PhotoFriday – ‘First Light’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’First Light’

Unlike traditional landscape photography, luckily for us there is never a bad time to get in the water, dawn, dusk, middle of the day, after dark. Theres always something to photograph. However the middle of the day at the Cayman sandbar is full of other tourists. If you want the place to yourselves, and to see the natural schooling behaviour of the rays, you really need to get there at dawn. These are pretty old photos now, 2011 and 2010. One day it would be nice to go back :)

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

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

PS: I’m currently still 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!

PhotoFriday – ‘Scenic Wonder’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Scenic Wonder’

I feel blessed each time I drop beneath the waves, it seems like there is always a scenic wonder waiting for me so picking just the one for this theme would be pretty hard, so I didnt! ;)

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

By the way, thank you for voting for me as noteworthy for photofriday: mobile phone photo. For those less familiar with the way photofriday works, each week you can vote for the previous weeks entries as noteworthy by the voting button at the top-middle of the photofriday page (I always put mine under the name scuba_suzy ;)). On the top-right of the page you can see the noteworthy results for the previous weeks voting and on the top-left you can enter your own links for this weeks photofriday theme. So go see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Scenic Wonder’ here.

PS: I’m currently still 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!

PhotoFriday – ‘Machines’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Machines’

There’s lots of machines in the ocean if you care to look, discounting the still functional boats and subs etc of course. Wrecks have a surprising amount of machines on them. This motorbike above from the Thistlegorm wreck in the Red Sea for example. It also have trains and trunks and all sorts on there!

On the Kittewake in Grand Cayman there are all sorts of machines on there…

I found it quite interesting to see this decompression chamber on there – I’ve never seen one before (luckily)!

There are also the machines on the boat that fill up our air tanks and make it possible for us to scuba dive.

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 ‘Machines’ here.

PS: I’m currently selling the set up that took these photos. 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!

PhotoFriday – ‘Texture’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Texture’

The underwater realm is full of textures. In a place where you should look but not touch its frustration how many lovely looking textures there are. I like to use the lighting coming in from one side to bring out the textures where I can. Unusally for me I’ve chosen two black and white photos for this weeks theme. In the photo above I tried to bring out the texture of the sand as the gentle waves brushed over the dunes at the Grand Cayman Sandbar.

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

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

PhotoFriday – ‘Words’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Words’

Over at PhotoFriday.com every day is Friday so it matters not that I’m posting a belatedly for this week’s theme.

The theme this week is “words”. You dont get many words underwater. The odd ship wreck hull with a boat name and sometimes a funny sign that a diver has left but thats about it. I did like this sign on the side of the Kittewake. I found it amusing because the sank the ship especially for divers to swarm over. If you cant make it out clearly it says – “No Trespassing, Goverment Property”.

If you want to see more of my underwater photos from Cayman then check out my Grand Cayman 2011 Gallery.

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

New Photos from Cayman

As most of you know it was the Queens Jubilee here in the UK this past weekend and amongst the bunting and the cucumber sandwiches was a whole extra day off work (we love 4 day weekends, thanks very much your majesty). So, I put it to good use to tackle some of my underwater photography backlog from the past year or so. So firstly here are some more photos from my Grand Cayman trip in early 2011…. the whole gallery is here.

Reef Sharks in Grand Cayman

Whilst in Cayman a month or so back we were lucky enough to see some reef sharks. Jarrett (who’s been on Jim Abernathy special shark trips) told me after the dive that you are supposed to look at the shark in the eye when he comes towards you (they can be curious to find out what you are) so when one came so close as to almost bump off the port of my camera there I was cowering behind the viewfinder taking photos. I didn’t think he was going to eat me, there were too many of us on the dive site, he was just being friendly. I got many out of focus photos, I had my 60mm macro on which usually has a really fast auto focus but the sharks swim so quickly and they such a gradual shading from grey to white on their noses that the camera struggled to find enough contrast to focus with but it was a great dive!