Shore Diving with a Camera

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In the event you ask many divers in the event that they need to do a shore dive, they’ll typically take a look at you as if you have been loopy — add in an enormous digital camera rig and the appears get extra pronounced. However shore diving with a digital camera has many advantages and is certainly value contemplating. If it’s a superb shore dive, you’re by yourself schedule. You identify when to get each out and in, the main target of the dive, and the dive time.

Additionally, once you spend sufficient time at a dive spot, you get to know the critters repeatedly, which helps when taking pictures. Shore diving with a digital camera is usually a problem, although. Listed here are a couple of of our greatest tricks to make it simpler and extra satisfying.

Doing all of your homework

First, discover a spot and perform a little recon with the native dive store and different divers. Analysis what the location is like, and decide the entry/exit level logistics. Word any potential swell, surge, topography, and critter life. When you’re able to go for a dive, manage your dive and digital camera gear for the stroll to the entry level. Shore dives could be quite simple or difficult, relying on the parking and your stroll to the entry level. Some websites function stairs and a pleasant seashore, whereas others might require a climb down, so consider one of the best path to the shore earlier than you gear up. Utilizing the tailgate or again space of your automotive lets you don your gear simply and your buddy to verify you over.

Managing your digital camera

The most important situation when shore diving with a digital camera is managing not solely your scuba gear however  additionally the digital camera when you’re making an attempt to get your fins on and time the swells. What do you do with all of it? About 15 years in the past I added a shoulder strap to my digital camera rig, which has made the method straightforward. I added a shoulder strap to my digital camera rig, which has made the method a lot simpler. The shorter model is nice for carrying your digital camera to and from locations because it retains the strobe arms in place. My strap is longer as a result of I needed to be hands-free. Once I’m shore diving, I sling my digital camera on my shoulder or throughout my chest  and have my fins on a carabineer that’s hooked up to my BCD. Now I needn’t fear about my digital camera whereas I handle my entry/exit. 

So, how do you make one among these straps? The shorter model consists of braided fibers and set off snaps or a carbineer on every finish of the braid. I went with a trigger-snap clip, which doesn't open simply, and I selected all brass for put on and tear within the ocean parts. For the strap, I used skinny parachute twine doubled up and looped by means of the primary clip’s ring and fed it via versatile plastic tubing pulled tight. On the different finish, it’s hooked up to the second clip’s ring. I bought all the elements at a ironmongery shop, which makes it handy and reasonably priced. My present strap is over 15 years previous and nonetheless going robust. Size is a private choice, however I needed the digital camera to take a seat at my decrease hip when hung throughout my chest.

Getting into the water

With a strap as described, your digital camera is secured to your physique when you’re within the water. Now you can inflate your BCD, watch the swells and get your fins on to kick out of the surf zone.

I often swim on my again to my drop spot, leaving the strap slung round my neck. Once I’m prepared to start out my dive, I unclip one aspect of the strap and clip it to my BCD’s left-side decrease D-ring and start my descent. As soon as I’m at depth, I detach the second clip and connect to my higher left-side D-ring.

Ending the dive

Once I’m able to ascend, I do the reverse of my descent and reattach the digital camera to my physique with the strap and D-rings. This enables me to start my exit from the water figuring out the digital camera is safe. You need to use this course of on a ship too, and I additionally hand my digital camera rig to the crew with the strap to allow them to simply carry it again on to the boat.

Shore diving with a digital camera presents distinctive challenges, however don’t be intimidated. Diving this manner means you'll be able to simply bounce in for a dive by yourself schedule. As soon as you realize your digital camera is safe on entry and exit, you possibly can chill out and benefit from the dive.

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