Seagrass in Motion

One morning while diving at San Clemente Island I was struck by the lackluster light. It was cloudy and dark and I had yet to find any exciting subjects to shoot. I was spacing out in the shallows watching the kelp fishes meander among the weeds when I started fiddling around with long handheld exposures trying to find something interesting in the motion of seagrass as it was tossed about by passing swells. Here is what I got:

Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above.  San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix

Surf grass on the rocky reef — appearing blurred in this time exposure — is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 10240
Species: Surfgrass, Phyllospadix
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA

Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above.  San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix

Surf grass on the rocky reef — appearing blurred in this time exposure — is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 10237
Species: Surfgrass, Phyllospadix
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA

A garibaldi fish (orange), surf grass (green) and palm kelp (brown) on the rocky reef -- all appearing blurred in this time exposure -- are tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above.  San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix, Hypsypops rubicundus

A garibaldi fish (orange), surf grass (green) and palm kelp (brown) on the rocky reef — all appearing blurred in this time exposure — are tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 10238
Species: Surfgrass, Phyllospadix, Hypsypops rubicundus
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA

Surf grass on the rocky reef -- appearing blurred in this time exposure -- is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above.  San Clemente Island, Phyllospadix

Surf grass on the rocky reef — appearing blurred in this time exposure — is tossed back and forth by powerful ocean waves passing by above. San Clemente Island.
Image ID: 10247
Species: Surfgrass, Phyllospadix
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA

These photos were quite simple to expose and I shots hundreds of them on the dive, throwing away 95% of them upon review and ending up with a few worthwhile keepers.

Nikon D100, 12-24mm f/4 lens, f22 at whatever, available light.

Keywords: motion, blur, time exposure, seagrass.