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#356101 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

Posted by gecko1 on 01 January 2015 - 07:20 AM

Kind of wondering what happened to the thread this year?!? I know people like to post to FB nowadays but I'd much rather look at images here where they haven't been auto compressed/sharpened/adjusted and you know you are looking at the whole set and not just whatever FB's algorithm du jour has decided for you. I look forward to this every year so hopefully people will participate.


Here is my buddy Rob learning that it is in fact possible to get too close and too low to an underwater photo subject.



#343207 Mugged by a Giant Octopus

Posted by gecko1 on 11 February 2014 - 01:48 PM

Fantastic dive sunday with my buddy Rob. We sat 4 Giant Pacific Octopus at Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel, CA. One of them was quite interactive.


Full gallery here:





Investigating my camera.



My buddy Rob's View



Rob gets the treatment



Giant Pacific Octopus



More Giant Pacific Octopus



#340603 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

Posted by gecko1 on 13 December 2013 - 04:00 PM

2013 got off to a bang for me photographically and after January I was pretty sure I knew what my entry this year would be. If you dive long enough eventually a whale will swim right in front of you when you least expect it. Fortunately I still had the camera out and was able to get a shot. 


My dive buddy Allison tells the story better than I ever could here: http://coldwaterkitt...3/01/whale.html



Of course it wouldn't be this thread if I didn't feel tempted to cheat a bit and post a second image. The other big event for me this year was finally getting to dive at Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. It's deep, offshore and a total pain in the neck logistically. But it's also insanely beautiful. It's an amazing thing when something you've dreamed about actually ends up meeting your expectations. (Kudos to Matt V and Jim C for making this happen).




Happy Holidays all! Can't wait to see the rest of the thread.



#338497 Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Posted by gecko1 on 22 October 2013 - 01:22 PM

In October, 2013, Bay Area Underwater Explorers (http://www.baue.org), in collaboration with NOAA, mounted a weeklong dive expedition to Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off of the dive boat Escapade. 

We visited Craine's Point and the Northern East and Northern West Ridges. The water was so thick with fish that they limited the visibility. The structure was completely covered by a variety of colorful sponges and anemones, and dotted with smaller fish including many young rosy and yelloweye rockfish.

The expedition would not have been possible without the support of NOAA, the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory, Any Water Sports, and the crew of the Escapade.


Here are some images from the expedition. It was an amazing privilege to dive such a healthy, beautiful and unspoiled reef.
















#326802 Catalina Island

Posted by gecko1 on 26 February 2013 - 02:09 PM

Just came back from a super fun trip on the Sundiver to Catalina Island in So Cal. 


Full gallery here: http://www.baue.org/...b_2013/Clinton/