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Underwater Scenic Overlook Kouare New Caledonia - Stock Photo C356419

Every photographer knows that really pretty scenic overlooks are not all that easy to find with the exception of the overlooks that are plotted on tourism maps or sign-posted by the parks people . Underwater where you can t see very far anyway choice overlooks are really rare. In most places when you look off the edge of a reef or an underwater cliff what you see is nothing but a vague blue. You need to explore to find a place where there is something interesting just off the edge of the escarpment.I found this underwater scenic overlook at Ilot Kouare two years ago and tried to take a sphere image with my Canon 7D in it s Ikelite underwater housing. About two thirds of the sphere images were great but some of the frames just had open water in them and the wouldn t stitch. So I never finished it.This year when we sailed down to Kouare I went straight to the overlook from the coral ridge to try again - this time using my itsy-bitsy GoPro Hero 3 Black stuck on the end of a telescoping carbon fibre pole.The huge yellow Porites coral heads were exactly as I last saw them the water was clear and there was even a little shark cruising around just off the reef to add some spice to the scene. The big purple sea anemone was still there looking beautiful and just next to it a Tridacna derasa giant clam - all just as it was two years ago. The only thing that was different was an almost complete lack of medium sized fish and the clouds of little blue chromis fish that we saw two years ago.After I took the photos from the top of the ridge I moved between the ridge and the big coral heads to take another image from down in the valley - where I knew I would have lots of good images in every direction that would make the sphere easier to stitch. I was worried that the one from the ridge might not stitch well. I needn t have worried. AutoPano Giga did a magic job weaving 40 images into this lovely underwater scenic overlook. - Stock Photo Richard Chesher (360Cities)
GPS Position Underwater Scenic Overlook Kouare New Caledonia;
Latitude: -22 deg 46' 22.2530679984" S
Longitude: 166 deg 47' 53.720670984" N

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Author: Richard Chesher (360Cities)

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