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
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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
[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
I love DIVE magazine in its new incarnation, very different to all the other diving magazines out there, more like a photography focused coffee table book. So I was very please to see that they've used one of my silky shark photos on page 9 of the latest edition, albeit cropped and uncredited, to illustrate an article about the listing of these stunning but endangered animals under CITES Appendix II. Very pleased that they've finally been given some protection, very please to see the image published... continue reading
Since reading an article in the internet about the clear water of Verzasca River in Ticino, Switzerland, I have wanted to go there to shoot some pictures.I live in Geneva so the trip took me about 5 hours to reach Lavertezzo, the place where they say the water is so clear that you can see the river bed 20-30 feet under from the surface.I already have a Canon G1X, and I invested a few hundred CHF to buy its underwater casing to enable to capture underwater images. I figure that its good to... continue reading
Some of the most interesting shots taken underwater are of small stuff. Macro photography is certainly a lot of fun underwater as small subjects are often very colorful and have interesting shapes/patterns. Here a few examples of macros (taken with the Nikon D2x and a 105mm Micro lens in a Subal housing) from my portfolio...Harlequin shrimp, this guy is about 1 inch long and is feed on the sea start beneath it.A pigmy seahorse, this is the smallest subject I ever photographed,... continue reading
Hi Dreamstimers...........Just back from a scubadiving tour of Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), which is a British Overseas Territory or Crown Colony. The TCI consists of 40 islands & cayes, only eight of which are inhabited. The population totalsappx. 30,000 residents & the island of Grand Turk is home to about 3,000 folks. Many residents are descendents of slaves brought in to rake the salt pans or pick cotton on the plantations. While the economy relies heavily on tourism,... continue reading
Hi all,This Blog is a continue to my previous one regarding scuba diving and photography. As I mentioned I'm diving in the red sea - to be more specific Eilat, Israel. Scuba diving is awesome!! The peaceful quiet, not feeling gravity, moving slowly - all of these make you feel really relaxed.In my previous Blog I gave examples of corals you might find in red sea, in this one I'll give some examples of the fish you might encountered.The colors are endless, there are some small and some... continue reading
Hi,I guess that I'm not the only one here for whom photography is a hobby. As I find it pretty obvious to combine between my hobbies the combination of photography and scuba diving open a brand new world for me.In order to take photos underwater you need to have housing for your camera. Housing for DSLRs costs a lot of money and therefore I decided to purchase a simple point-and-shoot and a housing that fits it.This new toy brought a whole new aspect to my dives. Taking the... continue reading
Dive Site: The PointMaximum Depth: 35 metersMaximum Bottom Time: 50 minsTime In: 8.00amVisibility: Approximately 20 metersUnderwater Temperature: Thermocline 25 DCelcius to 29 DCelcius @ 20 meterCurrent: Mild towards North-WestThere were 11 divers including myself on this dive. Scenery underwater was beautiful blue but dark as wellI first noticed a solitary white-tip shark on the bottom sea at 12 meters.At the corner of my eyes, I spotted a school of jackfish to the right.... continue reading
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