Why am I smiling? (follow me on Facebook)
Well let's see, when I was younger we made afternoon boat trips from Marina Del Rey, Ca. up and down the coast. Mostly, I remember the times we went to Catalina Island or better yet, what we saw each time. There were days when the water was smooth as glass. On those trips, you could sit on the bow of the boat and look right through the water. Mostly I recall seeing jellyfish or an occasional playful dolphin surfing in our bow wake. It was most likely here that I first started to imagine what it would be like.....
That's where it all began.
those simple beginnings, I've explored exotic locations (see below),
built a couple of submarines, taught a few people to dive and have made
a wealth of friends. Best of all...I've done it with a camera in my
hand! I was originally certified in 1987, and since then I've been fortunate
enough to dive continuously. To date, I'm over the 1,100 dive mark and
still going strong. Well, still going anyway! My diving experience has
taught me so much about people, wildlife and an appreciation for both,
that I can't imagine what my life would be like without such wonderful
undersea adventures. And I'm not done learning yet.
would be remiss if I didn't mention my brother Mike in all of this.
We share the same strong passion for the water, and we were certified
around the same time. We both are competitive by nature, so we're always
striving to outdo one another. It's truely been great having him around
to share these experiences. Mike is also an established photographer
in his own right. And if you've had the misfortune to be on the same
boat with us....I sincerely appologize...for whatever we did!
When I first started taking my camera underwater, being able to share what I'd experienced was the next logical step. I started with the available technology at the time, and found myself giving slide presentations to friends and family. As that progressed, so did my skills and experiences. And after 20 years, I've made many, many contacts in the industry. So I found myself giving lectures for dive shops on locations I've been to...the pro's, the con's.
Somewhere along the way, the internet appeared. My original web site started in 2000. It was a great experience, and forced me to learn more. Now, with the advent of digital camera technology...it makes sharing my images that much easier.
The bottom line to all of this, this site is here for you to enjoy. I've tried to give you a sound-bite on each picture. Where it was taken, the camera and lens setup. Where possible, I've researched each image to provide common names (which in most cases only applies to local knowledge) and scientific classifications i.e., Genus and species.
of the trade: