Overspecified and underpriced

It is one of the finest underwater flash units in the world. Yet is costs suprisingly little. It's equally at home in the hands of a beginner or a pro. It provides automatic TTL exposure with the Nikonos V and RS and most housed cameras For more creative lighting you can overide the TTL anytime you like and choose from seven manual power settings for fine discrimination. Its up to you. To ensure you don't miss shots when the action is fast and furious the Alpha recycles in under three seconds....

Shooting Scilly Seals

Silvery sea - No strobes, ambient light, aperture priority, f8. Nikon F90X in a Subal Miniflex housing. Nikon 20mm AFD lens. Fuji Provia 100 F There can be few experiences to match an interaction between man and another mammal. When the experience takes place in an element which differs to our own and with creatures of rivalling intelligence it can become almost life changing in its effect. Atlantic Grey Seals exist in a few colonies off the British coast but there is just one place, to our...

New products

Subal D10 housing for Nikon D100 DSLR Subal have announced their latest housing for the Nikon D100 digital SLR camera. Deliveries should be available by the end of the year and there will be controls for shutter release, front control dial, on off, exposure compensation, flash sync, display light, mode dial, M S C, manual focus, zoom, lens release, AF lock, meter switch, focus area selector, delete,flash power compensation, menu and enter OK. The housing will be similar to the Nikon F80 and...

Size Matters Photographing the Wreck of the Vrouw Maria

By Jukka Nurminen with Alexander Mustard It is an inescapable fact that successful underwater photography is heavily dependant on technology. Not only do our cameras have to withstand and function in a hostile environment, but also many of the images we conjure up in our minds can only be captured on film with the right kit. Quite simply, unlike many branches of photography, good equipment yields good shots. But what do we do when it just isn't possible to produce the image we want with...

Visions special events

Special An Audience With event after the main conference closed on the saturday evening. The larger than life personality Constantionos Petrinos gave a wonderful and humorous account of the trials and tribulations of getting his first book Realm of the Pygmy Seahorse from concept to reality. This year we are delighted to offer an evening with Peter Scoones. Peter is undoubtedly one of the most artistic of underwater photographers. His stellar career has included BBC Natural History classics...

Trials and tribulations of an underwater photojournalist

Underwater photographers are predominantly subject to Murphy's (Sod's) Law - What can go wrong will go wrong this is bad enough over a two-week trip but when you take several weeks away from a repair-facility things inevitably get worse. The only way around this is multiple redundancy (backup). I set off on most of my trips with three Nikon land cameras two Nikonos underwater cameras two Subal aluminium underwater housings three Sea & Sea and one Subtronic underwater flash guns, two Nikon...

Naia the ultimate Live Aboard

I used to think Nai'a was a wonderful live-aboard dive boat. Compared with my own boat, where I have to do the cooking, washing-up, fill the tanks, the cleaning, even model for myself with a self -timer - for Christ's sakes, how pitiful is that -anything would be an improvement. But since my last trip on Nai'a I went on another live-aboard, one of a fleet of clones, a bit like McDonald's. Unfortunately the comparison didn't end there. So now I know that Nai'a is a wonderful dive boat....

Travel events

Jim Breakell Tahiti talk at Dive Show, Oct 12 13 2002 In September Jim Breakell of Scuba Safaris went on a fact finding trip to the Pacific. First off he went to Ryrutu for for a few days humpback whale watching, then a week on the inaugural trip of the Tahiti Aggressor and then on to Bora Bora (what a hard life he has ) He will be giving an illustrated talk about his trip at the Dive Show in Birmingham on October 12 13th 2002. For more information contact Scuba Safaris, PO Box 8, Edenbridge,...

Lights and divers

An incident at Heathrow Airport earlier this year was my inspiration for this article. I had a choice to make at the check in counter. My hand luggage was a tad too heavy and I was forced to leave something behind. What would it be I had time on my side so I set about repacking my underwater photography carry-on bag. Underwater tripod systems, back up flashguns just in case a spare of a spare of a spare failed to arrive in time, flash arms and other bits and bobs. Everything in the bag came...