Storm over Godafoss. An image from our trip to Iceland in September 2019.

Good advice for divers returning to diving after a COVID-19 infection

Determination of your fitness to return to diving after a COVID-19 infection will require assessment by your physician team confirming your full recovery and ability to safely perform unrestricted vigorous activity.

Well, the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is.…

Outstanding

Good advice on first aid and CPR in the current world. www.scubadivermag.com.au

Saddened to hear of the passing of Tim Brooke-Taylor. The Goodies was a big part of my life as a youngster

The Okinawan Karate Information Centre has posted that the Okinawa Karate Kaikan will be closed for at least the next two weeks

I like the ‘3C’s’:

Avoid the “Three Cs” – “Closed spaces with poor ventilation”, “Crowded places with many people” & “Close-contact settings”

A chance to reflect during our journey from Seydisfjordur to Hofn on our visit to Iceland in 2019.

We arrived at our hotel near Hofn after dark, and was surprised on looking out the window the next morning to see this spectacular glacier outlet.

Just off the side of the road near Lake Myvatn in the north of Iceland was this lava cave with a geothermal pool. The brilliant clear water looks tempting, but at over 50C it is too hot to swim in. This cave was a scene used in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, in an episode where Ygritte and Jon Snow enjoyed some alone time in this cave.

Gazing up to the Pagoda

An image from our trip to Japan in 2018

I love the way that Flickr is being progressively revitalised as a great way to view excellent photography.

Noticed that the top trending tag this week in the explore feature is Outside.

A great way to explore the world, and people’s visions of it, while we’re stuck inside.

5th Edition of The Underwater Photographer coming soon.

One of my favourite books on photography in general, and underwater photography in particular is The Underwater Photographer by Martin Edge.

The fifth edition of this classic is available as an ebook now, and in print (hard or softcopy) soon.

New chapters cover the latest equipment, processes, and techniques including SLR Cameras, water contact lenses, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, micro four third systems, super macro techniques, motion blur, LED lighting and more.

I have every edition of this book, and it has been a constant, but updating, companion in my underwater photography journey from film cameras, to dSLRs and into modern mirrorless cameras.

I highly recommend this book for those interested in UW photography, and photographers in general.

Pre-order Discount: The Underwater Photographer Edition 5

The eBook version in the above discount is available in the VitalSource eBook app. The ebook is also available on Kindle and is showing as coming in Apple Books.

The Photographer's Ephemeris supports what3words

A little over two years ago I tweeted (and posted) that I would love to see photo planning apps like The Photographer’s Ephemeris build in support for What 3 Words:

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Really pleased to see this has now come to fruition:

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As noted on the TPE’s announcement of What3Words support for both their iOS and Android apps:

what3words provides a unique three word address for any location on earth. what3words has divided the entire world into 3m x 3m squares, assigning three random words to each square, that helps users define their location with an accuracy of just 10 feet.

This is a perfect way of both sharing and inputing locations for photo planning. I’ve had a play, and I really like how this is shaping up.

Flickr seems to be looking Beyond views, faves, and comments

🔗 What’s ahead for 2020

My own journey in photography commenced underwater, and with the view that sharing images of this realm might inspire others to protect the oceans. Today i also practice landscape photography, but the intent remains.

www.divephotoguide.com

Opinion: Take Photos, Save the World

Made a plasma donation again tonight. So important that those of us that can donate blood should do so s as often as we can, for as long as we can. #liquidgold #save3lives

On the destruction of Shuri Castle

Like many in the karate world, I was stunned and devastated by the destruction by fire of Shuri Castle last week. Shuri Castle is symbolically and historically closely entwined with the evolution of the various forms of Ryukyu Bujutsu1.

Shuri Castle 2005

I first visited Shuri Castle in 2005 when Belinda and I made our first visit to Okinawa2, and I visited again over the 2018–19 New Years period for KNX Okinawa.

This was actually the fifth time that Shuri Castle has been destroyed by fire in its roughly 600 year history. For most of this period, Shuri Castle was the palace of the King of Ryukyu Kingdom, where the various martial arts that have evolved into contemporary karate were forged.

Shuri Castle was most recently destroyed in the final battles of World War 2, and was reconstructed in the 1990s. In 2000, the significance of the site to Okinawan cultural heritage was recognised by UNESCO.

The historical value of the building itself is outweighed by its symbolic value to the Okinawan people and culture, and the value of the more than 1,500 artefacts and documents that were stored and displayed there—many of which were destroyed in the inferno.

The loss of this artefacts and documents is significant and certainly devastating, especially noting that scant few documents and treasures survived the conflagration of WW2.

As a karateka, I feel for the loss of Shuri Castle and the treasures it maintained. The physical building can—and probably will—be rebuilt. The Okinawan people will weather this loss, just as they have so many other losses throughout their famously peaceful, although often turbulent, history.


  1. Encompassing karate, bukijutsu (weapons arts, a.k.a. kobujutsu, ti and tegumi. [return]
  2. I had lived in Japan in 1991–93, studying karate in Tokyo, but had not previously visited Okinawa, despite having researched it fairly extensively! [return]

🔗 3 Legged Thing Announces Huge Upgrade to Ellie L-Bracket System

Quite excited about this. I’ve long wanted an L bracket that would work with the Peak Design Capture camera clip system

🔗 Social Media, Photography And The Problem Of Likes | Light Stalking

When you photograph for the sole purpose of garnering the likes of others, you’re surrendering your creative integrity to an algorithm

Our Iceland Adventure

In September 2019 Belinda and I spent two weeks in Iceland—a trip that we have been planning and anticipating for some time. It was a goal to get there, and now that we have been, it is a goal to go back and to further explore this amazing island nation.

This post is the start of what will be a series describing our adventures, the planning and preparation to get there, the photography opportunities and challenges, gear for travelling and photography, and more. I guess we will keep posting as long as the stories and supporting images allow us to illustrate how much this land of extremes inspired us.

A Land of Extremes

Iceland is a small country with absolutely massive landscapes.

There is nothing average about Iceland—it is a land of fire and ice; micro and macro; light and dark.

From a photography perspective, you have countless opportunities to capture the massive landscapes, or the incredible details.

To enjoy Iceland fully you need to be ready for anything. And everything.

Our Adventure

We flew into Keflavik Airport and collected our hire car before heading into Reykjavik where we stayed for the first few nights.

From Reykjavik we went on a scuba diving adventure in the Silfra Fissure, undertook an amazing photo tour to Landmannalaugar, and did a self-drive tour of the Golden Circle, as well as exploring the city of Reykjavik.

We then set out to drive around the 1,332km of the Ring Road, with side advemtures to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with the iconic Kirkjufell on the west coast, and Seyðisfjörður on the east coast. We visited Akureyri in the north, and Hofn and Vik in the south.

Our visit in September was timed for the shoulder season—it was not the high season of Summer with the midnight sun, nor was it the icy winter. Weather was variable, with sunny, warm-ish days, and bitingly cold and very wet days.

Reliving the Adventure

We’re home in Australia now, and this series of posts and the images are a chance for us to relive the amazing experiences. We hope you enjoy sharing our experiences.

Daring Fireball: ★ On the Upcoming Photoshop for iPad

the mistake Adobe made was not precisely setting expectations for the initial release of Photoshop for iPad. When Adobe described it as “real” Photoshop, what a lot of people heard was “full” Photoshop, and that was never the plan

Exactly. I’d actually say that Photoshop for iPad should not be the same as the desktop variants.

The engine should be the same but the implementation should be built on—and continue to build upon—the inherent capabilities of iPad.

A beautifully written and heartfelt op-ed on the MV Conception tragedy by my friend Eric Douglas (@diveauthor)

🔗 The diving world tries to come to grips with devastating fire

A terrible event. Thinking about dive industry friends and colleagues. Hope that all are found.

🔗 Dive Boat Conception on fire off Channel Islands

Great progress in the efforts to protect sharks and rays

🔗 18 Threatened Species of Sharks and Rays Now Protected

For the scuba divers and those interested in human factors in safety, here is an interesting conundrum on safety…

🔗 Why ‘everyone is responsible for their own risk-based decisions’ isn’t the right approach to take to improve diving safety.

An interesting feature.

🔗 Print Boldly with photo prints on Flickr

25 great travel hacks from explorer Jill Heinerth.

🔗 Ultimate Travel Tips – On the Ground