Zoom blurring underwater

An acroporid coral and anthias in The Alternatives, Sinai, Egypt. Nikon F100, 17-35 mm Nikkor (zoomed through full range), 50CC Red filter (depth 5.0 m). On f22, aperture priority - exposure time approx. 1 2 to 1 sec. Kodak Elitechrome Extra Colour 100. An acroporid coral and anthias in The Alternatives, Sinai, Egypt. Nikon F100, 17-35 mm Nikkor (zoomed through full range), 50CC Red filter (depth 5.0 m). On f22, aperture priority - exposure time approx. 1 2 to 1 sec. Kodak Elitechrome Extra...

Split level photography

I wanted to use underwater photography to record my encounters, so I can share with others some of the mystery that this environment holds for me. It is an environment which is full of distractions so, to help me remain focused, I always work to a brief. The most important part of my trip is in the planning. I need to know exactly what I want to achieve, otherwise I get caught in the trap of taking random images and realising I have no film left when something exciting happens. I want my...

New Look For Visions 2001

Visions in the Sea, the annual, two-day underwater photography conference staged in London by Ocean Optics, will have a new look for 2001. Now in its fifth year, the conference at Imperial College, Exhibition Way, South Kensington, on the weekend of October 27 and 28, will focus on specific aspects of underwater photography, including understanding light, creative flash, innovative close-up techniques, finding the picture, how to capture fish on their best behaviour and wreck photography. The...

Diving the Lembah Strait

Many of you will have followed Constantinos' adventures when he spent four months at Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) via his continuous stream of e-mail newsletters and like me, will be awaiting the belated publication of his book on the Lembah Strait. The thing is - is it all it's cracked up to be Can anywhere be as awesome as Constantinos made out Or had the sun and the nitrogen gone to his head Well, let me say this - if you like diving in clear, blue waters - on pristine, sun-dappled corals...

Join the UWI Group

After talking to various photographers over the last 12 months it has became clear that there is a need for an email based discussion group for the professional and semi-professional underwater stills, film and video industry With the help of Simon Davies, of IDnet internet services, Julian Calverley has set up The UWIGroup (Underwater Imaging Group). Julian is a professional advertising photographer and was a guest speaker at Visions 2000. Its purpose is one of global communication, discussing...

Get Lucky and pool your resources

Well, it's not, in this case, an invite to make a follow-up to John Travolta's famous film, nor to take out a contract on one of the lesser-known Dwarves. 'Lucky' is a state of mind, formed beforehand by a number of contributory factors 'being lucky' is more often than not the entirely practical benefit derived from preparation in advance. It was either Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer who, on being asked whether he ever relied on luck on the golf course, said 'Yep - and the more I practise, the...

Underwater Photography events

With award winning, professional underwater photographer Paul Kay BSc FRPS diving from M V Porpoise based near Oban. The absolute emphasis for this week is on underwater photography. This will be the aim of all diving, and dives will be chosen with photography foremost in mind Participants will all stay at Olrig, a comfortable bungalow used by many divers, about a mile from the boat. Everyone will stay here ensuring plenty of time for learning about or discussing underwater photography. The...