“No one really knows what’s in the deep ocean in Antarctica. Now we have the technology to reach into the ocean depths, we accompanied scientist and deep-sea explorer Jon Copley and became the first to descend to 1000 meters underwater in Antarctica for Blue Planet II. The exotic creatures we found there will astonish you.”
Are you interested in unexplored shipwrecks lying hidden on the ocean’s bottom just waiting to be discovered? This is Dr. Staci Willis’ passion and this past summer she and a team of investigators explored a portion of the coast of Albania looking for some potential excavation sites. For more than six days she and her fellow researched dove on various sites from 15 meters to 24 meters (50 feet to 80 feet) in an area around Corfu Chanel.
Their investigatory dives were successful and they will be returning next summer to start an archaeological dig on one or two of the sites.
Dr. Staci Willis is currently a Professor of Anthropology at Houston Community College and the Co-Principal Investigator of the Albania Ancient Shipwreck Project. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology, specializing in Nautical Archaeology, in 2016. In addition to her most recent work in Albania, Dr. Willis has also participated in a number of other underwater excavations, including a 7th-century BC Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of Spain, a 1st-century wreck in a river of northern Italy, and and 1st-century wreck in the Indian Ocean off the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Staci will be discussing her work and these dives at the January 17, 2019 Club Aquarius Social Club meeting.
The Houstonian Hotel, Resort and Spa hosted Santa Claus for an underwater photography session. The Houstonian staff were on hand with Hot Chocolate complete with marshmallows and the Oceanic Ventures staff were in the water taking the photographs and entertaining Santa! People of all ages joined us and even a little rain did not stop the festivities. To see what you missed…
This past weekend, Santa came to visit and pose for underwater photographs. What a fun time! Here are some highlights…
Everyone like to have photographs of their experiences, and from their vacations and travels. Divers are no different. The only issue is that taking photographs and videos underwater requires a little bit of pre-planning and some different equipment — well sort of.
There are a number of ways to get started from jumping in with your GoPro to using your mobile phone in a case to take photographs. But, what is the best way? That is a difficult question to answer, It all depends on where you are in your land photography and where you want to go with your underwater photography. What so I mean by that? Let’s look at this further further.
IPhone Camera User
If your primary camera is your iPhone or Android phone even on vacation, then you will probably be happy starting with a simple underwater camera. These allow you to shoot video or still photographs and download them to your computer. Most of these cameras save files in a JPG format. However, some of the new models have a RAW file feature too. Not sure what these terms mean, check-out part 2 of this article about digital files and processing. Let’s just say that the JPG files are what you are used to seeing in your iPhone which means they have some processing done during the save function. Some examples of these camera are the SeaLife Micro 2.0 and a GoPro. You could also put your phone in a housing and take it with you. Kraken makes a new housing for phones.
IPhone and Point and Shoot Camera User
If you use both an iphone and anther camera during your trips, you are probably trying to get better images or different images that what you can get with your phone. For you, the SeaLife Micro 2.0 or the SeaLife DC 2000 might be good options. Both have basic functions but also expand to let you “tweek” your photos and your experience.
DSLR & Mirrorless Camera Users
Now this is a wide-ranging area of underwater photography. You could stick with the simpler camera from above or you can expand to take your land camera underwater in a housing. A lot of it depends on what you want to accomplish underwater and how much you are willing to invest. The housings for your underwater camera can cost more than your initial camera investment and then there are the strobes… So you could look at the SeaLife DC2000 or a housing from Nauticam or Aquatica.
How to get started
Our Club Aquarius meeting this month will be focusing on “How to get Started in Underwater Photography.” We will be discussing how to meet your various goals and what equipment you might consider. We will also be discussing some things you can do to improve your photographs once you start with a system.
- Speaker: Zaide Scheib and Eric Keibler
- When: 22 February 2018, 7:00 PM
- Where: The Black Labrador, 4100 Montrose Blvd. Houston, TX
We had a great time this past weekend with Santa underwater at the West University Recreation Center Pool! The kids had a great time finding Santa hanging out underwater and Mom & Dad have fun holiday cards to send out. If you are a Houstonian member or know a member, Santa will be visiting the Houstonian this weekend. There are still some spaces so if you want to have your photo made with Santa, you need to hurry and call the member services group to set-up a time.
- What: Santa In the Pool
- Where: Houstonian Hotel, & Spa
- When: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
- Note: The Houstonian is a members only club so you must be a member of have a member set it up for you to have your photo made here.
On Wednesday, Santa will be at the Houston Racket Club with the Kinkaid Swim Team and the Houston Racket Club Swim Team and some of their members.
So you can see, he really gets around when he is town!