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We have just arrived in the Twin Cities and are leaving already, too soon if you ask me. Making our way to Tomah, WI tonight and Appleton, WI later this week. It also looks like we will now be heading for Jackson,MS instead of Texas but that is completely in the air now.

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Post of the Week: If you enjoyed my SCUBA photos from last week then feel free to hop over to my Shutterfly page and see more.

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I figured it was about time I shared some of the photos we took while on vacation and from the ill-fated dive that sunk my camera. It’s a bit unfortunate that we only took a few shoots of the other people we went with and the house we stayed in. Both were very lovely. Thank goodness for iPhones, we did use those a fair amount. Perfect in a sunny location snapping shots of your friends.

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What I was trying to capture with these dive shots was the way we as divers interact and become part of the landscape. That without trying we create wonderful shapes and openings. Most people take pictures of the fish they see, honestly you can buy a postcard that looks better. You can’t however recreate what it was like to be with that specific group of divers. Each time you go down there is something unique that happens from sort of being a team. Usually you dive with a partner but after a bit others will signal you when see something. Each person trying to make sure that everyone gets to experience that unique. No matter how many sharks, rays and turtles you see each one is awesome.

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So this led me into the goal of capturing the scene and not the little fishies. Josh did bring up one point after reviewing my edits. Something is missing about the mood if you, the viewer, can’t see that the divers are looking at. The reefs in Cozumel were teeming with fish but not a single one shows up in my shots. So I guess there is room for improvement, getting a flash with a red filter might help. Maybe I’ll have to add that into my budget this year too.

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It was a great time shooting pics while diving, a bit crazy at times. We borrowed a housing from a friend whom was kind of let us try out underwater photography. To make sure that it wouldn’t leak at depth we took it down a few times with a weight in it. After a few tries and the case coming up dry we decided to have a go at taking down our camera. As I previewed last week, the results were good. The housing works to a depth of about 50 ft below sea level, then the pressure makes the case too tight and compresses all the buttons.

We were able to work about this little issue and continued taking it down. After a couple of days Josh had a try at it. Unfortunately something went wrong with the housing and it LEAKED!!! Yep drowning my camera. So I will be taking it in this week hoping that the insurance will cover the damage. Otherwise I get a new camera!

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