Emerald Coast Underwater Blog

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Pink Meanie

It’s been two months since my last dive and with local Gulf water temperatures dipping into the low 60s it will be another month or two still before I descend into the blue and blow a few bubbles.  The more dedicated local divers are donning 7mm wetsuits or dry suits...

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Do you need a strobe?

One common question posed by newcomers to underwater photography is if strobes are required for capturing good underwater pictures.  Strobes add more gear to your dive kit and of course add cost, so it is perhaps wishful thinking that they might be unnecessary.  There are some circumstances where the benefit...

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Olympus TG-4 Camera Rig

My introduction to underwater photography was snorkeling with an Olympus TG-3.  The TG-3 is a waterproof and rugged camera that doesn’t require being housed for depths shallower than 50 feet.  It has underwater modes, including a macro mode which doesn’t need a wet lens to perform well.  It is a...

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Toadfish Infestation

Opsanus pardus, also known as the leopard toadfish is becoming one of my more regular encounters diving along the Emerald Coast.  Toadfish are appropriately named possessing a large head, mouth and eyes and coloring that isn’t dissimilar to a toad.  They are fairly adept at hiding camouflaged within surrounding structure...

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My Favorite Shots from 2016

Last year was a good year, I visited Kauai and Maui and was able to do some great diving and hiking on both islands.  I also got to do some nice diving back home along the Emerald Coast.  I added a UWL-04 wide angle lens to my camera setup early...