Intro to underwater photography

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Phuket,
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Having dived in some of the world-class diving destinations, it is a complete injustice that I have no photos to show for it!
Now that I am a dive master and feel quite good with my buoyancy (ability to swim, dive, float with control), I decided to take on underwater photography. I've had so many moments when I wanted to snap pictures of amazing creatures while diving. And it's been way overdue to replace my stolen camera anyways.
So I purchased a new digital camera with an underwater housing. I took it for my first run a few days ago. And it was....ugh very frustrating!!
Because I am constantly moving with the current, and the fish are also moving, it is SO hard to get a clear shot. There is also so much to learn about photography in general, like shutter speed, ISO, white balance, etc...
This is going to take ALOT of practice!!!

I'm surprisingly enjoying Phuket. Unfortunately, the authentic Thai experience/culture is diluted by the massive tourism here. But I am enjoying being able to go grocery shopping, live 50m from the beach, and jog bare feet at sunset.
Today I went grocery shopping and found some hummus, turkey deli meat and Philadelphia cream cheese. Sure, they are quite expensive. But I appreciate that I have access to almost everything I can possibly ever want, while still living in paradise :D

I signed up for my instructor course at the end of Oct when I return from the philippines. I met 3 boys from the dive shop - Dan and Joe are from UK and just passed their instructor course and exam a few weeks ago. Chris is from Australia and is about to finish his dive master internship. I imagine we will be working together in the coming months.

In the past week, I already had the opportunity to assist on an Open Water pool session and participate on skills circuit with Chris in the pool.
It's only been 2 months since I got my dive master but my skills were already rusty!! I also had a study session in the classroom to see how much knowledge I retained from my dive master training....lets just say I'll be hitting the books again :-(((
This professional diving business is no picnic.
There is just so much information to learn! It's not only diving. We have to know physics, like how much volume changes with temperature and pressure changes in atmosphere; how our respiratory and nervous systems are affected when we breathe too much nitrogen or oxygen at certain depths; the mechanics of our diving equipment; how our oceans work (waves, currents, surge, etc). It feels like I'm back in school - no fun!
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Oli on

I guess with time and practice, all that will be just part of the diving experience, like in every job. This is new to you, so it feels like it's too much. Once you learn and start using that knowledge every day, it will be peace of cookie.

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