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Bent C

Member Since 20 May 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 24 2015 09:01 AM

#368506 Manipulating underwater subjects

Posted by Bent C on 22 December 2015 - 03:50 AM

Simon, along with all other I have heard of being kicked out, posted in that thread. Interestingly enough, despite inquiring several times about the rationale for expelling  people who wish to discuss uw-photography ethics, I have received no answer at all. Counter to this, all the courses I have done and at more or less all resorts and live boards I have dived with, there has been a pretty clear to very clear no-touch policy. There seems to be quite a cognitive dissonance at place here, to say the least.

#367979 Manipulating underwater subjects

Posted by Bent C on 06 December 2015 - 12:50 AM

Drew, I absolutely do agree that this is not a clear line in the sand thing. There are lots of variables to take into account. However, I do find that on this continuum, there are actions that a simply to much and that those should be discussed. What these are needs a discussion and not censorship. My big problem with UWMPs action is that they censor the discussion, actively seeking out and removing people that advocate a no touching policy, and at the same time publishing many pictures that, at least to me, is way on the wrong side of the line. I find that very disturbing. And it is not that the discussion in itself is not allowed, just certain views. Advocates of "everything goes because there is always a worse example ( dynamite fishing, trawling, climate change and so on)" are not excluded. i find that seriously disturbing, and potentially damaging, given the size of UWMP.

#367937 Manipulating underwater subjects

Posted by Bent C on 05 December 2015 - 01:20 AM

Some time ago a thread was started on UWMP about the increasing number of obviously arranged macro shots getting a very high number of likes on the site (ballooning octopus, boxer crabs sitting nicely in sea shells or on leather corals, crinoid shrimp on sponges or on nudibranchs and so on). Administrators from UWMP did not take a clear stand on the issue, which in itself is remarkable. Now, however, something even weirder is happening. A number of members that posted support for a non-manipulation view on underwater photography has been removed from UWMP! No reason for this and no replies to questions about the rationale behind this selective exclusion principle has been given. I believe that most of the persons excluded can live with that. The scary thing is what this indicates about the views of UWMP admins and site owner. It is after all a big site with 35 000 members or so, arranging meetings and competitions on a regular basis, giving UWMP quite some influence on trends in underwater macro photography.

#351467 Maldives

Posted by Bent C on 12 August 2014 - 08:24 AM


I have a bunch of pictures from an liveaboard in the Maldives in the following gallery:



#328647 Sipadan again

Posted by Bent C on 26 March 2013 - 09:13 AM

A couple more:

One more coralscape

The jacks were still there...

as were the barracudas

#328588 Vacuum Pumps Again!

Posted by Bent C on 25 March 2013 - 11:57 AM

I find it rather ironic that the post after Simons "swedish" dig was from Viking from Sweden!  (no offence E_Viking!! :) )
Bent.. would you like me to slap Simon for you?

That would be great! Several times would be good!

#328527 Vacuum Pumps Again!

Posted by Bent C on 25 March 2013 - 12:40 AM

Where did the "Swedish" enter the pump name, Simon? Swedes are well known for not needing any help in that area!

#323100 Favourite Image Of 2012

Posted by Bent C on 22 December 2012 - 12:35 AM

My favourite 2012 image is a picture I have wanted to get a long time. It is from Nudi retreat in Lembeh, where this snake was extremely cooperative and spent quite some time checking out the camera.


#320566 Northern Red sea

Posted by Bent C on 14 November 2012 - 10:02 AM

One more macro


and a busy dive site close to Sharm


#318806 Lembeh Strait with Canon PowerShot S100

Posted by Bent C on 21 October 2012 - 11:08 AM

Cool shots, Irwin. Amazing what can be done with an S100! I am really impressed by the wide angles on your website.

#313566 POTW-when is a gobi not a gobi?

Posted by Bent C on 26 July 2012 - 04:07 AM

I have a rather puristic view on the question. For several resons, when the subject clearly does not agree with the title of the competition, I think it is clear that it shouldn't be entered in the contest, and if entered, should be erased. First of all, why would there else be titles on the weekly competitions? Second, I think that Wetpixel at least on some level has some kind of educational purpose, so including dolphins in a shark competition, flatworms in a nudibranch competition, or, to take this example, a blennid in a goby competition, I believe sends out the wrong message. Third, how should this be stated in the rules? It is allowed to enter stuff that is somewhat similar, but not really different from the subject of the week?

There are of course weekly titles that allows people to enter more or less whatever subject the photographer wishes to enter, and that is perfectly fine. However, in the competitions with more stringent titles, either defined by systematics or by a strict subject, I believe that the subject should at least have some relationship to the title. I guess one could get away with a lot on subject titles (a wreck competition could potentially have an ice berg in it with the title "Titanic II" for example), but I believe that systematic titles should have entries with a subject included in the title. And, as a blenny belongs to a different suborder than a goby, I would think that a blenny should be disqualified from a goby competition. But then again, a cephalopod is without doubt more different to fish than blennies are to gobies, so I might be way to restricted in my view on the organization of nature ;).

Cheers Bent (who spends quite large parts of my life teaching differences between whales and fish, mice and bats, flies and bees and so on and on and on...)

#294147 60 mm macro and Zen minidome

Posted by Bent C on 31 October 2011 - 01:17 PM

Here are a couple more with then EF-S 60 and the Zen mini dome. This time obviously not from Sweden though, Lembeh is the place. Once again, I like the 60 with somewhat larger animals. I will definitely try it again on the next trip. However, it is very easy to get just to close and get some scratches on the dome. I havenīt succeeded yet, but it has been a really close call a couple of times. On the other hand, the same problem applies to CWFA with the 10-17, so that might just be the nature of using the Zen dome for close ups and something to learn to handle.


A Hypselodoris laying eggs


A coconut octopus

Cheers Bent

#288710 60 mm macro and Zen minidome

Posted by Bent C on 08 August 2011 - 08:58 AM

And a couple more


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