Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.

The color of the coral


  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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The Red Sea is blue, it is understood. But under the surface, it's an explosion of colors, when you flash on the soft corals. Bright reds, yellows and pinks, very photogenic!


In English, we call them soft corals ; in French, soft corals or alcyonaires - more elegant term, but less speaking. Contrary to appearances, the alcyonaries belong - like everything that is coral - the animal and non-plant kingdom.

Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.

Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.

The advantage is that these animals don't run away at your approach and they also have pretty colors, bright and shimmering, from intense red-pink to bright yellow, which are revealed in the light of the flashes.

Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011. Of course, these are popular topics for underwater photographers ...

So I continue my little series of underwater photos brought back from Egypt, on the occasion of this stay at the end of November organized by the Small sub photo forum.

We dived on sites near Hamata and Wadi Lahamy, south of Marsa Alam.

Overall, on the ten or so sites we explored, I don't have the impression that there were many colonies of alcyonarias. Most of the time, they were patates and platiers of hard coral, composing incredible underwater landscapes, peaceful or tormented, favorable to atmospheric divesespecially since the visibility was excellent.

However, I managed to put some color in my pictures, during the dives, thanks to some well-chosen alcyonarias...

Diving in the Red Sea. Hamata, Egypt, November 2011.



  Egypt: Hamata - Red Sea - November 2011

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  1. Aesthetic, pictorial and poetic emotions by looking at these photos!
    Je trouve fort beau qu’on appelle “alcyonaires” ces splendides coraux, préférables à “moux”, qui renvoient aux caramels du même nom !
    Alcynium en latin signifie écume de mer, c ‘est aussi un oiseau marin fabuleux symbole de paix et de calme, sentiments que l’on doit sans doute ressentir dans les fonds marins. 🙂
    Kudos to the photographer 😉

  2. By the way, soft plural, it would rather be with an S, and not an X?
    Have found in the dico this little funny sentence that could be a mnemonic ... Soft x-rays!
    Once again, I reiterate my admiration for so much underwater beauty 🙂

  3. @Ysbilia: Ravie de réussir à partager un peu de mes émotions subaquatiques par la photo. Pour la fôôôte, la proximité du X de « coraux » a contaminé le mot suivant… C’est corrigé !!!

  4. Ces photos son sublimes et font rêver, surtout à l’approche de l’hiver québécois!

  5. tout à fait d’accrod bloc 18! dans le même état d’esprit c’est bien pour cela que je me suis tout d’abord “essayée” à la photo sur les éponges parfaitement immobiles 😛
    Very nice pictures anyway ❗

  6. Superbes photos ! Les couleurs sont magnifiques, j’imagine que tu as fait la balance des blancs sous l’eau avec une carte grise ? Et j’ignorais ce qu’étaient les “alcyonnaires”, merci de contribuer à ma culture générale sous-marine 🙂

  7. @ Bloc18: Absolutely.

    @A door on two continents: Thank you!!! 🙂

    @Laurence: Sponges have the good taste to keep the pose... 😆

    @Xtinette: Un “arc-en-ciel”, n’exagérons rien. Il n’y avait que quelques sites, seulement, offrant une belle profusion d’alcyonnaires colorés. 🙂

    @Thib: Merci Thib ! Non, pas de balance des blancs, pour ce genre de photos, puisqu’elles sont faites au flash, mêlant donc lumière artificielle et lumière naturelle. Le flash est quasiment comme la lumière du jour, il restitue les vraies couleurs. La balance des blancs n’est à utiliser qu’en lumière naturelle sous l’eau. 🙄

  8. Your photos are very beautiful ... The marine fons contain real treasures for the eyes. I myself am passionate about the sea. I did not know any alcyonarians who are really beautiful.

    Good continuation 🙂