photography

Lower Your Camera and Enjoy the Moment

The reasons for diving seem to be many, but I think it can be narrowed down to four categories or combinations thereof: Seafood hunting, adventure (challenge), nature enjoyment and photography. Whatever your reason for diving, I want to encourage you to consider a serious thought: Enjoy the moment. Hunters and adventurers can be poor at this, but by far the worst are the photographers and videographers. So many of us always seem to have a camera attached to our faces or looking for the next […]

SCUBA Show 2011 is Requesting Film Festival Submissions

Assemble your best underwater video film footage now for the SCUBA Show 2011 underwater film festival. The 24th annual SCUBA Show is the largest dive expo of its type in the U.S., and this year it takes place the weekend of June 4-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center. One of the most popular portions of the annual Southern California SCUBA Show has been the unique continuous film festival. Films will be projected digitally in HD on a massive screen and viewed by thousands of […]

Bluewater Photo Opens in Santa Monica

Bluewater Photo is a new underwater photography store in Southern California.  The store is run by underwater photography guide owner Scott Gietler, and veteran underwater photographers Mark Strickland and Todd Winner. The store is founded on the principals of excellent customer service, with a slogan of “we get you what you need, and show you how to use it.” Bluewater Photo carries inventory from more than a dozen manufacturers. We have gear for every need and budget ranging from inexpensive point and shoot setups for […]

How to Photograph Blue and Mako Sharks

While you may be lucky enough to stumble upon a naturally inquisitive blue or mako shark on the edge of one of California’s lush kelp forests, your best bet is to head out to blue water where the continental shelf steepens before plunging into the deep Pacific. The days of diving into a writhing ball of pelagic predators may be long gone, but with a little patience (and an enticing chum slick) you’ll probably see a fin or two snaking towards your boat. When the […]

Better Fish Portraits

The first step to good fish portraits is finding the subject. Sand and rocky reefs attract different types of fish. Why not get the best of both worlds? Choose a spot where sand meets rock. A low ridge with some kelp is a good sign that there may be fish nearby. It is time to quit searching and allow the shot to find you.  Start with a smaller subject. Empty your BCD completely and take a position on the sand nearby. A black-eyed goby makes […]

Alien Creatures Of The Deep

As we head out of San Diego’s Mission Bay on a bright and sunny day, it’s the ocean conditions that will determine the dive site today. If conditions aren’t just right it will mean a kelp forest or wreck dive. There’s nothing wrong with that, but what we are hoping for is a dive experience that is quite a bit different, an open ocean dive! What we’re looking for way out in the “Big Blue,” isn’t fish or mammals, but pelagic invertebrates. Conditions are looking […]

How to Hunt for Photo Opportunities

Sometimes when I’m out photographing, I think to myself, “I’d have made a really good predator.” When you think about it, that’s exactly what we are when we put a camera in our hands. What we’re hunting for are good photo opportunities. And there are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting a good shot. SEE WHAT YOUR LENS SEES If you’re shooting macro, think of small things and don’t be looking for whale sharks. If you’re shooting wide angle, think […]

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