Shark Fin Soup

Underwater photographers are often prepared to spend small fortunes on travel to exotic overseas locations in search of unique images or exciting encounters. Most will tell you that the biggest adrenaline rush comes from being close to those larger denizens such as sharks, mantas or whales but these encounters often occur in very remote areas or might be unnatural feeding scenarios with crowds of other divers in the audience. If your budget does not stretch to Cocos, Galapagos, Ningaloo, the...

Walkers Key bull shark experience

Jeremy Stafford Deitsch

Over the past thirty one years I have swam with sharks all over the world but none of these experiences could prepare me for what I found at Walkers Cay in the Bahamas. It was a cold February morning when a select group of divers left for Walkers where we would be joined by the respected British shark expert Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch. The idea behind this trip dreamed up by Jeremy and the tour operator Divequest was to introduce a limited number of divers to these creatures under a supervised...

Fear of Failure

Shark Hooks

We all have a tendency to resist to change I know I do. To accept change for ourselves is to concede that our previous held beliefs and ways of doing things were wrong. In underwater photography resistance to change encourages us to proceed along a familiar road and the more we travel that same road the more comfortable we become with it. In our everyday lives we embrace routine and are often reluctant to challenge our routine and the comfortable, secure lifestyle that many of us lead. We...

Underwater Photography

Nikonos Poster

It is now official that the Nikonos V camera is to be discontinued following a final production run of 3000 cameras. As users of the Nikonos system ourselves, and as dealers whose name has been synonmous with the Nikonos line since 1976, we very much regret Nikons decision. However, once Nikon confirmed the news we immediately made a significant investment in Nikonos V bodies, lenses and strobes. Ocean Optics Ltd, our sister company which has provided servicing of the Nikonos for a quarter...

Reef hooks

Our first encounter with 'real' sharks beyond the usual white tip reef variety was in Papua New Guinea. It is a wild and untamed country both above and below the water and as the six of us dropped to the reef below the fin down was pretty hard as the current was running. The huge array of sea fans and Dendronepthia bent and swayed in the wind. As we neared 30m shadows of ten to fifteen big sharks danced in the blue, 20m in front of us. A large Grey Reef came over to check us out and two Silkies...

Buying a secondhand Nikonos 111

Nikonos Lost Found

The Nikonos 111 was manufactured from 1973 until 1980 and was the last totally mechanical amphibious camera built by Nikon. As such it has remained a firm favourite with those who still like the reassurance of mechanical reliability. New Nikonos 111's are obviously no longer available so, if you want one, you will have to buy secondhand and this is where you need to know what to look for when choosing one. The external appearance is usually a good indication of how hard a Nikonos 111 has been...

Ukdigital Canon Eos D30

The UK housing for the Canon EOS D30 is CNC machined from solid aluminium and hard anodised . The interior is fitted out in a black lining which can absorbshocks and moisture, if necessary. With two self-securing pre-tensioned latches, the housing is closed quickly and safely. Changing memory chip cards is possible without removing the camera. Shutter release, zoom, front hand wheel, flash -, drive, AF-WB, mode, info, magnifier, menu, jump,, cancel, set, AF-measuring, rear hand wheel. There is...

Diving The Sudan

Mattia Dzaja

Nikon F90X, Aquatica housing, 16mm lens. Nikon SB26 and SB28 in Kevin Cullimore Housings. Fuji Velvia. Exposure Mode Manual The Sudanese Red Sea has a reputation for some of the greatest dive sites in the world and I was keen to see them for myself. Having dived many times in the Egyptian Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba my next trip had to be south into Sudan. I knew that Diving World offered such trips, so organised through them for a two-week photographic expedition and gathered together a...