Nigel Motyer

Nigel Motyer is an engagingly irreverant underwater photographer whose self deprecating style belies an immensely successful portfolio. Nigel is highly respected as a natural history photographer. His work ranges from the local waters of the Emerald Isle to high octane diving in Cocos, where he received his first sharkbite. Nigel is widely published with images in Dulken, Tauchen, Diver, Dive, Sport Diver and Sub Sea Magazine and has extended his international reputation with third place in the...

Paul Ives

Wwww.divecayman.ky www.fisheye.com www.cathychurch.com I can't recommend this CD enough. Please subscribe to it to make sure it continues as a superb platform for underwater photography and underwater photographers. Golden Dolphin is a subscription CD containing high quality images, articles and video clips. Like Underwater Photography magazine it is an excellent example of the future of publishing. A Six issue subscription costs U.S. 42 ( 7 issue) and back issues are U.S. 10 each. Subscribe by...

Subal Quad flash port

Ocean Optics have produced a special macro port for Subal housings which is smaller than the standard Subal version and also takes the Inon Quad flash. Made from hard anodised aluminium, the Quad port has an optically flat glass port and a special groove to retain the flash firmly onto the port. A version will soon (early Nov 2001) be available for Sea & Sea housings. For further details please contact Ocean Optics Tel 020 7930 8408 or e mail optics oceanoptics.co.uk

Nikonos V camera body to be discontinued

Nikon have finally confirmed that the Nikonos V is to be discontinued. It will bring to an end the production of one of the most amazing range of cameras the photographic world has ever seen. Nikonos cameras have been responsible for some of the most memorable images taken underwater over the past 40 years. Their demise will be sorely missed but I will always own at least one Nikonos V and one Nikonos 111 for they are, to me, irreplaceable. Nikon are letting us down gently as the production is...

By Tim Rock

This article has been reproduced from the Golden Dolphin CD magazine. The images on the CD are larger and higher quality. See page 19 for full details of the Golden Dolphin CD. Palau isn't thought of as a shipwreck haven but in truth, there are more ships sunk here than in Truk Lagoon. Some WWII casualties have been salvaged and others are located in the Rock Islands, which aren't always known for their great visibility. But there's still a lot of history left and it can be seen by the...

By Will Postlethwaite

The received wisdom is that macro photography underwater is easy so why is it that you can't get those stunning shots you see in the coffee table books and photo competitions It does not take long to get to grips with focus and depth of field, aperture and strobe positioning for effect but if you are still struggling to get a shot with real impact then maybe you need to think more about your composition and, more importantly, choice of subject. This is where you need to do your homework. Photo...

Constantinos Petrinos

This year, the first day of the conference will conclude with a social evening during which popular Greek photographer Constantinos Petrinos, who is gaining a growing international reputation, will launch The Realm of the Pygmy Sea Horse, a coffee table book of photographs and information about the marine life in Kungkungan Bay and the Lembeh Strait. As well as talking about the five months during which he took 25,000 pictures, Constantinos will describe the trials and tribulations of...

Alexander Mustard

I always get the impression that the level of the sea rises whenever I take my Hasselblad in for a dive. Ok, that's a slight exaggeration, but there is no denying that taking medium format cameras underwater requires a sizable housing. Size also means weight to achieve neutral buoyancy hardly ideal for travel. Manual focus, manual exposure, no TTL, I even have to wind the film on. Why do I bother Well, the answer is clear, well translucent, and measures of two and a quarter inches square, that...

By Paul Ives

The three Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac, are a British overseas territory. Although about as British as a pair of Levis or a Ford Mustang, they have long been heralded as one of the best diving locations in the Caribbean. So finding myself over there working as an underwater photography instructor seemed like a dream come true, and certainly seemed a million miles away from shooting advertising and commercial work in the UK So what makes these Islands so popular...

By Mark Webster

Blue Water Scuba

The most appealing underwater photographs are often those wide angle scenes which have an entirely natural look to them - the foreground is colourful and well exposed whilst the background is also visible and appears to stretch away into the distance. This effect is produced by using a mixture of natural or ambient light and flash or strobe light, which adds back the lost colour in the foreground subject. To achieve this we need to master one of the most essential skills in underwater...

With Steve Norvich

Scuba Blue Colour

Wide angle photography on the other hand, most often has a fair amount of blue water in the frame and will not reflect back strobe light to the lens. This can potentially wreck havoc when using TTL, especially matrix balanced TTL as the foreground will then be overexposed or burned out. Some people still useTTL when shooting wide angle and attempt to compensate for the blue water by under exposing by 1, 2 or more f-stops or somewhere in between. This will sometimes work, other times not. If...