Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

View away from Sydney Opera House

September 10, 2008

Sydney Opera House is an enchanting construction, and ends up on thousands of pictures every day (does anyone have a good estimate for that number?!). Much less attention is attributed to the street light just next to it. I like it.

Big Wave Surfing in Cronulla

September 8, 2008

No diving conditions today...

The forecast for the weekend suggested strong S/SE winds with 3-4m surge coming in from east. This type of conditions has a strong impact on almost any of the dive spots around Cronulla and the eastern suburbs. We decided to stay dry – for good reason, as I found out on Sunday. The weather was not as miserable and we went for a walk along Cronulla esplanada. The waves were certainly reaching a height of 4m, and a few guys on their boards were showing off. Quite impressive, I must say! I attach a few pictures. (more…)

Long exposures

July 7, 2008
Cronulla Rock Pool

Cronulla Rock Pool, originally uploaded by käptncook.

I finally got myself a tripod. Instead of going to bed after a late dinner I decided to test it, and the rock pool at the esplanade in Cronulla seemed to be the perfect subject, especially with the waves washing over it at high tide. I stayed for about 30 minutes and evaluated the possibilities of the Canon G9 in low light conditions. It performed quite well, but anything above ISO 200 is definitely excluded due to noise.
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First experience with the full underwater camera setup: Canon G9, Ikelite housing, Inon Z240 strobe

June 1, 2008

After my recent first experience with the Canon G9 in the Ikelite underwater housing I also obtained the last part of my underwater setup, the Inon strobe Z-240. I will describe the camera setup in detail on a separate page, it is all bought from the shelf though.
(Edit: I put together a sample picture gallery)
Last weekend i had taken the Canon G9 with the Ikelite housing for some dives and collected my first experiences. The main outcome was that I needed more light to shoot in the settings I wanted to and that there was a shadow from the lens port in macro shots. I can clearly state that these two points have changed with inclusion of the strobe. (more…)

Bare Island (#262, 9.1m, 60′ & #263, 14.8 m, 64′)

June 1, 2008

Hard to believe, but after more than a year in Sydney I finally did my very first dives at Bare Island. I either just didn’t go there or once there we decided to do something else (e.g. dive the container wall…). After todays dives I will definitely be back soon!

I jumped in with Matt, Mogens and Nina. Poor Nina was the only one without camera – I hope she could handle the very slow speed along the east side of the island. I finally got my strobe yesterday, and did some first tests on the two dives today. More about the testing of my camera setup here.
For the first dive we jumped in on the main land side of the bridge, dropped down and dived across the sand channel to the island. I was impressed by the wonderful colours, the incredible variety of nudibranchs and other marine life. We didn’t swim very far as we were taking a lot of pictures on the way. After 40 minuts we turned around and went the same way back.We started he second dive on the island, at a small and slippery boat ramp on the west side of the bridge. The first few minutes were not all that exciting, but once at the main reef we had a great dive. The visibility was a bit worse than on the first dive though. We followed the reef in W/SWdirection down to 15m, after 20min we followed a bed to the south and then back east. After 30 minutes we were cold enough to turn around. Again, we saw a lot of nudibranchs, shrimps and other macro stuff to test our cameras.All in all a wonderful diving day. Excellent weather, good conditions underwater and a dive site which is not by chance known as a favourite of many locals!

Oak Park night dive (#261, 7.3m , 61′)

May 28, 2008

little critter on night dive at oak park

Crab on nightdive at Oak Park Yesterday night I went on another night dive at Oak park. The conditions at Pete’s point were too harsh, we therefore went to good old Oaky. Initially we were five divers (amongst them a second Swiss diver – unbelievable, but he is the first Swiss I met in Sydney in almost 1.5 years…), but Matt and me were carrying cameras and we left the group after a few minutes of diving (or say the group left us…). There was a lot of small stuff around, and also a few cuttle fish, an octopus and some still awake fish… No pictures to prove that though, most of them look like taken in a snow storm. Backscattering. Am looking forward to the arrival of the strobe, it has left Japan yesterday night 🙂

First underwater experience with Canon G9 and Ikelite housing

May 26, 2008

My underwater photography to date was done with a point and shoot Sony DSC-P200. I used to set the film speed to ISO100, the exposure correction to about -0.7eV, focus to center and metering mode to center weighed average. This worked quite well, and the internal flash did a reasonable job in the Ikelite housing for macro photography and shots at a distance of up to about 1.5m (Examples, photo dates before 24 May 2008, (Edit: I put together a sample picture gallery)).
The Canon G9 offers much more possibilities. Browsing through underwater photo forums the suggested settings are slow film speed and high f stop. For the first few test shots on Saturday I preset the film speed to ISO80 and took pictures with aperture priority setting the aperture to f/8.0 and forcing the internal flash. (more…)

Leap to the Steps drift dive (#260, 21.3m, 51′)

May 26, 2008

On Sunday morning I woke up in time and decided to take the chance and to go for the second dive of the weekend. The Leap in Kurnell is one of my favourite dive sites in the region. The way to the entry point is a bit strenuous, following stairs cut in the rock, down the cliffs. To enter the water we usually jump from a rock platform (the leap…), depending on the tides the height of the jump can reach about 2m. There is no way back, the shortest exit I know is indeed the swim to the Steps, the exit point of the dive. So better do your buddy check carefully…

The Leap entry pointnudibranch at the leap

After a short swim away from the rocks we droped down and dove perpendicular to the cliff edge until we reached the sandy bottom at around 20m. We decided to immediately turn to the left – a short swim to the right there is a little wall with a nice sponge garden. We stayed down at around 20m for 10 minutes, following the boulders and the sandy bottom covered with some kelp. For once we did not spot any weedy seadragons, and no cuttle fish either. Exceptional. I don’t think we kept our eyes open wide enough…
We followed the boulders a bit further ascending slowly. There were a few gropers around and I also got the chance to try some macro shots with the new camera setup. As expected there is a shadow in the lower right corner, inflicted by the lens port partially blocking the internal flash of the camera. This justifies the purchase of an external flash (sometimes it is so easy to convince myself of buying some gadgets…)
We took the usual exit at the Steps – the waves help to get on a rock platform, and with still rather low tide present when we came out of the water it was even more convenient than usually… A nice dive without highlights, but hey, the reasonable visibility and the feeling of simply floating along the wall are good enough for me to go back anytime!

Comments on the camera setup can be found here.

Sunrise on a cloudy morning

May 22, 2008


Sunrise on a cloudy morning, originally uploaded by Roland Bircher.

This is one of my favourite photos of my recent early morning trip to Cronulla beach I have described a few days ago. I like the version with ratio 2:3 even better, but I tend to fill my flickr page with photos in the original (digicam) proportions.