered.
...

for me it's a photoshop.

This does not mean the picture is not nice, it is definitely appealing to me as a final stand...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
I would not want swim around dead people.

Death + scuba diving. Not a good mix.



infinite monkey  Wednesday Sep 21 04:41 PM

Neptune, thank you.

(Can I say I told you so?)

WELCOME. I must hear more about your diving experiences. I haven't been in years.



Gravdigr  Wednesday Sep 21 05:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Neptune Reef View Post
...Cremated remains...
Remains of what? Dead people.


Neptune Reef  Thursday Sep 22 11:11 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Remains of what? Dead people.
Good point.


Neptune Reef  Thursday Sep 22 11:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
Neptune, thank you.

(Can I say I told you so?)

WELCOME. I must hear more about your diving experiences. I haven't been in years.
Where do I start? I've been working on this project for 8 years and have logged nearly 900 dives there. It's the dives that give us trouble that we remember, like having your regulator mouth-piece come off without your knowing or the boat turning 180 on the mooring during a storm too heavy to see the boat...
Things like forgetting the weightbelt or running out of air stop being memorable after the first few dozen times.


BigV  Thursday Sep 22 11:21 AM

Welcome Neptune Reef. I am delighted to see you here, I hope you'll stick around.

Oh, great shot, great shot. I'm an unstoppable snapshotter (not photographer) and I love looking at others' pictures. I've taken a few in and under the water and I have a little appreciation for just how freakin complicated it is to do it, never mind do it so well.

Nice to meetcha.



Neptune Reef  Thursday Sep 22 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by classicman View Post
Welcome to the Cellar, Neptune.
Thanks CM. The article that goes with that photo from the Feb. issue of NatGeo is here: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/20...arrigan-text/4


jimhelm  Thursday Sep 22 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by infinite monkey View Post
I'd like to be thrown into the ocean, whole, and let the sharks eat me.
Dolphins.


ZenGum  Thursday Sep 22 11:31 PM

Should we explain that to Neptune?



BigV  Friday Sep 23 12:39 AM

no, don't



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