Big Wave Surfing famous surfer Laird Hamilton 80-100 Feet world record
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Big Wave Surfing famous surfer Laird Hamilton 80-100 Feet world record
WINNER CHOSEN AND REVIEW BY SCUBAVERSE.COM’S UNDERWATER VIDEOGRAPHY EDITOR JEFF GOODMANWinner: ‘A little jelly’ by Mark Milburn
Three very good entries this month and each of them very different. As usual it was quite hard to pick a winner. Richard’s video on the Thistlegorm certainly captured the mood and dramatic presence of this classic wreck while the Steller Sea Lion video from Kiril took us into a world of underwater vibrancy and energy with lovely camera work, editing and story creation. This was without doubt the best crafted film. But in the end it was Mark’s simple observation of the Barrel Jellyfish that won the day. As well as being well shot, it clearly showed that underwater videos, especially those featuring wildlife, do not have to be complicated – and given a little time and effort, every marine creature can produce a little bit of magic for the camera.
‘Diving the mighty SS Thistlegorm‘ by Richard StevensNice one Richard. Your video certainly gave a good feel of the wreck and made me want to dive it again. Loved the ray in the cargo hold which was well lit and sharp and the colour of the ray certainly stood out from the background. Nice image mix too into the next shot. A few moments later you caught it feeding but for some reason never made more of that. All in all though a great video with good framing and lighting.
‘Diving with Steller Sea Lions‘ by Kiril IvanovGreat intro which builds up to the main story. I have dived with the Stellers quite a few times and know how big and intimitating they can be. Well done for combining very good surface video as well. Excellent steady camera work with good framing, sharp images and nice occasional use of slow motion. Good choice of music too. The lenth of the video for me was perfect. It is always a temptaion when one has such charismatic animals to produce a video that goes on and on. Big mistake. Three and a half minutes is plenty, unless there is a narration and the story becomes more involved. A real joy to watch.
‘A little Jelly‘ by Mark MilburnThis short video was totally enthralling. It simply showed us the grace and beauty of a marine animal that many people may be reluctant to approach. With perfect music choice the video kept my full attention from beginning to end. It does go to show that you do not need to travel to the ends of the earth to see fantastic marine life. Good, sharp, steady images. The shots were not at all complicated, but simply framed allowing the jellyfish to do all the work of capturing the audience.
So congratulations to Mark for being this month’s winner!
Cuba Trip Report, January 2015
In January 2015 we headed to Cuba to dive Jardines de la Reina (in English – Gardens of the Queen), a remote reef and mangrove system famed for its Shark and Crocodile encounters! First stop on this trip was Havana, where after a quick night’s rest we were picked up for the 10-12 hours journey by land and sea to Jardines de la Reina. Only 500 divers a year are currently permitted to dive Jardines de la Reina and this limited exposure keeps the reefs pristine and sea life abundant.
Our home for the next week would be Avalon II Liveaboard. Avalon II is the flagship vessel of Avalon Fleet, launched in April 2014 she is an impressive yacht, with plenty of space for all guests, a superfast dive tender and onboard Nitrox compressor. From our liveaboard we would have ready access to all of Jardines best dive sites plus we would be close to the mangroves, home to Cuba’s famous American Crocodiles! Each day we would make 3 dives and on some days we would have special surface intervals, either to snorkel with the Crocodiles or visit the beach to see some Cuba’s land creatures, such as Hutia (a very cute rodent), Hermit Crabs and Iguanas.
The dives in Jardines de la Reina were action packed from start to finish, with amazing encounters with large Caribbean Reef Sharks on the reefs and schooling Silky Sharks close to the surface. These sharks provided endless highlights on the trip! Also down on the reefs we found Nurse Sharks, Great Barracuda, large Southern Stingrays, Eagle Ray, Hawksbill Turtles, free-swimming Green Moray Eels, Goliath Grouper, Tarpon, Horse-eye Jacks, Garden Eels, French Angelfish, Triggerfish, Lionfish and colourful reef fish such as Grunt and Snapper. On our last dive as we watched the schooling Silkies at the surface a juvenile Great Hammerhead approached us only to be well and truly chased off by the large adult Silky Sharks! And whilst the Sharks were certainly the stars of our Cuba trip a special mention of course has to go to the American Crocodiles, locally named as Nino Zero, Nino 1 and Nino 2. Nino Zero is the original Crocodile that was photographed in Jardines de la Reina’s mangroves but he is now a little large and so it was Nino 1 or 2 that we photographed and as Nino Zero approached we exited the water – quickly!
With our diving finished we celebrated with Mojitos and Cuban Rum and headed back to Havana for a couple of days photographing this historic city – a great way to end an amazing dive trip to Cuba!
Keith Tobler (Katman) Doing His Best Dale Chihuly Impersonation With Amazing Art Glass Photograph. This really could have gone under photography, art, sea glass, sculpting, Dale Chihuly etc. The amazing thing about taking that perfect picture is timing. Yes, having good equipment helps big time, but as my Katman has shown here, having great subject matter and a keen eye helps too!
Underwater Photographer Sarah Lee Captures Duck Diving Surfers. Underwater photographer Sarah Lee uses a technique known as "duck diving" to capture these stunning photos of surfers in Hawaii. Surfers "duck dive" under the water to avoid incoming waves so they can get further out to sea.
Source: Yahoo Weather: Sarah Lee (Caters News)
Photographer Markus Reugels writes, "All my high speed pictures are single shots without any Photoshop manipulation. I only adjust the levels of contrast. Some little sprinkles are cleaned with Photoshop. That's all the processing." Reugels uses splashes of colored water on hard surfaces to create his stunning images. (Markus Reugels, Germany, Shortlist Split Second Open Competition 2013 Sony World Photography Awards)
Source: Yahoo News: Sony World Photography, Facebook: ArchiElis
Old Stranded Boat Point Reyes Reflecting Upon Better Days. Reflection is the change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated.
Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave is incident on the surface equals the angle at which it is reflected. Mirrors exhibit specular reflection.
Source: Wikipedia: Reflection, Pinterest: Artesdc