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EDIT: this post is out of date, only showing what I’ve already sold – have moved the relevant bits to a new page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

Macro Monday

Just a few garden macro photos been added to my above water macro gallery… (click images to see bigger)

If anyone has watched bugs life, this green cricket reminded me of Hopper. At one point a ladybird was coming towards him across another blade of grass, I think he would have travelled under him except a little foot came out and kicked the ladybird so he tumbled to the ground. I shouldn’t have laughed but I did. Poor ladybird. I guess the Cricket was a little cranky because my dad had mowed the lawn and although we left them a little grassy area to play in most of his home was gone.

North Red Sea 2009

I wanted to tell you a little about our recent trip to Egypt (as promised).

As usual, click on the images to see them at a larger size.

This is our second trip with Alex Mustard this year (our 1st was Raja Ampat in Feb) but this one was a full on photo-workshop.

We Flew to Egypt on Monarch (groan) into Sharm El Sheikh, luckily we didnt have to stay there, our liveaboard was waiting for us at the Military port. MV Whirlwind of the Tony Backhurst fleet was a very comfortable boat.

Alex runs this workshop trip ever year at this time to try and see the huge schools of snapper (& other large fish) that come to spawn in the area on these weeks. It was a little daunting as these fish are HUGE and because of the properties of the fisheye lens I was using I had to get very close to them! Also, strangely for this time of year the visibility wasn’t that great. Usually in the Red Sea the water is gin clear and you feel like you can see for miles. In amongst these snappers I feel like I was in a snow flurry so I am surprised I actually got any good photos of them.

We also head over to Tiran Island for a bit (since we weren’t having as much luck as usual with the Snapper). This trip was primarily a wide-angle trip but those who know me know I don’t go on any underwater jaunt without my trust 60mm macro lens. I tried to “go-wide” with that too this time to shoot some fish portraits but I couldn’t resist the odd tiny macro fish or occasional abstract.

We also saw a rather large amount of shipwrecks (this is the North Red Sea after all) including the Ghiannis D, Thistlegorm & Yolanda.

This was actually a treat (even though I’m not fussed about wrecks usually) because Mike has never seen the Thistlegorm & I’ve not been back since I first learnt to dive. I enjoyed seeing all the Motorbikes, trucks & things but I was still really spooked by the wellies. It was nice on the Ghiannis D too since we had Mr Alex (Magic Filters) Mustard himself with us to give us guidance on how to use them effectively. I still dont think I got the hang of it properly but it was good fun to try something new.

One of the things I really like about going on photo workshops in a group is you tend to meet really nice people. Everyone helps everyone else out. Julian ended up giving a load of us a Lightroom tutorial or two (and also taking me under his wing for my 1st snapper experience) so many thanks to him. Also, I’d like to thank Robin for being an excellent model & stand in buddy. And many thanks of course go to Alex for giving us such a great trip.

The only thing I was disappointed in (apart from getting really sick on the last day when we stayed in Sharm) was the poor moray eel I found who had a giant hook in his mouth :( C’mon people this is supposed to be a protected marine area! I guess the usually vigilant Egyptian authorities must have missed this one (or else he swam into the area from outside).

my full underwater gallery can be found here. Mikes above water gallery can be found here.

What happens when reef conservation, mathematics and women’s handicraft collide?

Last night we took a stroll to the southbank. We went to see the Psycho Buildings exhibition at the Haywood Gallery. Before we went in though, we popped in to see the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef.

An exhibition of coral reefs replicated in hand made crochet to highlight the plight of coral reefs from pollution and global warming. At the Haywood gallery & Royal festival hall foyer (both free) until 17th August. People from around the world have crocheted these amazing mathematical hyperbolic forms. For more info see the Southbank centre website here.

Click here to see my photos of the reef.

The Psycho Buildings exhibition was much cooler than I expected too (although I don’t know why I didn’t expect as much since the Haywood rarely disappoints). I think my favourite pieces were ‘Show Room’ (exploded room) and ‘Place (Village)’ (small lit up dolls houses). I also liked the Staircase in red polyester and the steel plate ‘Life tunnel’. We didn’t bother going onto the boating lake because there seemed to be a 40min queue. Go and see it if you can, it finishes 25th August and costs £10 for a full ticket.