Nikonos Hot Shots Wide Angle 15mm-The Wonder Lens

By Geri Murphy The Nikonos 15mm ultra wide angle lens produces spectacular results: dramatic perspective, super sharp detail and breathtaking depth of field. The trick is learning how to use this remarkable lens to your best advantage. Equipment Needed: The 15mm is designed to fit any Nikonos model but works best with the more advanced…


Carlos Eyles: Freediving Photographer

By Tanny Peluso I met Carlos Eyles about four years ago at a local camera shop; I was selling equipment and he was buying. The resulting business deal led to a lasting friendship. At the time I was most familiar with Carlos’ epic account of spearfishing, The Last of the Blue Water Hunters. After meeting…


Discovering Truk Lagoon with David Hasselhoff

By Wayne Hasson Text and Photography by Wayne Hasson Every week, Baywatch is broadcast to the homes of more than one billion viewers and is seen and heard in 141 countries and 32 languages. David Hasselhoff and a cast of lovely lifeguards star in this program, which is considered “the most watched television show in…


Lloyd Bridges in his own words

By Eric Hanauer In the past year, the diving world has lost two giants. One was an explorer, inventor and filmmaker. The other was an actor and casual diver yet his influence equalled Cousteau’s in the early days of scuba. Lloyd Bridges starred as Mike Nelson for only four years out of a 60 year…


Neal Watson: Just Funnin’

Profile Scott D. Jones Forty years ago, if you had asked Neal Watson about this new thing called scuba, he would have told you it was a passing trend. Thankfully, scuba diving did not go the way of disco or pet rocks and the sport continues to thrive, thanks to industry pioneers like Watson, who…


Dolphins Meet Dharma

By Michael Lawrence What do you get when you put a vivacious, intuitive young woman in touch with two playful, curious dolphins? An intimate exchange of cooing, clicking, giggling, squeaking, shrieking and outright laughter (That’s right, dolphins do laugh). This meeting of the minds happened recently when Jenna Elfman, star of ABC sitcom Dharma and…


Fish Out of Water

By Eric Hanauer Fish Out of Water By Eric Hanauer Underwater photographers often indulge in self pity, whining about the complexity, the expense and the hassles of dragging heavy, bulky, expensive gear through airports, on boats and underwater. David Doubilet once stated that if anything would end his career, it would be the schlep factor.…


The Dolphin Lady

By Lee Nessel 2000-04 The Dolphin Lady Lee Nessel Just the mention of the name Nowdla intrigues people. Nowdla means “harp music” in the language of the Inuit Eskimos, her mother’s people. And just how did a woman of Eskimo descent end up in the Caribbean? Nowdla’s parents, despite being afraid of water, took their…


Oceanic, 25 Years of Development and Innovation

By Bonnie J. Cardone Just more than 25 years ago, Bob Hollis and a partner started a company known as Oceanic. It made camera housings, strobes, strobe housings and various U/W photo accessories, for a budding industry. Today Oceanic has evolved into an incredibly diverse company offering a full line of dive gear, most of…


Find A Job That You Love

By Marty Snyderman Find a Job that You Love And You’ll Never Have to Work< Geri Murphy Ron Kipp has had a talent for business since childhood, so it is little wonder that he would become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the dive travel business. As owner and manager of Bob Soto’s Diving Ltd.,…