Recent Articles

  • California’s Best “Big Animal” Dives

    There has been a lot of emphasis lately with scuba marketeers for experiences with “big animals.” This generally refers to swimming with whale sharks, gliding with giant manta rays, or thrilling to an underwater encounter with a whale. These are experiences not to be missed, for sure but, unfortunately, California never seems to rank high on the list of destinations …Read More »

  • Nocturnal Lights SLX Light

    There is nothing quite as pleasing to a consumer as a product that delivers more than what is promised. I recently acquired a SLX Auto Focus Assist Light (for Photos) from Nocturnal Lights. As its name states, its primary intention is a light to help auto-focus cameras “lock on” for crisp, clean, sharp photos. But I found the light to …Read More »

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Catching Abalone

    Each April divers come down to the sea in rubber suits in search of one of California’s most tasty treats. The red abalone is the world’s largest abalone and this mollusk thrives in Northern California. In the south, a combination of factors have reduced the abalone population to levels that are not sustainable; however, Northern California is another matter and …Read More »

  • Photo Flashes and Their Uses

    So now you’ve got a camera, you’ve made a lens choice, you’ve selected your ISO, and you’ve got an understanding of the relationship between shutter speed and aperture. Are you ready to make pretty pictures underwater? Almost. But first, we’d better fire up your flash. You may remember being introduced in your basic scuba class to a guy named Roy …Read More »

  • H2Odyssey Mariner DB1

    California divers are especially hard on their dive bags. No divers cram their bags with more gear — heavy soggy wetsuits or dry suits, big BCs, sometimes even lead weights. The dive gear I wear out or break the fastest, second only to boots, are my dive bags. But I have found a bag that is going to stick with …Read More »

  • How to Pack Your Dive Bag

    Packing your dive bag correctly can make your diving more enjoyable and easier. There are three philosophies or combinations thereof. First, pack for easy unpacking at the dive site. Second, pack for maximum protection of the gear. And finally, pack for organization—a place for everything and everything in its place. I recommend that combination of one, two, and three, which …Read More »

  • Developing an Eye for Photos

    Once you’ve gotten the hardware that you need, and you’ve started to experiment with and perhaps even master some of the mechanical aspects of taking a picture, you now need to learn how to take “good” shots. And that means you need to develop your “eye” for photos. You can buy the best equipment in the world, have a thorough …Read More »

  • Luck In Photography

    So now you’ve got all the equipment, you’ve got the knowledge, you’ve been shooting a lot to develop your eye, and now there’s only one ingredient missing. And it’s one that you generally will have absolutely no control over—luck. There’s a great definition that says luck is preparation meeting opportunity. And I believe that to be so, especially when we’re …Read More »

  • Divegear Boat Coat

    Cold. It is a fact of life for California divers. But dealing with it properly with a good fitting thick wetsuit or quality dry suit, and it becomes much less of an issue. Underwater thermal protection, however, is not where it ends. Far too many divers sit on dive boats shivering, unwilling to go in for another dive because they …Read More »

  • Basics of Photo Composition

    Proper exposure and sharp focus are just the beginning of great underwater photos. The elements have to be assembled, sometimes ahead of time in the brain, a visualization. Other times it has to be seen and composed in an instant. There are some basics of a good, even great underwater photo, that if you follow, you are sure to come …Read More »

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