Nauticam NA-D7100 in Puerto Galera

March 29, 2014

 

 

 

Trying a bit of uncharacteristic creativity this trip with shallow depth of field (low F numbers).

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Goby

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Slow shutter speeds 1/10thJuvenileHarlequinSweetlips

harlequinsweetlips
diagonalfish

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Curious Subjects (Convict Blennies)Convictblennies3

 

 

 

 

Interesting behaviourcardinalfisheggs

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And token beautiful nemosBabynemos


Nauticam SuperMacroConverter testing in Puerto Galera

March 29, 2014

These images were all taken with the Nikon D7100 with the 105mm VR lens on the Nauticam NA-D7100 housing with macro port 60 and extension ring 20. Focus set to the thumb lever and mode AF-C 3D. All shots are at F29

 

triplefin rhino Pygmy PorcelainSMC5 PorcelainSMC4 PorcelainSMC1 PorcelainSMC2 Nudishape Nudigills nudidoooody Nudidoooodi imperial1 hairyghost Bobtailsquid


Photo Highlights of 2013

December 28, 2013

Well, 2013 went quickly with fewer photo opportunities than I would have wanted.

Here however are a collection of 10 of my favourite images taken in 2013 (in no particular order). Hope you enjoy.

1. Baby Porcelain Crab – Sogod Bay, Philippines, Nikon D7100, 105mm VR macro, Fit Pro +5, +8 and +16, 2x INON Z240.

I always enjoy photographing porcelain crabs and this one appealed because it was so tiny. I like the composition with the purple tinge in the negative space heading into the background.

Mini-porcelain

Mini-porcelain

2. Flabellina, Plymouth, UK, Nikon D7100, 105mm VR, Fit Pro +5, +8 and +16. 2x INON Z240

This photo won the award for Marine Life in the BSoUP splash in 2013. Unprocessed.

Flabellina

Flabellina

3. Cuttlefish action in Babbacombe, UK. Nikon D7100, 60mm macro, 2x INON Z240

I hadn’t witnessed this action before and I was glad to spend time in the water with these fascinating creature.

Aliens!

Aliens!

4. Tompot battle. Swanage Pier, UK. Olympus OMD-EM5, 12-50mm, 2x INON Z240.

Having dived Swanage countless times, this is the first time I’d seen action like this. Very please to have had the opportunity to spend 30 minutes watching this territorial behaviour.

Bitey Bitey

Bitey Bitey

5. Basket Star Simplicity, The Alternatives, Egypt. Nikon D7000, 60mm macro, 2x INON Z240

I love the simplicity in the fractals of this image, one I’d been trying to capture for a long time.

Simple elegance

Simple elegance

6. Relax time, Lundy, UK. Nikon D7100, Tokina 10-17. 2x INON Z240.

I didn’t dive much in the UK this year but a season is not complete with a visit to the seals.

Relaxing

Relaxing

7. Monster’s Inc, Lembeh, Indonesia. Nikon D7100, 105mm VR, 2x INON Z240.

Amazing features on this fish, enough said. 85 minutes to get this shot!

Monster’s Inc Fish

Monster’s Inc Fish

8. Harlequin Squad, Lembeh, Indonesia. Nikon D7100, 105mm VR macro, 2x INON Z240.

I like the formation of these fish and their colour coordination.

Ghost Pipefish Squadron

Ghost Pipefish Squadron

9. Process Manatee, Crystal River, Florida, Canon 70D, Tokina 10-17 Fisheye, Natural Light.

A wonderful experience away from the intensity of DEMA. This has been treated to an oil-painting filter and a vignette in Photoshop. Black and white to get rid of the dirty green water background.

Oil painted Manatee

Oil painted Manatee

10. Something on your face! Lembeh, Indonesia Nikon D7100, 105mm VR macro, 2x INON Z240.

A final behaviour shot which I like wraps up 2013.

You’ve got something on your face!

You’ve got something on your face!

Being on 2014!


Lembeh Straights with NAD Lembeh Resort

December 16, 2013

We travelled to Lembeh last week to judge the Underwater.kr Lembeh shootout. We also got some top class critter photography in, here are some highlights.

 

Nikon D7100, 105mm Macro

Hairy Goby Nikon D7100, 105mm Macro

 

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Nikon D7100, 105mm VR

Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Nikon D7100, 105mm VR

 

Pygmy Seahorse Denise - Canon 70D, 100mm macro, Nauticam SMC

Pygmy Seahorse Denise – Canon 70D, 100mm macro, Nauticam SMC

 

Bobtail Squid with and without Nauticam SMC and multiplier. Canon 70D, 100mm macro

Bobtail Squid with and without Nauticam SMC and multiplier. Canon 70D, 100mm macro

 

Purple Skirt, Canon 70D, 100mm macro

Purple Skirt, Canon 70D, 100mm macro

 

Porcelain Crab - Sony RX100II compact, Nauticam SMC

Porcelain Crab – Sony RX100II compact, Nauticam SMC

 

Hairy Shrimp (1mm across) - Nikon D7100, Nauticam SMC, FIT +10

Hairy Shrimp (1mm across) – Nikon D7100, Nauticam SMC, FIT +10

 

More shots can be seen in my Flickr album here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alextattersall/

 


Close-up Lens Testing in Lembeh

December 13, 2013

The following shots were taken in Lembeh last week using the Canon 70D with Nauticam housing and 100mm macro lens. The lens was set to 1:1 max magnification and then close up lenses were added. I hope this shows the magnification strength of each one. IQ is not considered in these images. with a moving subject, there are of course challenges but I think this shows magnification levels well.

 

1-100mm 2-SMC 3-SS+10 4-SS+5 5-FIT+10 6-FIT+5 7-FIT+8 8-FIT+16 9-FIT+5+8


Close-up lens testing

November 22, 2013

I took the opportunity on my recent trip to test some of our range of close up diopters on a pair of Coleman’s Shrimp resting on a Fire Urchin at the Little Lembeh site in Sogod Bay. All shots were taken with a Nikon D7100 in a Nauticam with a 105mm VR lens set to manual focus on maximum 1:1 magnification. This was purely a test in magnification capability of the lens combinations, I was acutely aware as my air ran low and my deco started mounting, that perhaps diopter testing is not ideal at 25 meters! Lighting is not consistent across the shots but it gives an idea of the relative magnification of the lenses.

105mm VR, no wet lens

105mm VR, no wet lens

Subsee +10

Subsee +10

Subsee +5

Subsee +5

105mm, iDas +10

105mm, iDas +10

105mm VR, FIT PRO +10

105mm VR, FIT PRO +10

105mm, FITPRO+5+8+16 stacked

105mm, FITPRO+5+8+16 stacked

105mm, FITPRO+5+8 stacked

105mm, FITPRO+5+8 stacked


NA-70D in action in Crystal River, Florida

November 22, 2013

I was happy to take the Nauticam NA-70D housing on a field trip to Crystal River during the DEMA show. The new housing featured some of the latest ergonomic developments plus the first housing in the range to include the new Nauticam vacuum pump system.

I used the Nauticam housing with a Zen 200mm dome, 20mm extension and the Tokina 10-17. No strobes were allowed so all shots were natural light.

We started off in very low light at 7am in poor visibility which provided rich ground to test the high ISO capability of the camera. These were taken using ISO 1000

Slightly balding, slightly ginger manatee

Slightly balding, slightly ginger manatee

Big potato, little potato

Big potato, little potato
It wasn’t me....

It wasn’t me….

Strange behaviour

Strange behaviour

Cute attitude

Cute attitude

The following images were taken outside the Three Sister’s Springs where visibility was improved and dynamic range became more of an issue.
Tranquility

Tranquility

Bird’s Underwater

Bird’s Underwater

Perfect for reflections

Perfect for reflections

Thanks to Birds Underwater  for looking after us so well. The Canon 70D is a real temptation away from my recent Nikon passion. I’ll be looking at the Canon 8-15mm Fisheye now I am back in the Canon camp.


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