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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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/
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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).
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. For quite some time I've been seeing some outstanding landscape images created by these lenses and I just wondered if anyone has used them underwater. The 21mm f2.8 seems to me to be the best option for an underwater lens, but I'd love to know if anyone has tried one or uses one regularly?
  16. I'm trying to get an easy to use/make infrared or radio trigger to fire my Nikon D2x. I want to photograph trout in a shallow stream and being in the water isn't an option as they shoot off. So I want to place the camera in the water and wait for the fish to come back and fire the camera remotely. I've tried one of those radio triggers you can get off ebay and it didn't work over a great distance I think the metal housing blocks the signal too much. Has anyone tried this sort of photography before and have any ideas? Thanks Gavin
  17. Hi Guys I'm looking to buy a bullet video camera (or a small camera) that I can attach to a pole along with a monitor so I can film life in a local river. It doesn't have to be broadcast quality or anything, but something on a par with a GoPro would be nice. The GoPro seems a good idea, but I don't think you can plug in an external monitor can you? Any ideas would be welcomed. Thanks gavin
  18. Recently there has been a resurgence of the snoot in underwater photography. They were popular in the 90s, when most where made of flower pot or washing up liquid bottles, now you can buy purpose made ones for various strobes. Snoot photography is pretty tricky, the images are certainly striking, but of limited appeal so I started to wonder how long this fad would last and whether photographers would abandon their expensive snoots within a year? At least my last snoot just cost me an ear bashing for nicking a flower pot out of the shed! So this being the start of a new year I thought it would be fun for others to share their thoughts on what is going to not be here by the end of the year.
  19. Having just read through this topic I've seen the ebb and flow of the conversation switch between subject and image manipulation. The M-word is certainly a cause for some confusion among digital camera users. Image manipulation is an altogether different debate from subject manipulation which is raging throughout the photographic industry and I won't give my 2 pence (I'm British) here on that. But I can see where the confusion comes in. Taking a mediocre image and making it technically shine in a computer is now the done thing and so the same thinking is sometimes used with the subject - just move it to a better position and the image is done. This, as several people here have pointed out, is not acceptable. All photographers should know this, but yet recently there have been several often high profile, disqualifications from competitions. Disqualifying someone for over saturation or the removal of another animal or the blurring of a background are all understandable as people try and cheat the final image, but physically moving a wild animal cannot be condoned by anyone. There are grey areas of course - baiting being one - but at least the animal has free will to take the bait. I see moving a subject or removing a plant etc from a picture in the same light as captive animals. They have no place in wildlife photography.
  20. I have a Ikelite DS125 for sale. Its hardly been used. I think I must have fired it a dozen times underwater. It was a back up that was never needed. So rather than it sit around wondering why it was made I thought I'd offer it for sale to someone who'll use it. It comes in the original box with charger, etc (no lead) and includes a ball head as well which I bought to fit it to a Sea and Sea arm system. I'm based in the UK, but will ship overseas. Because of such light use I'm asking £500 plus P&P
  21. Not very many years ago pro photographers said digital would never be good enough for us. Now try and find one that doesn't shoot digital! I think professional film makers are about to get a taste of what pro photographers went through in the very near future. The popularity of the 5D MkII has demonstrated the desire for both video and still in one unit. Buy a saddle before the horse bolts is my advice.
  22. I've changed the O-ring several times and I always regrease each time the back is opened. I am very careful and as I say it's just that one strobe unit. Its out of warranty now anyway, but its just a bit annoying. The cap also starts to corrode and I will need a replacement soon too. Maybe it'll be third time lucky. Yes I've seen the screws under the tabs. And you are right the battery compartment is no easy to get to. I'll take on Natalie's comment about the eraser to clean the contacts. Thanks for the offer of the spare parts, I may look out for one here in the UK first, but if not I shall drop you a line.
  23. I have a couple of S&S YS110s, but one keeps flooding in the battery compartment. It's never too much water, but enough to destroy a battery or two. The unit is sealed so still works after being cleaned, but it is getting annoying. I have changed the battery compartment cap, but again it flooded. It doesn't do it every dive either. And the other gun has never flooded Has anyone else had the same problem? Also the contacts are getting soiled with battery gunk and I'd like to get in there to clean them properly. Has anyone attempted this and is there a service manual anywhere that shows how to dismantle and reassemble the unit again? I'm not a novice at this sort of thing. I've taken cameras and lenses apart and reassembled them for several years, but I could do with the diagram or set of instructions to know what to do. Thanks
  24. I saved money and got better cover with Dive Master Insurance. £76 for its IDEC policy that covers me in the UK and abroad - can't argue with that! Their equipment cover is pretty good too
  25. Be careful. From the riles it looks like you assign all copyright for the entry
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