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Bent C

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  1. This should not be focused on the octopus fad, as there are many more, and probably worse examples around. There are a number of fully pelagic octopus and several mainly benthic species do now and then swim, so an occasional picture of a swimming octopus can obviously happen. Blueringed will often swim, so no problems there. The octopus problem is that the coolest pictures of swimming, or rather parachuting octopus (an octopus slowly floating down towards the substrate), are of more or less strictly bottom dwelling species such as mimics or wunderpus. Rare things can and will happen in nature, but the amount of such pictures that are perfectly lit and composed are just way to many. Several of my friends have thousands of dives in parts of the world where these octopus are quite common, and have no such pictures in their collections. Jim and Adam have more or less covered that, so I will not continue that debate. Jim really points to the bigger picture here. Big Facebook sites with many members will without doubt affect beginners behaviors and expectations. If the discussion on ethics in reef diving, or even more important ethics when doing underwater photography is suppressed, or even worse, more or less forbidden, I fear that we are in for quite some trouble in the future. As an example, several times during the last couple of years discussions on not allowing cameras on Sipadan have been raised. I would hate that to happen, and to spread to other areas, but I wouldn't bet against it.
  2. 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.
  3. Sorry, I can not remember the dates. I am also blocked, so can not search it out.
  4. Adam, I believe that there is a definite risk that such behavior, if rewarded in competitions and if receiving vast number of likes when posted, soon will be the norm. I do firmly believe that this should be a live and ongoing discussion, and that photographers with "unlikely" pictures at least should be prepared to explain how it was achieved. Of course extremely unlikely events can happen and of course one can get a perfectly lit and composed shot of it. I fail to see why, given the sensitive nature of some of the subjects we shoot, there should be any difference in explaining the shooting circumstances or giving f-stops and such info of such shots. The bird photography community, as far as I have experienced it, are much more interested and restrictive on potential disturbance effects without stopping great bird photography. I have also heard about several quite sincere problems around the competition in Anilao. It is interesting that that competition coincides with a clean-out of people on UWMP. I have no idea if there is any causal link, as I still haven't received any response to queries about why the mention of preferring non-manipulation as a rule have lead to a number of members getting "removed".
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Huge price drop. 750 euros and it is yours!
  8. Nauticam NA-7D for sale, 1100 euro. Recently serviced, never fl**ded, well maintained. Signs of normal use, but nothing noticeable. Nauticams vacuum system is installed in the housing. PayPal accepted.
  9. Have you actually tried it in a housing? It sure looks pretty close. Slightly larger, but not by much. If you have tried it, are all controls unusable, or are there some that are usable?
  10. I would rate the night dive with the nurse sharks as the coolest I have ever done! It was just amazing. The big rays were icing on the cake. I liked the manta night dive as well, but it was harder really to appreciate as we were in a group supposed to be kneeling on the sand. The sand turned out to be silt and the kneeling part was so-so, so the viz went pretty quickly. However, up till then it was incredible to have the mantas swimming straight towards the camera. Lighting wise I didn't do anything special. Strobes pointing somewhat out on two arms, more or less. Video lights would probably be good, at least for getting consistent af.
  11. A couple more from my trip, Tim: and Personally the highlight was the night dive with the nurse sharks:
  12. I have a bunch of pictures from an liveaboard in the Maldives in the following gallery: http://bentmedia.me/2014/05/14/maldives-2014/ Enjoy!
  13. There are without doubt much more experienced south Maldives divers than me that can chime in, but for what it is worth, I was down there on a two weeks trip in April. I used my EF 8-15 fisheye with a 1,4 extender, and that was almost to wide for the encounters I had. The sharks certainly did not come close enough to even consider using the 8-15 bare. I used no strobes on the shark dives. On one dive, a group I wasn´t following seemed to get close encounters, but as none had a camera in that group, it is hard to evaluate how close the sharks actually were. With regard to the current, we used reef hooks on the shark dives, and there would have been no real issues using the strobes if the sharks had come close enough. On more reefy dives though, the 8-15 bare was fine. There are some amazing hard coral formations there that are worth doing. And some turtles that could´t care less about people. Cheers, Bent
  14. I am visiting the Crystal river area from the 27th to the 31st of December. I have tried to search for up-to-date info on photographing the manatees, but just got more confused. I would be very happy if someone could answer my questions below or point me to a good web resource. Is Three sister spring the only place to bother going to? What are the rules? No dipping your head below the surface? No strobes? No video light? Assuming there are other places than Three sisters, are rules the same? Any recommended tour operators in the area? Is it possible to rent your own boat and stay for a long time, alternatively go by kayak? Finally, how about alligators. Anyone organizing diving with alligators?
  15. I am shooting Canon and have used more or less all the EF macros. If I had to choose one single lens it would without doubt be the 100 mm. In rainforest it gives you a little bit more distance, and underwater it is easier to get tight close ups. So I'd suggest the 105 and er the 60 later.
  16. The one time I totalled a camera was on the first day of a live aboard. There was no way of getting hold of another camera, so I had to spend a week of diving cool places without any pics at all. A couple of my friends were as productive as ever, with no camera problems. I have never travelled without a spare camera since then. The added security it gives is way more worth it to me than the cost of adding the spare. And, as others have already mentioned, doing a bit of topside shooting is hard work without an extra camera. Drew´s advice os good, if you don´t want to or cannot afford to spend on another dslr, get something worthwhile using.
  17. On all Ikelites I have used it has been a problem. I have used a piece of eraser rubber cut to fit between the back plate of the housing and the hot shoe. However, on the Nauticam I use now, I use optical wiring and have never had a problem.
  18. That is cool, Nick. Last time I was in Lembeh I dove Police pier with an italian guy that had published a book on dangerous marine creatures, and we where looking for the night anemone there. As far as I understand it, the sting is really quite dangerous and can lead to renal failure. Also, as far as I understand it, it is by night, when it extends its central column to feed, that it is dangerous.
  19. and a couple more: More pictures from the trip can be seen on http://bentmedia.me/category/latest-trips/
  20. Here are some pictures from my recent trip to the southern part of the Maldives.
  21. To me a vacuum system is more or less needed to really enjoy my underwater photography. Due to plain stupidity on my behalf I have earlier had one total flood and one partial. It came to the level where I worried just to much over doing another screw up, and taking my camera under water became quite stressful, which is the absolute opposite of what I want it to be. A vacuum system takes most, if not all of the worries away, as one simply knows that nothing is Leaking. I agree with the above that any such system is much better than not having a system. I also agree with John, these systems will without doubt be an integral part of future housings.
  22. Hi guys, and thanks. Steve, I agree, something is of with the colours. I´ll fix it. There was no mention of the camera ban at all during my visit. I get different messages about it from my contacts in the area. Such a ban would certainly make it less interesting for me to visit Sipadan with surroundings. As it is now, I like the variance between the WA of Sipadan and the macro of the surrounding dive spots, but for plain macro, I would more than likely go somewhere else. Here are some examples of macros from Mabul. That will probably still be available in the future! Wire coral shrimp Stick pipefish Robust ghost pipefish Reptilian snake eel
  23. A couple more: One more coralscape The jacks were still there... as were the barracudas
  24. After a couple of years without fitting any Sipadan visit in my schedule, I finally found a week where I could go. Here are some of the shots from the week I was there. Bunch of bumpheads Bumpheads on their way out and crush coral Green turtle Coralscape
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