REBREATHERS – ARE THEY SAFE?
Over the years there have been too many fatal incidents with closed-circuit rebreathers. Rarely are they anything other than the result of human error. So how safe are these machines, including the new generation of recreational rebreathers?
THE THISTLEGORM CARGO
Alex Mustard’s recent article in DIVER revealed the true identities of the vehicles carried on the Thistlegorm in the Red Sea but we could show only a selection of the photographic evidence he had assembled. Get the full background story at LIDS, along with the sort of visual feast to be expected from this top underwater photographer.
The master raconteur has been working on a long-term project for National Geographic, diving and filming in parts of the world divers rarely get to, such as the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific. He promises films and behind-the-scenes stories on his return to “my diving base camp”!
1.00-1.45 (Saturday Only)
PERILS OF U/W FILM MAKING
James has been making films at the BBC Natural History Unit for more than 17 years, with two BAFTAs among his awards. As a director, producer and head of the NHU dive team he has filmed series such as Great Barrier Reef and Deadly60 – and says that under water the real dangers and challenges are usually a far cry from the imagined ones!
1.00-1.45 (Sunday Only)
THE INCREDIBLE PUFFERFISH
When a tiny pufferfish popped up on the recent BBC TV wildlife documentary series Life, little did it know how celebrated its courtship rituals would become. If you haven’t seen the sequence or want to know more, meet producer Tom Crowley, who found the story and worked with cameraman Hugh Miller to capture this amazing piece of behaviour.
LOST WORLDS AND HIDDEN GEMS
Through 2014 Monty was on the road exploring unknown dive-sites with the Great British Diving Expedition. He was also filming a new Discovery series, Lost Worlds. He’ll tell the stories of both, bringing a whiff of exploration and adventure at home and beyond.
It’s the tale action man Andy is most often asked to retell – about the making of the BBC/Discovery documentary Operation Iceberg, in which he experienced extreme highs and lows as both mountaineer and diver. Shot in Greenland with cameraman Doug Allan, it included diving with polar bears and snorkelling by the calving front of a glacier. Fortunately, Andy is also a master-story-teller!
4.00-4.45 (Saturday Only)
THE VANISHING DUTCHMAN
In the October issue of DIVER magazine, wreck specialist Leigh Bishop, described an expedition to investigate a 300-year-old wreck in west Africa. The article was read by a diver who had new information on the identity of the wreck, and this follow-up story will be revealed at LIDS.
4.00-4.45 (Sunday Only)
GHOST FLEETS OF THE ATLANTIC
The Outer Banks, a long chain of sandy islands off North Carolina, is the final resting place for many US and German wrecks. Sharks and marine species more associated with warmer latitudes are also found there – so David Jones has a lot to talk about.
|5.00 (Saturday Only)|
The DIVER Awards – Excellence Rewarded
Many of you will have joined in with the annual DIVER Awards voting at the end of 2014, and LIDS is where you can see the deserving winners – your favourite providers of holidays, dive-gear and the like – receive their trophies. We know, it’s the end of a long day, but take the weight off and give them a cheer.
SPEAKING ON THE LONDON STAGE:
Located close to the PhotoZone, this is where you’ll find a stimulating mix of guest presenters, many of whose work revolves around underwater imagery. Timings have yet to be finalised, so please check back here and notice-boards on the day.
SEE THE LIGHT
“Regardless of the equipment you use to shoot underwater video, a thorough understanding of light and how to use it will help you create memorable images and significantly enhance your results.” Fergus explain how to use light, whether natural or artificial, to make the best of any diving situation, at any level.
Jane Morgan and Gill McDonald
CANNIBAL ROCK, HAIRBALL or CHOCOLATE ISLAND?
You decide… It’s a tough call, but Jane and Gill will work as a double act to mull over the merits of their favourite Asian dive-sites for macro underwater photography. They plan to cover some of the best spots in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
|Saeed Rashid and Nigel Wade|
THE RED SEA TOP 10
Saeed Rashid, underwater photographer and post-production guru, teams up with DIVER’s own photo wizard Nigel Wade to present a round-up of the Red Sea’s must-photograph subjects (such as the Carnatic wreck) and how to tackle them. Considering how many LIDS visitors are likely to visit those sites this year, the dynamic duo’s talk is sure to prove a big draw.
STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD
The world is awash with underwater images since the coming of the digital age, and being original is increasingly challenging. This talk will explore thinking processes (and, of course, photographic accessories!) to help you to produce original images with creative impact.
SMALL CAMERA BIG PICTURE
- The Editors Cut
Duxy looks at how the new crop of compacts, super compacts and mirrorless cameras is proving a game changer in the world of underwater photography and how you can take advantage of these teeny tiny technical marvels.
Marcus and his NoTanx team pioneered an exciting form of diving in the UK last year – cave-freediving. Their two expeditions were a success and resulted in a lot of highly enthused freedivers and some memorable images. Plans are well underway for the 2015 season of this new discipline – get a taste at LIDS 2015!
STRIKE THE POSE
How do you get your best underwater pictures widely seen? One way is to make it onto a news-stand magazine cover, but you’ll need an eye-catching composition. ”Most editors will choose a combination of vibrant colours, exciting marine life and a diver interacting somewhere in the frame,” says Stuart Philpott.
SEASCAPES AND VISTAS
As a photojournalist, Steve considers his skills with a wide angle lens to be vital and in this comprehensive talk, he'll take us through a multitude of techniques & tips he's learned in over 20 years in the field. Seascapes, wrecks, big animals and even capturing critters using wide lenses will be covered, along with an in-depth look at composition, lighting & equipment considerations.
TRUK -v- BIKINI
Now there’s a heavyweight showdown to savour, between what are probably the best two wreck diving destinations in the world – one the result of a mighty wartime operation and the other a demonstration of atomic power. How do they compare? John Bantin has dived both and has the photographic evidence.
UPY COMPETITION PRESENTATION
The Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) competition is the brainchild of Alex Mustard, and on Saturday afternoon he presents the prizes to the winners of the inaugural event.
One thing is clear – if the successful photographers managed to impress the tough judging panel of Alex, Martin Edge and Peter Rowlands, expect their work to be very good indeed…
How to be champ!
Winning, highly commended and shortlisted Underwater Photographer of the Year entries will be on display in the PhotoZone near the London Stage. On Sunday afternoon Alex uses them as a starting point to discuss what it takes to produce a competition-winning image, and what he and his fellow judges looked for. Start thinking about entering next year…
Mike Busuttili & friends
FIFTY YEARS BEHIND THE LENS
Underwater Photographer of the Year follows in the proud tradition of the original Brighton Underwater Festival of the 1960s. Mike chairs a discussion with pioneers Colin Doeg, original champ Phil Smith, Geoff Harwood and Tim Glover, looking at how their problems and achievements contrasts with today’s.