Photofriday – ‘Plant Kingdom’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Plant Kingdom’

So I was going to cheat again and try and palm you all off with a photo of this little guy (a Halimeda Crab) because he looks like a plant…

…but I thought that this week I’d actually try and stick to the theme, so its not underwater today. Here are some photos of flowers I took in Kew Gardens for my photography degree.

You can see the rest of the images here.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the collection of galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Plant Kingdom’ here.

Thinking of buying lenses for Christmas? Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m trying to raise money on my previous gear.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013

Wildlife Photographer of the yearYou’ve probably seen that the winners of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 were announced last week, I congratulate all the winners on their wonderful images. The overall winner, Essence of elephants by Greg du Toit is pictured below but what I’ve been most impressed by is the celebration of the oceans that seems to be going on across the exhibition, not only limited to the underwater category. I’m especially pleased by all the familiar names of friends & acquaintances, congratulations guys! I wrote to the NHM press department and they’ve let me use these images in this ocean special review of the exhibition. I haven’t seen the photos in person yet but as always I look forward to seeing the full exhibition before it closes early next year. Click on each of the images in this post to read the full captions associated with them.

Overall Winner & Winner of Animal Portraits:

Essence of elephants - (Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Essence of elephants – (Greg du Toit / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER of Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 by 14-year old Udayan Rao Pawar:

Mother's little headful - (Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Mother’s little headful – (Udayan Rao Pawar / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: The World in Our Hands Award:

The fish trap - (Mike Veitch / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The fish trap – (Mike Veitch / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals:

Dive Buddy - (Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Dive Buddy – (Luis Javier Sandoval / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

RUNNER-UP: Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals:

Confusing beauty - (Julian Cohen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Confusing beauty – (Julian Cohen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Underwater Worlds

Feast of the ancient mariner - (Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Feast of the ancient mariner – (Brian Skerry / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

RUNNER-UP: Underwater Worlds

Lionfish bait - (Alex Tattersall / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

Lionfish bait – (Alex Tattersall / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I loved all of the underwater world category

COMMENDED: Nature in Black and White

giant with sunbeams - (Alexander Mustard / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

giant with sunbeams – (Alexander Mustard / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

WINNER: Animals in their Environment:

The water bear - (Paul Sounders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The water bear – (Paul Sounders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I also liked this image – though not underwater, its often one of my fav categories…
WINNER: Wildscapes

The Cauldron - (Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

The Cauldron – (Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013)

I hope you enjoyed this watery highlight of the WPOTY Exhibition, do go and see it if you’re in London. You can see a selection of the other images at the NHM online galleries here. And congratulations again everyone – I know some of you read this blog :)

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide. The original photographers hold the copyright to these images. Permission granted for their use in this article by Natural History Museum.

New ‘Used Gear’ Page

Used gear page screenshot

I found out today some of my colleagues are already creating their Christmas lists! If you are super organised too you should buy one of my Nikon lenses for your Nikon-using loved ones (this includes yourself – you know you want to)!

I’ve put all the details & photos on this page here: http://suzywalker.wordpress.com/selling-my-nikon-subal-gear/

These are all my own Nikon lenses. In perfect condition, the only reason they are for sale is that I’m swapping away from Nikon. I’m even selling my complete underwater housing, with Nikon D300 camera & lens.

So go on! See if there is anything from my list you’d like to get your hands on today!

Open House London: City Hall

The weekend before last, much of London opened its doors to the public for the yearly open house. We only got around to seeing City Hall – but what a place!

After going through airport style scanners (no penknives etc) you are herded to the lifts up to see the amazing views of London from the viewing balcony which spans the whole way around the top floor.

On the way back down you can take the spiral (helical) staircase around & around all the way down to the great auditorium area. I very much enjoyed taking photos on the way down (don’t forget to look up). You need a super-wide-angle lens for this though! Here are some of my photos from the day.

We were even on London Bridge when it opened for a passing tall ship, which I’ve never seen despite living in London all my life.

I put all my random London photos here in my London Gallery. I hope to get around a bit more at next years open house london but I hope you enjoyed my take on City Hall :)

A human video game: Siro-A

Last night I went to see these guys, Siro-A in the leicester sq theatre.

It was a really enjoyable evening out. Last week I went to see the David Bailey & Bruce Webber Nokia private view and on the weekend I went to an Olympus photo event in Brick lane. Both of which I blogged about on my OCA degree blog. Yet to be shown are my Open House photos of City Hall from the weekend. There is so much great stuff on in London I’m finding it hard to keep track! Tonight I’m thinking about whether to go to the science museums late night event on photography. What have you been to see recently? Please let me know in the comments :)

PhotoFriday – ‘Metropolis’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Metropolis’

For this weeks theme I was in half a mind to use a photo of a busy reef scene, however when I looked up on wikipedia, the definition of a metropolis is most certainly only cites for people…. boo! Not to be disheartened, I get to show you three photos from metropolis around the world that I have loved. Firstly, above, Singapore, photographed at night from Marina Bay. Next up is New York and last but certainly not least is my fair city, London.

You can see more non-underwater travel photo galleries here.

If you want to see my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery. Or my best from 2012 here.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Metropolis’ here.

PS: I’m currently selling my 60mm/D300 underwater macro set-up. Click here for more details & the full list of equipment for sale or email me at scubasuzy-sellingnikongear@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks for supporting my work!

Nikon & Subal Gear for Sale

EDIT: this post is out of date, only showing what I’ve already sold – have moved the relevant bits to a new page

http://suzywalker.wordpress.com/selling-my-nikon-subal-gear/

· SOLD: Subal FE dome £470 + extention £100 + subal zoom gear £50
· SOLD: + tokina 10-17 FE lens £350
· SOLD: 105 port with focus knob £375
- SOLD: Nikon 105mm VR Macro lens (boxed with instructions and lens hood) £400
- SOLD:iPhone 4, Unlocked, 32GB, boxed £200
- SOLD: Nikon D300 body (boxed with 2 batteries & charger, & wired remote shutter) £300
- SOLD: Nikon D70 body & Nikon 18-70mm kit lens (unboxed with 1 battery & charger and lens hood) £200
- SOLD: Nikon 70-300mm (unboxed with lens hood) £50

- SOLD: Whole Nikon & Subal Macro underwater set up (you’d just need to acquire strobes): £2000

  • Subal Housing ND30 (Type 3) for D300
  • Nikon D300 body (boxed with leads etc, 2 batteries & charger )
  • 60mm (type 3) flat port with front & back covers
  • Nikon 60mm lens (boxed)

Photos of Gear (and I have to thank Mike for taking all these for me)!

PhotoFriday – ‘Pattern’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Pattern’

At the end of last year I finished my second chapter for photography degree module one. One of the categories was pattern so I had great fun both in the water in Bali and wandering around London finding patterns.

If you want to see more of my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery. Or my best from 2012 here.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Pattern’ here.

Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year – review

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Last Friday we made our annual pilgrimage to the Natural History Museum to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. We have a tradition to go to one of the great “late events” to see the exhibition and enjoy a nice glass of wine after work on a friday every year. This year we saw the exhibition a little earlier than usual which might explain why it was so busy. The evening had completely sold out. I prefer to see it when its slightly less busy but that didnt make the photographs any less spectacular, just harder to get to.

Please click on the images in this post to show more information about each, these are copyright the artists and Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 so please don’t reuse without their permission.

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

In previous years I’ve often been disappointed with the underwater section, with maybe one of two outstanding images but the rest – and often the winners – being somehow less good than I know the images out there by some underwater photographers to be. However, not the case this year. The excellent Paul Nicklen took overall winner of the whole shebang and well deserved it was too. I’ve long been a fan (if you dont have his book on polar bears, you should hot foot it over to amazon now). I couldn’t quite make up my mind whether I liked the winner (with the many penguins, shown above at the top of the post) or the runner up in the underwater category (with the single penguin streaming to the surface – not shown here) better, but they were both amazing. He also took winner for the birds behaviour category with these cute little penguins springing into view (above).

And a huge well done to all the other underwater photographers who made the list for making the show for me! :) This one by Claudio Gazzaroli was specially commended and taken in the Grand Cayman sandbar which I know well, although I’ve never been there at evening time.

Claudio Gazzaroli / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I was also very pleased to see more and more underwater photographs creeping into the other categories. This photo by Luciano Candisani won the Behaviour: Cold-Blooded Animals category.

Luciano Candisani / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Also in that category was a close up of a jawfish brooding his eggs in his mouth by Steven Kovacs.

As usual for this competition there was a strong sustainability theme (although not as strong as last years). These photographs from the special award category “The world in ours hands” show the seedier side of humanity and our impact on the natural world and are quite upsetting ….

Huang-Ju Chen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Paul Hilton / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Hopefully photographs such as those will raise even more awareness about the horrors of captive dolphin shows and perhaps even bring and end to sharks-fin soup – before we bring an end to sharks for good.

There seemed to be a lot of polar bears in the show (although none from Paul Nicklen that I saw). This one by Anna Henly won the “The world in ours hands” category.

Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I also enjoyed the Animal portraits category – this is often the best in the show. I liked the winning crocodile well enough but this little guy made me laugh so I had to feature him here (as runner up). It seems that I’m not the only one to think so too as he seemed to be the face of the exhibition:

John E Marriott / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

And last but not least, the landscape section blew me away again this year…

Vladimir Medvedev / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Thilo Bubek / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

I hope you enjoyed my little review. Thanks to the guys who gave me access to the press pack to use these amazing images with permission. You can see an online preview of the show here, but I strongly urge you to get down there and visit the exhibition in person.

[Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and
BBC Worldwide]