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Dive (B)Log


Dive Blog

The idea of the Dive Blog is to provide you the newest stories, to show you breathtaking places and images taken by our Visionaries on their latest trips. All of them travel all around the world to find the next amazing dive spot and of course also to take the next incredible shot under the surface! Get inspired for your next trip!

  • Editing underwater shots – some basic tips for post-production

    It’s after your wetsuit has dried and your suitcase has been unpacked that the real work – and sometimes fun – of underwater photography begins: You finally get to look at all those beautiful shots you took and enjoy every “aww”-moment when you discover...
    • 3 May 2018
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 6865 views
  • Bullfrogs in front of the lens

    We do not really know for sure, but rumor has it must have been in the early 90s when a bullfrog farmer in the Karlsruhe area in Germany could not or did not want to accept the authorities' requirements. So, one night he released all the animals and set them free to explore the surrounding quarry ponds – an act with unimaginable consequences.
    • 16 Apr 2018
      This post has 1 Likes, 3 Comments and 1204 views
  • Diving in the “Möllerbunker” of a furnace

    Darkness, narrowness and yet a feeling of excitement. This is how it feels to dive into one of the dirtiest workplaces of the German Ruhr area. Erik Hesse made it possible for us to experience and capture an extraordinary dive into a stock bunker, a so-called “Möllerbunker”, of the former steel plant and now “Landschaftpark Duisburg Nord”.
    • 15 Mar 2018
      This post has 3 Likes, 0 Comments and 4982 views
  • Tiny critters are potentially everywhere - don’t miss them

    For most people, diving in a tropical sea around the equator means a nice and clear water and colorful coral reefs with a vibrant aquatic life. Happy creatures finning around taking their time with searching food and having a social life. That can actually be true but there are some exceptions which may make the diving experience a bit different and sometimes more exciting at the same time. No doubt, the sea’s diversity...
    • 8 Mar 2018
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 974 views
  • Papua New Guinea – an adventure in the last Garden of Eden

    Papua New Guinea. A forgotten tropical paradise. Colourful. Diverse. And with many parts completely untouched and totally native. It is a place of all colours and shapes in both flora and fauna. Thick, rough jungle, bright blossoms and above all the ...
    • 27 Feb 2018
      This post has 0 Likes, 0 Comments and 1210 views
  • What are these balls for?

    I ran into them for the first time at the dive fair 'Boot' in Düsseldorf. There I saw them lying in a showcase of a booth specialized in underwater photography material: Underwater flashes with a frosted glass hemisphere mounted at the front. In the very first instance, it looked like a big bowl of vanilla ice cream! I frowned my eyebrows ... "What-is-that?!" I had not seen this before!
    • 16 Feb 2018
      This post has 2 Likes, 1 Comments and 1239 views
  • Cenote Diving with a Mexican Mermaid

    Where the ocean meets the sky, where giant sea monsters control the waters and where pirates bury their treasures – this is where we maybe find the mermaids that so many old salts talk about when the light of day fades and the senses are fooled...
    • 18 Jan 2018
      This post has 0 Likes, 0 Comments and 1774 views
  • Light is the key

    Every time  I write an article for any of the magazines I collaborate with and  whenever I prepare a presentation on underwater photography, each and every time that I’ve written the word "LIGHT", I’ve done it in capit...
    • 12 Jan 2018
      This post has 3 Likes, 0 Comments and 1829 views
  • Underwater wide angle - Tips & Tricks

    The underwater world is truly beautiful and a wide angle image is, in my opinion, the best way to document it. Below you can read some of my tips and tricks to get better wide angle images during your dives.
    • 21 Dec 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 1612 views
  • Diving in Cenotes – know what you’re in for

    Diving is exciting. Diving is adventurous. And diving is not always a fun only activity. This is especially true when you are brave enough to face one of the most challenging diving spots there are: Cenotes. Diving in cenotes is something for the real pros – and so is taking underwater pictures in cenotes for that matter. But let’s start at the beginning …
    • 18 Dec 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 1705 views
  • Diving with dragons – almost...

    The republic of Indonesia consists of more than 17.000 islands, and is located in the golden triangle when it comes to biodiversity. To say that this widespread country is a heaven for divers is an understatement. At this magical place, which is stretching 5.120 km from east to west, and 1.760 km from north to south, you can find pretty much everything you want when it comes to encounters underwater.
    • 7 Dec 2017
      This post has 1 Likes, 0 Comments and 1889 views
  • The Magic Photo Experience trip to the Philippines

    This year in May I attended the Magic Photo Experience trip to the Philippines, a trip for the beginning photographer but also for the more experienced one. This trip was a combination of diving in Cebu and Moalboal at the beautiful resorts Magic Island and Magic Oceans. It was the perfect location for diving with lots of macro
    • 30 Nov 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 1116 views
  • Weather Islands - The Swedish dive mecca - part II

    Weather Islands are a small archipelago and an outpost on the west coast of Sweden. Here, everything is circling around the ocean and has always been, from the first maritime pilot living on the islands to people visiting it today.
    • 16 Nov 2017
      This post has 3 Likes, 0 Comments and 2694 views
  • How a dying jellyfish saved our day

    Participating in a photoshoot-competition is a challenge not to be taken lightly. The most important rule in preparing: you need A plan. This was made clear to me when I joined the yearly Dutch ‘PEN OMD photo Experience’ for the first time. If you want to have any chance of winning, or even to be noticed, you need to work out a detailed modus operandi. What subject, what sort of lighting, which lens to mount ..
    • 9 Nov 2017
      This post has 4 Likes, 0 Comments and 1317 views
  • Exciting encounter with steller sea lions

    For many divers underwater encounters with marine mammals are an unforgettable experience. Whenever I meet a dolphin, a seal or an eared seal (Otariidae), I am sure that I have just met an incredibly intelligent creature which enjoys our encounter as much as I do. The goal of my last photographic diving expedition was the coat of Kamchatka coast. To some of you, this idea may seem absurd. Everyone who starts diving dreams...
    • 3 Nov 2017
      This post has 10 Likes, 7 Comments and 3551 views
  • Weather Islands - The Swedish dive mecca - part I

    Weather Islands is a small archipelago on the Swedish west coast. It’s ranked as one of the most important marine areas in Sweden and has been a nature reserve and Nature-2000 area since 2011. The archipelago is truly beautiful with small granite islands and
    • 19 Oct 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 2890 views
  • Kamchatka – diving in extreme conditions

    Surely, all of you have heard of Kamchatka, right? Well, it’s highly likely that most of you will say “no” to this question. Let’s work on that. By the end of this article you will not know everything about this place but you will definitely know that we’re talking about a wonderful and exciting diving spot.
    • 12 Oct 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 1 Comments and 2395 views
  • Have you ever seen a Dugong swimming?

    On my last trip to Abu Dabbab, located 43 km away from Marsa Alam in the Egyptian Red Sea, I had a principal mission: taking pictures of grass-eating dugongs and large green turtles in their natural habitat.
    • 5 Oct 2017
      This post has 6 Likes, 1 Comments and 7896 views
  • Could you just come and capture a submarine?

    In all the years that I've been taking underwater photos I've captured a lot: from various shark species and beautiful corals to the most amazing underwater creatures. People often ask me what I want to photograph next. Obviously, there are few things on my list, but a submarine ...
    • 21 Sep 2017
      This post has 2 Likes, 0 Comments and 2117 views
  • Muck diving – diving in waste is not a wasted dive!

    To some people diving and photography is all about colorful reefs or getting the right angle of the huge wreck. Others spend hours and hours on a seemingly dead bottom, or diving in piles of human trash, and still come up with full memory cards...
    • 14 Sep 2017
      This post has 5 Likes, 0 Comments and 2459 views
  • Looking for the small stuff – Underwater Macro Photography

    Macro photography is always a challenge but underwater, this wonderful kind of capturing the small things in life is taken to the next level. A great underwater macro shot therefore starts with a good research. Of course you can just dive in and – if you are lucky enough – find some great (or shall we say tiny?) things to shoot. Macro photography is always a challenge but underwater, this wonderful kind of capturing...
    • 7 Sep 2017
      This post has 3 Likes, 0 Comments and 4417 views
  • How to find a bearded goby?

    For many underwater photographers Social Media are a great source of inspiration. Before the times of Facebook and Instagram there were only very few divers who, during winter time, went looking for lumpfishes or sculpins with eggs. Now, after seeing the images online, many divers go hunting for the same thing, and they are all posting almost identical pictures. People often ask what my source of inspiration is. Like...
    • 17 Aug 2017
      This post has 5 Likes, 0 Comments and 1906 views
  • Interested in some NEMO secrets?

    Since the beginning of this century, to be more precise since the release of the Disney’s movie, the most famous fish in the world has been the clownfish, of course the one named after the famous captain’s name Nemo. His influence on mass consciousness...
    • 10 Aug 2017
      This post has 5 Likes, 0 Comments and 1341 views
  • Musandam, Oman - a magical place!

    Colourful forests of hard and soft corals, fish of all sizes and magnificent landscapes will await you at Musandam, a magical place located north of the United Arab Emirates at the Hormuz Strait ...
    • 3 Aug 2017
      This post has 4 Likes, 0 Comments and 3535 views
  • Cabilao – Small island, big impression

    The soft current is taking our hand and guides us along the edge of the reef. Our eyes wander towards a gorgonian the size of a hand. There! One, two, three, … six, seven! We are counting seven pygmy seahorses in the narrowest space – si...
    • 20 Jul 2017
      This post has 0 Likes, 0 Comments and 633 views