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  • Trip to Photograph Humpback Whales in Alaska and Tonga
    we ll be looking for humpback mothers with babies singing whales heat runs and other mating calving related activities Humpback whale mother and calf in Tonga Jon and I have designed this unique trip with the goal of taking a small exclusive group of six people to see and learn about a wide range of humpback whale behaviour putting Jon s five seasons of experience with humpbacks in Alaska and my ten whale seasons in Tonga to good use Given our photographic backgrounds Jon and I will emphasize getting you to the best places and circumstances to take great photographs Of course you don t have to be a photographer to enjoy this ultimate cetacean adventure but you d be hard pressed to find a better opportunity to capture eye popping images of everything from the pandemonium of bubble net feeding to the unmistakeable affection between a mother and baby whale Instead of watching the action in a documentary you can see and experience it live Humpback whales bubble feeding at sunset in Alaska Logistics Our plan in Alaska is to be based on a comfortable 54 foot liveaboard and cruise from Juneau to prime humpback territory where we ll move around quietly on inflatables to position ourselves for front row seats for whale action Summer days are long up north so we ll go out and stay out so long as the weather light and our stamina hold out We will not be getting into the water in Alaska In Tonga we ll be based on land going out each morning to look for whales and returning in the afternoons to relax share pictures and talk about the day s experiences We will be getting into the water when circumstances permit so while you don t have to be

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  • Swim with Humpback Whales in Tonga
    reasonable opportunity because well there s no way to keep me out Trip 2 21 to 30 August 2011 arrive 20 August depart 31 August 10 days on the water staying in town Fully booked Believe it or not a bunch of people who travelled to Tonga with me this year have decided to come back for more Go figure Trip 3 2 to 11 September 2011 arrive 1 September depart 12 September 10 days on the water staying in town Six people maximum Note This trip is an official Underwater Fringe Event in association with the Underwater Festival 2011 and the Oceania Dive Expo ODEX which is scheduled for 30 September to 2 October 2011 in Brisbane What this means in practicality is that if you join this trip you are automatically in the right place at the right time to try to capture outstanding images of humpback whales to enter in the 10 day shootout associated with ODEX I m one of the judges for the Behaviour Big Stuff and Super Macro categories so let s just state right here right now for the record that I can t be bought off with cheap drinks and gratuitous flattery during the trip Or can I Of course you don t have to be interested in any of the event activities to join this trip Our primary objectives as always are to have fun and learn what we can about the whales Trip 4 13 to 18 September 2011 arrive 12 September depart 19 September six days on the water staying on Mounu Island Fully booked Scenes like this qualify for contest category Big Stuff Trip 5 9 to 13 August 2011 board 9 August get off the boat 13 August four nights on the yacht and Trip 6 16 to 20 August 2011 board 16 August get off the boat 20 August four nights on the yacht both trips staying on board Jocara Four people maximum per trip Dr John Potter will be leading these two trips aboard Jocara the same yacht that we used this season to commence work on our acoustics project John will be in Vava u to kick off Project Whalesong more details to come in an upcoming post and we ll be working together across different vessels with a variety of whale watch operators to cover as much area as possible looking for singing whales The start of Trip 5 coincides with Trip 1 above see how organised we are I ll be on other boats during Trip 6 so we ll be in continuous contact throughout If you re interested in learning about humpback whale song and marine acoustics in general John is the go to guy I peppered him with questions and learned a lot this season Check out the way cool video John put together posted on this page John talking on Jocara while we patiently feign interest To give you a quick idea of what we re looking for listen

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  • Night Safari in Ambon, Indonesia
    7 to 16 November We ll be staying at the new Maluku Divers resort situated right on the best muck sites in Ambon There are lots of Coleman shrimp on fire urchins in Ambon If you re a fan of muck diving and observing amazing critter life in shallow water at close quarters without any other divers around Ambon is worth considering Ambon hit the news recently because of the unusual new frogfish discovered there but from personal experience I can say that there s a lot more to see than just the frogfish sightings of which are unpredictable Tiny cuttlefish hunting in shallow water With so few divers around relatively easy diving conditions it s not difficult to spend quality time with animals that are considered rare or difficult to approach elsewhere In short the conditions are ideal for observing and documenting marine life behaviour Our plan is to do a lot of night diving which means that the chances of seeing predation mating and other fun stuff increases significantly Up to this point it has been difficult to do extensive night diving in Ambon because there was no dive resort near the muck sites Some sort of cardinalfish

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  • Underwater Photography Trips to Papua New Guinea
    go but because there aren t many dive operators there now Back in the day there were several liveaboard boats and a couple of land based operations so Milne Bay was relatively easy to dive These days not so much Quite a shame as it s a world class destination I filmed a documentary in Milne Bay several years ago with NHK of Japan along with Dr Eugenie Clark Bob Halstead and Rob Vanderloos It was an absolutely amazing experience to say the least with my only regret being that I wasn t able to spend more time in the area From Milne Bay we ll head north to Kimbe Bay ending up at Walindi Plantation Resort Again there are great reefs along the way that are almost never dived see the common theme with lots of unspoiled marine habitat and no other people around absolutely perfect for photography Of course that s a lot of territory to cover so we re dividing the trip into three sections 1 Port Moresby to Milne Bay 31 May to 7 June 2 Milne Bay 8 to 14 June 3 Milne Bay to Walindi 16 to 26 June Here s a map to make it easier to get a handle on the geography click the markers for more details View PNG June 2011 in a larger map Essentially this makes it possible to get on or off the boat for any of the segments or hop on board for two or even all three segments of the trip The international airport is in Port Moresby Alotau airport is at Milne Bay Hoskins airport is at Walindi Good planning no As a bonus Bob Halstead will be joining us for the trips Bob is one of the pioneers of diving in PNG and in particular he knows Milne Bay like no one else Bob is articulate well spoken knowledgeable and perpetually struggling for a half decent comeback when I insult him He s quite a fish expert and even has a couple of fish named after him small nondescript ones of course Even more amazing he still uses a film camera Well he knows how to push the shutter release in any case All kidding aside Bob is a treasure trove of information and experience particularly with regard to the areas we ll be visiting I have the greatest respect for him and it will be a pleasure and an honour to have him with us Pricing for the trips is as follows 1 Port Moresby Milne Bay 31 May to 7 June Cabin 1 US 2800 person Cabin 2 US 2625 person Cabin 3 US 2450 person Cabin 4 US 2800 person Cabin 5 US 2800 person 2 Milne Bay 8 to 14 June Cabin 1 US 2400 person Cabin 2 US 2250 person Cabin 3 US 2100 person Cabin 4 US 2400 person Cabin 5 US 2400 person 3 Milne Bay to Walindi 16 to 26 June Cabin 1 US 4000 person

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  • Underwater Photography Blog | Tony Wu
    October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2008 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2007 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2006 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006 June Posts in Trips Workshops Wednesday Jun 9 2010 Lost in Translation I just received the following photo from my friend Dr John Potter More interesting than the photo is John s Continue Reading Life Funny Stuff People Trips Workshops Wednesday Mar 24 2010 Making Noise Continue Reading Trips Workshops Friday Jan 15 2010 Trips for 2010 It s been a while since I ve updated my Continue Reading Places Adventures Trips Workshops Thursday Nov 19 2009 Night Life I only had a chance to do one night dive during my stay in Lembeh I could ve done more but I was too tired at the end of every day Muscles aching joints creaking eyelids drooping Of course the one day that I managed to do four dives I saw a lot at night There were many cephalopods on the prowl like this little octopus that seemed truly surprised to see me and an adorable little bobtail squid sound asleep until my strobes went off The Continue Reading Photography Marine Life Places Adventures Trips Workshops Wednesday Oct 7 2009 Upcoming Adventures There has been one cancellation for the upcoming Continue Reading Places Adventures Trips Workshops Monday Sep 21 2009 Humpback Whales Tonga 2010 Humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae are among the most charismatic and well known of marine mammals Most everyone

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  • Thoughts on the Evolution of Photography
    items something that wasn t possible in the analogue world but really a DSLR was just an SLR with a digital sensor Design form function were pretty much unchanged Then after a settling in period camera manufacturers began to realise that new technology opened up new possibilities just like unicellular life realised over half a billion years ago that it was possible to experiment with multiple evolutionary paths Learning to make use of incredible dynamic range with Sony a7r Underwater is next License image Take mirrorless cameras Though they look similar to DSLRs the absence of mirrors and prisms generally results in more compact bodies and lenses which makes them relatively lighter and more portable DSLRs have evolved as well The Canon 5D Mark II for instance was the first DSLR capable of recording high quality video a change that rocked the video camera industry And we now have cameras that well would ve been difficult to recognise as cameras in the 20th century this makes it sound like it was soooooooo long time ago doesn t it I carry around a camera phone everywhere I go Chances are you do as well Just as new forms of life often crowd out existing ones the popularity and ubiquity of camera phones has led to a precipitous drop in the sales of compact cameras Then there are action cameras the most well known of which is the GoPro These handy little tools make it possible to capture decent footage in situations that wouldn t be suitable for bigger more traditional camera formats There is Lytro a light field camera The recently announced Light L16 is a small camera that intends to use camera phone parts and concepts to produce high quality high resolution images There are 3D cameras 360 degree cameras drone mounted cameras and more all the time Trying Nikon D800 underwater realising I prefer Canon s AF for these situations License image My point it this It is simultaneously the best and the worst time to be a photographer The best because there is so much choice and seemingly endless possibility with new ideas tools and hardware being developed and launched all the time And the worst for exactly the same reason Just as each form of life is better or worse adapted to certain conditions the upshot of this ongoing photographic evolutionary explosion is that there is a plethora of photo equipment with each option being better or worse suited to specific conditions and shooting requirements You wouldn t for instance use a DSLR as a helmet cam while skiing any more than you would use a GoPro for a serious landscape shoot that required high resolution files with maximum dynamic range Both have their strengths just as each has its drawbacks And it s not just cameras Other considerations to grapple with include lenses computers software local file storage cloud storage file sharing options processing techniques aaaaarrrrrrgggggghhhhhhhh a mind boggling array that could easily make one long

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  • Nauticam iPhone 6 Waterproof Housing
    a very short period during my naive youth that elves were involved in the process of making and delivering goodies Minion inspecting Nauticam iPhone 6 housing Now that I m all grown up and so much wiser to the ways of the world I know that the concept of elves supplying me with toys is silly Pure nonsense Clearly minions are responsible for happy things like these Nauticam waterproof housings

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  • Humpback Whales Bubble-net Feeding in Alaska
    had two typhoons 27 and 28 of the season join forces and drench much of the country Fortunately the dreary conditions have finally passed and it s sunny today hurray While the weather has sucked I ve been holed up indoors and among other things I ve been catching up on a bit of photo editing Just thought I d share these two images of humpback whales engaged in cooperative bubble net feeding in Alaska as sort of a thought for the weekend Humpback whales engaged in bubble net feeding in Alaska Same humpback whales engaged in bubble net feeding with different lighting Both of these photos are from the same place of the same subjects In fact they are exactly the same group of whales photographed on the same day What makes these two images so different is the light It s been a while since I ve harped on lighting but I d be hard pressed to find two photos that illustrate the importance of light better than this pair of pictures You can t always control the direction or quality of light especially with unpredictable big animals like this but you can and should always be thinking

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