36 Digi techniques
36 Digi techniques
by Alex Mustard
May/Jun 2005 46 Cuttlefish by Alex Mustard
24 Panoramas by Peter Rowlands by Alex Mustard
41 Macro lighting
by Mark Webster
52 Parting shot by Alex Mustard by Mark Webster
by Peter Rowlands by Rob Galkoff by Rob Galkoff
I'm sure most of you already know but it's worth pointing out again.
Unlike conventional printed magazines, UwP contains 'hyperlinks' which, as their name suggests, when clicked will take you to the website or set up an e mail message. Obviously this will only happen if you are online but with 'always on' broadband connections becoming more affordable you can quickly and conveniently visit the website to get more information.
The hyperlinks are built into every UwP advert and in the editorial they are in blue underlined type. This facility is a very useful way for us and advertisers to gauge the amount of response each issue generates as well as providing you with a quick way to communicate.
Hyperlinks are offered only to our display advertisers so some editorial text will give a website address but no hyperlink. That's because we have given them publicity without them buying a display advert.
UwP can only remain free thanks to the support of our advertisers so it is important that you use the hyperlinks whenever you want.
UwP is a remarkable publication in that it is almost unplanned. In the 24 issues since August 2001 I have asked for perhaps 3 or 4 articles to be specially written and the rest have just arrived!
The usual scenario is that a reader e mails me with an idea and if I like the sound of it I ask to see a few low res images and then, if they are suitable, I welcome the submission of an article. 9 times out of ten the ideas and the images are accepted.
One exception was when Tony Wu's fantastic article about the sperm whale together with his superb images (UwP9) simply arrived unannounced in my morning e mail. I think there are still some cornflake remains on the wall, I was so blown away!
I like to keep UwP unplanned because it wouldn't be much fun working on issues months in advance. I like a feeling of spontaneity and most contributors articles are published in the very next issue rather than months down the line.
This particular issue has got more than one article from me because I have been up to quite a bit recently and, to be quite honest, I haven't had many contributions recently!
The other nice thing about UwP is that I get contacted by many excellent underwater photographers offering quality contributions - not with money in mind - just because they want to see their work in UwP. That is most gratifying to receive the support of so many people at the top of their field and long may it continue.
Alex Mustard and I went on a last minute trip to the Red Sea recently. He wanted to try out his new Nikon D2x and Subal housing and I wanted to see if panoramas would work underwater.
We joined Snapdragon (an excellent boat, by the way) out of Sharm el Sheik on a normal liveaboard week. By normal I mean a divers rather than underwater photographers trip. We clarified with the boat that we would not have to go on the dive guided tours as we could buddy up and stay shallow but otherwise we stuck to the boat's dive rules - namely maximum dive one hour etc etc.
Because we both had specific things to do this was not a limitation and we were able to achieve everything we set out to do.
Our underwater photographic needs were not that demanding. Alex wanted to get some practice in with his new rig and shooting panoramas is not that time consuming.
On more dedicated underwater photography trips we usually have a number of ideas we want to try out which would involve multiple dives on the same location. A typical divers trip usualy means diving no site more than once (with the possible exception of the Thistlegorm) and this isn't ideal for concentrated underwater photography.
Back in the UK Alex rang me a few days later. He had been checking his log book from a previous underwater photograpers trip and noted that he was in the water for almost double the time because dive times weren't limited and mooring up at the same site for at least a day meant multiple dives off the back of the boat rather than timed RIB dives.
So if you really want to concentrate on your underwater photography it pays to hook up with like minded souls so you can take control of your time underwater.
In Memoriam - Robert Hunter
By Captain Paul Watson
My lifelong friend and teacher Robert Lorne Hunter died today, May 2nd 2005.
Bob Hunter was plainly and simply one of the most inspiring and visionary environmentalists of our time. He was "the" founding father of the Greenpeace Foundation.
There are many of us who can be called co-founders of Greenpeace. Like veterans of a long war, we have all been kept aware of each other for three and a half decades. Some remain friends and some are now sworn enemies. But most of us have held, and will forever hold, a special place in our hearts for Bob.
In 1974, Bob took the embers of what we began with (the 1971 voyage to Amchitka to oppose nuclear testing) and he fanned the dying sparks into the flames that gave birth to what is today the International Greenpeace Movement.
The fact is that if there had been no Robert Hunter, there would not today be a Greenpeace organization. It would simply be a footnote in the history books from the early seventies.
In March of 1976, he and I stood on the heaving ice floes off the coast of Labrador as a large sealing ship bore down on us. The ice cracked and split beneath our feet as I said to Bob, "When it splits, I'll jump to the right and you to the left."
Bob looked straight ahead and calmly said, "I'm not going anywhere." And he meant it. And because he stayed, I stayed, we brought that seal killing ship to a dead stop. It was not the first time that Bob and I faced death together and it was not the last.
Bob participated in numerous campaigns with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. His last campaign with us was off the coast of Washington State in 1998/99 when we were opposing the killing of whales.
Bob was a courageous man and that courage was present until the end. I had a hard time appreciating the seriousness of his illness over the last year because he was always so upbeat and positive every time I spoke with him.
Robert Hunter leaves behind a
legacy - he not only had an idea, he nurtured his idea, and saw it grow to become an international powerhouse within the global environmental community.
Bob was many things: Journalist and author. Philosopher and activist. Television host and media critic. Artist and poet. Husband and father. Friend to the whales and friend to nature.
It was my great privilege to have been his friend for 35 years, to have sailed with him on Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd campaigns. To have spent time with him at the pub. To have known him.
In the year 2000, Time magazine listed us both together as environmental heroes of the 20th Century. We were not, however, equals. He was the teacher and I the student. I have learned a great deal from him.
With his passing the Sea
Shepherd Conservation Society loses one of our most valued Advisory Board members. Greenpeace has lost the very Foundation of their organization and the world has lost an environmental icon.
There are very few people in the world who have not heard of Greenpeace. If not for Bob Hunter, the name today would have little meaning.
He was truly the father of Greenpeace and none of us who were his friends, his fellow co-founders, his shipmates, or his fellow eco-warriors can deny his unique and special place as one of the greatest and most visionary ecologists of the 20th Century.
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