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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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Nov 26, 10     Comments Off on Wreck Diving, Mini-Sub, Sunken Tugboats, Curacao

Good evening from rainy o’l Curacao! Today I did a great deep dive to 148 feet! At 9:00 this morning our team pulled the sub out of the garage and put it in the water while I got my camera and dive gear ready for a 1st ever dive to the tugboats with the sub. This time instead of diving from shore the plan was to load the boat with our gear and when the sub radio’s that they are on the tugboats we will then just go straight down and meet them! Well for once the plan went perfectly! While waiting for the sub to reach the tugboats we got hit with a big rain storm in the boat and even though we all had wet-suits on it was still cold! I had two safety divers with me today, Johnny and Bruce and once we got the call from deep below we rolled off the side of the boat and down we went! It only took 2-3 minutes to get down to 148 feet where the sub was parked and waiting and I immediately started shooting! While I shot my photos the other two went on a quick Lionfish run and cleaned up a few from the sides of the tugs, we don’t need them eating all our small fish. I was only down there for four minutes then I slowly started to rise up and stopped at 107 feet and waited for the other two. Johnny and Bruce are much more experienced at diving deep so I just watched from above and let them do their thing, they stayed there for close to ten minutes. The pressure down there at that depth is amazing! Once you pass the 100 foot you immediately start feeling dizzy or drunk, it’s called Nitrogen Narcosis. This obviously can be very dangerous as one could just pass out very easily, you must know your own personal limits and not venture beyond that. For these dives I have to preset my camera at the surface and make sure it’s all on before I go down because once there it’s hard to concentrate on the job at hand and trying to use buttons on the camera is nearly impossible. So this was our first practice dive with the sub, for the next photo I will have the sub come closer and have someone holding a slave flash to help light it up a bit more. On the way back up we picked up our spare tank that we left sitting on a sandy slope for emergency use and moments later after a 10 minute safety stop we were all back on the boat, fun dive!

That’s more or less the highpoint of my day, I took the dogs for a walk after work and now it’s time for bed, the days go fast! See ya, Barry

PS. I am still unable to send out the daily! Maybe we can fix it on Monday?

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