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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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May 17, 16     Comments Off on Sunken Ships, Wreck Diving in Curacao
Apr 15, 16     Comments Off on Diver Silhouette, Wreck Diving, Pier Diving
Feb 29, 16     Comments Off on Mark from the WORLD Famous Dive Bus Hut
Feb 25, 16     Comments Off on Free diving with Emma and a New IKELITE Housing
Jan 22, 16     Comments Off on Ikelite Underwater Housings, Female Silouette
Aug 3, 15     Comments Off on Scuba Diver Blowing Water Rings Underwater

 

Mar 13, 15     Comments Off on Diver with Underwater Camera, Curacao Diving
Feb 9, 15     Comments Off on Ikelite GoPro Tray with Vega Video Lights
Aug 7, 14     Comments Off on Diving with a GoPro, Underwater Video/GoPro
Jul 29, 14     Comments Off on Night Diving Photos, Night Diving with a GoPro
Jul 28, 14     Comments Off on Diving the Superior Producer Wreck in Curacao

Good afternoon friends, I apologize for the late posting but this Caribbean boy has been really busy these past few days! On the home front I’m building a big bird cage for our poor little parakeet that was hit by a car a few weeks ago, we don’t think he will be flying any time soon but then again you never know. I spent the weekend mountain biking and working on maintaing the trails, a job that honestly never seems to end!! Our Dalmatian Inca is still unable to walk after having rocks thrown at her by a local Curacao guy out on the trails I built?? I guess next I will be posting signs that say, “if you don’t like dogs, stay off the trails”! Yes, still major upset! The island is getting small amounts of scattered rain which has helped immensely and we are so thankful for every drop that falls! We continue to take large amounts of food and water out to the desert each day for the birds and iguanas in an effort to do something to help our wild friends. Since our battery was stollen out of the car a week ago I have been trying to figure out how to secure the hood or the battery to make it more difficult to steal. Well tonight, Dutch (owner/creator/boss) of the Sea aquarium and my co-worker Bruce took matters into their own hands and drilled a hole through the top of the hood and welded a big hitch lock in place!!! So now the hood will not open without a key, it may not look pretty but it will work!!

This morning Mark, from the World famous “The Dive Bus” (link on the left side of my home page) called and asked if I wanted to go with him to the Superior Producer (big sunken ship) for a morning dive and I of course said yes!! Mark is friends with some of the top tech guys and gals at GoPro and they had just sent him a new box of goodies to take out to the water to test and play with, again, it’s not what you know it’s who you know!! Word! I quickly assembled my Ikelite D-800 setup with double DS-160 strobes and the Ikelite/GoPro tray with 2-Vega video lights (seen above in Marks hands) and rushed to get down to the Dive Bus. We quickly loaded up his truck joined by two other friends and took off to the dive site which is located on the West side of the Mega Pier. Once parked we all kept busy setting up our own gear and within minutes we were on our way to the water. I wish you could have seen Mark, he looked like a human GoPro Christmas tree!!! He had one attached to his chest, one on a cool extendable GoPro pole with tripod (for selfies), and two dangling from his BC for backup and topside shots, GoPro would have been proud! The visibility was pretty great today which makes this particular dive that much better. To make a long story short the four of us had a total blast! We filmed our two friends exploring the wreck and I shot some photos of Mark. I mainly used my Ikelite/GoPro setup with a red filter over the lens which we found out doesn’t work that great below 75 feet but it’s amazing from 0-75. The Ikelite Vegas (strobes) are so powerful they lit up everything and lasted well over an hour, if you don’t have these yet, put them on the list, it’s a must have for a GoPro or any DSLR with video capabilities. Ikelite link again is on the front of my home page. I wish I could tell you about all the cool things I saw on the dive but all I saw was Mark through my little “live view” screen on the GoPro, a small price to pay for a killer clip of adventure one can watch over and over and share with the World. We did encounter some current today, something this dive site is well known for but we managed to kick our way right through it. We are planning another trip there soon and I will try to post a video clip for you all to see just what your missing out on!

Still lots to do, see you tomorrow……..

Barry

 

Jul 14, 14     Comments Off on Night-Diving in Curacao, Giant Porcupinefish
Jul 9, 14     Comments Off on Underwater Photographers Camera Gear During Travel
Jun 19, 14     Comments Off on Night-diving with Ikelite/GoPro Video Camera

Good afternoon from sunny, windy, dry Curacao!! Last night I had a fantastic evening of underwater adventure with my two friends Tessa (above) and by new diving buddy Gitland. I had already spent hours of getting ready for this dive during the day by setting up two full DSLR Ikelite housings, one with a D-200 and the other a D-800. Tessa was the lucky recipient of getting to use the new state of the art Ikelite/GoPro video camera with the duel VEGA Video lights, talk about a sweet looking underwater outfit!

http://www.ikelite.com/lighting/2107.2-vega-dual-kit-gopro-flex.html

Like three navy seals on a mission we entered the sea in all it’s darkness at around 8:00 and took off straight down to around 75 feet! We instantly discovered a pretty big Caribbean octopus out hunting on the sand and proceeded to pull up along side for a few photos and a little video. He was super cool and climbing all over everything and could have cared less about us, he just kept on hunting. At one point he jumped up onto a big coral head and then tried to grab Tessa as she swam by, I have a photo and will send that later, it was really cool! After loosing sight of him we moved on and up to around 70 feet and “PRESTO” we found another smaller Caribbean octopus, this night was off to a great start! This one proved to be harder to shoot as he or she was deeper in the reef , that’s why I love finding octopus in the sand, you don’t have to worry about delicate corals! Next we found a pretty big spotted moray out hunting and minutes later found another that was even bigger. As I was shooting the second eel I noticed he wasn’t moving and was just parked in one spot under a big beautiful gorgonian? Well with a closer look we saw there was a third spotted eel poking it’s head out of a little cave, a possible mate perhaps?? I guess the night is not just about trying to find dinner! After the eels we took back towards Substation and that’s when we ran into this giant prorcupinefish, Diodon hystrix. These beautiful pufferfish can reach 3-feet in length. We followed this one around for quite awhile last night during which he took us back down to around 70 feet! I really love these giant, gentle creatures, they are just so much fun to watch and have such great expressions! Soon after taking this photo by dive buddies alerted me that they were now running low on air and it was time to make tracks back to the dock. On our return we spotted numerous lionfish out hunting and some were really big, funny because you don’t see as many during the day! Our last adventure was with a hiding cowfish and we hung out with him for as long as we could, I will send those to you as well. So another great, fantastic night dive in Curacao, I swear night diving is just one of those things that never gets old, kind of like eating chocolate and drinking Highlander Groog! (my favorite coffee, see logo link on the homepage, Dark Canyon Coffee).

Lots to do, have a great day!

Barry

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