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Hi folks! I'd be very interested in your help to identify this tiny shrimp which i met for the first time some weeks ago, in Antibes waters (South of France). To give you an idea of scale, she sits on some sort of gastropod (the yellow guy in the shell) which itself was climing a posedonia seaweed, which was around 1.5 cm, max 2 cm in width i'd say. Encounter was during a night dive, about 10 meters deep. Photographed with a Nikon D300s, some cropping but not too much. cheers Nicolas Remark: i've reduced the picture size to upload it, but you can find a bit larger file here: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1M4qvoHtyWHcXTDd_gIiStMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink
Hi all, After 20 festivals around the Globe our award winning short movie is online now and ready to be watched! Share it as you like and happy new year! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mkROP5wWjM Synopsis: A boat and its working crew in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. a father, a captain, never wanted his boy to work on the sea. The boy finds work in another boat a result of his affection of the sea. The boy learns diving from the cripple Omer, a famous diver working on that boat whom was healthy without a bend then. Time passes the cripple and the boy ends up working on the captain’s boat. There is sponge shortage, dives passes no sponge! Crew is upset and there is frustration among the crew. The tension between the trilogy (captain, the boy & the cripple), drives the viewer into a desolation in the middle of the sea and its bottom. Festivals: * 51th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Official Selection 10-18 October 2014 Antalya, Turkey * 41th Addition Festival Mondial deI'Image Sous-Marine Official Selection - October 30-November 2, Marseille France * Viewers Choice Award 2nd International Bosphorus Short Film Festival,14-28 November 2014, Istanbul, Turkey * 2nd BEST FILM 2nd Seattle Turkish Film Festival 2nd Best Film 23 November 2014, Seattle, USA * BEST FILM 16th Belgrade Underwater Film Festival December 2014 * 2015 Selection Beneath the waves Film Festival (20 cities around the globe) * ANZAC 100 Years celebration film festival - Melbourne, Australia ACMI- April 2015 * Official Selection, Roma Turkish Film Festival September, 2015 * JIFFEST - Indonesian Film Festival November 2015 * Official Selection, International Ankara Film Festival 25 April - 3 May 2015 * Special Jury Award Dogaka Short Film Festival, 22 July 2015 Hatay-Turkiye * 11th Holy Shorts Film Festival, Special Selection, Los Angeles-USA * Official Selection Blue Ocean Film Festival-Monaco 6-9 November 2015 * selection izmir Short Film Festival 2015 Cheers, Mert Gokalp www.mertgokalp.com
In comparison with a human retina, the seahorse retina receives approximately ten times more illumination when exposed to an identical light source. There is some evidence to suggest that seahorses can be stressed by flash photography. Given that vision is such an important seahorse sense, involved in feeding, crypsis, and pair-bonding rituals, it is best to adopt the precautionary principle so as not to disrupt these essential behaviours. Seahorses seem to be becoming increasingly rare in the Mediterranean as their seagrass habitat suffers from degradation by summer pleasure boat anchoring. So this summer I am planning a full population survey in a bay where I have been researching Posidonia oceanica for the past 15 years. The challenge to underwater photographers is this. What is the best way to take photographs of seahorses without using a strobe or even the camera's internal flash? The photographs are for identification purposes as part of a survey. I am not aiming at arty competition winners, but I want to get as much close detail of body form and markings as possible. I hope to be able to distinguish different individuals - not an easy task. The population survey is being carried out by volunteer research divers in a sheltered Mediterranean bay, in 10 meters or less, in sunny conditions. Some will have their own digital cameras of various types. My camera is the Olympus E-PL3 for which I have the standard kit lens plus external wet macro and fish-eye lenses. Can anyone give me any advice, please? Also, if any underwater photographers would care to join in this research, please get in touch with me. Thanks