PhotoFriday – ‘Moody’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Moody’

For this weeks theme, what is more moody than the inside of a shipwreck? Here I’ve used off camera lighting to try and capture that filmic atmosphere of the Engine room of the Ghanis D (Red Sea).

Sorry it’s been a while since my last photofriday, I’ve been catching up on other things. I missed some good ones too ‘From Nature’ & ‘Big’.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Black & White’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Black & White’

My husband is eternally frustrated with underwater photographers who convert their images to black & white because the colour version didn’t come out right or looked ‘too blue’. We’re all guilty of it. It’s no secret that I prefer colour images to black and white but on occasion the subject does just need a moody black and white processing to do it justice. Wrecks I think work well in both colour and black and white and for any given wreck, depending on the position of the sun when you dive it, can be more suited to one or the other. I like to see wrecks in black and white when there are plenty of deep shadows to be had (i.e. photographing across the light), otherwise they often look nicer in colour. Here are some from the Red Sea
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Here is a comparison of black & white vs colour on the same wreck on the same dive… which do you prefer?

Ordinarily on that dive of the day I would not have converted to B&W for this angle of the wreck, however I liked the contrast of the etherial mermaid agains the dull & gloomy wreck. The colour one is a behind the scenes of Alex Mustard Photographing Katrin Felton

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Psst… Please check out my excellent used Nikon Gear page, I’ve swapped over systems and I’m still trying to raise money on my previous gear get them now before they go.

Red Sea 2013 – Thistlegorm Shipwreck

Today I’d like to show you my photos from the only Red Sea shipwreck the windy weather permitted us to visit on last weeks red sea trip, the SS Thistlegorm. Arguably one of the most interesting wrecks in the world, not least due to its amazing contents. Build in 1940 as a merchant vessel, the ship was armed with anti-aircraft guns and chock full of army supplied when it got bombed in 1941. Inside you can see the remains of Motor bikes, trucks, welly boots, racks of rifles, shells, tanks, aircraft wings and even a couple of trains! The wreck is famous & unique enough to have its own website and plenty of books about its history & contents. The most well-known of these is SS Thistlegorm – The True Story of the Red Sea’s Greatest Shipwreck. by John Kean (who incidentally taught me to dive)!

You cannot see it in my photo of the stern below, but the top corner of the prop is shiny from where the dive guides rub the edge as they go past as a gesture of respect to the 9 crew who lost their lives when she sank.

There are many bikes on here, some more photogenic than others. The one pictured at the top of this post is lit with a strobe behind the wheels for a slightly different look than you normally see in photos. These bikes below are some of the few which still have their head lamps.

We got quite a few dives on here and I was even able swim down to one of the trains (which I’ve never seen before due to current and bottom time constraints (its down at about 30m).

There are plenty of trucks on there. In fact there are two levels and three holds. Hold one has a really good truck that I wanted to visit but that area under the water tank has become unstable so we were advised not to visit that section. Hold 2 has most of the interesting bikes and the lower level of hold two has some really great rows of trucks. I experimented with an off camera strobe inside the far cab of these two here:

I really liked this truck with its bonnet crumbling away too. These are pretty deep and in the dark of the lower level you have to watch your bottom time. We were diving on Nitrox but even so didn’t get long…

Unfortunately people have stolen most of the steering wheels from the trucks and there are only two remaining. Lets hope people keep their thieving mitts of those last two!

I didn’t get a chance to swim up to the bow outside but I think the stern end with the guns is much more interesting anyway.

I hoped you enjoy my photographs from this wreck. Please leave me any comments below :) Tomorrow I hope to post about the schooling Snapper at Ras Mohammad.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that all of the amazing Black & White conversion was done by my own person photoshop guru, Michael Toye. If you’re interested he offers a retouching, finishing and black & white conversion service for photos which you can contact him about here.

PhotoFriday – ‘Interiors’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Interiors’

Hmmmm you’d think there weren’t any interiors underwater but you’d be wrong. Its fun to go inside old ship wrecks but often very dark inside. Here Alex Mustard and I are using Off camera flash to light up the insides of the Ghannis D in the Red Sea.

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

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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.

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PhotoFriday – ‘Grandeur’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Grandeur’

This week’s theme is Grandeur and what can be more grand than a whacking great shipwreck? I like this photo of the Ghiannis D in the Red Sea for its atmosphere, I hope you like it too.

If you want to see more of my photos from The Red Sea then check out other photos in my Red Sea 2009 Gallery.

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

ps – last week I forgot to put my entry for ‘Of House and Home’ onto photofriday.com but you can see it here if you like Nemo.

PhotoFriday – ‘Soft Light’

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

Sorry for my absence these last few weeks, a mixture of uninspiring photo Friday themes and slight illness played its part. Anyway, on to this week’s entry. Egypt is a place know for its harsh light & fierce sun so it might surprise you that my entry this week for “Soft Light” would originate there. However the ever magical underwater world has its own rules and the water can provide a muted a diffused quality to the light as seen here in my photo of the Ghiannis D shipwreck.

If you want to see more of my Red Sea photos from that trip then check out other photos in my Red Sea 2009 Gallery.

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