Nuno Sá on diving the awesome Azores; Kelly LaClaire and Kate Clark team up to take us on a terrific dive trip to Grenada; Rémi Masson on freshwater diving in the River Rhône; Scott Johnson on Humpback Whales in the Dominican Republic; Lawson Wood on False Killer Whales in Dominica; Christian Skauge on space diving in Germany; High-tech diving in the days of AquaCorps; Matt Weiss and Joseph Tepper on composition in underwater photography; Underwater hockey at the Coast Guard Academy; Bonnie McKenna on the sea turtle hospital in the Florida Keys; American textile artist Betty Busby shares her intriquite quilts of underwater scenes and marine life; plus current news about recent discoveries in marine ecology and shipwrecks, new equipment, industry and training events, travel tips, sharks, whales, dolphins, sea turtles, and more...
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It’s been almost 15 years since my first visit to the Azores. I was studying law then and was on my first diving trip, with all of eight dives written down in my brand new logbook. Six years later, I was living in the Azores. I had traveled and dived in many remote locations by then, Africa, Australia, Asia… but one place never left my mind—those nine small islands that stood alone in the middle of the Atlantic.
And it came to pass.
American textile artist, Betty Busby, has captured underwater scenes in a unique and remarkable way on visually stunning quilts exquisitely crafted by hand, bringing fresh contemporary concepts to a centuries old traditional art form.
"The more the public can be educated about the wonders of the world that they might not necessarily see every day, the more they will be willing to protect it."
— Betty Busby
Some of the most experienced leaders in the scuba world are dead set against releasing information—let alone encouragement—on the diving methods under discussion here.
A new category of diving is taking shape in the recreational diving world that sparks controversy and is a cause of great concern. This, in general terms, is diving deeper and staying down longer than the traditional limits.
What is Composition? In its most basic definition, composition is the arrangement of elements and their relationship to one another within an image. It is composition—as well as lighting—that is the primary tool with which photographers put themselves into an image and emphasize the subject(s) in the frame.
Composition doesn’t just happen
Once or twice in a rare Blue Moon, opportunity sometimes comes along and hits you on the head—or in my case, I was hit on the head—by a juvenile sperm whale.
Dominica is the youngest of the Caribbean islands and is flanked by Guadeloupe to the north and Martinique to the south, which are both French colonies. Inevitably, many of the locals speak a derivative of a French, Carib and West African creole known as Kwéyòl.