olsob, whale sharks


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.







hippocampus bargibanti


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

Ahoy! U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard in Hong Kong

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The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) sailed into Victoria Harbor this week. Welcome Marines. An impressive array of rotor wing and V-TOL (vertical takeoff/landing) aircraft on board. The U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard was commissioned in 1998 and is based in Sasebo, Japan – not far from home.

Some interesting things to note:
– The U.S. flag flying at half mast because of the tragic Navy shipyard shooting that happened this past week in the United States.

– The colored “E”‘s painted on the port side of the bulwark – they are Command Excellence Awards.
Black “E” = Maritime Warfare Excellence Award
Red “E” = Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award
Green “E” = Command & Control Excellence Award
Green “H” = Health and Wellness (Medical) Excellence Award
Blue “E” = Logistics Management Excellence Award
Yellow “E” = Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF) Ship Safety Award
Purple “E” = Efficiency Excellence Award
The hash marks underneath the award means they’ve won the same award multiple times over consecutive years.

– The folding wings of the V-22 Osprey’s sitting on the forward deck and one sitting on the ship’s aircraft elevator.

– The Marine Corp Harriers (4 of them) – the only vertical takeoff-landing fixed-wing aircraft – sitting on the stern deck.

Photos taken by myself from my flat in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Canon 5DMKIII. 19 Sept. 2013.

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.