Gazing down through a column of translucent green, I contemplated my
sanity. The conditions appeared ideal; however, a quiet inner voice pleaded with my
innate sense of caution. I fumbled with my fins, fear permeating my every cell. Surely, I was
mad even contemplating this? In fact, until this point I hadn’t questioned the collective sanity of everyone involved, but as I looked around I could see it as clear as the sky above me. We were all insane.
Peering down at the dark, early morning sea, I questioned the prior intuition I had felt about the day ahead. The sea did not look welcoming.
Less than an hour earlier, I had hauled my tired limbs from the warmth of my bunk, hopeful of a great dawn dive. But as I entered the water, I felt betrayed by my optimism.
Goosebumps. It was cold. Too cold. Thirty minutes in I began to lose feeling in my feet and decided it was time to head to the five-metre mark for my safety stop. A few sharks escort...
Sifting through archived images in his Rhode Island home, Brian Raymond stumbled upon a series of disturbing photographs. So much has changed since his days as a commercial fisherman; yet, as he scrolled through the images, a range of emotions came flooding back.
Raymond was born into a family of fishermen—and for a while, it was all he knew. For the better part of a decade, he worked on a commercial fishing vessel off New England. Most days were spent at sea hunting squid.
“Growing up in a f...
PLASTIC POLLUTION, overfishing, and acidification put immense pressures on
our world’s oceans. While the oceans remain our lifeline in so many ways,
adverse human impact has become increasingly alarming. As leading ocean
scientist Dr. Sylvia Earle put it, “We need to respect the oceans and take care of
them as if our lives depended on them. Because they do.” With this spirit of
informed urgency, here are twelve simple things we can all do every day to help
reverse the trend against our planet’s oceans and marine life.
As more and more photographers find themselves shooting below the waves, it’s important to discuss proper underwater photography etiquette, reflect on our own behavior underwater, and address poor behavior when it occurs.
Recreational scuba diving is for the most part a relatively safe sport, but when we add a camera system and other variables such as low visibility, currents, and pushy photographers it can become much more challenging and potentially dangerous. While some photographers may g...
When I moved to Singapore in 2010, I picked up both scuba diving and underwater photography. As many divers do, I began traveling with my local dive club. It was a great group of Singaporeans and expats and I loved each and every adventure. While it was good fun, I eventually realized traveling with groups that weren’t focused on photography was not ideal. Once able to attend a dedicated underwater photography trip, I was better able to appreciate the difference in the quality of my images as...
There is a tremendous amount of magic hiding just below the surface of our lakes, rivers, and seas that has yet to be documented. And while underwater photography certainly has a few barriers to entry, if approached in a pragmatic way the initial shift can be quite simple. Let’s dive in.
Try to forget the notion that you need to be a certified scuba diver to be an underwater photographer. While becoming a certified diver can open the door to many more photographic possibil...
For the majority of the year, the Banda Sea is a force to be reckoned with. However, every September, the seasons shift ever so slightly, creating a calm and navigable sea. Most underwater explorers are familiar with the northern stretches and all of its treasures, but few have heard of the untouched, forgotten chain of islands that profile the southeastern corner of these notoriously wild waters.
Due to its sheer remoteness, only the most intrepid journey to this corner of the globe. In fact...
As with land-based photography, patience and planning can go a long way underwater. And while some aspects of topside image composition are the same below the surface, there are other elements at play underwater that you should keep in mind when composing your shots.
In order to give the viewer a point of reference, try to include a bit of the surface in your images. It can be difficult for viewers (especially those that don’t dive) to comprehend which way is up and down without i...
I am not wholly foreign to the extremes of travel and adventure. I have lived on three continents, dived the Arctic, regularly swim with sharks and crocodiles, and once even narrowly escaped a territorial squeeze between an elephant and some raging hippos in Botswana. Despite all of this, I found myself a bit apprehensive this past February as my Winair flight approached the world’s shortest runway on the small Caribbean island of Saba.
At the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean collide, thrives a translucent, sapphire blue world teeming with marine life. Over the first week of 2018, I set out on an adventure with the Pelagic Fleet team, a group that runs day trips and liveaboard itineraries from this majestic peninsula.