Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Different Perspective_Humpback

Earlier this summer I led a photo tour to Tonga to photograph humpback whales. While on location, my good friend Bob Coakley got this shot of me snorkeling with a whale. I thought it was kind of interesting to see my shot, taken at the exact moment Bob got his, kind of a digital "Whisper Down The Wire".

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Canon 1DMKIV

I ordered my new MKIV yesterday, and am convinced it will work in my SEACAM MKIII housing. The combination of 1DsMKIII for high res (until 1DsMKIV is released) and the 1DMKIV for video, high ISO, rapid motor drive, and cropped sensor advantages with telephoto & some wide angle lenses ... all in the same housing ... is very compelling!

Plus, enhanced AF with MKIV is a significant advantage for shooting action, and I have no doubt that the 14-bit files @ 16MB will be very impressive. I expect this to be my go-to camera for many applications.

See for size comparisons relative to MKIII and MKIV for housing installations.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Shark bit (a little)

I was on a shoot in the Bahamas last week, actually two shoots. One was for a catalog for Aqua Lung, and one was to shoot elements for Photoshop composites for a a series of print ads for Atlantis resorts. Brett Ratner was the Director of Photography for that one. You may know his work as Director for X-Men and the Rush Hour movies.

Anyway, one of the shots required sharks, and so we went where the sharks definitely are ... Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas. We were chumming the sharks to the back of the boat, and the combination of bait in the water and competition for said bait ramped up the action for a while. I had a chainmail sleeve on my left hand, and curiously had a shark bite down on that hand.

I say "curiously" because it is the first time I actually was bitten by a decent sized shark (not counting nurse sharks, of course). What I noticed was:

1. The chainmail doesn't prevent the tooth from penetrating. It keeps the tooth from penetrating DEEP, and lacerating. For that it is ultra effective.
2. Sharks have a fair bit of pressure in their bite.
3. Sharks carry a fair bit of bacteria, for my hand swelled up almost immediately. Nothing a little antibiotic wouldn't cure.

It was pretty much a non-issue in terms of getting hurt, but intellectually interesting in terms of the efficiency of sharks, and how quickly/easily accidents can happen (even if they are kind of wimpy "accidents" to begin with).

I'll post some of the other things we shot on both shoots later in the week.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Frink Photo courses in Key Largo, 2010

Stephen Frink Digital Master Classes -

Digital Master Class 1 - June 12-19, 2010, Digital Master Class 2 - July 31-August 7, 2010

The digital revolution has obviously arrived for underwater imaging. No real surprise there, for the benefits are staggering. The ability to capture more images on a single dive, economy of not requiring film and processing, and the immediacy of review on the camera’s LCD are some of the obvious benefits of digital imaging. There is no reason not to embrace digital imaging, except for the uncertainty of the new paradigm. An immersive week on location with Stephen Frink can show the workflow shortcuts and creative techniques to make you a much more accomplished digital shooter.

These courses are held in Key Largo, Florida. Summer in Key Largo may offer the world’s best underwater classroom, with clear water and massive fish populations within the protected waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the special Sanctuary Preservations Areas (no-take zones) off Key Largo. The course template includes daily two tank dives and classroom sessions. There will be guest lectures by Photoshop guru Eddie Tapp ( as well. This course is optimized for those using digital SLR cameras, and laptop computers optimized for image processing. The course is limited to 14 students to assure personal attention and ample review time for the projected digital images.