Trying a bit of uncharacteristic creativity this trip with shallow depth of field (low F numbers).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
8. Harlequin Squad, Lembeh, Indonesia. Nikon D7100, 105mm VR macro, 2x INON Z240.
I like the formation of these fish and their colour coordination.
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.
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.
Being on 2014!
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.
More shots can be seen in my Flickr album here
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.
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.
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
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.