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  1. Hey all, Darren Jew here. You may or may not know that I've been leading photography trips to the Kingdom of Tonga since 2001. So this season will mark 17 years of experiences with the humpbacks in Tonga. 2017 will once again will see us in the water for 50+ days of interactions. We are photography focussed, offering quality water time with the best skippers and guides to provide you with a variety of incredible experiences each day of your trip. We also provide after-boat tuition through our daily Workshops and Creative Lab Sessions. We have limited spaces on a few departure dates between late July until mid-October 2017. You can see details of availability and a heap of information on our website: www.whalesunderwater.com Feel free to contact me if you need any questions answered ... we'd love to have you along with us. If you Instagram, you might want to check out the hashtag #whalesunderwater16, which features both staff and guest photos from the 2016 season. all the best darren E: darren@darrenjew.com
  2. Tigers, bull sharks, nurse sharks and lemons, black tip and grey reef sharks! Meet the superstars of the world famous ‘Cathedral’ in Beqa Lagoon, Fiji. Your 5 night/6 day tour gives you quality time in the water, up close and personal with these magnificent animals, plus you’ll explore some of the best soft coral diving the ocean has to offer. Not only will you experience some of the best shark encounters imaginable, you’ll receive a program of expert tuition designed to take your photography to the next level of technique and creativity. This is your chance to shoot alongside Canon Master Darren Jew and gain personal insights into the creative processes that goes into capturing his award-winning images. A mix of structured workshop sessions and supervised lab time will be led by Darren each afternoon and will ensure you make the most of the images you capture. Your Sharks Underwater – Beqa Lagoon tour price includes: • Expert photography guidance, tuition and education • Group transfers Nadi-Pacific Harbour-Nadi • Group boat transfer to our island resort from Pacific Harbour • 5 nights twin or double share per bedroom in our 2 bedroom apartments - • 4 guests per apartment with large living space, air conditioning, private bathroom with separate toilet. • All Meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day • 4 days diving/ 9 dives, as per itinerary • Exclusive use of dive boat for our group • Free House Reef diving and snorkelling at any time • Nitrox Dive Package. If you are not Nitrox Certified an SSI Nitrox course is available at the dive shop on day of arrival, at extra cost) • Mask/snorkel/fins/wetsuit/BCD/reg set hire as required • Workshop and supervised Creative Lab time • Personalised photography tuition • Wi-fi (one device per person) Full Itinerary here: http://whalesunderwater.com/sharks-underwater/ Contact Darren Jew for further information: darren@darrenjew.com
  3. This might actually be the right place to share this, so feel free to have a look at the video of my trip to Cocos Island in October. The gear I used is the following: Panasonic GH4 Panasonic 7-14mm Nauticam NA-GH4 Nauticam 6" Dome 2 Keldan Luna 4x Let me know what you think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0KyjuLri9k
  4. I just felt like sharing the video of my trip to Cocos Island in October. Even during strong El Nino conditions, the diving has been excellent with loads of hammerheads at the cleaning stations and in the blue. This has been my first big trip with the GH4 and I'm quite happy with the potential of the setup already. But have a look for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0KyjuLri9k Video embedded-admin
  5. Here are the results of three weeks in Chuuk, as recounted above. https://www.flickr.com/photos/timsdiving/sets/72157645297557139/
  6. Hello all, Did a quick video of couple of clips I got on my trip to Cocos on December 14-24 onboard Okeanos Aggressor. We were not exactly lucky with the conditions for this trip as pelagics had a bit of a week off, I suspect moon phase was probably key (it seems that the current trip is having a blast as my friend is still on board :-/ ) That's my first attempt at editing video somewhat moderately complex so things are not exactly tip-top but I like the result so far. I retrospectively should have done a little bit more videos. In the last 4 days, I fixed the GoPro on top of my dome to have continuous shooting. I had left the GoPro magic filter at home, I would have been interested to see the difference. I missed some close encounters not having that where I had a Galapagos shark shooting straight through a channel at coming head on at me, a tiger shark coming on top and behind us while we were busy looking the other way and another one shadowing me for a minute. I never had the video on for those encounters or was of course busy facing it the other way while my head was looking somewhere els The dolphin shooting is courtesy of Capt Alberto Munoz from Okeanos aggressor, we got them again on the next dive and I was busy trying to shoot them on still (they were a bit more nervous). I started to post some pictures on Flickr [vimeo]56530182[/vimeo]
  7. The recently announced Reef Fishes of the East Indies fish identification books have started shipping and I received my set last Friday. The books are absolutely gorgeous and can also be used for weight training . I did not weight them but estimate it compares to lugging around at least 6 copies of the Tropical Pacific Reef Fish Identification book, which is not a light book itself. What sets these books apart is the fact that they cover all known reef-associated fish in a very large region that stretches from the Andaman/Nicobar islands on the West, Solomon islands on the East, tropical Australia on the South and Philippines on the North. This is not only the global hot-spot for fish diversity but also includes many of the prime pacific dive destinations. Even many species from the Red Sea/Africa to French Polynesia/Hawaii region are represented when their range overlaps the East Indies. The books are meant to be the authorative guide to fish identification. Unlike my other fish ID books, this set is aimed at both scientists and "amateur underwater naturalists" and, as the authors are both leading scientists in this field, the books have a distinct scientific slant in content and vocabulary. For instance, for each species they list the number of fin spines and rays, scale counts and several measurements that can be used for identification purposes. This is more detail than most of us will ever need but it is easy to skip this part of the text and get to the description that complements the image and information on habitat, depth and distribution. When there are two very similar-looking species this is often highlighted with an indication of the discriminating feature(s), or in case of mimicry, they list which species is mimicked. In short, all the information you want is there and it is easy to skip the extra detail if you don't need it. Of course, the real attraction are the thousands of great colour images, often with more than one per species. The great majority are shot during normal diving but for some cryptic species they catch them with an anaestetic and then take pictures underwater, with them still showing their natural colours. A much smaller number of species is so rare that they are only known from a few, sometimes only one, stored museum specimen. Pictures, or sometimes drawings, of these are included but as a result of the preservatives their colours and sometimes shape has become unnatural and plain ugly. Of course, you are unlikely to ever come across one of these so again, it is extra information important to the scientist audience but easy to skip for us. You will also find that the order of presentation is different from the common grouping by morphological similarity. Instead the order reflects the evolutionary tree, presenting the more "ancestral" species (sharks/rays) first and ending with the most "derived" species (Mola mola). In general, evolutionarily more closely related species tend to be also morphologically similar so I had no issues with it and a quick reference at the start of each book lets you find every family in any of the three volumes. One thing that I would have liked to see changed is to list species within a genus by morphological similarity rather than alphabetically. Alphabetic order has no biological information so this change should benefit both the scientists and us by listing species that are difficult to discriminated side by side. In addition to the thousands of species, each family has its own description with many interesting things for divers at the start as well as citations to key scientific publications for each family at the end. Again, read the juicy bits and skip the rest unless you want to dig deeper. The first volume also has an introduction covering the different regions of the East Indies. This is interesting as it discusses the places with the healthiest reefs for each region, observed/estimated fish diversity, and the types/quality of reef communities, current, geography, etc. If you need inspiration for you next dive exploration than this will certainly give you more ideas than you can handle. There is also historical information on past and current ichtyologists that have been active in each region and the location of large museum collections that they have created. A relatively short section deals with zoogeography (reasons for observed geographic distributions of fish), ecology and conservation, with citations to other literature for more details. Finally, the third volume gives you an idea of how up-to-date these books are since it ends with two appendices. The first covering almost 100 pages dedicated to new species with rather extensive descriptions and images. If you thought you had seen it all, these are some new ones to track down. After that there is a second appendix with some late additions including some that are so new that they didn't get discovered until after the book layout had been completed! If you have gotten this far then you must be an afishionado in which case just go and order the books (http://www.uhpress.h...0987260000.aspx). They cost $249 for the boxed hard-cover set, which is not peanuts but in my opinion cheap given the quality and "labour of love" that clearly went into making them. If you run a dive shop in this region you should definately get them. As I said, these are not books divers want to lug around, even if luggage limits were more generous, but having access to them on site would be greatly appreciated. Finally, a big thank you to the authors, Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann, for this amazing set of books. Bart
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