Showing posts with label water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label water. Show all posts

Sunday, February 10, 2013

26 feet Giant Squid Filmed in Pacific Depths

We always knew that deep-sea monsters are for real but now we have a real live one captured on film. After around 100 missions, during which they spent 400 hours in a cramped submarine working with Japanese public broadcast network NHK and the US Discovery Channel, scientists from Japan's National Science Museum have managed to capture footage of an elusive 8 meters (26 feet) long giant squid that roams the depths of the Pacific Ocean.

According to Discovery Channel the three-man crew tracked the creature, thought to be "the genesis of the Nordic legend of Kraken, a sea monster believed to have attacked ships in waters off Scandinavia over the last millennium" around 15 km (9 miles) east of Chichi island in the north Pacific Ocean. Here are some snapshots from the video:

Giant Squid 1

Giant Squid 2

Giant Squid 3

Giant Squid 4

Giant Squid 5 (Close-Up)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Spectacular Holy Land Rainbow

Unfortunately, nothing about the upcoming elections in Israel can be looked at as a light of hope, that is if peace is what you are hoping for. Therefore we are guessing the spectacular rainbow that showed up outside the main CultCase headquarters at Kfar Netter about three hours ago must be related to the newly announced president of The United States of America. We just can't see any other reason why we got so lucky to have it.

For those of you who know but would like to refresh their memory according to Wikipedia a rainbow is:
"An optical and meteorological phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the Sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere. They take the form of a multicolored arc, with red on the outer part of the arch and violet on the inner section of the arch."

Technically the colors of the rainbow are absolutely not as distinct as we see them but instead span a continuous spectrum. Traditionally, however, and as is illustrated in the below detail, the sequence can be "quantized" as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Sometimes (not in this case) rainbows are caused by non-rain water such as mist, spray, and dew.

Pictures: CultCase (Nikon CoolPix 8800)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Challenging Neptune: 6 Underwater Cave Photographers

Challenging Neptune: 6 Underwater Cave Photographers

Cave diving photography is one of the most challenging and potentially dangerous kinds of all human activities. A lot of things can go wrong when you go into a deep cave. Many more can go wrong when the cave is also filled with water. This said, imagine doing the last two while at the same time being occupied with the right angle and perfect lighting of a beautiful underwater cave shot. Not the easiest job on earth, ha? Naturally, this kind of activity requires special training and equipment as well as state certification. Cave diving is not a game. According to American Caving Accidents, a special yearly report of The National Speleological Society tracking cave diving accidents, 50 American divers have died in 44 fatal cave diving accidents since the year 2000 and until end of 2007 and the numbers keep going up. So, just to make sure - if you are not certified and trained for cave diving, don't even think about trying it.

Gladly, in reality most underwater explorations end up with a satisfied diver and some very good stories, while some of them even have spectacular underwater photos to tell their stories for them. Following is a photo compilation from 6 cave diver-photographers who have followed the rules and came back to share their experience and photos with us. All images are copyrighted and are the property of the corresponding photographers. For more about Cave Diving see Wikipedia.

Wes Skiles

The underwater caving photographs of Wes Skiles are of the most well known and highly valued available nowadays anywhere in the world. Skiles is a professional high-definition nature photographer and film director and the CEO of Karst Productions, specializing in high-risk operations of nature exploration projects.

His clients include world leading media channels including the National Geographic with which he made quite a few amazing projects. During his career Skiles has won many awards including the HDFEST Deffie for Best Documentary Film (twice), Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (finalist, 2003) Gold Aurora Award (2003), Crystal Reel Awards (2003) and Best Educational Film Cine Golden Eagle 2003.


Deighton does not seem to be a professional cave diver yet he practices the combination of cave diving and photography and manages to obtain exceptional results with his photos. The above were taken during his cave diving journey in Mayan Riviera, Mexico on November 10-14, 2005. More photos from Deighton on this Picsa webAlbum.

Andreas W. Matthes

Andreas Matthes is a highly experienced Closed-Circuit Rebreathers Cave (CCR) Instructor living in Mexico who has been training CCR cave diving since 1997, conducting thousands of cave dives world wide. Matthes received the NSS-CDS International Cave Diving Safety Award as well as the NACD Wakulla Gold Award for 1000 completed cave dives, both in the year of 2001. For more about rebreathers technology see here.

Other than being a professional underwater cave diver and photographer Matthes is also an avid webmater. He runs a website dedicated to closed-circuit rebreathers (CCR) cave diving, a type of mixed-gas system, enabling descent to much greater depths than can be safely reached with oxygen rebreathers or normal compressed air equipment. For more about rebreathers technology see here. The above photos were taken in Mexico with an Olympus 3030 digital camera during a CCR exploration journey. The camera was placed into a Light and Motion Tetra housing featuring a screw-on wide angle lens converter.

Allen Wooten

With a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree Allen Wooten spends most of his time doing Corporate Accounting for a Fortune 500 Company in South Georgia USA. On other times, just about every other weekend, Wooten likes diving to the North Florida caves.

Wooten is a certified member of the NSS-CDS and DAN and practice various technical diving activities including sidemount, drysuit and scooter/DPV diving, as well as cave diving photography. He has a low-volume garage factory for gas mixing of nitrox, trimix, and deco bottles at home and has previously adopted 50 ft of cave passage in the deep section (165 ft deep) of Lower Lower Orange Grove Sink.

John Blausey

With 14 years of dive experience John Blausey has a record of thousands of dives all over the world. He is the principal instructor and manager of AcmeScuba, a company specializing in various adventurous dive training including night dives, deep dives, search and recovery and underwater photography.

As a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer, Blausey provides a complete diver training program set forth by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. The above photographs were taken Jul 24, 2007 during an underwater caving trip in Dominican Republic. The camera in use is a Canon PowerShot G7. More photos from this dive on Blausey's Picsa webAlbum.


Not much is known about Nick except for his first name and the fact he is a skilled cave diver and a talented underwater cave photographer. The above photo selection was taken on Jul 31 - August 1, 2007 during Nick's caving journey in Florida. More photos from Nick on this Picsa webAlbum.

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Climaxed in 54 Seconds: NOT a Johnson Commercial

Climaxed in 54 Seconds: NOT a Johnson Commercial

Titled "Near Miss", this short piece posted by shurie does a great job mixing foreground and background composition with telephoto lens technique, builds up the tension and have it climaxed - all in just 55 seconds. I am not sure what it is exactly but I am 99% positive it's NOT a Johnson commercial. To watch the vid click the above photo or the link below. Enjoy :-)
Near Miss (55 sec)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

The Battle at Kruger: Dinosaur media following new generation giants

The Battle at Kruger: Dinosaur media following new generation giants

Makers of The Battle at Kruger, the world's most famous nature video, announced today they are going back to Africa with the National Geographic Channel to work on a special planned to be aired later this year and tell the behind-the-scenes story about how they came to shoot this spectacular footage.

Witnessed by Jason Schlosberg and David Budzinski on September 2004 at a watering hole near Pretoriuskop Camp, Mpumalanga in South Africa's Kruger National Park, The Battle at Kruger is an 8:23 minutes documentary of a battle over "a baby calf between a pride of lions, a herd of buffalo, and a crocodile".

With more than 16 million views 15 thousand YouTube members comments so far (and counting) this video has been with us on this world without any of us noticing it for exactly 3 years. Yet, it was just after it was uploaded to YouTube on May 03, 2007, that millions of people all over the globe stopped their breath for 8 minutes and 23 seconds while viewing this clip at least once.

Making it even more interesting the video was also broadcasted in more or less every news show on the planet and reviewed by some of the world's most influencing newspapers, turning the wheel upside down with the dinosaur media channels following up on the new generation giants.

The Time Magazine, for example, described it as "may be the hottest upload in web history that doesn't include a naked famous person or a politician saying something career-ending". On the other side of the old media / new media war zone, Chad Hurley, YouTube Co-Creator, took the Webby Awards opportunity to announce this as his favorite video.

Jason E. Schlosberg, a former magazine photo editor and today probably the world's most famous freelance photographer has won the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best Magazine Photograph for two consecutive years. Yet, nothing compares with the amount of public and media attention followed by this spectacular once in a lifetime video, making it the most perfect example of how information technology and new telecommunication systems are changing our world. It was just as if this video was waiting for YouTube to show up and when it did, the video became part of our new global village culture.

According to the Time Schlosberg was taking still pictures of the battle while his traveling companion, Dave Budzinski, took the video. Schlosberg's site credits the video to his co-traveler David Budzinski.

The Battle at Kruger

Image via disembedded

Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Skyscraper farmer: food for all

The Skyscraper farmer: food for all

According to Popular Science nearly 41 percent of Earth's land is now used for agriculture, yet we're on the brink of vast population growth, from 6.7 billion people today to an estimated 9.2 billion by 2050, with the majority living in cities.

Dickson Despommier, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Microbiology at Columbia University says the only way to make room for the enormous number of new carbon-sequestering trees we need in order to reverse current global warming trend is to change the way we grow our food. Classic farming methods used by our fathers are not good enough as they require too much land. What we need is a new form of vertical farming: Skyscraper farms that provide organic food with no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.

The Skyscraper farmer: food for all

Venture capitalists and scientists have already joined Despommier with his efforts in making the theory a reality within 15 years. According to Despommier:
The plants will be placed in automated conveyor belts that move past stationary grow lights and automated nutrient-delivery systems. The first buildings would have to be subsidized, with energy incentives and tax incentives. We're talking about the equivalent of engineering a Saturn rocket.
Also, according to the model designed by Despommier, the Skyscraper's energy is generated from a giant solar panel, with incinerators which use the farm’s waste products for fuel and all the water in the system is recycled. Sounds fantastic. but how much should all this cost?

Apparently, previous experiments in similar biofarming show the cost is a major factor here. Biosphere 2 for example was brainchild of a Texas billionaire named Ed Bass who spent $200 million of his own money to construct it. This was in the eighties. In todays economy and technology such a project must cost much more. Despommier says it can come up to "billions"... Thus, it seems the best chances for all of us to see the first Skyscraper farm is in a country that is both rich and short in usable land e.g. Japan, Iceland, or more likely Dubai.

Image souerce: popular science

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Dreamy hidden bay surrounded by cliffs

My Skype seems to be green again and the number of other green contacts makes sense. Could it be that the problem was solved for now? I haven't checked and of its communication features yet. Really don't feel like doing so. People felt as if they were kidnapped here… for example, not being able to get your contact list info was a creepy experience. I read about people who have some contacts in their Skype simply not available anywhere else. Back it up from now on, pals.

Putting an end to that subject, I truly believe this event will become a turn point in how people refer to Skype and open source voip clients from now on. It might not be a one day turn, but just as it happened with IE and Firefox: things will start changing from now on and i'll try to keep up with the news about it from time to time.


Dreamy beach

So, yesterday early evening we went out, visiting Zemah and Sisi in their new residence outside the village just 24 hours after their arrival. It's kind of a long story why they moved out of the family farm which is not for me to tell. I'll just say that for Carmel, a new location 20 minuets walk from the nearest beach with lots of nature in the way is a major upgrade. She still have all the other attractions where Nitsi's family lives and now she also have this. Good for her - good for me.

The sea was fantastic. Zemah took us to a small dreamy hidden bay surrounded by cliffs and we had the privilege of saying goodnight to the Friday sun. It was great fun for all of us. Nitsi reminded all of us how some people travel half a globe to get themselves at such a fantastic beach with the water being above zero. We just had to take a short break. Isn't it cool? check out this short video from on my Wordpress Video blog. Same as the above pictures it was taken with my mobile so technically they are not of the best but still get the story straight.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

"Puddles" on Mars? It would appear not...

Dig this: a story titled 'Mars rover finds "puddles" on the planet's surface' was published on by a guy named David Chandler. I am not sure exactly when it was published but it has been updated on 21:14 12 June 2007 with the following opening:

"Update: The researchers have retracted their claim about the possibility of standing water on Mars after readers pointed out the terrain lies on the sloped wall of a crater – see our blog explaining what happened".

Its funny how nowadays things work sometimes.
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