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Ode to the Garibaldi

The California State Fish is the Golden Trout. Its beauty is equivalent to its name.   As any avid trout fisherman will tell you, this game fish, living only in the high-altitudes of the Sierra Nevada, is a coveted quarry. But it is also unusual if not rare. Not so rare is the California State Marine Fish, the Garibaldi. In Southern California, it is unusual to NOT find one or more over rocky reefs and in kelp forests. They seem to be everywhere and usually […]

Solutions for Common Topside Problems

I am very blessed to have Dale as my dive buddy. He is great in the water and makes my diving so easy and seamless. He checks and double-checks all the dive gear packed and our in-water time is perfect.   However, topside is always my department. He does not check or double check what I bring. But while on board the boat he will ask me if I brought this or that and I usually forget something. I was always forgetting many of the […]

Chestnut Cowries

Some shells must be cleaned and polished to reveal their jewel-like qualities, while others are perfect gems just as they are found in the ocean. One of the most beautiful shells found in California is the chestnut cowry, and this shell needs no work to show off its inner beauty. Cowries, in general, and chestnut cowries, specifically, have such stunning beauty that they are both enjoyed by divers and prized by collectors. The chestnut cowry is found from Monterey to Isla Cedros, Baja California. They […]

How to Photograph Moray Eels

Second only to sharks are our photos of sharp-fanged moray eels that most impress our non-diving friends on the “dangers” of the deep-sea realm. Of course, we know better but with the right techniques we can still capture these impressive creatures in all their various “moods” from “smiling” to a ferrous fanged grin. Various lighting techniques and camera angles will bring out the best in these funny guys. FINDING THEM The California moray eel is a temperate water creature only found from Santa Barbara southward, […]

A Giant (Rock Scallop) Mystery

An ex-boyfriend once complained: “I’ve never met a woman who asked so many questions!” At the time, of course, he was trying to avoid answering one. What can I say? The mysteries of life intrigue me. One of them involves the giant rock scallop (Crassadoma gigantea). Everything I’ve read says they have orange mantles but that’s not always the case. Some have black mantles; others have dark green, cream or beige. I know this because I have at least 80 photographs of scallops taken in […]

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 […]

L.A. County Advanced Diver Program — begins July 9

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has announced dates for the 2011 Advanced Diver Program (ADP). Beginning July 9, local divers can take part in this wholly unique diving program that is designed specifically with California divers in mind. Participants will be exposed to the skills that will create a more confident and well-informed diver in a practical hands-on environment. With a over 100 hours of pool, ocean and classroom training, planned and led by a staff of instructors experienced in the rigors […]

3Rs Beach Diving Workshops — July 9 and more

Rocks, Reefs and Rips program (3Rs) is a mini-course designed to familiarize divers with popular beach dive sites and improve their beach diving skills. Summer sessions in the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area will take place: July 9 at Malaga Cove and August 13 at Point Dume. Sessions are also set for the San Diego area — July 9 at Goldfish Point (La Jolla Caves), July 23 at Pescadero, and Hospital Point on August 6. Additional workshops are planned at various locations for both areas […]

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