Dive Travel connects like minded people and forges lasting friendships
Being with like minded people who share a passion for scuba diving is one of the best things about dive travel. When 60 feet deep and looking at colorful soft coral it does not matter if you vote red or blue, eat meat or tofu, watch football or the Voice. What matters is the love…Read More
Macro or wide angle underwater photography. Which to learn first?
When divers think about starting underwater photography they have many questions. One of the most common is what to learn first – Macro or Wide Angle. As an experienced underwater photographer, I recommend learning Macro first. The reason for this is that it is easier to create good macro images while learning underwater photography. While…Read More
Ambient light wide angle underwater water photography with flash.
When creating wide angle reef scenic style portraits, the idea is to show the subject in its environment. The technique that works well for me is to meter the background and set the exposure. Then determine the light needed to illuminate the foreground. So this style of image has two steps. Metering for exposure and…Read More
Using Lines as a Compositional Element
Creating portraits that evoke emotion are the result of good composition and image design. Taking the time to really see a scene before taking pictures of it, allows the creative side of the brain to contemplate the light and flow within the scene, and use compositional techniques to tell the story. In this portrait the…Read More
Humpback Amore – Image of the Week
This portrait was created in 2015, in Vavau’ Tonga. I had chartered a boat to swim with whales for 10 days, This was the 8th day and due to a life threatening emergency, turned out to be the last. That morning, we left the harbor and went south looking for signs of whale activity. After…Read More
Selecting the right equipment for the style photographs you want to create
As an underwater photographer, I have to set up my camera, lens, housing, and lighting kit, prior to getting in the water. Once beneath the surface it is not possible to change lenses. Many times that means passing up on subjects as its hard to photograph a 1 inch nudibranch when your kit has a…Read More
Take time for yourself. You’re worth it.
So many people have been under stress since the pandemic hit. Doing things we used to do to relax are not easily done with social distancing and travel restrictions. There is only so much binge watching a person can handle so it’s important to make time for yourself to off gas, relax, and find a…Read More
Ying and Yang
I really don’t know why these two stick together because every time I see them they are squawking at each other. Perhaps it because they are from the same flock. I was up early to teach a sunrise workshop on the north shore. I had a 14 x 24 mm lens and was teaching wide…Read More
Image of the Week – Mystical Sunset
This week I am featuring Mystical Sunset. Created in North Kihei, the sun had set and I was about to pack up, when the after glow started to appear. Wasting no time, I set back up and was able to create this portrait. I dragged the shutter in order to manage the motion of the…Read More
Taking Pictures vs Creating Portraits
When I am at the beach with my dog visitors to Maui, frequently come over and take pictures. Maybe they miss their dog, or they think its cool that Dusty (my dog), wears a rash guard. Well, long story short about Dusty, he has skin cancer and the only way he can enjoy the beach…Read More