photography

Those Darling Dorids: SoCal Nudies Exposed

Many underwater photographers love nudibranchs and I am not the only one with numerous images of these colorful creatures. We Southern California divers are lucky; of the more than 170 species found off the Pacific Coast, a large number live in our part of the ocean.  Most nudibranchs range in size from less than an inch to several inches long and can have unusual shapes. While a few have colors that serve as camouflage, most are flamboyant eye-catchers. They can afford to be highly visible […]

Just Ducky: Preparing Your Camera System for a Dive

You’ve probably heard this quote about achieving success, “Be like a duck on a pond; always appear calm on the surface but keep paddling like crazy underneath.” I know a lot of successful underwater photographers that can relate, but in reverse. You see, we do a large portion of our paddling on the surface — before we hit water — in order to remain calm underneath. It’s easy to focus on shooting techniques and in-water strategies. For greater success and fewer disappointments, I suggest a […]

A Rolling Stone

“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” This proverb has been around since the 1st century B.C. and as is often the case with proverbs, it’s wide open to interpretation. One way for us as divers to interpret this proverb is from the standpoint of “move it or lose it.” In order to get the best experiences out of our sport, we must keep rolling along, trying new things as we go. It’s an exciting time in the sport of scuba diving, with so many new […]

Welcome to the Second Golden Age of Diving

I attended the 43rd San Diego Underwater Photographic Society (SDUPS) Film Festival recently. Held at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the event showcases still photographs, slide presentations and videos from SDUPS club members.  We were treated to one fantastic image after another. We saw it all from nudibranchs and squids to sharks and whales. The imagery came from destinations as distant as the Solomon Islands and as close as La Jolla Shores, a popular dive site well known for wintertime squid runs that is only […]

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 they need you. Before we discuss anything, I want to remind you about buoyancy. Obviously, as a diver you will better enjoy any underwater activity […]

Sea and Sea DX2G Sport Package Review

When I first switched to digital a few years back I had waited for SLR cameras to get to a minimum of 5 megapixels. They hit it and I bought a nice expensive SLR camera, wrapped it in an equally expensive housing and off I went underwater to shoot away. Needless to say, it was barely adequate but it did the job. And technology moved ahead at a blindingly rapid pace. Cameras became much cheaper, more versatile, and hosted far more megapixels than I could […]

Work Within the Limitations of Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan once spoke the immortal words, “A man’s got to know his limitations…” These simple words can arouse insightful pondering to expose the heart of an issue. They also can be valuable to divers who use point-and-shoot cameras. Owners of high-end, digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera systems get great images from their superb and versatile lenses and sensitive sensors. They also must open their wallets wider than most of us would deem sensible to pay for it all, and travel […]

Underwater World Shoot-Out — August 1-8, 2011

The six-day World Shoot-Out will take place on August 1-8, 2011, in any natural water resource found around the world, including seas, oceans, lakes, rivers, under the ice and more. During the week the whole underwater world will be performing as one huge festival, hosting professional and amateur photographers competing with each other for some cash and very worthy prizes. Participants can take part in the competition by diving in their familiar or favorite destination during the days of the shoot-out. Competition registration deadline is […]

Monterey Shootout Underwater Photo and Video Competition — September 9-11

The 2011 Monterey Shootout underwater photo and video competition will be held September 9-11, 2011. Formerly known as the Northern California Underwater Beach and Boat Dive Competition, the 2011 Monterey Shootout has expanded to include a film festival, multiple educational seminars, and much more. In this unique, three-day event, underwater photographers and videographers of all experience levels are invited to compete for over $20,000 in prizes, including premium gear and trips to exotic destinations. Entry fee is $70 before July 25th and $85 thereafter. For […]

SoCal Shootout Photo/Video Contest — September 16-18

Bluewater Photo is hosting the 1st annual SoCal Shootout in September. Divers can shoot photos or videos anytime, anywhere in Southern California on September 16-18. There are 9 different categories for compact, DSLR and video shooters and $7,500 worth of prizes including liveaboard trips, resort trips, strobes, lights and more. Highlights include a weeklong stay at the Marco Vincent dive resort in the Philippines and a week on a Hans Christian Andersen liveaboard. Entries will be accepted online from south of Point Conception to the […]

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