Polycera tricolor

Image courtesy of Mike Bartick
Photo taken off Palos Verdes, Calif

Polycera tricolor Robilliard, 1971

Hey wait, hold the presses, Mike Bartick is back diving in southern California waters albeit until managing a five star dive resort calls him back to the Philippines! Mike is well known in southern california diving circles and more recently has established himself as an innovator in super macro still photography. His skill level has almost prompted me to give up video and go back to my origins of still photography!

I first came across Polycera tricolor diving the Yukon with Jerry Allen back in 2002 off San Diego! Conditions weren't the greatest, but after having seen this guy how could you possibly write off the dive! Gordon Robilliard named this species for its three colors on the 5-11 frontal appendages, 4-6 extra-branchial appendages, all of which are tipped with white above a yellow medial band followed by a black base. The rhinophores and gills follow this same color regime. There is a distinct yellow line down the tail and along the edge of the foot. P. tricolor species has been collected up to 20 mm in length and feeds on arborescent bryozoans.

You could write Mike on how he was able to get the incredible image above, but my suggestion would be to attend either of two upcoming workshops at Crystal Blue next year to get a hands on lesson. You might consider CritterFest Jan. 21st to Jan. 31st 2018 or the Nudi Workshop hosted by both Mike and Dave Behrens March 1st to the 10th 2018! I don't usually walk the plank in recommending dive operations or resorts but this one is rock solid!

Mike Miller
San Diego, Calif, 92113
Aug., 2017
Send Mike email at mdmiller@cts.com

Mike Bartick shown here as managing editor for California Dive Magazine
Mike Bartick is a Marine Wildlife Photographer residing in Anilao, Philippines, with an insatiable love for finding unique marine life, observing and photographing its behavior and sharing his insight and knowledge with others. His curiosity and drive for first-hand experience has lead him across the globe in search of that special critter encounter. Mike is a widely published Photographer, writer and international speaker with work appearing monthly in international magazines, websites and internet publications. He also hosts photo clinics and seminars concentrating on the different aspects of Underwater Photography and the natural history of South East Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Mikes Gear- Mike is currently shooting with a Nikon D7100 in a sea and sea housing. He uses Sea and Sea strobes and or INON Z240. Mike also uses the Retra Ultimate Snoot in many of his images to eliminate busy backgrounds and to halite his subject

Mike is regarded as an expert in his field and enjoys being in the water as much as possible and agrees that the next best thing to being there, is talking about his experiences.

Mike is the Photo-pro for Crystal Blue Resort i Anilao, Philippines. He hosts Photo and natural history workshops each month and is usually underwater.

Contact him by e-mail- at saltwaterphoto@live.com for more info or visit the Crystal Blue Resort Website where Mike is the GM.

From left to right, Terry Gosliner, Angel Valdes, Dave Behrens La Jolla, Calif.

Send Dave email at davidwbehrens@gmail.com
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