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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!


  • Prepare, keep it simple, relax! My best tips for underwater photography competitions

    In August 2018 the Swedish championship in underwater photography took place at Hamburgsund on the Swedish west coast. Twelve finalists competed for the victory.
    • 25 Oct 2018
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  • Curaçao Caribbean Feeling – the Dutch way

    “Bon bini” and thus welcome to Curaçao. The dreamlike Caribbean Island is smilingly welcoming us with its unique flair and its loveable charm. The friendly people, the wonderful climate and the many small bays and beaches are absolutely enchanting. Again. Once you have visited this paradise you are quite likely to come back again.
    • 27 Sep 2018
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  • Playing with art filters

    If you have a look at photographs taken above the water you can often see that the pictures have been edited away from their natural look. For some reason this is something very rarely seen in underwater photographs. It seems like there is some unwritten rule that pictures taken above the water can be altered, twisted and twirled just for the creative effect, but underwater pictures should show the world as it is seen...
    • 16 Aug 2018
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  • ZANZIBAR – so impressive dives!

    Recently, I decided to visit Zanzibar and to take a diving trip around to discover the surrounding sea. Geographically, this area actually belongs to the Western basin of the mighty Indian-Ocean but still, it is pretty close to the main land of Africa near Tansania. I picked two distinctive areas to explore, one in North, around Nungwi and Mnemba-atoll
    • 25 Jul 2018
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  • Artistic use of backlight

    Backlight shining right into your lens and illuminating your scenery in a creative way is one of the most difficult and yet one of the most artistic things in underwater photography. Let’s have a look at how you can use backlight at its best.
    • 21 Jun 2018
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  • World Oceans Day – let’s celebrate life

    It's a major source of oxygen and food, a home to thousands of creatures, a climate regulator and an extraordinary playground for divers and photographers: THE OCEAN. Celebrate the World Oceans Day with us, find out more about why the world’s oceans are so important and take part in a fantastic raffle.
    • 8 Jun 2018
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  • Switch from Canon full-frame to Micro Four Third OM-D E-M1 Mark II

    For the impatient of you already looking for my conclusion: Yes, I’d do it again! With my Canon 5D MKIII I have taken countless shots in mines and caves and I was always very enthusiastic about the results. But then, the day came when
    • 31 May 2018
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  • Snorkeling with Orcas

    Nearly everybody is enjoying warm climate, searching for sunny holidays, looking for diving places with crystal clear turquoise water in summer or winter time. Now try to imagine it is January, a month when most people prefer to skip the winter. Not us.
    • 18 May 2018
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  • 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 you’ve managed to capture something (or someone) you weren’t aware of. And, as any photographer, you will probably start to realize...
    • 3 May 2018
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  • 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 ...
    • 16 Apr 2018
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 sound of singing birds of paradise. Sparse volcano slopes shine green and red, hot steam rises from the solidified lava like boiling fog. Papua New Guinea is a country of...
    • 27 Feb 2018
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  • 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
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  • 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 by too many drinks …
    • 18 Jan 2018
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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...
    • 3 Nov 2017
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  • 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
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  • 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
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