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Alison Perkins

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#363258 Spawning Anemones in New Zealand

Posted by Alison Perkins on 15 July 2015 - 02:03 AM

Discovered by accident in 2009, the spawning of the Jewel Anemones must surely be considered one of the greatest annual wildlife events you can observe as a scuba diver in New Zealand waters.

For two consecutive years I have had the special privilege of capturing the action.

 

This is the first time I've ever put a video together - that was a fun learning curve! Please feel welcome to share your feedback.

https://vimeo.com/133317564




#362112 Why do you shoot underwater?

Posted by Alison Perkins on 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.




#355385 Long exposure time/night dive/painting with light

Posted by Alison Perkins on 13 December 2014 - 09:53 PM

I have done tripod-mount long exposure painting with light in a cave but there's not really much information to share. 30 sec exposure and paint away. :-)

 

You want to be methodical about your painting - wide beam light. Consider having a preset focus because it's a pain to focus the camera in the dark.




#353159 Short fin pilot whales

Posted by Alison Perkins on 02 October 2014 - 05:27 PM

What a pleasure to view these photos!


http://www.InspiredToDive.com


#352751 Papua New Guinea - Rolling in the Deep

Posted by Alison Perkins on 20 September 2014 - 10:37 AM

Wow! You are capturing some truly beautiful scenes. Thanks for sharing.


http://www.InspiredToDive.com


#347509 A Circular Experiement

Posted by Alison Perkins on 09 May 2014 - 06:16 PM

It has a fun "looking down on the planet" feel.


#345654 Critter Planet

Posted by Alison Perkins on 04 April 2014 - 10:33 AM

Terrific!


#344747 New Zealand's Poor Knights Islands: summer synopsis

Posted by Alison Perkins on 20 March 2014 - 01:22 PM

You've captured the magic of diving in New Zealand and shown us rarely seen angles of the Poor Knights Islands and our diving playground. Can't wait to see more video and aerial antics from you Colin. And here's to more New Zealand material on Wetpixel! Just gorgeous!!




#344740 Underwater Stock Footage

Posted by Alison Perkins on 20 March 2014 - 11:58 AM

I love it!


#343814 Darwin's Dream - Galapagos

Posted by Alison Perkins on 25 February 2014 - 07:24 PM

Awesome! Fantastic viewing.


#341524 Anilao Macro Video

Posted by Alison Perkins on 07 January 2014 - 02:49 PM

I love it!


#340382 Nudi Eating another Nudi

Posted by Alison Perkins on 07 December 2013 - 02:35 PM

That's awesome! Well done!! Starts so nicely and turns into a horror movie! :-)




#337852 Interesting Reflection

Posted by Alison Perkins on 07 October 2013 - 06:28 AM

An update on my dome port ring reflection issue... I managed to get my hands on some black Gorilla grip tape. I cut 1.5 inch strips and overlapped them neatly around the inside of my dome port, covering the ring tracks. Last week I went out photographing sea lions and whale sharks in silty water with a tonne of sunshine beaming down. In almost all of my images I can't see any problems with the ring reflections. There is the odd photo where I can see small signs of a reflection aberration, but for the most part it was okay. Although this wasn't a scientific study, I feel pretty certain that pre-taping I would have had a huge issue with ring reflections shooting in these conditions, angled towards the sun. So I feel the taping has made a big improvement. :-)