Updated October 21, 2005
At last, the book for digital photographers at levels. Professional exposure and lighting techniques, available light, dealing with blooming and backscatter, super macro, digital menu control for underwater shots, equipment maintenance. Great how-to information, with scores of photos and diagrams for every underwater digital technique. It's all here in the just-released soft-bound guide by experts Jack and Sue Drafahl. Go to www.undercurrent.org and click on the icon for a Master Guide of Underwater Digital Photography to purchase it at Amazon's best price. All our proceeds for this or any other Amazon purchase you make will go to coral reef conservation.
Oh, let us admire his many skills, and one apparently no one knew about, as octopus in an aquarium meets a blue shark. Amazing.
In the last three months, at least four divers have been harmed by boat propellers. A scuba diver in Palm Beach was 100 yards offshore when the prop of a speeding boat hit and exploded his tank . . . In Florida, a diver was killed by a hit and run boat driver . . . In England, a dive boat propeller cut off a 29-year-old scuba diver's left leg and severely injured his right leg. He was rushed ashore by other divers, where vacationing physicians treated his horrific injuries . . . And, at Coco View, in Roatan, after the boat captain gave a Tennessee diver the go ahead for a back roll entry, the dive boat swung over her as she bobbed to the surface. The prop inadvertently engaged, gashing her arm to the bone.
If you want to check the predicted path of a hurricane or cyclone before you climb aboard a flight for your next trip, you'll find the latest at www.wunderground.com. Click on tropical/hurricanes Nothing worse than landing at your destination, only having to catch the next plane back home. Surf the Weather Underground website for more weather information than you'll ever want to know.
A British diver was bent last month on a dive to 160 feet in the Red Sea. His insurance company, Lloyds of London, will not cover the $40,000 in treatment costs because he exceeded the 100 ft. depth limit specified in his policy. Are you properly insured for the depth you dive?
The Truk Aggressor is moving to Indonesia's North Sulawesi in December, with charters departing from Kungkungan Bay Resort. The Pelagian has moved to Wakatobi, after being purchased by folks from that resort. Peter Hughes' new Ocean Dancer will be traveling the Maldive Islands in November. Bay Island Aggressor has s been yanked from the fleet and a new Utila Aggressor will be in service in October, built along the line of new Aggressor boats with a more upscale "yachty" ambiance.
-- Ben Davison, editor/publisher
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