Description Redspotted Blenny, Blenniella periophtalmus, peering out from its burrow, surrounded by sponge. For this shy subject, whose head is about the size of a pencil eraser, I used a focal length of 180mm to provide reach and avoid scaring the fish into its burrow. There was a substantial swell at the time, so I did my best to get stabilized on the rocky substrate while being thrashed about by the surge. Sheer persistence paid off, as I caught the moment that the surge peaked, bending the little fish's eyelashes with its force. Image captured with Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-180 macro-zoom lens, Seacam Housing, Ikelite 200 strobes, Ultra Light arms. Passage Island, Andaman Islands, Andaman Sea; India
Mark Strickland, Port Hueneme Member Since May 2008 Artist Statement Mark Strickland’s life-long interest in the sea has included over 10,000 dives and careers as an ocean lifeguard, boat captain, and diving instructor. His passion for underwater photography began as a teenager in Florida, and subsequently led him to many of the world's best diving areas, including Thailand, where he spent 17 seasons as Cruise Director / Photo-Pro on the live-aboard vessels “M/V Fantasea” and “Ocean Rover”. Strickland now resides in California, where he is trying to adjust to cold water diving. An avid marine naturalist, Mark has discovered several nudibranch species, including his namesake, Halgerda stricklandi.
Mark's photos and articles have appeared in magazines and books around the world, including Action Asia, Asian Diver, BBC Wildlife, Blue Planet, Calypso Log, Conde Nast Traveler, Diver, Dive, Geo, National Geographic World, National Wildlife, Natural History, Ocean Realm, Outside, Scuba Diving, Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Sportdiving, Sub, Tauchen, Undersea Journal, Unterwasser and many others. He’s also primary photographer and co-author of Lonely Planet’s award-winning book, “Diving and Snorkeling Thailand”. Currently, he leads several dive trips each year to his favorite destinations, while working on a career-spanning pictorial book. For more about Mark's photography and dive travel programs, or to license images for publication, please visit www.markstrickland.com