Your Favourite Photo of 2008
Posted 25 December 2008 - 12:36 PM
Posted 25 December 2008 - 12:54 PM
Canon EOS 5D, Aquatica Housing, Inon Z220+Z240 strobes, Heinrichs TTL, ULCS Arms
Posted 25 December 2008 - 03:59 PM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 04:34 AM
This is a fantastic photo! Think the videographer brings in a lot of scale to the anti-aircraft gun. On the first, it looked like he was your model, simmulating shooting with the gun! Almost unbeleavable that a diver on his first wreckdive is able to take such a nice image!
Congratulations and Keep up the good work!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all other members on Wetpixel! :-)
PS: Don't know what happend, but this post was meant to be related to the post from Tristans beautifull image of the Thistlegorm. Perhaps one of the moderators can move it to the place were it belong? :-)
Many thanks to all the Wetpixelers that have shared their knowledge on this site, it has been an invaluable source of information and inspiration.
Here is one of my favorites underwater photos this year (my first year of diving). It was taken in October, the second day after getting my PADI Adv Open water ticket. It was my first wreck dive and also the first time I had strapped the dome on the front of the camera. I would have preferred it if the Videographer was not hanging on the back of the Anit-Aircraft gun, but there you go.
Thanks .... and
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
Edited by Kimmeineche, 26 December 2008 - 04:45 AM.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:02 AM
What a great colletction of photos. Some of them quite amazing.
Here is my favorite 2008 with minor text:-)
As far as I know this crack hasn´t been explored before and definitely not photographed.
The whole area is quite exotic and one of a kind. Positioned in the midst of Kelduhverfi at the bottom of Oxarfjördur, with the national park in Jökulsárgljúfur and the famous Ásbyrgi nearby. The day before our trip we contacted the landowner to explain our plans, fortunately he was almost as excited as we were but emphasized that diving in his land was totally at our own risk. By 9 in the morning after we stood in front of the farm in such wonderful weather. His daughter guided us to the cracks witch we had passed a few minutes earlier without noticing them, positioned on both sides along the road to the farm.
To begin with our hopes went sour because of the amount of sediment afloat in the biggest crack. But with some exploration in the area we found one bit with especially clear water, similar to the famous lake at Thingvellir with Silfra crack as a favorite spot for many divers. The formation of the area here is of the same geological sort as in Thingvellir, lying on the North-Atlantic Ridge where the North-American and Eurasian plates drift apart. The water is very cold, varying from 2-6°C. The crack is divided by rock slips in several places. In the south end we could swim under the hanging rocks into quite small and shallow bits, though it can be very dangerous. Surprisingly we saw small trout swimming curiously around us, but not to close though. Later the landowner told us that as a young boy he used to fish there with some result but the catch was never big. 30-40 years have now passed since the last fish was caught there.
Before returning home we thanked the 83 year old farmer for sharing his knowledge of the area and great hospitality and showed him the photos we had taken.
We are determined to go back for better photos and stay for a longer period of time. One more hidden treasure has now been found and simply must be explored further.
Edited by gassa, 27 December 2008 - 02:05 AM.
Posted 26 December 2008 - 10:10 AM
This is from my trip to Indonesia (Raja Ampat to Lembeh via Halmahara aboard Ondina) in May/June. I spent an entire dive on this coral pillar. As is often the case, this photo doesn't do the scene justice. There was quite a strong current, so I had to really hang on (dead pieces of coral), but the soft corals and multitudes of small fish just made it a magical site/sight for me. As with many of the other photos in this thread, the reason for it being a favorite is not its technical excellence, but rather its ability to bring back that experience.
Canon 5DMkII in Aquatica, 1DsMkII in Seacam, G9 in OEM...Inon Z240's...too many lenses
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damned fool about it." WC Fields
Posted 26 December 2008 - 01:31 PM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 02:11 PM
I was above her heading to my safety stop when I saw the stingray, made the stingray sign and pointed so she started the camera rolling. As I was watching I thought it looked cool as the ray started moving over the sand and she started moving over and down to get the shot. Got a couple of shots off and it was fun to see the footage she shot during this sequence.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:20 AM
Here is my favourite shot, it marks for me the moment it all clicked in place and I started to feel I was getting it...
So far my reasons are...
1) A wonderful location,
2) A wonderful subject,
3) My first SLR, that had, up till this point, only been making my life hard, I realise now that difficulty for me was simply a momentary learning process and this was proved to me by my ability to find the settings for this shot quickly and make the most of wonderful opportunity. (I owe a lot to Martin Edge for this. Martin your book has been my bible.)
4) I discovered the joy of working in post production, when moving the sliders and clicking the buttons has little effect on making the image much better than in the RAW. Knowing that you got it right in camera is a good albeit rare feeling. (I'm working on improving the ratios of duds : those with potential : those you just know...)
5) The satisfaction that comes from the positive feedback from others, especially those who's work you admire and those who share your passion for the underwater world.
Thanks to everyone for the all the help (direct and indirect). I Hope 2009 fulfills all your wet dreams... (couldn't resist that one)
Edited by ozanners, 27 December 2008 - 03:23 AM.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 05:01 AM
Edited by gassa, 27 December 2008 - 05:02 AM.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 06:21 AM
I've got one picture under/over that I like from this last year. To be more acurate, there is one under and one over.
Both of them from the Maldives. I liked the first "over" because of the skyline and the second "under" because of small/big mix (anemone fishes and manta)
Have a wonderful new year 2009 with plainty of bubbles...
Posted 27 December 2008 - 02:51 PM
Nikon D800, Subal, Sea&Sea D1's
Posted 27 December 2008 - 05:20 PM
great photos flowing around here, Thanks for sharing your work.
I enjoy this photo because it's a very common subject in the Atlantic Ocean but I had never seen it with this new blue colors. Usually it's golden brown. I think it changes colors in the mating season. Taken in the Azores in late June 2008. Automatic WB.
Nikon D70, Dual YS-110, Nikkor 60mm Macro, f/8 1/320s Iso 200
Edited by Carlos Morais, 27 December 2008 - 05:34 PM.
Equipment: Nikon D70, Subal ND70, Nik 10.5mm, Nik 105mm, Nik 60mm, Tok 10-17, Subtronic Alpha Pro, Sea&Sea YS-110
Posted 27 December 2008 - 07:12 PM
Edited by johnspierce, 27 December 2008 - 07:14 PM.
Posted 27 December 2008 - 08:08 PM
Here are my two favourites
The squid shot because its a very rare subject to find and i've wanted to photograph since I got into photography 2 years ago.
and the seal shot because it reminds me off an incredible animal encounter I had.
Lets see what 2009 will bring!
Posted 27 December 2008 - 10:14 PM
I took this photo during my annual pilgrimage to South Australia with Rodney Fox. This 3.5m Great White was not at all shy and was making slow loops out of the gloom towards the cage 18m down.
I was hanging out of the window looking through the viewfinder and as I saw him coming closer I was zooming out from 24mm to 12mm. It was only as he filled the viewfinder at 12mm that I raised
my head and realised he was a lot closer than I had thought. I didn't know it was possible to move so fast when you were frozen to the bone after being in 15C water for two hours,
but adrenaline is a wonderful thing!
Happy New Year everyone
Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:53 AM
Here's two of my favourites from the Perhentians, Malaysia.
Porcelain Crab (Lissoporcellana sp.) I felt lucky to find this one on the outside of the soft coral, they seemed to hide inside most of the time.
Close-up of a Shuttlecock Egg Cowrie (Volva volva). I just like the mantle shape and colours
"Downgrade, downgrade, you know it makes sense!"
Canon G9 & G7 in modified Canon WP-DC21 & WP-DC11 housings, 2 x Inon UCL-165 macro lens, no strobe, just internal flash.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:14 AM
This is the kind of patience I'm looking for. Great shot.
I was hanging out of the window looking through the viewfinder and as I saw him coming closer I was zooming out from 24mm to 12mm. It was only as he filled the viewfinder at 12mm...
Cal, I just love those colors in the squids
Edited by Nakedwithoutcamera, 28 December 2008 - 07:23 AM.
Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:50 AM
This is my favourite from Bali, Tulamben for this year......
tried linking again, hope it works....thank you Alex for the alert.....
Edited by h2o, 28 December 2008 - 06:09 PM.