Polar theme: Antarctic Peninsula Edited by Michael Aw :: Greenland Expedition by Morten Beier :: The Russian Arctic: History & Development by Svetlana Murashkina :: Diving The Central Arctic by Svetlana Murashkina :: Profile: Göran Ehlmé by Peter Symes
New Equipment Edited by Wayne Fenior :: Travel: Cruise Boat Diving by Mike Keleher :: Ecology: Shifting Baselines by Christina Ward-Paige :: Interview: Diving With Legends’ Pete Miller by Bonnie Mckenna :: Sharks: Refugees of The Gulf Oil Spill by Andy Murch :: Tech Talk: Good On Air by Asser Salama :: U/W Photo: Why Digital? by Lawson Wood :: Maximo Laura: Galapagos Tapestries by Gunild Symes-
Main features in this issue include:
At 2:00 am, it is already daylight on Pléneau Island, a place where floating icebergs become grounded, a graveyard of diverse towering structures of ice articulated in extraordinary forms. In a quintessential snowy landscape, snowflakes of perfect shape fall over me, a moment of utter isolation.
Though both the Antarctic and Arctic are high latitude, freezing polar regions, the similarities end there.
Diving from a cruise ship? How do you enter the water? Must be a heck of a drop if you roll in backwards!
Luxury travel on fabulous cruise boats has got to be the most overlooked way to travel to exotic dive locations in temperate waters. Travelling on major cruise lines for a dive vacation has got to be the “ultimate” in live aboards!
Göran Ehlmé of Sweden has planned and led many field trips to the polar areas and was the first to lead diving expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica.
As an underwater cameraman, Ehlmé has been on assignment filming many documentaries for Animal Planet, BBC, Canal Plus and National Geographic
PS: When did your interest in photography start?
Peruvian artist Maximo Lauro creates large, spell-binding tapestries of rich color and fantastic imagery of life under the sea. In the past 25 years, his works have been shown in over a hundred exhibits in 26 countries around the world. In an interview, Lauro tells X-RAY MAG about his creative process and how his art is inspired by the mystery and majesty of nature.
"My work is nourished by symbols, stories, traditions, rituals, experiences, and by permanently returning to admire the iconography of ancestral world cultures, especially Peruvian culture – which are extraordinary and fascinating," said Maximo Laura.
It’s early afternoon. The sun is beating down and mosquitoes are humming. Another decent day’s catch is unloaded, men sweating with the effort. If it weren’t for the breeze, the stench would be unbearable. Today’s tally: more than 100 sharks, some weighing close to 1,000 pounds and reaching nearly 20 feet in length.
For those who are familiar with Big Pine Key and know that it is located in the middle of the Florida Keys in the southeastern United States, you may be thinking that this story is made up.
Before we get into the picture-taking business, let us look at some of the jargon and explain what everyone else gets so excited about. Yep! Which format should I use to take my underwater photograph?
● There is no film to buy.
● No film to process.
● No storage issues with slides or scratching of the image through constant use.
● No copies of slides to be made or the same problems as above.
● Digital photography is instant.