Autumn Colours in Kyoto.

Drama over Kirkjufell

An amazing sunrise at this icon if Iceland landscapes.

Lava, Light and Rhyolite

Dark Skies over the Black Church of Budir.

Milky Way over the Lightstation. This image is a favourite from a visit this time last year to the Cape Otway Lightstation, on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road.

Interesting take on how the pandemic might be affecting the oceanic environment: COVID-19: Good or Bad for the Ocean? • Scuba Diver Life

Harbour Sunrise. One of the great joys of living in a city like Sydney is the sheer beauty of the harbour, the city, the coastline and the bushland that surrounds it.

Dive training organisation PADI is launching face masks made from recycled ocean plastics

Hi @manton I must be doing something wrong in Sunlit. How can I select an image from my Flickr feed by default?

Each time I try to post, the app only allows me to select from my local Photos library. I then get the draft, where I can then add additional photos from other sources

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