Your Favourite Photo of 2008
Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:17 AM
I had the best year of diving in my life, Red Sea with Subal and ULCS friends, Tawali PNG with Ned and Anna Deloach and Paul Humann and 5 months in Bonaire. What a life, I have to kick myself sometimes. Needless to say got to work on my skills, and have a bunch of keepers this year. But for this thread I picked a personal favorite for a couple reasons. I never shot nudi's before, "too easy," but now I know. What an amazing range of sizes, shapes and colors. I also never shot in the muck, so of course now I'm addicted. I'm thinking of filling the swimming pool with silt and see what grows. This was one of many I saw in PNG, and of course this is how I found it; no nudibranchs were harmed in the making of this photo. This guy captures all of the above and sums up my year.
Happy New Year!!
Nikon d200, Subal housing, single Ike DS125, 105mm, f/22 at 1/125th, minor adjustments in Aperture
Edited by Bruce Zavon, 31 December 2008 - 01:47 PM.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:50 AM
This is my favorite of the year as it was on a Galapagos trip that included many firsts for me.
First Whale Shark
First time diving with large schools of big predators.
First time I've had a playful sea lion try to pull a fin off my foot and blow bubbles in my face.
First time I was able to dispell my long time claim that ' I don't get seasick '
Our DM (in the photo) was swimming along beside this guy and signalled me to stop. He proceeded to turn it in my direction and it actually swam right over me within a couple of feet.
Thanks to all the fine Wetpixelians for sharing their knowledge and help this year.
Edited by dmoss, 31 December 2008 - 09:51 AM.
Canon 5D, Ikelite
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:51 AM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:01 PM
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:48 PM
Happy new year for 2009 wet pixies - Im looking forward to more inspiration and learning
PS: My New Years resolution is to get an image or story "printed" in a dive magazine in 2009.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 08:50 AM
It is the first time I have tried to create some more artistic underwater photos, and I'm happy with the result. It would be nice to get some feedback from you guys.
It is very hard to pick one photo as my best this year. This year I had the opportunity to dive a lot in Norway. To me, it is a wild and unspoilt beauty to dive the temperate waters on the west coast and in the arctic part of Norway. I hope to see more pictures from temperate waters from fellow Wetpixel members in 2009.
Definitely this year's greatest diving experience: diving with 10-15 stingrays mating in the Maldives
Edited by Lasse, 01 January 2009 - 01:27 PM.
Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:42 PM
Jeff Mullins, with whom I took an underwater photo course, pointed me in the direction of this Coleman Shrimp. Fortunately, it all seemed to come together on this shot.
I hope everyone gets to capture many wonderful images in 2009. I look forward to seeing them here in this thread at the end of the year
Posted 01 January 2009 - 08:02 PM
I dont now, please, help me
Maybe this will help you:
"Photo" = 1
"Photos" = more than 1
Great shots, though.
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 02 January 2009 - 02:30 AM
Here's my offering - November 2008 at Tulamben, Bali. Mantis Shrimp with clutch of eggs. No post editing yet.
Nikon D2X, Subal housing, 105mm Nikon lens, Inon Z22 Ringflash, F18@250.
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 04:42 AM
My favourite, but too reminiscent of Alex's post 9 pages ago:
So, in the spirit of cheating, I offer this, a shot that I have wanted to take ever since I first read about the limestone fascination of Palau:
And, in parting, a real cheat, being a composite of two images from the same (cold!) dive before the holidays:
Happy New Year!
Posted 03 January 2009 - 10:36 AM
As luck would have it, another nurse shark swooped right over my head at a pretty fast clip, and it made a wide circle of the rock. Yep, it surprised the bejesus out of me and so yep, I missed the shot. I figured if I stuck around it would do another pass maybe and sure enough, the shark came back and did another sweep of the rock. This time I got a shot. It kept circling a few more times, I got a few more shots, and then he (assuming it is a "he") swam over to the hole occupied by the other shark, and just stopped, laid down in the sand and then tried to wiggle into the hole with the other one.
I don't know whether it was a male interested in a female, or just wanted to share the same cozy spot the other shark had, but there wasn't enough room for both of them.
Definitely not my best shots of 2008 but definitely one of my most memorable dives of the year.
Edited by kitty, 03 January 2009 - 11:41 AM.
Posted 03 January 2009 - 03:05 PM
I've had a couple of bad years diving. In 2007 I decided to take Deco training with an instructor that absolutely killed my love of diving - couldn't teach his way out of a bubble!! And made everyone feel incompetent. And in 2008 a friend/dive buddy died at the surface - pre-existing medical condition that wasn't known about.
Needless to say, diving hasn't been at the top of my list lately. But I did manage to get to Cozumel for a week and I have to admit that there's nothing like a newbie to help you see what is so awesome about the underwater world! They get excited about sand for god's sake!!
So here's Carmen, who asked me to take a photo that would include her new dive watch so she could show folks at home. Thanks to Carmen for helping me see what I was used to in a whole new light.
And then I remembered the wonderful peacefulness of it all - just the deep blue. Not a great photo, but one that speaks to me.
Canon S2 IS, Ikelite 6140.02, Inon UWL-100 WA Lens & Ikelite DS-125
Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:16 AM
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Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:01 AM
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