Marlin Madness Trailer

on a recent trip to Tonga we managed to hook this monster. have a look at the teaser i made above and the full youtube clip below. enjoy!

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humpback whales in tonga 2014

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on july 26 i flew with some friends down to the Kingdom of Tonga to experience one of the most memorable dives of my lifetime. words cannot express the thrill and excitement of being amongst the oceans’ most magnificent creatures – the mighty humpback whale. every august and september the whales leave the cold antarctic waters and migrate north to the warm 24 deg C waters of Tonga to frolic and play in the tropical blue paradise waters. thanks to Masa Takashima from tonga-world.com and his team, we were able to swim and film/photograph these magnificent creatures. these are some of the photos i captured from my dive. enjoy.
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last week, i went to cebu and stayed at yoshi hirata’s resort in cebu (mactan) club paraiso / pcom dream. yoshi is a marine biologist who moved from tokyo to the philippines to start up his own dive operation. he is the #1 world premiere whale shark photographer (published by the likes of national geographic and BBC) and not only is he among the world’s best marine photographers, he is also a fantastic chef! ┬áhe arranged for us to dive with the resident whale sharks that frequent the shallow waters of oslob, 3 hours south of cebu. the following are some shots i got of these gentle giants. we encountered around 6 of them on 2 dives with the largest being around 10m (over 30 feet) long. i took these shots with the 5d mark iii in natural light with a nauticam NA-5DMIII underwater housing and ultra wide angle canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM lens. click the image for full size.

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i just returned from anilao, in batangas, philippines testing out my new nauticam NA-5DMKIII housing for my canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera. it was my first attempt at super macro photography and was terrific fun. one of my favourite macro finds (i think i can speak for most divers) is the ever shy pygmy seahorse (scentific name hippocampus bargibanti). these tiny creatures measure around the size of your pinky fingernail and are generally found well camouflaged amongst soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. i found this little guy (pictured above) hiding amongst a sea fan with around 6 other of his (or her…i’m still learning to tell the difference) companions! an adult can measure as short as 13 mm in length – that’s around 1/2 an inch! pygmy seahorses are unique in that they breathe through a single gill slit on the back of their heads, as opposed to the more common seahorse that has gill slits on both sides of its head. but similar to the common seahorse, the males brood and take care of their young. i took this photo while in anilao with my canon 5d mark III DSLR inside a nauticam NA-5DMKIII housing, dual inon Z240 strobes, f11, 1/125 sec, canon 100mm f2.8L macro IS USM lens. – jeremy

Fun with Fisheye

FISHEYE1 image Got my hands on Canon’s 8-15mm f/4 L fisheye lens and this was my first shot outside my window on a spectacularly clear Hong Kong afternoon. Pardon the reflection from my rooms’ mirrored windows. Another shot from my office over the North Pole. – Looking forward to taking this lens underwater on my next dives. Click the image for full resolution file. Canon 5D Mark III.

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Hong Kong Island CNY 2012

it’s the year of the dragon here in hong kong! happy chinese new year. there was a 23 minute fireworks display over victoria harbour planned – i had my camera all set up to capture it on video just like the countdown to jan. 1, 2012 but lo and behold, they moved the venue further to the east – more towards the front of wan chai and tsim sha tsui east so i was only able to see 1/2 of the fireworks on display. it wasn’t worth filming! the photo above, however, is how the evening looked just prior to the fireworks show – a cold and relatively clear winter night here in asia’s world city. click on the image above for the full-res photo. feel free to download it if you like it. have a great dragon year everyone. gong hei gong hei fat choy!

Happy 2012 from Hong Kong

Filmed from my bedroom window in Hong Kong last night for the countdown to 2012!

Happy New Year 2012 Planet Earth!

Filmed with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II