Panoramic Mist

Mist in Jura, photographed with the Horizon swing-lens panoramic camera on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and white film.

November is a month when the landscape of the Jura mountains lays in mist – sometimes for days and weeks. It can come as thick fog making orientation in the mountains difficult, or as a light mist obscuring trees. Mist in Jura, photographed with the Horizon swing-lens panoramic camera on Kodak Tri-X 400 black and…… Continue reading Panoramic Mist

Autumn Leaves

My annual dose of colour photographs in autumn from the Jura mountain in the backyard. All taken with the OnePlus 6 phone camera and processed in Snapseed.

Capturing a Galaxy from my Balcony

The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) is a spiral galaxy approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way.

The tiny Corona virus has large effects, one of them making travelling to interesting places difficult. So instead of exploring the underwater sphere, let’s have a look in the opposite direction: the sky. Might it be possible to take a photo of deep space from home? Photographically speaking, there are similarities between capturing astro and…… Continue reading Capturing a Galaxy from my Balcony

Azores Underwater Video

Manta Ray, or Mobula tarapacana, glide through the Atlantic at Princess Alice Bank, Azores. Princess Alice Bank is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than two thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface.

The Azores are a phantastic spot to see marine life, especially Mobula at Princess Alice Bank. This underwater video is a collaboration with my son who did most of the wide-angle shots, and composed the music. https://vimeo.com/350355983 Diving the Azores.

Diving with Blue Sharks of the Azores

A blue shark (Prionace glauca) swims near Faial, Azores.

Blue sharks populate the waters around the Azores archipelago. They undertake long transatlantic migrations. Offshore diving with these elegant and curious animals allows to study them at arm’s length.

Diving Princess Alice Bank

Manta Ray, or Mobula tarapacana, glide through the Atlantic at Princess Alice Bank, Azores. Princess Alice Bank is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than two thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface.

Princess Alice Bank at the Azores is a volcanic seamount on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge rising from more than thousand metres to a depth of around 40 metres below the ocean surface. The abundance of marine life, especially manta rays, make it an exquisite, albeit remote and exposed offshore spot for diving. 

Fishermen in Mozambique

The fishermen in this bay in the north of Mozambique use traditional methods to catch fish and feed their families. In the time of industrial fishing and overexploitation, they still head out in their dugouts as their ancestors did for centuries. The coastal villages rely on fishing for food and income.

A Snoot for my Underwater Flash

A flash evenly illuminates the scene. However, the lighting is to broad to isolate the subject and make it stand out. With the use of a snoot, the light beam of the flash is narrowed. Using pipe fittings, a reduction in the light beam is achieved. Small pieces of black straws (unfinished) further concentrate the light beam.

It’s the light that makes a photograph. The principle also applies to underwater photography. Sunlight penetrates water. However, only twenty percent makes it to a depth of ten metres. Less than one percent of sunlight reaches the ocean at 100 metres depth. To make things more difficult, water filters the warmer side of the light spectrum…… Continue reading A Snoot for my Underwater Flash