NCUPS September Minicomp Entry

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

Underwater 3D with Mark Blum

Friday night was the NCUPS (Northern California Underwater Photographic Society) meeting. The featured presenter was Mark Blum showing his underwater 3D images. That’s right underwater 3D! The images were great and I learned all about how he creates his images using a rig with two DSLR bodies attached to one lens (which can be changed out depending on what he wants to shoot) then put into a large housing the whole thing weighing around 50 lbs! We all got to wear the funny glasses which are polarized and each side blocks out the polarized light from the other side allowing the image to display in 3D. If you look at it without the glasses it just looks blurry, like motion blur. The images were taken in the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The strange underwater creatures there looked really amazing in 3D! I wish I could show you one on this blog but if you want to see them you will have to go to one of Mark’s presentations or buy one of his specially outfitted 3D books. Visit Mark’s website for more information.

The September minicomp subject was Schools.

Thanks to diving in Komodo and Tulamben last year I had several good images of schools (of fish) in my library. I narrowed my choices to five, all of which were sharp and well exposed. The image I eventually chose I liked because it had a diver almost completely enclosed by the school of jacks forming a circle around him. I thought this gave an extra element of focus and interest to the image. And it was very well received at the meeting. I eventually won a very close third place to the second place image which was of a school of bright yellow ribbon sweetlips looking right at the photographer! The first place image was of a school of fish (I’m not sure what kind) but some of them had very distinctive red tails which made for a vibrant image. The vote was very close between the top three and I feel pretty good about getting third place in this minicomp.

And here is my Schools minicomp entry.


Schooling Jacks Surround Diver at the Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Indonesia

Schooling Jacks Surround Diver at the Liberty Wreck, Tulamben, Indonesia


Visit my Komodo National Park trip report to see more of my fish school images and read about our adventure there.