Beginners luck

I took my first two rolls of film underwater last week, and they turned out looking awful, just bright blue and blotchy. The man at my dive shop says that to get any decent results, I would need to spend thousands on special cameras, and that the one I've got can't handle. Where can I advertise a nearly-new camera Unfortunately, there are too many Marvins in the world. Marvin wanted to try his hand at underwater photography, so went out and bought a basic but competent underwater camera. He...

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...

Get your digits out

I haven't had so much fun in a wetsuit since that Friday afternoon in a basement flat off Tottenham Court Road yet here I was in the Red Sea using it for the purpose for which it was really designed. And the reason for this elation I was taking still pictures, seeing the results instantly on a small screen and, if I didn't like them, I could erase them - also instantly. I could then change the aperture, shutter speed or composition and take the shot again until I was pleased with it. Now that,...

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...

Nikonos V the legend

This year marks the seventeenth anniversary of the launch of the Nikonos V. It has been in production longer than any other Nikonos model and its simple design has become a classic icon in the underwater photography world. Its status is confirmed by checking the equipment cases of most leading photographers. There may be larger housings in there but there is nearly always a dimunitive, trusty Nikonos V which takes up so little space yet offers so much. It hasn't all been plain sailing though....

HMS Royal Oak video

The wreck of HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow is a designated war grave and all diving is prohibited but in 2000 a special permission was granted by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy for the wreck to be filmed as a moving tribute to all those who lost their lives. This new professionally produced 50 minute video includes underwater images of the wreck which have never been seen before and there are interviews with survivors and Orcadian Sandy Robertson who was the first diver to go on 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...

Split level photography

Split Level Photography Underwater

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...

Underwater Photography

Full details of this years conference A look behind some of Julian Calverley's stunning shots a web magazine from Ocean Optics August 2001 e mail uwp uwpmag.co.uk An interesting and inexpensive solution to getting closer are Nexus Wet Lenses. These simple close up lenses push fit onto the outside of your housing port. They don't interfere with autofocus or reduce the light passing through the lens as teleconverters do and aren't stuck to your lens like normal close up lenses when you really...