To help clear this up for everyone, I spoke directly with the producer on the phone. It is exactly as what was inferred. The BBC NHU claim they have no budget for this. I even asked if they would pay only if they did in fact sell the series but I was told they don't have a budget for that either. I gave it a few days and responded that I appreciate them reaching out to me but I have decided to decline the request. I told them I felt it was sending a wrong message to give away my images and that I find it astonishing that the BBC would expect photographers to give their images away for free. The producer told me that some professional underwater photographers have given permission to use their images for free for this project.
I wanted to let everyone know that ReefNet honored the warranty even though it was a couple months past the one year mark. They even rushed me out a replacement lens in time for a dive trip. Also, thanks to Alex Tattersall who pointed me in the right direction.
I built myself a homemade snoot and took it out for a test run in a local lake here in upstate NY. I noticed on a previous dive when photographing snails that what look like anemone's attach themselves to the snails shell and figured these would be a good use for my snoot practice. After processing the images, I discovered that one of the anemone's had a crustacean of some sort on it. Does anyone know what these are? The anemone's themselves are very small barely visible with my naked eye. Only looking through my viewfinder with a 60mm lens and +5 Subsea could I see anything.
The first image is cropped significantly so you can see the shrimp. The other two show the anemone alone and also a collection of them on a piece of vegetation. Any help identifying these would be appreciated.
You're off to a good start. I think the middle shot is the best one; you did a nice job with the lighting. If you could get a little bit lower in the water so that you are shooting with a slight upward angle as opposed to a downward angle, it would be better. On the first hot, the background distracts from the image and the fish itself is not positioned nicely. You want to engage the viewer of your image by having good eye contact so try to get shots where the fish is facing more towards the camera. You have the right idea with the sharpnose goby picture. The eyes are in focus and you have a nice bokeh. This image would be better if you rotated yourself more to the right so that you were seeing more of the fishes face and the rest of the fishes body was in the frame. Keep it up though, you've off to a great start.
I realize the subscription fee is a lot less than the money owed to authors like Alex but I still feel violated in that they accepted the subscription money. I'm not sure when they became insolvent but they didn't seem to have a problem cashing the subscription check in December.
Thanks for showing the Huyfot valve. Now I understand why John Bantin is able to use the vacuvin and I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to use it on my system. Completely different sized valves.
Kirk is correct. You can just buy the individual pieces from the Ala Carte Parts which is what I did. The owner of UWCamerastuff is Bill Libecap and he's very easy to work with. He can answer any questions for you. In fact, I bought my housing originally from Backscatter and wanted a vacuum system. At the time, they hadn't heard of one and so I hooked them up with Bill.
I have a few that I really like but this one brings back some good memories from the summer. We were on Alex Mustard's Red Sea workshop and specifically working to take shots of the Bohar snapper at Shark reef. Alex gave the group instructions on how to work with the school, not to divide it but that we need to work as a team. The first few dives, we definitely were not working as a team. Everyone was anxious to get a good shot and in doing so we constantly divided the big school into several smaller schools. This shot was taken on the sixth dive by which time as a group we had it down and worked to keep the school together so we could get our shots.
If you can get glow in the dark plastic, how about replacement knobs for adjusting the light output on Inon z240's. They are impossible to distinguish from the other knob - the one used to turn the strobe on - on a night dive.