Wednesday, April 5, 2017


“The caterpillar does all the work, 
but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” 
George Carlin

Monday, April 3, 2017

UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm

Another instalment in our series of vintage film cameras and lenses. These images and the ones in the post below were shot on the Sunshine Coast of Australia using a Nikonos V  35mm film camera from the mid-1980's.

The lens is the UW-Nikkor 2.8/20 mm introduced in July 1985. It should be used with the DF-12 viewfinder (the thing on top of the camera). Otherwise framing a shot is a bit "hit and miss". I usually use a diving mask as well. It goes without saying that being able to swim confidently in the ocean is mandatory for these kinds of shots. 

On both sides of the lens are knobs to allow adjustments for aperture and distance. Everything is manual, including film wind on. This camera does have an accurate light meter, though.

The 20mm Nikkor_UW is still an amazing collection of glass designed to work underwater only. I have read on the internet there are hacks to make it work on land -  like set it to F22 and Infinity or F22 and the closest focusing but neither have worked. So I use this lens only underwater. Here's what it looks like on land at F22.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Open eyes underwater

"Photography is a life-long journey 
and something you may never truly master.
Just enjoy the journey. 
It never ends - and I wouldn't want it to!”

Justin Lowery

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, 
places to play in and pray in, 
where nature may heal 
and give strength to body and soul. "
John Muir

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tribe follows tribe

"Tribe follows tribe, 
and nation follows nation, 
like the waves of the sea. 

It is the order of nature, 
and regret is useless. "
Chief Seattle

Monday, March 20, 2017

Water air fat rain

"Nature is so powerful, so strong. 
Capturing its essence is not easy - 
your work becomes a dance with light and the weather. 
It takes you to a place within yourself. "
Annie Leibovitz

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1986 Nikonos 35mm lens

"It is not that life ashore is distasteful to me. 
But life at sea is better."

Sir Francis Drake