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  • How to Take Exciting Photos of Sea Stars

    “What could be easier than photographing sea stars?” you say. (“Sea stars” is the more correct term, by the way, as they are not “fish” as in “starfish.”) Stars move very slowly, if at all, a prime criterion for easy close-up underwater photography. Sure, its easy to get a flat, correctly exposed, sharp picture of a star, but you want …Read More »

  • Making the Shot Before Taking the Shot

    Photography is a means of expressing one’s creativity. A photographer exposes light to film just as a painter applies paint to canvas or a sculptor applies chisels to stone. However, the greatest masterpieces usually do not happen by mere chance. Usually a great deal of preparation precedes the final art form. Creating an underwater masterpiece is no exception. Since everyone …Read More »

  • Laguna Beach Diving Ordinances and Lifeguard/Diver Relations

    Beach diving in Southern California can be a marvelous experience. We may be a little biased, but beach diving within the city limits of Laguna Beach and nearby Crystal Cove State Park offers some of the best and most diverse reef structures and variety of dive sites available—and all within an easy drive for most Southern Californian divers. Continuing our …Read More »

  • Care and Feeding of Wetsuits

    Wetsuits represent a substantial investment in your cache of diving equipment. Lower end models run at least a couple hundred dollars where as high end, custom suits can represent investments of up to $500 or more, often more than what is spent on a regulator or buoyancy compensator. Why is it then, do we so badly abuse our wetsuits? Probably …Read More »

  • Current Diving Tips and Tricks

    When diving in a current, you want to plan properly and dive accordingly lest you be swept down current, away from your planned water exit point. Rules of diving in a current are really simple. Always begin your dive upcurrent so your return trip will be easier. Off a boat, use a trailing current line with a float behind the …Read More »

  • Taking a Closer Look at the Photographic Possibilities of Kelp

    Hey Dale:To dive in California means diving in kelp forests of amber-colored viney plants that invariably snag on tank valves and fin straps. What a pain in the neck! In reality, though, kelp is the basis for our oceanic ecosystem. Many animals depend on kelp for both food and protection. Humans use kelp in many common everyday items, such as …Read More »

  • How to Buy A Dive Knife

    A dive knife has long been considered a necessary piece of dive gear for extraction in the unlikely event of entanglement. But more than that, the dive knife has become an important tool for light underwater work, exploration, probing, and hunting. PURPOSES Specifically what kind of dive knife you choose will depend largely on its intended use. If you are …Read More »

  • Farming Fishes

    In recent years, fish farming has taken off big-time, becoming a virtual “blue revolution.” The theory is rather than exploit the wild stock of fish species, it is better—and more convenient—to raise food fishes in controlled conditions, be that on land and pens at sea. Fish farming has impacted the market to such a degree that now aquacultured fish has …Read More »

  • Successful Wide-Angle Photography on Oil Platforms

    Besides being one of Southern California’s best dive sites for creating stunning underwater macro images, diving oil platforms are also an underwater photographer’s paradise for capturing equally incredible wide-angle photographs. Unlike macro photography, where great visibility is not always necessary and, therefore, can be shot all year-round, I have found greater success shooting wide angle at oil platforms in the …Read More »

  • Beach Towels

    Have you ever been to a beach in the summer that is completely lined with towels? Everywhere you look, there is another such towel, or related object? Furthermore, sometimes after a storm, there appears what seems to be an abundance of tattered strips of terry cloth, with others all faded. This is depending, of course, on the species. Species? Yes, …Read More »

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