Blue Shark in Cape Town, South Africa by pats0n on Flickr
Spiny Waspfish (Ablabys macracanthus) by Samantha Craven
Like it’s almost-twin the Cockatoo Waspfish, the Spiny Waspfish sways side to side, as if a leaf in the surge. And it’s very good at it. I have mistaken many a leaf for these fish, and probably many of these fish for a leaf.
Bubble Coral Shrimp [Vir philippinensis] by edpdiver on Flickr.
One of my favourite shrimp to spot, simply because it is so hard to.
Nudibranch in Catalina Island, Southern California
Look at his cute little face!!
Bispara polychaete worm
Chromodoris kunei by Cebu Mactan Scuba
Electric-blue Anemone Feeding Itself
Electric anemone, found locally in Los Angeles on a night dive.
Only if….you help me figure out what ‘bits’ I need to connect my strobe to my underwater housing. I foolishly didn’t check compatibility (school girl error).
In all seriousness, I know of and love your site - great for an amateur like me. If anyone is interested in taking up underwater photography - it can be a daunting prospect, UPG helps you understand the different aspects of it.
If you are interested in conservation, please check out my open letter to Tumblr!
I’m also the human behind I ❤ Nudibranchs, but many more followers on this blog :)
I’m from the UK, and your college system is double dutch to me. The schools listed on the FAQs have been recommended to me by other followers. Maybe some of them can get in touch with you and help (please guys?)
As for the underwater camera - Olympus do waterproof cameras (Tough series) to about 10m, after that you are going to need a housing - this can be quite costly. If you are going to invest in a housing, you might as well get a camera that’s better than the Olympus tough. It has limited exposure settings and a crappy white balance.
My first underwater camera set was one of the Canon Ixus series with Canon housing. It died (rest in peace) after we had three wonderful years together and now I have an Olympus E-PL3 with Olympus housing.
Definitely start with a point and shoot - but do your research - decide whether you would want to get into underwater photography, and if you do, invest that little bit extra to get you started.
Be wary of where you place yourself whilst taking your shot. Many divers, even good divers with experience get distracted when you put a camera in their hands. You need good buoyancy and self-awareness (where are your gauges when you take a shot). Here’s one code of conduct I’ve found, and it pretty much mirrors the advice I would give and have seen out there.