My name is Chris Joens and I currently live in Colorado Springs, CO. I am 21 and in the Air Force. I have only been diving for about a year but I have been moving along quite quickly. I am currently a master diver and I will be upgrading to instructor in April. I will be teaching open water, advanced, rescue diver, and eventually nitrox and masters.
I am in the US Air Force Academy SCUBA club and most of our diving is for training and it is in fairly cold water. So most of my diving is in Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico. If you are ever at Blue Hole and see a bunch of college students around feel free to say hey. I wear an O'neill neoprene drysuit. I mostly dive dry and because of school I have only been able to dive in one other location than NM. That was Blue Springs state park in FL (where I am from originally). BUT, there is hope, I am going to Truk, Micronesia in about a week and a half so that should be a lot of fun, and I get to try out my new strobe. YAY!!
I became interested in UW photography when I went to Blue Springs and swam by the manatees and wished I could take a picture UW. So as soon as I came home I started looking for a camera. I found this site and a few others, this site has been so much help. I finally got around to purchasing an Oly C4040Z with Ikelite housing and Inon Macro Lense. I just purchased an Ikelite DS-50 with deluxe arm. I have only been shooting UW digital since February so I have a lot to learn, and I think this site is great for a guy like me.
I am the first person to go digital in my club so now I am in charge of taking pictures for our website. I also used my camera to make some training videos. This is really my first experience with photography so I am just jumping in and learning as I go.
A few of my hobbies are of course SCUBA, Archery, cars, trucks, and planes. I look forward to getting my photos critiqued and hopefully being able to offer some advice of my own some day.
Thanks Eric for the great site and thanks everyone else for the great advice. Keep it up!!