December 2007

Whilst in the south of France, we decided to drive along the coast from our base in Cassis, to “see where we end up”. We ended up in Sanary, a vibrant and picturesque town with interesting back streets and a nice harbour. We liked this image, which shows a woman sat in front of a mural. Image taken on 10th August 2007.

November 2007

We liked this image of Mustapha, the captain of the Sea Serpent liveaboard. He was very happy for me to take this portrait, which was taken between dives using a Nikon D200 and an SB800 flash. Image taken on 1st July 2007.

October 2007

Whilst exploring some of the swim-throughs at Dangros Reef in the Egyptian Red Sea, I found this splendid soft coral in an accessible place close to the surface. There was enough room to position the camera and strobe without causing any damage to the ceiling of the swim-through. The “skylight” adds an extra dimension to the image which was captured using a Nikon D200/Subal Housing set up with a 10.5mm fisheye and a single Subtronic strobe. Image taken on 30th June 2007.

September 2007

The Small Gota site in Egypt’s Red Sea provides some great photographic opportunities, but you’ve still got to look hard to find the best ones. With this image, I worked with Amanda, directing her to swim across the blue water whilst I tried to capture the best moment. This image was the most pleasing and was captured using a Nikon D200/Subal Housing set up with a 10.5mm fisheye and a single Subtronic strobe. Image taken on 30th June 2007 .

August 2007

This image, taken by Amanda, won the Martin Edge on-board photo competition and is a particularly pleasing study of several clownfish, which have arranged themselves momentarily into a heart shape. It was taken in the Egyptian Red Sea at the St. John’s Caves site on 29th June 2007 using a Nikon D200/Subal Housing set up with a 60mm lens.

July 2007

Lady Elliot Island is a haven for bird life. On the last evening of our stay, I found this pair of Brown Noddies perched in an ideal position close to the lighthouse. The backdrop of the pale blue sky and sun tinged clouds gave the resulting image an almost surreal background. Image taken 24th March 2007.

June 2007

Cod Hole is one of Australia’s best known dive sites, located close to Lizard Island on the Ribbon Reef systems of the Great Barrier Reef. The giant potato cod make great subjects and are completely unfazed by the presence of divers. This huge specimen seemed happy to pose with Amanda whilst I fired away. Image taken on 3rd April 2007.

May 2007

This image, taken during our time aboard the Spirit of Freedom at the Challenger Bay site onthe Ribbon Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, shows Amanda photographing some clownfish. I liked the reflection of the anemone in her lens and thought it a nice image of an underwater photographer in action. Image taken on 3rd April 2007.

April 2007

Turtles are common around the reefs of Lady Elliot Island, a lovely island situated at the southernmost point of the Great Barrier Reef. At the Lighthouse Bommie site, towards the end of a dive, I was able to get close enough to these magnificent creatures to capture this pleasing image. Camera setup was the Nikon D200 Subal housing combination with a single Subtronic strobe and a 10.5mm
fisheye lens. Image taken on the 23rd March 2007.

March 2007

Inside the walled garden, at the Cotswold Wildlife Park, I saw some opportunities with some of the exotic plants against the background of a pale blue sky. This image was the most pleasing and was achieved by combining a slow shutter speed with flash whilst simultaneously zooming the lens. Image taken on 28th January 2007.

February 2007

In early January, we took our son Zac to the Marwell Zoological Park near Winchester. Photographically it wasn’t particularly interesting thanks to the dull weather, but at the end of our visit, as we were walking out of the gate, I managed to get an interesting “rear curtain sync” image using the metal arrows of the gate against the backdrop of a grey sky and bare trees. Image taken 7th January 2007.

January 2007

Antibes Juan Les Pins is a nice area of France’s Mediterranean coastline. During a morning walk, we came upon a nice vista of an imposing old building that is currently being renovated; the tree and lamp post provide a particularly effective frame for the composition. Image taken on the 29th October 2006.