Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Announcing my New Book - Sea Secrets!

I am very excited to announce my first photography book - Sea Secrets!

Sea Secrets is a 118 page photo book showcasing my all-time favorite underwater photographs! Click on the cover image below to preview my book, and if you like what you see, click on the shopping cart to buy your very own copy!


All proceeds from the sale of this book ($5 per book) go to the Samaritan Counseling Center in Lancaster, PA. The Samaritan Counseling Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster hope and healing through professional counseling, consultation and education while respecting and integrating personal and spiritual values.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

This one is for you, Dad!


A Gray Reef Shark patrols the wall at Rock Garden Interlude in West Caicos.  Most sharks are wary of divers and keep their distance.  We encountered three six-foot sharks on this wall.  They made pass after pass, approaching to within 2 feet of my 24mm lens.  Cool!


When I was a young boy growing up on the gulf coast of Florida my favorite TV show was "Sea Hunt". Lloyd Bridges played the character Mike Nelson - and he was my hero! I so much wanted to learn how to SCUBA dive, and be just like Mike!

My Dad always encouraged and supported me in learning new things. He gave me my first camera at age six, and patiently worked with me as I learned the basics of photography. He was a pretty talented photographer in his own right. We moved to Florida when I was in sixth grade. Our family spent many wonderful hours at the Clearwater beach. And I just loved swimming in the surf with the mask and snorkle my Dad bought for me. I learned the art of breath-hold diving, but my limited time underwater was just not enough! I dreamed of being just like Mike with his cool SCUBA gear!

I remember begging my Dad to let me learn how to SCUBA dive. His first response was that I was too young, and that maybe when I got a bit older I could learn. That worked for a while, but when my begging resumed my Dad realized that I was not going to drop the subject. So he told me stories of fishing trips with his buddies out in the Gulf. He described how they often saw sharks circling their small fishing boat. Dad figured those stories would surely discourage me from wanting to SCUBA dive.

As you might have guessed, they had just the opposite effect!

I finally realized my dream when I was old enough to make my own decisions as a senior in college. I took a certification class, and have been loving diving and photography ever since.

So this one is for you, Dad! You are my hero!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Coming Soon.... My new Photo Book - Sea Secrets

I am excited to announce that very soon those of you who have been asking me to produce a photography book of my underwater images will have your wish!

Sea Secrets is a 118 page photo journal containing my all-time favorite images recorded over 28 years of underwater photography. It portrays shipwrecks, sharks, coral reef fishes, and other sea creatures from around the world.

Stay tuned for a bookstore link where you can preview the pages of my book online, and if you are impressed with it, as I hope you will be, order your copy!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mating Mandarinfish!


Mandarinfish.  Mating Mandarinfish.  As dusk settles on the reef at Magic Pier in Buton Bay, the amazing mandarinfish emerge.  A brief courtship dance is followed by pairs - in this case a threesome - slowly ascending in the water column. Then, in a flash of mandarinfish-love, it's all over!Scuba Diving Magazine 2010 Photography Contest - 2nd place, Behavior category.  Featured in August 2010 edition of Scuba Diving magazine.http://www.scubadiving.com/photos/photo-galleries/2010-through-your-lens-winners

As dusk settles on the reef at Magic Pier in Buton Bay, the amazing mandarinfish emerge. A brief courtship dance is followed by pairs - in this case a threesome - slowly ascending in the water column. Then, in a flash of mandarinfish-love, it's all over!

Scuba Diving Magazine 2010 Photography Contest - 2nd place, Behavior category.
Featured in August 2010 edition of Scuba Diving magazine.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blogger is a great tool!

I must say, I have been pleased with the user-friendliness of Blogger!
It has been fairly easy to learn, and there is great customization flexibility.