PhotoFriday – ‘Orange’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Orange’

anthias

Annoyingly I spaced last week and missed the theme of wet. Doh! This week’s theme is Orange, not a lot more orange in the sea than anthias and the reefs in the Red sea in the summer are thick with them. Although common, I think they are lovely little fish. I could watch them for hours if I had the air time.

anthias

anthias

anthias

Tell me in the comments, what common critter just has you coming back for more?

anthias

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Happy Earth Day!

Whaleshark

I want my child to grow up and see the majesty of whalesharks feeding at the surface as I was able to a few year ago…. Today is Earth Day 2015. Let’s not have empty oceans by 2048 please.

Earth Day Network’s year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide, through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer campaigns. (source EarthDay.org).

Today I wanted to highlight the film Racing Extinction and how to get involved which can be as simple as sharing a link on your phone or exposing some environmental villains.

Here’s the trailer:

 

It doesn’t take special training or equipment to expose environmental villains. When you see polluters or unsustainable practices, take a photo with your phone and share it here. If we can call-out and fix a million small problems, we will make an enormous singular impact.

Help uncover the story. (source racingextinction.com).

 

On a more light hearted side of Earth Day – Have you seen the Google doodle earth day quiz today? Apparently I’m a giant squid and Mike is Coral.

I'm a giant squid Mike is Coral

 

PhotoFriday – ‘Buildings’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Buildings’

This weeks theme is buildings. There aren’t too many places in the world you can see buildings underwater (and none that I’ve seen in person yet) but living in London there is no scarcity of great buildings to look at and photograph. Like a tourist, I love to look up. Here are some building abstracts from central London that I took whilst doing some of my degree exercises.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite local building (and which city is it based)?

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

 

Noteworthy

ps – thanks to all those who voted last week, my Intense post is in the noteworthy :) You can vote for last weeks Darkness post (#38) here.

PhotoFriday – ‘Darkness’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Darkness’

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King Jr.

This weeks theme is darkness, which technically you cannot photograph or you’d just have a black image but there are plenty of opportunities to photograph in dark places under the water.

These photos were taken in the Cenotes in Mexico but similar effects of light shafts can been seen in caves all over the world where the sunlight can stream in. Also, the insides of wrecks can be artificially lit to illuminate the darkness. Obviously at night, the whole sea goes black and artificial light is all you have.

For this type of underwater photography, you have to have great knowledge of your camera (because the light, if you have a torch with you, is usually facing towards the subject and not your camera or strobe controls). And of course the discipline to check on your diving equipment every now and then. Lucky, I learnt early on that deep inside a cave you can accidentally go too deep to get the right angle, spend too long and end up with unwanted deco time and very little air! Safety first people.

It’s not for everyone though, my husband hates diving in the dark (night dives, inside of wrecks etc). He came into the Cenotes because you can mostly always see the light from somewhere but he wasn’t very happy at all. If you’ve dived with us you’ll often see him hanging around outside of wrecks looking frustrated that I’m taking ages no doubt.

Tell me in the comments what is your favourite dark place to scuba diving?

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

PhotoFriday – ‘Intense’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Intense’

For a diver like me who doesn’t much like to move her fins much, any full on swimming is intense. Finding and watching the schooling barracuda at Ras Mohammad is especially so as they tend not to always be in the same place (so you might have to swim the length of the reef to get to them) and they tend to be quite deep and constantly changing depths. To the unwary diver they can be mesmerising and before you know it you are way below 30m (on Nitrox this is v dangerous) or you’ve stayed too long watching them and run out of air or no-deco time! :-/

Tell me in the comments what is it about scuba diving do you find intense?

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Photo for #TurtleTuesday

One from the Archives for Turtle Tuesday. This little fella is from Cebu in the Philippines, click here to see more underwater photos from Cebu.

New Flipboard Ocean & Photography Magazines

I don’t know how many of you use Flipboard but I’m just getting into it as a way of archiving all the interesting links I find for a particular topic. At the moment I’ve started curating two magazines, one about the oceans (scuba, the environment, cool photos etc) and one about Photography. Please find the links below if you’d like to follow them in flipbaord.

Oceans Magazine Photography Now