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Alison Perkins

Member Since 04 Jul 2008
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In Topic: Asian Diver Magazine

22 July 2015 - 10:25 AM

Hi Gudge. Thanks so much for bringing that thread to my attention. A previous search didn't pull that one up for me.


It really is a sad state of affairs. All I can advise is that underwater photographers do not work with Asian Diver Magazine, unless you like working for free.


10 days ago I got a "invoice has been approved". Oh, but the paypal transfer that we were going to do is not available so we can wire the transfer to you and you will have to pay all of the local bank charges yourself. I passed on my bank information and now it has all gone quiet again...


I believe this is very unethical treatment by a dive magazine. Unfortunately it's not the first time I have been subjected to the "if we let this drag out long enough eventually the underwater photographer will get sick of chasing the money and we won't have to pay at all" policy. It makes me sad, and I'm one of the lucky ones who has a day job to rely on to eat. I hate to think how underwater photographers trying to make a living from this are getting on. Hopefully they've nailed down a list of the legit operators.

In Topic: Spawning Anemones in New Zealand

22 July 2015 - 10:08 AM

No night diving required. The anemones spawn during the day - much more convenient! :-)


Shane from Northland Dive has become extremely adept at nailing the timing for the spawning on the ex-HMNZS Canterbury. It may not be so easy to extrapolate that to other sites as it seems you do need to sync in with the tide pretty closely, and that varies everywhere.


Well worth a try though. Do you see the Tasmanian species of anemones filling up with eggs/sperm through autumn?

In Topic: Showreel

17 July 2015 - 01:42 AM


In Topic: The Nature Conservancy 2015 Photo Contest Deadline June 30th

26 June 2015 - 05:12 PM

I'm nature loving, but not a US resident so that rules me out.


In Topic: Why do you shoot underwater?

11 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

I got into underwater photography because I really enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture the beauty I was seeing underwater in a photograph. I want my photos to be as beautiful as what I see. Mostly I fail miserably as the natural world I observe is much more beautiful than my captures. :-) So the challenge continues and I find this very stimulating, and rewarding on occasion when I get it right.


Recently though, I have seen a very distinct change, or growth, in my motivations for shooting underwater. Increasingly what I'm dipping into is documentation. This can vary:

  • documenting an interesting/unusual/rare/new species or behaviour
  • documenting a site of scientific/archaeological interest for scientists who aren't divers
  • recording "before" in case there is an "after" - to show change over time to natural environments


I think if you tried to make money from this type of underwater photography you could probably quite literally die of starvation. However, I am finding it to be very rewarding in its own right. I feel like I'm contributing to something bigger, the advancement of knowledge. It's not glamorous but I think it's really cool.


In 2009 I took a photo of a pair of sundial snails spawning. I was excited about:


a) spotting them

b) getting a photo

c) finding someone who cared enough to identify them


A couple of days ago I received a request from a scientist who is studying these molluscs and apparently there are very few photos of their egg masses. Getting my geek on!


I'm still aspiring to take the "wow" magical photos but I'm also finding great pleasure in taking underwater photos that would struggle to get a like on facebook. It doesn't have to be popular to be interesting.