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  • The Cold, Dirty, Truth: How to Get Good Photos in California Waters

    The Cold, Dirty, Truth: How to Get Good Photos in California Waters

    Talk with underwater photographers about shooting in California and it probably won’t take long before you hear some comments about how much more challenging it is to produce compelling photographs in our home waters than it is in clear tropical water. I don’t disagree. But I will say that with some forethought, practice and good shooting techniques it is possible …Read More »

  • Effective Underwater Modeling

    Effective Underwater Modeling

    You can be a good dive buddy in many ways, but there is nothing more precise than being the buddy of a photographer. It is essential that you plan your dive and know exactly your objective. Photographers are tricky beings and you need to stay out of their way when you need to, and help them create incredible photographs when …Read More »

  • Swell Sharks

    Swell Sharks

    What can I say? I am a sucker for cute and interesting faces underwater (other than divers, of course). And fortunately, for California underwater photographers we have many. But for me, I am especially drawn to our bottom dwelling sharks, specifically horn sharks and swell sharks. What fascinating faces! Of these two sharks I find the swell sharks to have …Read More »

  • The Value of a Dive Mentor

    Kim, my wife and usual dive buddy, has been laid up lately from a severe back injury. Upsetting as it is I have since found it to lead to some new opportunities. With Kim being out of the picture I decided to turn lemons into lemonade. I was going to find some new dive buddies.  I remembered that some guys …Read More »

  • SCUBA Show 2012 is Requesting Film Festival Submissions

    SCUBA Show 2012 is Requesting Film Festival Submissions

    Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2012 underwater film festival. The 25th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of May 5-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California …Read More »

  • Ocean Quest Titanium Wetsuit

    Ocean Quest Titanium Wetsuit

    The Ocean Quest Premium Super-Stretch Titanium Jumpsuit wetsuit is designed for all types of diving, snorkeling and other water sports. It is designed to offer the best possible fit using premium, four-way-stretch, Titanium neoprene, double glued and blind stitched inside and out for superior warmth and comfort. The Titanium material within the neoprene reflects the heat trapped in the suit …Read More »

  • Hollis Gear Introduces Explorer Sport Rebreather

    Hollis Gear Introduces Explorer Sport Rebreather

    The new Explorer sport rebreather is based on a patented design by Kevin Gurr from VR Technology. The unit is neither a fully closed circuit rebreather nor a pure semi-closed system, but an intelligent hybrid that utilizes the best of both worlds. It’s compact, lightweight and extremely easy to use. The Explorer is unique in using a single gas; Nitrox, …Read More »

  • Psi Acupressure Motion Sickness Relief Bands

    Psi Acupressure Motion Sickness Relief Bands

    The new Psi Bands are stylish but simple drug-free acupressure wristbands for the relief of nausea due to seasickness and other motion sicknesses. Psi Bands come in five different fun designs (two of them unisex), and are uniquely adjustable at two areas, around the wrist like a watch and at the acupressure point for personalized comfort. The FDA-cleared bands are …Read More »

  • Ultralight Control Systems GoPro Video Camera Accessories

    Ultralight Control Systems GoPro Video Camera Accessories

    Ultralight Control Systems latest products are for the wildly popular GoPro cameras. Ultralight manufacturers a single tray and a double tray for the regular camera, in addition to a double tray for the 3D housing. The handles on the trays allow you to then add a clamp and a video light. Ultralight also manufactures cages for the housings. These cages …Read More »

  • Bat Rays

    Bat Rays

    One fine summer day years ago, a friend and I took a small boat to a shallow cove off Anacapa, hoping to photograph the large number of bat rays that had gathered there. To avoid spooking the rays, my friend advised me to “slither” into the water as silently as possible. He slipped in first and I followed.  Perhaps our …Read More »

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