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Lembeh Gulen Shootout - Charlton's filefish photo - how?!

15 June 2016 - 03:05 AM

I keep returning to this photo and still haven't figured out how it was made.  A buddy swimming parallel on the other side with a backlight?  A crazy long strobe arm with a snoot hanging over the fish?  A serendipitous burst of concentrated bioluminescence?  Someone (maybe Richard Charlton himself) please enlighten me!



experiment with selective colour - please critique

29 April 2016 - 10:30 PM

This experiment started with a desire to salvage a photo where the subject was well captured but the background was horrible and distracting.  I started to wonder about using the technique in a slightly more creative way to make a subject pop out more dramatically.  Most of these photos had in common a background very close in colour and texture to the the animal itself.  


My non-diving friends seem to like these, but divers and photographers mostly don't.  True, they are obviously artificial and are the sort of thing that you might find on a postcard in a seaside gift shop, but there is no attempt here to hide the technique.  On the other hand, we know what the environment should look like and it is disorienting to see monochrome coral, not to mention that eliminating colour selectively takes away from the wonderful demonstration of how some animals fit into their habitat so well. 


I wonder if anyone else thinks this could be an interesting effect if applied selectively from time to time?  Let me have your thoughts, and don't hold back!






Manufacturer ethics - when is it time to draw the line?

11 April 2016 - 04:59 AM

Full disclosure: I love my OM-D now, and have been carrying an Olympus (on and off) since I was shooting Kodachrome and Tri-X.  I'm planning to upgrade as soon as they announce the new flagship E-M1.  This question really pains me. The latest disclosures of the company's apparent ethical lapses bother me.  It's seems that they have engaged (yet again) in dodgy behaviour and bribery to evade rules that they knew applied:




This follows after their spectacular accounting cover up a few years ago, which resulted in exactly zero change at the company other than firing the (non-Japanese) manager who revealed it:




So how much do folks worry about corporate alignment with principles when buying gear?  I don't think this kind of thing is unique to Olympus, though that company appears particularly inept and insular.  After all, Apple appears to give exactly zero damns about things like worker rights in its suppliers' factories.  I suspect that if anyone was to look closely into the operations of just about any major equipment manufacturer that sticky questions would arise.


Yeah, I know that I can let my wallet speak on this.  I'm curious if others feel the same.





Two firsts this weekend - images from Anilao

10 April 2016 - 04:16 AM

This was the first time I have come across each of these scenes. The moray was one of a group of four eels at a cleaning station populated by three different species of shrimp.  They were competing for attention in a crowded little hole.  It was a bustling scene!   The mantis is the first one I've found bearing eggs.  


Neither shot is brilliant and I would welcome suggestions. For now I am just really pleased to have found them:







Anyone know this worm (?) from Anilao

10 April 2016 - 03:56 AM

Spotted this on the weekend, about 6 cm long at maybe 10m depth, but there was a fair amount of current and I didn't have time to get a good shot.  Nevertheless, I've never seen one before and wonder if anyone knows?