Revisiting Old Underwater Photos Created With Olympus C-series Cameras

Kaiwi Seascape

The first camera I ever brought underwater was a 3MP Olympus C-3040Z in 2002, mostly because Light and Motion made a housing for it. Over the next couple of years, I upgraded to the C-4100Z, then to a C-5050Z before making the leap to a Nikon D100 DSLR in 2004. I recently came across some […]

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Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby

Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby

The Hawaiian Whitespotted Toby (Canthigaster jactator) is one of our more common reef fish. They’re so small and plentiful, they tend be be ignored, but when I can get them to pose for me in macro, I’m reminded how pretty they can be.

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Underwater with my camera at Ulua Beach this morning – photo by @AlohaKathy taken with her new Canon ELPH 300 HS

Peter Underwater With His Camera

My wife got a new Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS with an underwater housing, so we just had to try it out. It wasn’t the best day for beach diving on Maui, but we went anyway and made the best of it. I cracked a smile underwater thinking back to our California diving days, when we would have […]

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An Earth Day Plea for the Yellow Tangs and Other Endemic Fishes of Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i. This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

I made this plea on Earth Day in 2009, when this photo won the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s World Ocean Day Photo Contest that year, and thought I’d pitch it again today, on Earth Day. A good plea never gets tired. The photo above is of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being […]

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Kona Underwater Portfolio

Longfin Anthias (Pseudanthias hawaiiensis), Garden Eel Cove, Kona, Hawaii.

Longfin Anthias (Pseudanthias hawaiiensis), Garden Eel Cove. My wife and I went on a scuba diving vacation in Kona a couple of months ago. We used to do this kind of thing at least once a year, but recently, life has gotten in the way and we haven’t been able to find the opportunity as […]

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Best Nature Photo Finalist

Lionfish

I just found out two of my photos made the finals of The Nature Conservancy’s 4th Annual Digital Photo competition. I wouldn’t mind a vote or two, if you’re so inclined. Thanks very much for your support!

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Pre-Hurricane SCUBA Dive

Spotted Boxfish

My wife and I decided to get a dive in before Hurricane Felicia does whatever she’s going to do, and also to test our regulators, which just came back from service. It appears you can’t get more than about 6-7 years of life out of 2500 mAh Nimh batteries, as my strobes died after about […]

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My Winning Turtle Photo

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i. This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

Last week, this photo I made in Kona, Hawai’i won the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s World Ocean Day Photo Contest on Flickr, themed “One Ocean, One Climate, One Future”. This endangered Green Sea Turtle is being cleaned by Yellow Tangs and Gold-ring Surgeonfish. This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing […]

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Dueling Cameras Underwater

I just ran across these photos from our recent vacation in Kona. We were on a safety stop ascending from a dive site called Black Castle on Adventure Day with Dive Makai. It was one of those deep dives where you spend a lot of time on stops, so after a while we got a […]

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Blue In Black And White

Spinner Dolphins

I’ve been on a black-and-white kick lately. Partly, it’s because I’ve discovered I have a lot of otherwise good shots with the red channel missing due to strobes not firing, photos taken with my point-and-shoot, etc.For those who don’t know, water acts like a prism – you start losing colors in the red end of […]

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