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Oban Road Trip

We’ve come up to Oban on the west coast of Scotland for a week of diving (and hopefully sunshine) After a very early start and an 11 hour road trip, only stopping for breakfast at Tebay Truck Stop, we arrived at Puffin Dive Centre. We met Mike, the owner who gave us an idea of …

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Unique Fused Glass

Pash is rather creative and she’s started creating fused glass objects. Everything from necklaces and earrings to bespoke trophies for competitions. Our dining room is dominated by a 1 metre square glass firing kiln which is, I admit, an unconventional location. The dining table is where she cuts and grinds these works of art into …

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French Crown

Winter’s a great time for indoor photography so I set up my DIY drip photo contraption again – in the spare room this time. Pash wasn’t ecstatic to see I’d pushed all her computer equipment to one side of her desk but I persuaded her it was all in a good cause! Please share…

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Table Tops

I’ve been listening to a “tabletop product” photography online course run by CreativeLive. This company is based in Seattle and they generously broadcast free photography courses on a regular basis via the internet. With the time difference it means staying up way past a sensible bed-time in order to watch but I’ve picked up lots of …

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BSoUP Splash-In

This year’s BSoUP, British Underwater Photography Championship took place in Plymouth at the weekend. Thirty eight people registered as participants with rules stating that submitted images needed to be taken between Friday night and 6pm on Saturday when the judging would start. Seven of us chartered a boat (UK National) to dive off-shore and we headed …

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Garden Weeds

I had to wait a while before I finally found a dandelion in the garden in a state it could be photographed.The garden is not free of other weeds to photograph but it was a dandelion I was specifically looking for. It was a sunny day so the light was harsh but it also meant …

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Selsey Scorpions

A break in the poor weather and an invitation from my friend Nick to join him for a dive in Selsey was too good to miss. The visibility in the chilly, early-morning water was around 1-2 metres so quite adequate for macro photography, especially with the snoot I was intending to use… This DIY job …

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Ninja Crabs

Not actually taken on the 16th of May, this crab is one of several (hundred) thousand that live in the waters of the Red-Sea off Djibouti. I was there back in January on an expedition to photograph Whalesharks but these nippy little guys were such a “feature” of the trip that I had to take a few …

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Splash Progress

I sacrificed a couple of hours of much needed sleep to set up my drip-stand again, this time with the intention of playing around with the lighting a little more. I set up one of the strobes I normally use underwater (Inon Z240) to fire at the same time as the flash unit (Canon 430EZ). …

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Splash Art

It’s something that I’ve had a go at in the past (with limited success) and I’ve wanted to try again with some more control so I obtained a “drip kit” from a local government contact I have, I constructed myself a wooden frame and I had an electronics timer built by a brilliant engineer I …

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