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Underwater in Cozumel

22 Feb

Hi all,

Chris here, I’m sitting here on the couch with a coffee going through the photos from Coz. Boy what a fun trip, I sure wish I lived by the water. Jess and I were in the ocean just about everyday for a couple hours. Most of the time we spent messing around with the cameras, snorkeling and diving down. The water was a beautiful blue, a bit of a current  which was not too bad and just cool enough that after a couple hours we would get a chill.

Trying to shoot with the current was bit of a pain, also I had a bit of a lung infection so  my breath holds were a bit shorter than I would have liked. That aside though I had a hell of a lot of fun some of the snaps turned out okay. Water is a funny medium, the magnification really plays with your perception of depth. I like the challenge though, before I left I read Martin Edges book on Underwater photography. It sure helped with and now that I am back, I will be reading it again, I now have more to learn!
Any how hope you enjoy the pictures ! Jess and I tried to find some cool stuff for you all to enjoy.   Drop some comments for us, let us know what you like or for you photographers what we can do to improve. Oh and next week Ill have some video up we shot as well !

ENJOY !

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How to Photograph the Elusive Octopus

29 Oct

 

The octopus is one of my favourite creatures. This is mostly because they are so intelligent and have distinct personalities- and because they also change colour! Octopus are also very sneaky and hard to find in the open during the day. So then how do you find an octopus on your next vacation for a super cool photo op?

Well my friends, finding the elusive octopus requires you to think like an octopus. Octopus in general are somewhat lazy, stick to distinct routines and live in dens or nests. Being nocturnal hunters, they spend most of the daylight hiding in their homes. The easiest way to spot an elusive cepholopod during the day is to search out their residence.

Typically these eight armed bandits will eat shellfish, snails clams and the like which all have indigestible shells. Much like the lazy in our society, the octopus will leave his empty food packages around his cave. Knowing this, it is easiest to search first for small mounds of shells and then look for the hole in which Mr. Octopus lives.

Once you have found a good pile of shells next start looking for the octopus’ eyes. Now the eyes on an octopus are one of the only bits he cant change colour and texture. You are looking for black slits, not your traditional mammalian eyeballs. Also look for his eye stalks which make a little U.

Using these hints there is good chance you will have found and will be able to observe the octopus as he rests in his home. While it is never a good idea to taunt or pester an octopus, some can be coaxed out of their holes. This is done by either placing and interesting object within reach of their hole (octopuses are very curious) or by dropping a piece of food. With some luck you might be able to see him stick our a tentacle and carefully, snatch the object back into the cave.

It should be known as well that an octopus in the open is usually uncomfortable and will show how pissed off he is by turning a reddy brown colour and leaving like Jack the Bear. So if you happen to come across an octopus outside his hole, try not to frighten him, move slow and you might just get some great shots!

Oh and fun fact, its Octopuses not Octopi .

-Chris

Underwater Photography

6 Oct

Hi,

Been a bit since my last post, I have some cool photos I have taken while diving that I wanted to share. Getting right into them here they are, in no particular order!

Cuba 2011

Beautiful Jess, swimming with Needle fish.

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Moray Eel Video Cozumel

Here is a short video of a green Moray attacking my camera while my brother laughs, it was pretty funny.

 

A few more !

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