Fergus Kennedy

Fergus Kennedy is a marine biologist, photographer and film-maker. This website contains examples of his work, and is regularly updated with news of current projects. As a consultant marine biologist, Fergus has worked in on a wide variety of projects the last 16 years, in countries including Oman, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic and Greece. For more details click the consultancy tab. Fergus always tries to innovate and has been working on 3D stereoscopic filming both underwater and topside as well as timelapse (including stereoscopic 3D), and 360 degree interactive panoramas. Fergus' photographs have been published in a range of magazines and newspapers including the National Geographic Traveller, Sunday Telegraph (UK), Elle magazine, Sport Diver, Scuba World and Saudi Aramco World as well as in a number of books. His photographic awards include a 'Highly Commended' in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2008) and several of his images were exhibited in the recent National Geographic Wild Arabia Exhibition. Fergus has worked as a photographer for a number of high profile agencies and has clients which include Canon Europe and Sealife Centres.

Short Demo Reel 2013

Here is a short one minute demo reel of some recent outdoor video and timelapse work. Includes clouds and sunsets, forests, stars and underwater shots. Locations include UK, Sicily, Tenerfie, Jordan, Oman and Egyptian Red Sea.

Lewes Bonfire Night 2013

AF4A4381 Every year on the fifth of November, the people of my home town, Lewes, go a bit wild. Torch-lit processions processions, amazing costumes, loud bangs and prodigious consumption of the local speciality,Harvey’s ale,  is the order of the day. For those unfamiliar with the tradition- more info here.

Photographically, it’s quite challenging, often with very low light, so high ISO and fast lenses are the order of the day. But you’ll suddenly find someone holding one of the incredibly bright pink marine distress flares pass by and shutter speed jumps from about 1/20th to 1/6000th in an instant. After the parades, I climbed a hill on the edge of town and photographed the fireworks. Gallery of images from the night here.

Red Sea Underwater

AF4A2453 I’ve just uploaded a collection of images from a recent trip to the Red Sea, helping out Saeed Rashid of Focus Visuals on an underwater photography workshop. It was lots of fun, with a great crowd on  board the Blue Horizon- trip arranged by BlueOTwo. For those interested, the trip was a Red Sea South Itinerary, taking in a selection of dives sites south of Marsa Alam, including the famous Elphinstone reef and Fury Shoal. The gallery of photos can be found here.

You can also check out a short video I made of the trip here.

Beach Huts by Night

af4a2175 With a beautifully starry sky at the weekend and light winds, I took the opportunity to wade out and set up the tripod in the chilly waters of Christchurch harbour for a long-exposure of the stars and the beach huts. No moon, so the huts are entirely illuminated by the distant lights of Christchurch. Canon 5D Mark III, 17-40 f4 lens at f4, 30s, ISO 6400.

Red Sea June 2013

AF4A1885 I’ve uploaded a selection of photographs from a recent photography trip to the Northern Red Sea. It was a very productive trip, with good conditions both above and below water. The wrecks were fascinating- Giannis D and the ‘Tile Wreck’ at Abu Nuhas and the famous Thistlegorm. We had great fun with the fish schools at Shark and Yolanda. Gallery can be seen here.

Wadi Rum, Jordan 2013

IMG_1983 I’ve just posted a gallery of photographs from a trip earlier this year to Wadi Rum, Jordan, to shoot a brochure for the EOS 100D DSLR camera for Canon Europe. The gallery can be found here

Lonely Phone Box

phoneboxsm I took this photo a few weeks ago, on a cold wintery evening, when I’d gone out to photograph the local chalk cliffs. On the way back to the car I spotted this lonely phone box. Shot with the Canon 5D Mark III and 17-40mm f4 lens, on a tripod with a long exposure.

Marine Demo Reel

http://www.vimeo.com/55339611After a recent shooting trip to Oman, I’ve updated my Marine Demo Reel. A three minute video, with underwater and coastal footage, most of it shot in the Red Sea and Oman.

Cold Biking!

af4a6793 Another cold clear night, so I went up to the top of the South Downs with my bike to do some long expose shots with the new 5D Mark III. This one was a 10 second exposure at f4 with a 15mm fisheye. Flash was on second curtain sync-ie it flashes at the end of the exposure rather than the beginning. That way I could get the trail from the bike-light. The main difficulty was timing- I was on my own with the camera set up on a tripod, and had to have the camera on 10 self timer, followed by a 10 second exposure. So I had to press the shutter, jump on the bike, ride up the hill, turn round bike down and make sure I was right in front of the camera at the end of the countdown. Oh and it was pitch black so I couldn’t see my watch.

First Outing with 5D Mark III

af4a6757-2  This evening I tried out my new Canon 5D Mark III for the first time. I was pretty happy with the Mark II, but one of the most exciting abilities of the new version is the sensor’s increased sensitivity to low light. As I’ve been doing a fair bit of night photography recently, this is a pretty important change. The photo on the right was taken at ISO3200, and even on close inspection of the RAW file, it’s amazingly free of noise. A few more pics from this evening here (at the bottom of the gallery)

Clear Night on the Sussex Coast

img_6615 With a clear night forecast I headed down to the coast for some night photography. The chalk cliffs here are a great feature, but as there was no moon, I used a torch to illuminate the cliffs. 30 second exposure at f2.8, ISO 2500 with the Canon 5D Mark II and 14mm f2.8 lens. More shots here at the bottom. The funky sky colour was as it came out of the camera, but not really as it appeared to the eye. It’s a white balance issue- as the LED torch I used had a cooler colour temperature than the distant streetlights that were illuminating the thin layer of cloud in the sky. Would have been nice to have the milky way in shot too, but I believe July is the best time of year for that.

Canon 7D New Brochure Shoot

IMG_9078 The new brochure for the Canon EOS 7D is out now, and can be downloaded here. I shot the images for the brochure over the space of a few days last November in Sicily. It was a fun shoot with a huge variety weather conditions, requiring a good deal of patience, but rewarding us with some great skies. For the image on the left we were taking shelter from one of the most violent thunderstorms I’ve witnessed just an hour before the shot was taken. We’d almost given up and gone back to the hotel when the sky started to clear and he had a beautiful sunset and dusk.

Check out some more images from the shoot here. I also shot a short video demonstrating the video capabilities of the camera- see here (on the left towards the top, among the other videos). A big thanks to my assistant on the trip, Matilde Toscani, a great photographer- see her website.

Summer Seascapes

IMG_1029 Taking advantage of the fantastic weather I headed down to the my nearest bit of coast for some landscape shots. Stayed until it was fully dark for some star shots. There was tons of thrift growing on the top of the cliffs and I even found a kittiwake nest with eggs in it (so well disguised I nearly trod on it). Pics are here- at the bottom.

Red Sea City 3D Trailer

http://www.vimeo.com/41966575

Here’s a trailer for my short 3D film ‘Red Sea City’. It was shot in Egypt, both around Ras Mohammed and south in the St. John’s Reef area. For anyone who has a 3D display – either an nvidia 3D vision system or a net-connected 3D TV, there is a 3D version here

I will put the full film online later in the year.

National Geographic Al Arabiya Wild Arabia Exhibition

20_0 Today sees the launch of a major wildlife photography exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The exhibition aims to highlight wildlife from the Arabian region, but terrestrial and marine. Several of my images are featured in the marine section of the exhibition and one in the plants. If you live in or are visiting the area, it is well worth a visit, but it will also be touring various other cities around the world, so visit their website to find out more.

Blog Article on Canon Professional Networks

poolmontage copy For anyone interested in fisheye lenses, I’ve written an article on the new Canon 8-15mm fisheye zoom for the Canon Professional Network website here. Photo on the left is a composite of 3 images taken with the 7D in an underwater housing, with the dome port half in and half out of the water, mounted on a tripod. In the article there are ideas for a number of creative uses of the lens and a gallery of images. It’s a fun lens!

Canon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom

IMG_9525 I’ve been having a play with the new Canon 8-15mm f/4L USM fisheye lens.  Lots of fun and interesting perspectives to be had. It can be used on a full-frame body, like the 5D Mk II, where you can achieve anything from a circular fisheye to a 180 degree diagonal fisheye. Used on an APS-C (crop) body like the 7D, the lens will give you a 180 degree diagonal field of view at the wide end and a considerable zoom in on that at the 15mm end. I was shooting in and around Brighton- the shot on the left is Brighton Pavilion shot at dusk.There are a bunch more photos taken with the lens here including some BMX ramp action and skateboarding.

Wahiba Coast Oman

Wahiba Coast The current (nov/dec) Nat Geo Traveller has an Oman supplement with one of my pics on the cover. This is an image of the Wahiba Coast- a wild and remote area where the huge rolling dunes meet the Arabian Sea. Shot nearly 10 yrs ago on an EOS 3 and Fuji Velvia film.

Some new photos in Mudeford Gallery

IMG_0382 I’ve recently returned from a family holiday in Mudeford, Dorset, U.K. We were pretty lucky with the weather, and as well as a few nice sunsets over the marshes I managed a few shots of the Egrets feeding in the muddy shallows whilst I was out walking the baby at sunrise. In the shot on the left, the Egret seems to be catching a large tadpole, although I’m not sure whether it really is that or a fish. I would have thought that the water there was too saline for tadpoles. See more of the new photos here.

Northern Red Sea May 2011

IMG_9616 I just got round to processing some images from a recent diving trip to the Northern Red Sea, with Alex Mustard and a bunch of other keen underwater snappers in the area round Sharm El-Sheikh. It was my first time diving in this area and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I didn’t do much still photography as I was mainly shooting video (3D this time, but more on that later!). But I managed a couple of dives with the Canon 7D in Nauticam housing. We spent 3 days diving the wreck of the Thistlegorm, a British armed freighter sunk by German bombers in 1941, which now lies in 30m of water, and is full of all sorts of interesting cargo, including trucks, motorbikes, rifles, ammunition, steam locomotives and armoured bren-gun carriers. The remainder of the week was spent exploring the reefs of Ras Mohammed and Tiran areas. You can see a web album from all photographers on the trip here, and a selection of my reef shots here