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North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu January 13th 2013

Oahu Dive 3. The “Mahi” wreck. The "Mahi" is an old WWII minesweeper that was intentionally sunk in 1982 as an artificial reef and it is a world class dive. It is 185 ft long 33 ft wide steel hulled ship weighing approx 500 tons. It rests at 95'/29m of water and that is often the maximum dive depth as whitetip reef sharks and octopus often hide between the bottom and the wreck. If you want a longer bottom time the deck is between 60-80'/18-24m and there is plenty to look at. The Mahi's bridge collapsed during a hurricane a couple of years ago and most divers are not allowed to penetrate the inside of the wreck. On a typical dive at the Mahi, divers can expect superb visibility; we had 200+ viz and blue water. ... read more
The "Mahi"
THE MAHI-Minesweeper

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu January 12th 2013

When I got home I received this message: Congratulations on winning first place in the extremely competitive behavior category in the 50th International Underwater Competition sponsored by LAUPS. Your prize is a week of accommodations and diving at Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao, the Philippines. You will have a great time in Anilao, the resort is great (I am leaving for the Philippines tonight) and the photographic opportunities are tremendous. Again congratulations on a magnificent photograph. Please let us know if there are any issues. Bill Van Antwerp, Anastasia Laity, Chairs of the International Photo Competition Committee read more

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu January 12th 2013

I got the pleasure to do my first dives in Oahu with Hector Seguin Jr from Honolulu Honu Divers Hector runs a small and very professional local operation that would take you where others won’t. If you want to taste Oahu diving the way locals do it, Honolulu Honu Divers is the way to go. He will accommodate your needs: weather you are in the mood of a hardcore exiting dive and get out of the water yelling: Heca Dive!!!!! or a more traditional one… If you are an underwater photographer looking for a customized dive to get a specific shot with specific scenery or need to work around bottom time, look no more. Have you thought of a half and half shot with a turtle on the bottom half, Hawaiian mountains on the top ... read more
Hawaiian Green turtle
Hector from Honolulu honu divers
Stunning flatworm

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaneohe January 11th 2013

I went for an early walk along the beach as soon as he sun rose. Big waves brake far in the distance and close to the beach is flat and clear water with a tan beach. There is beautiful mountain scenery on the opposite side. Not to populated and quiet. I like Hauula. We drove north to Dive site No. 20 on my guide. Laie Point. Well what a surprise to find a very touristic lookout point there. Quite pretty but I didn’t see how to dive it. On the continent side there is a cliff that falls into the water and the waves crash there pretty hard so unless you are a local that knows the entry point I wouldn’t try on my own. We snapped a couple of shots and turned around to Lanikai. ... read more
Oahu North East
Hammerheads at Kaneohe Bay
Kaneohe Bay and Koolau Mountains

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu » Laie January 10th 2013

My trip to Hawaii has officially started finally. I flew 2hrs30min to Houston, Tx for a 2hr stop and then 8h to Honolulu,Oahu. I had to pay extra for each checked in bag. $35 for first bag and $25 for second. Not so bad considering that I have almost all my gear and its one stop. My checked luggage left yesterday with my original plane. In my 30 lbs carry on I have a spare camera body, optics, strobes, strobe battery packs, a fleece and pretty much anything that I wasn’t going to use during the flight but than needs to be in the compressed cabin. I am glad they didn’t weight it and I could wheel it around. In my backpack I travel every thing that I use: laptop, ipad, iphone, ipod, 2 strobe battery ... read more
Waikiki and Diamon head in the background
Can't dive? go surfing!
Rainbow and turtles within the first 10 min out of the airport. I likey :)

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu January 9th 2013

I’m going to Oahu for 6 weeks. Last minute decision. Mom is unhappy in her location for the past few months: Hauula, North shore Oahu…dream place for surfers in the winter anddivers in the summer... Go figure!... Because of Paul's disabilities it’s hard for her move around to look for a different area to live in the island. I am going to help her and talk her into staying…and to see what is all the whining about. I will try to do some uw-photography and I am taking all my gear but I read weather is bad for diving in the north side this time of the year, windy and rainy so I will try to check it out. The are 5 shore dive sites close to my moms. One of the sites is Shark Cove ... read more
Dive sites North Shore
Dive Site by mom
My cute room at the Double Tree, WPB, FL

I am a fan of half and half shots and Chris Gug from was given a “how-to” workshop at sfups meeting in North Miami. Last minute I decided to improvise and film Gug’s presentation with my slr. I use the optics that I happened to have on. The 28-70mm at the 28mm end, gave me just enough wide angle to work with. I improvised stability with chocolate bars, and a phone charger that I had in my backpack. Without a proper tripod it was a challenge to handhold the camera to follow Chris from one side of the room to the other as he was illustrating his examples. I was concentrated in pulling focus and I heard half of his presentation…. 0... read more
Splitsville By Gug-1
Splitsville By Gug -5

North America » United States » Florida » Riviera Beach January 6th 2013

013 01 06 BHB Banded jawfish spitting. Movie. Today I had 2 options. Go east and try to get a better shot of the seahorses or do something different and try the video mode on my slr. I decided to go for the second. I read the manual in the car on the way to BHB and off I went straight to the one interesting subject that is readily available at the moment. It took me a couple of seconds to find my jawfish with blue eyes, its eggs were more developed than last time I saw it. It was so full that it couldn’t close its mouth. I landed and slowly approached, pre-focused and it started pumping like it was going to spit. I hit the record button and it spit a few seconds after. ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Riviera Beach January 1st 2013

I went to get a different shot of the red eggs. While looking for the banded jaw fish I saw a huge banded in a hole and six different pairs of dusky jawfish. I am not sure if they had eggs because one of each pair wouldn’t come out. That area is hot for jawfish at the moment. I also saw a few bumblebee shrimp and a tiny juvenile black scorpion fish. Diane marked 2 baby octos covered by shells in holes. People unknowing remove the bottles which are homes to many critters.. I also saw 2 tiny dragonet’s very playful and travelling around, lots of different size batfish, flying gurnards and a couple of flabellinas. My blue eye banded jawfish was very skittish and I had doubts it was the one that spit for me ... read more
Banded Jawfish. Traditional Look
Banded Jawfish.

North America » United States » Florida » Riviera Beach December 31st 2012

The last few dives I dove as a spotter and without a camera because Steve's luggage was lost at custums. We managed to put together a Nikon D200 for me to shoot stuff around. I was eager to find something to photograph. I explored the north side of the fishing pier. The viz was amazing. But I was concerned the fishing lines from the fisherman were I bit to close to me and I didn’t have a knife to free myself in case I got “hooked”. After I while I returned to the pile of pilings under the fishing pier and I shot a medium size batfish with blue eyes and I found a pretty shell with a blenny laying in it. No eggs. No eggs? Where are the blenny eggs? last year we where ... read more
Hairy Blenny

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