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Kellda headshotI started diving after snorkelling with whale sharks in Leyte, Philippines and was PADI certified in April 2011. I picked up a compact camera in 2013 after a dive buddy suggested it despite having no interest in photography beforehand. I even flooded the camera on the first dive. But not being one to quit, I salvaged that camera with a bowl of rice and a new battery and was hooked. That camera has since been retired and I now use a mirrorless set-up. My diving hometown is in Anilao, Philippines. I have also dived in Tubbataha Reefs, Malapascua, Apo Reef, Apo Island, Dauin, Coron and Verde Island. Outside the Philippines, I have visited Raja Ampat, the Maldives and Fiji


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Night dives at the Anilao Pier are among my favourites. This octopus living out of a beer bottle was wrestling with a snail for some time. The octopus eventually won its dinner and threw the shell to the ground before retreating into its home

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 I enjoyed this shallow swim-through at Raja Ampat. Shot my dive buddy and part-time model against the reef and the sun rays

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I shot this well-camouflaged crinoid shrimp against the pattern of its host crinoid. This isn’t the usual black-background macro shot, but I like seeing the repeated black and white striped pattern in the different angles

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Colourful soft corals surrounded by schooling fusiliers. I liked the movement of the fish across the frame as it curved around the rock

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Diving at the blue water mangroves in Raja Ampat was definitely an experience. Finding some cardinal fish hiding out at the roots was a cool sight to see

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 A large wobbegong shark was chilling on top of some hard coral during a dusk dive. Shot this upwards to get the dark blue water and chase boat in the frame to add some depth

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 A green turtle above staghorn coral as far as the eye could see. Amazing visibility made this shot possible. Shot at Tubbtaha Reef, Philippines

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 There are many skeleton shrimps in the muck sites of Anilao. I bumped up the ISO on this shot to get more detail. You can actually see through its head to see the other eye!

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I decided to take a different approach with this image and dropped below the school of jacks in Apo Island, Philippines. I wanted to get the sunlight piercing the school, with the other diver in the shot for size comparison

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A zebra crab on a fire urchin with what looks like its discarded shell. It was trying to kick the shell off its home

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 Yellow gobies are often among the most popular subjects, just because they’re so cute. Here they are inside their home - a bottle of San Miguel Pale Pilsen

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 It was quite hard to get the tiny hairs of this tiny hairy shrimp (less than 5mm) in focus. After getting some shots, I experimented with both back and front lighting to see the details more clearl

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 Enjoyed shooting this rare hairy frogfish. Focused the lighting near its head to see the hair strands more clearly and get the eyes in focus

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Anilao is known for all sorts of nudibranchs. Here’s a white 'Pikachu' (I’m still on the hunt for a yellow one)

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 This harlequin shrimp is feeding on a piece of blue starfish. The colour of the starfish being eaten determines the colour of its spots

• Kellda took these images with a Sony a6300, FE 90mm, E 10-18mm or E 16mm with fisheye adapter, Nauticam Housing, Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobes & Inon SMC1 Diopter. See more of her work on  Instagram @scubakelldy

 

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