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Find out why the Galapagos Islands should be your #1 destination for underwater photography and videography
By Scott Gietler

5 Amazing UW Photo Encounters in the Galapagos

5 Amazing Underwater Photo Encounters in the Galapagos
Scott Gietler
Find out why the Galapagos Islands should be your #1 destination for underwater photography and videography

When I visited the Galapagos Islands in late January 2016, I was unaware that I was about to have a trip of a lifetime. I was hoping to see some big animals underwater, but I was unaware how extraordinary these encounters would be. Please allow me to share them with you, along with some tips on how to capture these types of underwater photos.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scott Gietler is the owner of Bluewater Photo, Bluewater Travel, and the Underwater Photography Guide. Bluewater Photo, based in Culver City, CA is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious underwater camera stores, serving many thousands of customers each year, where nothing is more important than customer service. The Underwater Photography Guide is the world’s first website to feature free tutorials on underwater photography, and has become the most trafficked resource on underwater photography worldwide. Bluewater Travel is a full-service dive travel wholesaler sending groups and individuals on the world’s best dive vacations. 

Scott is also an avid diver, underwater photographer, and budding marine biologist, having created the online guide to the underwater flora and fauna of Southern California. He is the past vice-president of the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society, has volunteered extensively at the Santa Monica aquarium, and is the creator of the Ocean Art underwater photo competition, one of the largest underwater international photo competitions ever held in terms of value of prizes. He lives in California with his wife, newborn girl and scuba-diving, photo taking 4 year old son.

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Photo adventure through the Mexico cenotes, including the best cenotes for photography, photo tips, travel advice, natural history and more
By Brent Durand

Diving the Mexico Cenotes

Scuba Diving and Photography in the Mexico Cenotes
Brent Durand
Photo adventure through the Mexico cenotes, including the best cenotes for photography, photo tips, travel advice, natural history and more

The Mayans believed that the cenotes where entryways into a sacred underground world. The dwellings of the rain god, Chaak, cenotes openings were used in special rituals and sacrificial events that coincide with a complicated celestial calendar.

Today there are still communities practicing rain ceremonies, however many more have learned just how special the cenotes really are. Divers from all over the world descend into the cool blue waters to explore the expansive system of caverns, tunnels and secret rooms lit by stunning sun rays under the jungle canopy.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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Schooling Silky Sharks are rarely seen - except in the waters surrounding a secluded rock in Columbian waters, known among regulars as "The Rock"
By Mikhail Kisin

Silky Sharks of Malpelo Island

Mikhail Kisin
Schooling Silky Sharks are rarely seen - except in the waters surrounding a secluded rock in Columbian waters, known among regulars as "The Rock"

Located in the tropical region of Eastern Pacific, three hundred miles due West of the Colombian coast, the Island of Malpelo sits well off the beaten path. Only recently has it evolved from a “what's that” curiosity into a bucket-list dive destination offering unique opportunities for big-fish encounters (see our Malpelo Dive Guide). “The Rock” is a marvel of nature in itself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mikhail Kisin is a Russian physicist struggling to match his tightfisted vacation time to the generous travel opportunities of the New World. He writes for two Russian dive magazines. If your liveaboard is booked by Russians, blame him.

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Discovering a world of macro photo possibilities in a wide angle photography hot spot
By Mark Hatter

Never Leave Your Macro Gear at Home

Mark Hatter
Discovering a world of macro photo possibilities in a wide angle photography hot spot

At 96 feet I crept sideways to the incoming current, completely prone against the rubble bottom.  Like a starfish, I splayed arms and legs and used my critter probe like an ice pick in my left hand to hold position.  I was glad to have swapped my dome port for my macro rig; less buoyant and more streamlined, it was far less of a sail in the pushing tide.  My chin to the rubble, I scanned for my target in excellent visibility.  Then, there they were, a small colony of them scattered about over a square meter of bottom, perched and vigilant at the entrance

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Hatter has been diving and shooting underwater images since 1980. Although relatively new to underwater photojournalism, Mark has traveled extensively writing and shooting images for fly fishing publications for more than two decades.  His fly fishing images, including multiple cover shots, and feature articles have been published in nearly two dozen magazines titles.   

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An inside look at the diving, safety, photo gear and planning involved for American Crocodile photos
By Ken Kiefer

Photographing Crocs: Behind the Scenes

Ken Kiefer
An inside look at the diving, safety, photo gear and planning involved for American Crocodile photos

About a year ago, I started seeing pictures of saltwater crocodiles pop up every once in a while on social media.  And these pictures differed from the ones that I had seen in the past because they were from underwater.  Immediately I had another item added to my ‘Bucket List’.  The idea of being in the water with these toothy dinosaurs greatly appealed to me. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ken Kiefer is an underwater photographer that specializes in big animals and fashion/fitness shoots.  He uses his images of sharks to educate children about the realities of sharks –vs- media portrayal.  

View more of Ken's work at: www.kenkiefer.com.

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Essential tips for bringing home great shots when you have no resort or liveaboard home base
By Brent Durand

Photo Tips for Adventure Diving and Expeditions

Brent Durand
Essential tips for bringing home great shots when you have no resort or liveaboard home base

Bleary-eyed, I shifted into neutral and rolled the car to an open space between the trees. Coyotes howled at the new arrival. A horse kicked a bucket off in the dark beyond the fence. I looked up and saw a meteor streak across the sky before settling into my seat for a few hours of sleep on the long drive north.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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What Photographers Need to Know about Diving Bimini's Hammerhead Headquarters
By Shane Gross

The Hammerheads of Bimini

Shane Gross
What Photographers Need to Know about Diving Bimini's Hammerhead Headquarters

 

In January of 2013 I saw Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center posting beautiful pictures of great hammerhead sharks. Like any shark lover and underwater photographer would in that circumstance, I immediately messaged them and asked how I could join the action. Three days later I was underwater with my absolute favorite shark. At the time it was a revelation; a new spot that promised what no other could.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born in Canada, Shane Gross has been living in the Bahamas for the past three years working as a SCUBA dive instructor and freelance underwater photographer/writer. His work has been widely published in books, magazines, ad campaigns, etc. He is an outspoken conservationist and ocean advocate who wishes to inspire those around him to do their part.

www.grossphotographic.com  |  facebook.com/shanegrossphotography

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Why this Big Fish Hotspot Needs to be on Your Trip List
By Mikhail Kisin

Coiba: Fish Photography at Surprise Island

Mikhail Kisin
Why this Big Fish Hotspot Needs to be on Your Trip List

 

Coiba: Fish Photography at Surprise Island


Why this Big Fish Hotspot Needs to be on Your Trip List

Text and Photos By Mikhail Kisin

 

Coiba Island Scuba Diving

 

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Capturing the Great White Shark at Isla de Guadalupe
By George Probst

The Cage Diving Experience and Photo Tips

George Probst
Capturing the Great White Shark at Isla de Guadalupe

   

 

Mexico’s Isla de Guadalupe is located off Baja about 400km (250 miles) southwest of Ensenada. During the autumn months, the island is home to a variety of natural prey for white sharks, including yellowfin tuna, Guadalupe fur seals, California sea lions, and northern elephant seals.

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A Tale of Dive and Tropic Adventure at Taveuni Island, Fiji
By Matt Krumins

Jurassic Park Meets The Beach

Matt Krumins
A Tale of Dive and Tropic Adventure at Taveuni Island, Fiji

 

Jurassic Park Meets The Beach


A Tale of Dive and Tropic Adventure at Taveuni Island, Fiji

Text and Photos By Matt Krumins

 

 

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