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BBC Natural History Request

10 December 2013 - 10:17 AM



I received an email today (via Flickr) from someone at the BBC Natural History Unit.  They are asking if they can use one of my images to promote a new series.  There is no mention of any compensation in the request.  How would you respond to this request and how much would you ask for?  Would appreciate the help. 


Here is the message I received.


Dear Andy


I am the development producer at the BBC Natural History Unit on a new project called Ocean. Our ambition is to create a series that through new science, new technology and new behaviours, engages a global audience with our Ocean in a new way, reconnecting us all to our seas and making us care about their future, which ultimately affects all of ours. We’re gearing up to go into production next year.

I wanted to ask you most graciously to allow us to use your incredible photo "Lionfish on Willaurie Wreck" in our materials that will encourage a global distribution of this series. It represents brilliantly one of the stories that we would like to cover in the series – the hidden treasures of shipwrecks and the ecosystems that spring up around them. And through stories like this, we want to reconnect the audience to oceans and spark a global discussion about their – and our – future.

Please would you let me know if you would be happy to grant us permission to use this image? We would be using it in printed documents and powerpoint presentations at television distribution events and to raise interest in the series among potential production partners.


With very kind regards


Zen 100mm and Nauticam for Canon 7D

13 September 2013 - 12:46 AM

I just purchased the Zen 100mm (4") dome for my Nauticam NA-7D and Tokina 10-17. What's the consensus on the need to use an extension with this configuration or can I use it without one?

I took a couple of above water test shots with no extension and they look pretty good. Does adding an extension make the corners even sharper?

Advice would be appreciated.

WTB: Zen Underwater DP-100 for Nauticam (100mm 4" dome)

25 August 2013 - 12:04 PM

I'm looking to purchase a 4" dome for my Nauticam NA-7D housing.  I need this for a trip in October.  If you have one for sale, please message me.

Condensation on Subsea +5

04 July 2013 - 08:26 AM

Before going on my dive this morning, I found a spot of condensation about the size of a US quarter on the inside of my Subsea +5.  It was pretty hot and humid this morning so I placed the lens in the water to cool it down and to see if the condensation would go away.  It did shrink the size down by a bit and by the end of the dive it had gone completely.  At the end of the dive after sitting outside for no more than 10 minutes, the condensation came back.  Now that I'm home and the lens is in my air conditioned house it's completely gone and the lens is clear.


Is this a defect in the lens?  I would think that the unit should be completely sealed and no condensation should appear on the inside.  I couldn't find any droplets of water inside the lens upon inspection so nothing appears to be getting inside the lens.  Any ideas would be appreciated.

Freshwater anemone and shrimp? ID

03 July 2013 - 10:43 AM

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.