In Search of the World’s Ugliest Fish

In Search of the World’s Ugliest Fish

Apr 18

Perhaps one of the oldest and greatest traditions of ocean-going folk is to debate which of the ocean’s vast selection of odd-ball creatures is the ugliest. In the Pacific Northwest, however, the debate has long been put to rest – everyone agrees that the world’s ugliest fish is the wolf eel (Anarrhichthys ocellatus). Known fondly by divers as “wolfies,” wolf eels are the second most...

Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Quick Review

Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Quick Review

Apr 13

After collecting opinions from a number of underwater photographers/ the sales staff of Bluewater Photo, I’ve composed all of the ‘top benefits’ to the new Sea & Sea Nikon D850 Housing.   Take a look at some of the main points I found to be consistently mentioned:     Overall Design The housing for the D850 is lighter then it’s predecessor, the Sea...

Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Flexibility of the full-frame macro lens

Feb 28

This is the first in a series of blog posts comparing shooting with cropped-sensor versus full-frame sensors. I hope you enjoy! - Scott Gietler When I used to shoot with the Nikon D80, D300, and D7100, when I wanted to shoot macro I had to decide between using the 60mm macro lens and the Nikon 105mm macro lens. Now that I am using a full-frame camera, I no longer have to decide. When I use the...

Best Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2017

Best Underwater Cameras for Christmas 2017

Dec 03

Best Cameras for Underwater Photography & Video 12 Ideas For the holidays of 2017 By Scott Gietler, Owner Bluewater Photo Which underwater camera to get? With so many great cameras, lenses and housings out there, the decision is tough. Here are some models that you can’t go wrong with for all budgets, whether your shooting stills or underwater video- and we’ll mention some...

ThinkTank Rolling Bags Comparison

ThinkTank Rolling Bags Comparison

Jun 20

Many customers love the Thinktank rolling bags for travel, but how do you pick the right one? With a variety of options, its best to look at the size and features of each bag to help you determine what you need. Check out the three top Rolling Bags below and a sample packing configuration to help you decide which will be the best for your camera set up!   Why we love the Thinktank...

Diving Silfra with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Diving Silfra with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Mar 09

In January I had a chance to take the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera  and PT-EP14 housing out for a spin while on vacation in Iceland. We were diving Silfra, famed for its extremely clear water. This dive falls on many must do lists, and I would highly recommend it, just not in the dead of winter! It was about 17° Fahrenheit (-8° Celsius) outside, making the 40°F (5° C) feel really...

10 Days in the Galapagos with the Aquatica A7RII

10 Days in the Galapagos with the Aquatica A7RII

Aug 08

Diving in the Galapagos isn’t for the faint of heart. From the heart pounding surge and currents at Wolf and Darwin, to the chilly waters around the main islands, like Isabela, the Galapagos can really test a diver’s skill. Knowing that I was headed for the adventure of a lifetime, and what could be my most challenging diving to date, I wanted to make sure I had the right tools for the...

A Beginner’s Guide to California Underwater Photo Composition

A Beginner’s Guide to California Underwater Photo Composition

Jul 06

If you are a photographer who has decided to try your hand underwater you may start to feel that you have bitten off more then you can chew. Even if you’re an accomplished diver there is a great deal to think about. So it is best to start with simple non-moving subjects until you get the hang of the many new variables you must consider when trying to get an interesting and well-composed shot....

Fast Focus with the 7D Mk 2

Fast Focus with the 7D Mk 2

Jun 29

  The Canon 7D Mark II is one of the top choices for underwater photographers.  I’ve used Bluewater Photo’s rental 7D Mark II on my last two trips, logging over 75 dives and several hours snorkeling with the camera. We’ve discussed the macro merits in Macro with the 7D Mk II, and how incredibly sharp the images are with the Canon 100mm macro lens and SubSee diopter, but...

Nikon D500 testing

Nikon D500 testing

Jun 26

I’ve been shooting the Nikon D500 over the last few days, and I’ve been very impressed by the results. The camera is ideally suited not just for underwater photography, but also for topside photography, particularly action, low-light, and wildlife behavior photography. There are 3 areas in which the Nikon D500 really stands out. Nikon D500 High ISO Performance My entire idea of...