Doris sp.

Photo courtesy of Mike Bartick
Lembeh Straits, Indonesia
Picture taken with a Nikon D300, Sea and Sea housing, Dual YS 110 strobes-60 mm macro lense

Doris sp., (undescribed)

Pictures of this undescribed Doris first came to my attention as Doris sp. (2) in Terry Gosliner's book on Nudibranchs of South Africa. Based on multiple sightings throughout the IndoPacific in succeeding years this animal has been referred to Doris sp. (1) on Bill Rudman's Sea Slug Forum and can be found on page 252 of Neville Coleman's Nudibranch Encyclopedia and page 221 of Nudibranchs of the World (Debelius amd Kuiter)!

Mike's photo incorporates two features necessary to put it in the great photos category of nudi pics. (1) Very nice extreme focus (2) Head on composition with slight upward tilt to increase the dynamic aspect of the image.

What more can be said? Great Shot Mike!!

Rerence: Gosliner, T., 1987. Nudibranchs of Southern Africa. Sea Challengers: Monterey)

Michael Miller
San Diego, CA
Jun, 2008

Mick Bartick after dive on oil rigs (California)

Mike Bartick is an avid and experienced scuba diver and Marine Wildlife Photographer residing in southern California. Mike admits that while he is a world traveling diver, the northern Channel Islands are amongst his favorite dive spots he has ever experienced.

I have always been the fish in our family, loving the ocean and lakes; to swim and be free, floating in a liquid world. Gliding through the kelp forests, experiencing and discovering wild animals in the universe below, sharing through photography, is a dream come true.

My love of photography comes from my father. As long as I can remember he always had his camera ready in hand. Given to me by my parents when I was in the eight grade, my first camera was a brownie box camera.

Mike started shooting underwater with a friend's Minolta 110 at around fifteen years of age. While it was a film camera, there were a lot of "learning curve" shots and he started shooting less and less. When the digital camera age hit, he decided to start shooting more because of the new dynamics it brought to underwater photography.

Nothing about shooting in a liquid medium is easy. There is surge, ever changing light conditions and bursts of bubbles which scare fish off easily. Finding your subject is often times very difficult and once located, sometimes impossible to work with. Great macro shots require a perfect balance of light and skill. The lense is within inches of the subject. Generally higher F-stops and longer exposures make this type of photography difficult underwater. Lighting is extremely important. Overexposure kills, underexposure is just as bad. Perfectly lit subjects will glow with hand painted clarity and detail. The deeper you go, the less color you will have, and an experienced underwater photographer will always instinctively know what he is looking at and how to light it.

Mike Bartick
Marine Wildlife Photography
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
March 2005

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