X-Ray Mag #33
Solomon Islands by Steve Jones :: Amos Nachoum - Great White Dive :: Oman - Desert Diving by Charles Stirling : Scotland's Sounds of Mull & Oban by Steve Jones :: The Canadian Tech Trail by Barb Ron & Ron Akeson :: Diving Moscow River :: The latest Buoyancy Control Devices :: Wide angle photography :: Paddlewheel steamer found in the Canadian sub-Arctic ::
Main features in this issue include:
Australian artist and painter, Dailan Pugh, knows the underwater realm. He captures its vivid colors and dynamic diversity of life on canvas like no one else.
I grew up in an artistic household in woodland near Melbourne in Victoria, Australia, spending summer holidays playing in temperate rock pools and snorkeling. We cared for orphaned and injured native wombats and kangaroos.
The notion that wide-angle lenses can only be used for large subject matter is common, but erroneous.
Wide-angle lenses can be divided into three categories:
1) standard wide-angle with focal lengths from 28 to 40 mm (film equivalent);
2) super wide-angle with focal lengths from 17 to 24 mm; and
Great White Shark Dive with Amos Nachoum
How to get out of the protective cage and swim with the Great White shark—that’s what Big Animals expeditions founder and leader, Amos Nachoum, helps the adventurous and steely-nerved diver and underwater photographer do.
X-RAY MAG: Tell us how how it all began. What inspired you to start the Great White shark encounters?
“Moscow—Port of Five Seas” is written on the banner of the north river terminal in Moscow. It’s true; the city sits on the banks of the Moskva River (Moscow River), which leads to several large bodies of water via canals including the Caspian Sea, the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea. But I think, the slogan also reflects the city’s inhabitants’ love of diving.
The chapel was built by Muscovites in 2004—a tribute of love to the main water artery that feeds their native city. Prince Yuri Dolgoruky was rather perspicacious to found a settlement on the banks of this beautiful river, which in the future, gave its name to the capital city.
The Sound of Mull and Oban Western Scotland
There is a point in the journey to the west coast of Scotland just a little way north of the City of Glasgow that the landscape changes from “merely” pretty to the full on highland spectacular. It seems as if you are driving into the wilderness.
Oban has become an attraction for a whole range of adventure tourists. Hikers, climbers, wildlife enthusiasts all flock here in droves year round.