I love DIVE magazine in its new incarnation, very different to all the other diving magazines out there, more like a photography focused coffee table book. So I was very please to see that they've used one of my silky shark photos on page 9 of the latest edition, albeit cropped and uncredited, to illustrate an article about the listing of these stunning but endangered animals under CITES Appendix II. Very pleased that they've finally been given some protection, very please to see the image published... continue reading
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I have been planning to go to see whale sharks for two years. There are for sure in Nabire (Papua, Indonesia), but to get there is not so easy. The city is small and it´s airport is even smaller. The plain tickets are expensive also because there are just two possibilities how to get there - from Jayapura or from Ambon. Both cities were far from my destinations.Also the trip to whale sharks from Nabire is expensive. When I was asking two years before, the price was 10 000 000 IDR - that´s 750... continue reading
Hello friends!I wrote a book and I used for its cover a Dreamstime collection image by Richmond Paul Ruiz. I even wrote a credit line in the technical info page. (Hey, does that count as a badge?)I said image because I'm not sure this is a photograph. Either way, it is a wonderfull image that I could not have done on my own (and I tried :) ) and looks just amazing on the book cover.For once, and only time so far, I was on the buyers side!I also used a couple more photos of mine (granite... continue reading
When my wife and I got up the temp. was 80 degrees F. and the ocean water temp was about 81 degrees not unlike every day on the Island of Bonaire.This is one of the reasons we vacation there. When we go it's winter at home and the warmth of the Island is a much needed benefit.Another reason is for the scuba diving it has to offer.On every dive you can expect to see hundreds of colorful fish and eel, and lobster, and other creatures that live on the reefs.What you don't see to much are... continue reading
Underwater photography has it's own challenges just because it's a fluid world and things are always moving, including light.But the biggest secret to good underwater photos is custom white balancing.The ocean looks blue from the surface because the deeper you go the more colors fade away. Red is gone in as little as ten feet. By the time you get down to twenty feet , blue is about all that's left.But if you white balance every five feet, you can take pictures at fifty feetand have the... continue reading
Sometimes when people get together they share blunders they have had over the years and we all laugh and share some of our own. So I thought I'd start with one and perhaps you can share one of yours. We all have a few ya know.I went on a dive boat trip and was anxious to try out my underwater housing on the dive. I made sure I had a fresh battery and that the the ring was sealed good so it wouldn't leak and thought I was ready. We got to the reef and every body got in the water, descended to the... continue reading
Dive Site: The PointMaximum Depth: 35 metersMaximum Bottom Time: 50 minsTime In: 8.00amVisibility: Approximately 20 metersUnderwater Temperature: Thermocline 25 DCelcius to 29 DCelcius @ 20 meterCurrent: Mild towards North-WestThere were 11 divers including myself on this dive. Scenery underwater was beautiful blue but dark as wellI first noticed a solitary white-tip shark on the bottom sea at 12 meters.At the corner of my eyes, I spotted a school of jackfish to the right.... continue reading
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