Posts Tagged "underwater"

Diving with Video Lights – Sony NEX5 and Luna 4 Video Lights

Posted by on Aug 18, 2012

Last weekend was the Monterey Shootout, a three day event where underwater photographers meet in Monterey, California to shoot (still photography and video), process and submit their work to be judged. On the last day, at the awards ceremony, the winners are announced and incredible prizes are given out to the winners. I’ve participated in this event since the late 1990’s.

This year was special for me because I was going to shoot with the system I put together using the Aquatica NEX5 housing that I won at the competition last year!

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NCUPS Monthly Minicomp Entry

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012

I’m a member of the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS). Some of you may know this already. Every month at the membership meeting the club holds a minicomp. Minicomps are photo competitions that are open to members in good standing who are present at the meeting, where only one image per member is allowed of a subject that is announced in advance. The images are collected during the break and judged by the audience (everyone can judge not just members). The prize is $30!

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Komodo Reef Fish Ballet

Posted by on Mar 26, 2012

While I was diving in Komodo Marine Park I was fascinated with the small reef fish. They were all different colors and they would swoop in and out of the coral in a choreographed fish ballet. Here are a few images of the reef fish dancing along the reef.

 

Reef Fish and Coral Gently Waving in the Current

Reef Fish and Coral Gently Waving in the Current

 

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Nudibranchs, Slugs in the Sea

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012

Glossodoris cincta

Glossodoris cincta

Translated literally nudibranch means naked bronchi (lung). The name is due to the fact that they carry their bronchi (gills actually) externally, outside of their bodies. So their lungs are naked in a sense. Nudibranchs are snails, phylum Mollusca. Unlike most land slugs nudibranchs are beautiful! They often have brilliant colors and their gills and cerrata can be simple or intricate. They don’t need shells for protection as they carry poison in their bodies. Their brilliant coloration is a warning to predators to stay away, “I may be beautiful but I taste awful!” Some have obvious heads and others it is hard to tell whether you are looking at the head or tail. I always take pictures of both ends if I am not sure just in case what I am looking at is not what I think it is.

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Monterey Shootout, Winning and Non-winning Images

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011

Monterey Shootout, Winning and Non-winning Images

This is going to be a photo blog featuring a few images from the recent Monterey Shootout which I participated in. The shootout was organized jointly by the Northern California Underwater Photographic Society (NCUPS) and Berkley White (owner Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo). It was really fun although the diving was not the greatest. The film festival Saturday night had excellent presentations by top underwater photographers/videographers featuring big animals; whales, sharks, manta rays. So cool!

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