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Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

Fill A Pleasing Percentage Of Your Frame

One of the pitfalls for underwater photographers, especially newer shooters, is failing to have their subject fill a pleasing percentage of their photographic frame. All too often, the result is a fantastic subject that is too small in an image. In short, the best way to describe a picture like that is “an opportunity lost”.

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Roddenberry Adventures announces September Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces September Trashy Diver Winners!

 

September Trashy Diver Contest Winners

2014 September Winners 


September – Most Amount Trash
Cayrol Jean-Michel from Switzerland
Volunteers removed more than 1 ton of waste during Net’Leman lake
cleanup event. Photo from Genthod-Bellevue cleanup.


September – Most Unique Trash
Len Mason from Canada
Stove collected by Eco Divers Thunder Bay.

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Roddenberry Adventures announces June Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces  June Trashy Diver Winners!

 

June Trashy Diver Contest Winners

2014 Winners so far…

 
June – Most Amount of Trash
Daryl McLaughlin from Florida
Divers remove gill cast nets in
Pecks Lake Reef off Hobe Sound, FL.

June – Most Unique Trash
Chuck Campbell from
North Carolina Diver
removes a newspaper stand.

Trashy Diver Contest 2014

June - November 2014 | Everywhere!

Are you a "Trashy Diver"? Send pictures of trash you have collected to win some amazing monthly and grand prizes.

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Roddenberry Adventures announces July Trashy Diver Winners!

Roddenberry Adventures announces  July Trashy Diver Winners!

 

July Trashy Diver Contest Winners

2014 Winners so far…

 July – Most Amount of Trash
Philip Kaiser from British Columbia, Canada
Eight Divers remove 500 lbs of trash from two
lakes in Whistler, British Columbia.


July – Most Unique Trash
Nathaniel Klumb from Louisiana
Nathaniel single-handedly removed
a Tackling Sled from the bayou.

Trashy Diver Contest 2014

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Grab your camera and hit the water because we want to see you be a “Trashy Diver!”

Grab your camera and hit the water because we want to see you be a “Trashy Diver!”

Roddenberry Adventures in partnership with NAUI Green Diver Initiative, and sponsored by TUSA, Blue Steel Scuba, Intova and Vivid-Pix present the 4th annual Trashy Diver Contest.  

CLICK HERE for contest and prize information.

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Lookin' Sharp!

Lookin' Sharp!

Have you noticed that your underwater images aren’t always as sharp as what you are used to seeing topside?  That’s probably because the water scatters the light bouncing off your subject.

 

If you don’t want to loose any sharpness due to light scattering, you’ll need to capture your photos in a vacuum.  Probably not very practical, and doubtful that your subjects would like it in any case.  In air or water, there will always be some redirection of photons by the molecules in between your camera and your subject.  The effect is more noticeable in water than air, due to the greater density of the water.  The Pros always say, “Get close,” and minimizing the light scattering is another reason to do so.  

 

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Why Are My Pictures So Blue Or Green?

Why Are My Pictures So Blue Or Green?

As Marshall McLuhan said, "The medium is the message."

While I'm not so sure he was talking about underwater photography, the principle is similar.  The medium in which a signal travels influences the information received.  This not only happens underwater, but topside is well.  The sky tends to be blue (where you dive...not here in Rochester, NY, where gray is the dominant color) because of the differing interaction between atmospheric molecules and wavelengths of light.  

Underwater, a similar effect occurs, and is more dramatic.  Sunlight entering the water from above becomes filtered by the water, and the reduction of red light is greater than that of blue and green.  So the deeper you go, the percentage of red in the available light becomes less and less.  Additionally, the distance between you and what you are looking at provides an additional filtration, removing even more of the red light.  

Actually, your camera (without flash) does a pretty good job of capturing the scene.  The blue/green cast you see in your pictures is a good representation of the available light that bounced off the subject and was captured by the sensor.  But your brain does a really nice job of automatically balancing those colors into a much more pleasing color balance.  "Eyes, this can't be right.  I'll fix it for you.  You're welcome, Brain."  It auto white balances for you, without any conscious involvement.  So what your camera records is not what you saw.

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Vivid-Pix announces Save Our Leatherbacks Operation is first partner in non-profit program

Vivid-Pix announces Save Our Leatherbacks Operation is first partner in non-profit program

Vivid-Pix, the provider of revolutionary underwater photography enhancement software, announced Save Our Leatherbacks Operation (S.O.L.O.) is the first charity involved with its new non-profit program.

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