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About gavinparsons

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    Dorset, UK
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    sharks, cetaceans and anything unusual

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    Nikon D2X
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    2x Sea and Sea YS120 Duos

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  1. Hi guys I'm hoping for a bit of help with some new kit. I am looking for a couple of good video lights, but need to run them for several hours at a time rather than just 40mins - 1 hour of a standard dive. This will be my first foray into underwater video since the 1990s when I had a light system with a separate battery pack which was great, although I cannot for the life of my remember the name. I'll be filming on a Sony A7 iv or maybe v if it ever materialises in shallow water. If anyone has any experience of different makes and models used for long durations I'd really appreciate some help in my research. Thank you
  2. Hello, Is the kit still available? If so would you consider splitting it? I only ask as I am interested in the Sea&Sea YS110s Many thanks Gavin
  3. I have a Hugyfot FLP 90mm flat port for sale. It's the acrylic version, but has only been used once. I don't do macro photography now so I just don't need it. It costs £208 new and I am asking £100 (will post abroad, but postage is paid for by purchaser). It comes with no scratches, neoprene port cover and silicone back cover.
  4. I've decided to part with my Nikon D2x and underwater housing set up. The kit consists of: Nikon D2x body Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 lens Zoom gear Nexus D2x housing Wide angle port Macro port Extension ring Battery charger Spare battery Accessory park with tolls and spare )-ring set The Nikon D2x is an exceptional camera that produces images that can stand up to some of today's more modern cameras. It is brilliant both above and below the water. It is easy to use, has a great feature set and produces outstanding images. In fact the only reason I'm selling this camera on is because I need video capability, which the D2x doesn't do. As stated above the camera comes with battery charger, 2 batteries, strap and several CF 2GB cards and the original box and paperwork. It also comes with the outstanding Sigma 10-20mm F/4-5.6 lens. This is a far superior lens to the Tokina and even Nikon 12-24mm (in my opinion). The Nexus D2x housing, made by, Anthis, is a superbly made piece of kit. It has superior components and is built to last. It comes with the zoom gear ring plus a Wide angle port, Macro flat port and an extension tube plus a viewfinder adaptor (to see the full viewfinder image) and a close up filter. New, this system cost around £5,000 and I am asking just £800 for everything plus postage. I am based in the UK (Dorset)
  5. I have started a new regular blog entry entitled 'behind the picture'. I take a look at some of my personal favouite images and give the details around how the shot came about. The first one is a whaleshark image. They won't all be underwater shots as I shoot on land as well, but they should all, hopefully, be interesting and enjoyable to read. I endeavour to get a new one up each week on a Monday monring. They are not really designed to be technical pieces with lens choce, aperture and shutter speeds etc, but more of a look at how shots fall into place in front of and behind the camera. If there's a damand for the technical side though I'm happy to put it in. Let me know what you think. The first one is at: h2oimages.wordpress.com
  6. While I'm happy to admit the girl is extremely tough and daring to get into water that cold without a drysuit, I find this place abhorent. Those beluga whales are captive animals. There was a spate of underwater photographers going to this place and taking similar pictures (not naked) a couple of years back, not long after I'd seen wild beluga whales in Churchill Manitoba. These captive animals are in a prison and there is no need for them to be. Yes there is ice and snow, but would anyone be making oooh and ah noises and saying how wonderful the pictures where if it was dolphins in a dolphinarium? I hope not. As photographers we are constantly reminded not to touch coral or damage marine life just for a picture. Well this is the same thing. Just becase we can put beluga whales into captivity and have naked women swim with them for a picture, doesn't mean we should. Belugas, like all cetaceans should be in the wild. There are plenty of places to see and swim with wild dolphins and whales on their terms. So if you want to photograph belugas do it in the wild. If you want a naked woman with them Photoshop her in and stop tormenting these beautiful animals.
  7. An interview I did with South African and BBC behind the scenes man Mark Addison appears in the new issue of Diver Magazine here in the UK. Mark is a great guy, I've known him for a while and was only too pleased to interview him.
  8. UK based photojournalist Gavin Parsons is organising an escorted trip with African Space to South Africa in April 2013. The aim is to see and photograph as much as we can while travelling down the east coast and there is an extension available to photograph seven gill sharks, fur seals and great whites in Cape Town as well. This is a trip designed by a professional photographer to give you opportunities you don't usually get on a general holiday. The trip will start in Sodwana Bay looking for mantas, whalesharks, dolphins and critters (plus big shoals of snappers), and then head inland for a few days to try and find rare black rhino Diceros bicornis, elephant and some African bush life. From there we head to Aliwal Shoal to photograph sharks (black tips Carcharhinus limbatus, tigers Galeocerdo cuvier and raggies Carcharias taurus are all found here during the time of the trip). Plus there's a good chance to see Brindle Bass as well. The optional (but highly recommended) extension takes us to the cool waters of Cape Town, one of Africa's most vibrant cities. Here we will dive in shallow water to find the incredible broadnose seven gill shark Notorynchus cepedianus, plus swim with playful and graceful Cape fur seals Arctocephalus pusillus and finish with a Great White Carcharodon carcharias encounter. All that under the watchful gaze of Table Mountain and surrounded by the sophistication of Cape Town. We'll have a dedicated driver/guide, plus we'll use some great dive guides including Mark Addison (who gets the BBC into all the right places in SA). In the evenings there will be workshops (star photography, Photoshop masterclass, plus any ad-hoc ones that may crop up) talks and discussions. The idea is to share as much photographic knowledge as possible. Full details of the trip are on my website or on African Space's website africanspace.co.uk/diving/sharks-through-a-lens-with-gavin-parsons/
  9. I have a pretty extensive feature on South African diving in Diver (UK) magazine this month. plus I think you can also win the trip I did at the Dive show in October.
  10. Sorry I know this topic goes back to May, but I may have so relevant helpful information. I am a director of a UK based organisation called British Divers Marine Life Rescue. We rescue marine animals - whales, dolphins, porpoises and seals etc. Dolphins strand for so many reasons that it is easy to speculate, but difficult to pin down what it could be. Naval exercises, chasing fish or a confused/injured/sick lead animal all could be plausible in this case. The fast response of the public was incredible, but if you are ever in a situation like this please please please, do NOT pull a cetacean (whale, dolphin, propoise) by the tail. The muscles and joints running into the tail are quite fragile when pulled ways in which they were not designed. I don't want to diss what those people did, as they saved a lot of lives their, but it's better to have the information and you can tell others if you see it for yourself. I hope that helps Gavin Parsons Director British Divers Marine Life Rescue
  11. UK based divers can read my interview with an truly inspirational man in Diver magazine this month. John Parmitter is in his 80s, was disabled by Polio in his teens and still loves to dive. I hope the interview gets across how much of a great man and a true inspiration is is. I think Diver is available as a digital download for anyone overseas who would like to read it.
  12. Hi All I'm based in the UK and trying to get a diffuser for the Sea&Sea YS25 flashgun. Does anyone have one kicking about. I want to experiment with an old flash I had in the back of a cupboard, but can't for the life of me find the diffuser and could do with it. If not, does anyone know of a good fix for a diffuser? Thanks Gavin
  13. Digital photography has been around for such a short time and yet has come so far. But it has only really taken us back in time. As some have already mentioned Ansel Adams and his piers manipulated the hell out of their original images and I am changing my attitude back to what it was when I started photography. I'm probably one of the few underwater photographers who actually studied photography at college at a time before digital technology and before slide film was the norm. Sure we had slide film, but mostly we used colour neg and black and white neg. Plus we had 35mm, medium format and large format cameras to play with. We had a massive darkroom with black and white and colour processing and I would spend hours in a chemical infested orange glow dodging and burning, cropping and tweaking until what was on the paper in front of me was how I imagined the final image to be. When magazines wanted colour slides to really justify the cost of the scanners the companies bought, all that creativity died away and while it encouraged many photographers to hone certain in camera skills, it killed some of the creativity in producing a final image. Now that creativity is back and it doesn't turn your silver jewelery black! Photoshop is just a darkroom, without the need to convert the loft or take up the toilet all evening. It's a means to really put into pixels what your mind saw. Many people who think themselves photographers I'm sad to say, can now produce well exposed, pin sharp pictures, but should that be the ultimate end result? I don't think so. Henri Cartier Bresson didn't produce pin sharp, frozen images, nor did my other hero Don MacCullin. But their images had emotions wrapped around the main subject. I'm fed up with seeing lifeless looking fish portraits or frozen nudibranchs. Where is the drama? where is the animal's sense of place in the world (or sea)? Digital photography has given us the world to create beautiful emotion filled images and the majority treat it as a way to try and recreate the constraints of slide film (with a lot of added saturation in many cases).
  14. I know it's not underwater and so will upset a few of you, but I've had some prints from a long term land based project I'm working on published by the Telegraph online in the UK. The images are of baby Birds shot on a white background in rescue centres. The aim is to sell prints to raise funds for the charities involved. Take a look and I hope you like them. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/garde...ns.html?image=8
  15. I like Dive Master Insurance as I found the team there excellent to deal with. I have my equipment (inclu camera gear) insured with them, plus I use the annual travel policy. I've never had to use it thank god, but from the way the staff talk to you when I have a query I would imagine they would be good. As someone said before they use MEDEX who seem very professional. I checked out a few different solutions and for me Dive Master was the best.
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