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Location planning for the British and Irish Underwater Photography Championship 2018

This year’s BIUPC takes place between 2200 on Friday the 31st of August and 2200 on Saturday the 1st of September. Photos must be taken within the geographic boundaries of the British Isles and submitted within this 24 hour window, with very limited postproduction allowed. Each competitor can submit 2 images, underwater wide-angle or macro, plus an additional image for mankind's impact on the environment. Selecting the right location for photography focused diving in such a tight timeframe... continue reading

Lembeh Strait, The Mecca for Underwater Macrophotography

It is likely for non-divers for not knowing where is Lembeh Strait since the main attraction on the island is diving. Lembeh strait is located in between two islands, Sulawesi and Lembeh, off the north east coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia.Traveling to North Sulawesi might be more identical with visiting Bunaken National Park, a protected area which is more famous than Lembeh Island. So, why should I go to Lembeh and not to Bunaken? Which one is prettier? Bunaken or Lembeh? Well guys, I’m so sorry to... continue reading

Five suggestions for getting awesome underwater photos

1. Some things are so much more important than getting the shot. Underwater photography carries an elevated, but manageable, risk of death or serious injury and following safe diving practises must be the priority, no matter how exciting or unique the potential image may be. Competency with general diving skills, especially buoyancy control, is not only essential for your safety but without them your images will be underwhelming, at best.2. Respect the underwater environment. Following on from point... continue reading

Diving for images in Komodo National Park

[Manta ray (Manta alfredi) with attendant cleaner fish : OMD E-M1ii and M.Zuiko 8mm Fisheye; Nauticam NA-EM1ii and Zen DP-170 @ ISO64, f4, 1/250s]   Mention the Komodo National Park to most people, and they will probably think of Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis). Mention it to a diver and they’ll most likely think of strong currents, stunning reefs, abundant big fish and turtles, and then maybe the dragons. Fair-play to the dragons, at up to 3 meters long and over 150 kilos in weight,... continue reading

Photographing grey seals in the Farne Islands

  One of my favourite places to dive is less than two hours drive from my home city of Edinburgh. The Farnes, a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, offer the very special attraction of diving up-close-and-personal with wild grey seals (Halichoerus grypus). This species of seal is relatively common around the British coast, but they tend to keep their distance underwater and are rarely seen by divers. Not so in the Farne Islands, where the local population of grey seals have become... continue reading

The best things about frogfish

I think it's safe to say that the long lure frogfish, Antennarius multiocellatus, is not classically beautiful. However, they have loads of character and are, I would argue, so comical in form and behaviour as to make them, well, cute.Although highly camouflaged ambush predators and very hard to spot, they are often surprisingly brightly coloured and chose oddly contrasting backgrounds on which sit and wait for their prey. They also can't swim very well, as their pectoral and ventral fins are... continue reading

Getting there with the lighting

So, these guys are my local models who are more often than not hanging out under the jetty at buddy dive. Around 1630hrs on calm sunny days, and it is rainy season at the moment so sun and calm water are a little rare, the light is perfect for shooting them with a little fill in flash against a backdrop of sunbeams and the jetty through the water's surface, which I find quite pleasing. I'm not done with them yet, but quite happy with this shot.   continue reading

So, this is why I'm here

I'm on Bonaire until the 31st of January working as an intern (at my age!) with the Bonaire Coral Restoration Foundation trying to put a dent in the decline of endangered Caribbean Elkhorn and Staghorn Acropora corals. So far so good, everything I've seen is encouraging a high degree of naive optimism. Sadly, the longterm picture for coral everywhere, and pretty much everything else in the sea that needs to build a skeleton from calcium and carbonate, is very bleak if we can't get are act together... continue reading

Bonaire dreams

I’m in Bonaire for the next two months, so plenty of opportunities to grab some great shots of “Divers Paradise” above and below the water. The excellent visibility and virtual absence of significant current at most of the dive sites on the island should give me the ample opportunity to play about with different stylistic and technical approaches to photographing this beautiful Caribbean island. Hope you enjoy it as much as me.   continue reading

Whale sharks

I have been planning to go to see whale sharks for two years. There are for sure in Nabire (Papua, Indonesia), but to get there is not so easy. The city is small and it´s airport is even smaller. The plain tickets are expensive also because there are just two possibilities how to get there - from Jayapura or from Ambon. Both cities were far from my destinations.Also the trip to whale sharks from Nabire is expensive. When I was asking two years before, the price was 10 000 000 IDR - that´s 750... continue reading

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