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#354467 BSoUP

Posted by tdpriest on 19 November 2014 - 05:32 AM

Congratulations to winners from the British Society of Underwater Photographers, published in the Guardian newspaper today.

#353672 Dry Suits - How to?

Posted by tdpriest on 24 October 2014 - 11:19 AM

Personal choice this. I find no issue with keeping a track of my buoyancy using both drysuit and wing.


I have to disagree. In the 1980s a number of British divers drowned, tipped over and held head-down when making shallow-water entries or exits with over-inflated drysuits, but there are also rapid ascents, caused by confusion between drysuit and BC, that are equally dangerous.


And if the thing does get away from you, relax and enjoy the ride... just breath fast on the way up! :)


And that's just stupid, I'm afraid. Many British diving fatalities are associated with rapid ascents.

#353619 Getty invite

Posted by tdpriest on 23 October 2014 - 05:08 AM

Dear all,

I just got the Getty invite on Flickr to sell some images. Would you do it?



Your images are much too good for Getty, on those terms.


Even I didn't like them, and I've only ever sold one image!

#353378 Dry Suits - How to?

Posted by tdpriest on 15 October 2014 - 03:21 AM

It will be 10m/33ft MAX so not too much to go wrong.



Unfortunately, that's completely wrong. Shallow dives are where drysuits are at their most difficult. Small vertical movements result in large changes in bouyancy; the suit is much easier to drive below 10m...

#353123 Bali Trip Recommendations

Posted by tdpriest on 01 October 2014 - 05:18 AM

I remember Tim and Alex had a roving rhino issue a few years back! :D . The Tulamben beach shoreline is lined with smooth rocks, some pretty large, which makes it difficult for ingress and egress for shore diving with a big rig and gear, especially when the waves get a little choppy... 


... and someone may have the photographs of me falling over with my Nauticam rig to prove it! I recommend leaning on your partner and both putting on and taking off fins in 3-4 feet of water...


... boats are best!

#353036 Bali Trip Recommendations

Posted by tdpriest on 28 September 2014 - 04:09 AM

Just remember that creatures move around and that "here today, gone tomorrow" is the rule: good guides are a godsend! Mantas (and Mola mola) are unpredictable, and you can spend a lot of time for little photographic joy: on an 8-day schedule I would think hard about giving them a miss. 8 days isn't even long enough to do Tulamben justice.


Here's what I found in Tulamben (Scuba Seraya) and Menjangan (Mimpi) a couple of years ago.

#352636 Fabien Cousteau to Conshelf II, spots available for trip this March

Posted by tdpriest on 17 September 2014 - 04:15 AM

Should be a great trip!



Why? There's not much left, and not so many fish...





... and flying in to Port Sudan can be a nightmare.


However, the Umbria is still a great dive and the Sudanese reefs are less damaged than those near to the Egyptian resorts (although, even there, there are gems).

#352018 How to shoot like Japanese UW photographer?

Posted by tdpriest on 26 August 2014 - 03:24 PM



As we know, classic macro photo is with black background,

But this style is not popular in Japan.

Probably because they don't have volcanic soil habitat like Anilao or Lembeh,




The "classic" black background is created by a high shutter speed and a high f-stop, the image relies on strobe lighting. It hasn't got anything to do with the colour of the background, because it's best shot against the water rather than the reef.


2013 Lembeh 24 796 Pantai Parigi Rhinopias eschmeyeri Paddle-flap scorpionfish.jpg



The light, unfocussed background relies on ambient light, slower shutter speeds, wider apertures and balanced strobe lighting. It's harder to do. I often find that my backgrounds are too dark.


Bali 2012 49 0555 Tulamben Ribbon eel.jpg



Please accept my apologies for the (glitch-squared) below...

#351821 Malaria

Posted by tdpriest on 20 August 2014 - 04:25 AM

Prevention is the key.


And cerebral malaria the outcome...


... if you're unlucky.


Protection and prophylaxis because, yes, dengue fever is nasty, too.


I am not a doctor and don't play one on TV


Nor is anecdote a substitute for evidence. The advice from colleagues in Infectious Diseases Medicine is protection and prophylaxis. I use malarone where it is appropriate because doxycycline is substantially more unpleasant in my experience.


I'm pretty sure that this conversation recurs on Wetpixel every couple of years.

#351819 Best printing techniques

Posted by tdpriest on 20 August 2014 - 04:06 AM

... what aluminium finish is best for underwater images.


Has aluminium ever improved a good image? I know I'm talking like a pompous purist, but a heavy matt white paper and only moderate colour saturation is my preference for a good image.

#350757 Tips for Underwater Photography Workshop 1st timers

Posted by tdpriest on 24 July 2014 - 06:41 AM



One comment was from a photographer worried about hordes of photographers competing for the same subject.


Many workshops avoid that, by splitting up the group. Alex Mustard, in particular, is really good at organising things so as to stress neither the wildlife nor the photographers.


It would be a good question to ask of the organisers, of course.

#350751 Diving Lembeh Straight

Posted by tdpriest on 24 July 2014 - 04:55 AM

The Ferrari's book MacroLife is very good, even if it's officially about Malaysian and not Indonesean creatures. Most of the "critters" are in one book, not the two or three from the excellent Humann/DeLoach series...

#350548 Over expossure

Posted by tdpriest on 20 July 2014 - 06:34 AM

Auto exposure almost always seems to over-expose, at least with of my Nikons, over the years. The EXIF data says "pattern" metering, which has probably completely misinterpreted the scene: spot metering can be better underwater. TTL strobe settings can help, but in the end almost everyone comes to manual exposure and manual strobes for wide-angle images.



2013 Maldives 437 Maaya Thila hawksbill turtle.jpg



I'm pretty sure that you can select the focus point and keep Auto metering: there should be a combination of Menu and camera settings to do that on such a sophisticated camera. I've certainly done that with a D200 and all my subsequent cameras.

#350546 Chuuk

Posted by tdpriest on 20 July 2014 - 06:24 AM

I hope I get my turn to dive and shoot there in 2017!


I recommend twin cylinders, a deco mix if you are going to go to 50m+, listening to the guides, and asking them to get you into the wrecks at the head of the queue!


I think I actually benefited from spending a week without my camera, although it felt tough at the time. I got used to the wrecks, and a feel for interesting shots.

#350541 Tiger Beach Diver Missing

Posted by tdpriest on 20 July 2014 - 06:02 AM

I find it quite surprising that there could be a chummed dive at night? Is this true?


I read that the dive was at dusk. Shear Water still, as far as I know, puts out a scent trail from bagged chum that is protected from being eaten in a crate. The sharks aren't fed. Both Shear Water and Dolphin Dream have years of experience with doing this: Jim Abernethy's briefings and organisation are precise, and the crew will pull out divers who are not putting shark awareness ahead of their camera: I know, that was me on my first trip.

... I would encourage the moderator to keep condolences and wishes separate from people seeking to comment on the circumstances of the event...


I agree, even though I've done both. I'm sorry.