underwater

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 […]

NorCal Underwater Hunters Big Ab Competition — August 20

This special event will begin at Ocean Cove, Sonoma County on the California’s North Coast. It is open to free-divers only and current California Department of Fishing Game laws apply. Entry fees are $30 if preregistered and $40 day of event. To receive a free shirt you must preregister. The preregistration will end on July 20. After that you will have to purchase your shirt at the event. All divers are required to fill out and turn in a waiver form and show current California […]

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 […]

Salt Point/Gerstle Cove Coastal Clean Day and Dive — July 30

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in beach trash at popular North Coast beach sites especially with the tsunami in Japan. NorCal Underwater Hunters and Sonoma Coast Bamboo Reef have announced a Coastal Clean Day and Dive and invite everyone to join in the festivities at Salt Point State Park/Gerstle Cove in Sonoma County July 30, 2011. Participants should meet up at 9 a.m. in the big parking lot next to the Gerstle Cove. The clean-up will progress until noon when there will be a […]

Gold Star Dive – July 16

The 13th Anniversary Gold Star Dive on Catalina Island at the Casino Point Underwater Park will be held on Saturday, July 16. The event is hosted by the Avalon Sheriff’s Station and sponsored by several dive shops and companies associated with diving. This event will be a fund-raiser for the Avalon Sheriff’s Station’s  Y.A.L. (Youth Athletic League) program and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber.  Divers will search for numbered “gold” stars in depths between 10 feet and 50 feet. Divers will have an hour and a […]

The Underwater Photographer’s Mantra

Photography articles commonly focus on the technical side of photography–cameras, lenses, lighting, etc. While it is necessary to understand at some level how your camera works, I’ve have always believed that an understanding of composition, animal behavior, and how the photographer’s behavior influences the creation of an image are more important to understand. This is especially true when that once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity swims by, since it is natural to lose your concentration in the excitement of the moment. To maintain your focus, all you have […]

Sheephead: The Bold Rogue of the Kelp Forest

When I first came upon a male California sheephead, I thought I had wandered into the neighborhood of the local bully. The adult sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher) are bigger than many fish of the Central and Southern California rocky reefs and kelp forests. With a big, blunt, black head, red mid-section, and black tail he looks at you with alert eyes, a sense of cool detachment and a mouthful of long, crooked teeth. Itʼs not just his appearance that is a bit intimidating, itʼs his attitude. […]

Seen Any Basking Sharks? Contact NOAA

Basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) are one of the largest fish in the sea, second only to whale sharks. They can reach a maximum size of 45 feet, and are distinguished from whale sharks by their pointy snouts, dark grey to brown color, and gill slits that nearly encircle their head. Like whale sharks, as well as all the largest rays and cetaceans, basking sharks are filter feeders foraging near the base of the food-web on krill and other zooplankton. Consequently, they have no interest in […]

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