• Plan ahead: maps of sites, recommended routes and practical advice
• Illustrated throughout by the award-winning author’s underwater photography
• The perfect preparation for diving and snorkelling in Ascension
• Includes an Index of Ascension Island Common Marine Life.REVIEWS:
"Written in a straightforward, practical style, while whetting the diver's appetite too - rather like a good dive briefing': DIVE magazine.
"...if you are planning a trip to this particular middle of nowhere, there is only one guide in town!": Diver.
"...immerse yourself in Paul's beautiful book... for the adventurous diver who likes to get off the beaten track this is an absolute must": Joss Woolf, Chairman, British Society of Underwater Photographers.
"This is the first time that anybody has published a detailed dive guide for the island and I know that plenty of people will benefit from it": Martin Edge (from the Foreword).
Paul Colley is a diving instructor, INON UK underwater photography instructor, lifetime Vice-President of the Royal Air Force Sub-Aqua Association, a member of the British Society of Underwater Photographers and has won international underwater photography competitions to gold medal standard. He writes regularly for diving magazines, websites and his own blog: blog.paulcolleyunderwaterphotography.com
The best underwater images don’t just capture the subject well, they also capture mood, emotion and atmosphere. Unlike most other underwater photography books, Winning Images with Any Underwater Camera focuses on composition and techniques rather than the all-consuming camera technology that people tend to chase first. This makes it a supremely cost-effective tool for improving images; and there is no discrimination between users of different camera systems — this truly is a book for all.
International award winner and instructor Paul Colley reveals the short cuts and shows the vital bits of artistic theory as it applies to underwater photography, grappling with composition in much greater depth than in other books. He also includes easy-to-remember reference models for underwater composition: pre-planned concepts for twelve typical underwater scenes, with the principal considerations boiled down to those essentials that will help you achieve great results, time and again.
Over the course of two decades, John Hargrove worked with 20 different whales on two continents and at two of SeaWorld's U.S. facilities. For Hargrove, becoming an orca trainer fulfilled a childhood dream. However, as his experience with the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. When two fellow trainers were killed by orcas in marine parks, Hargrove decided that SeaWorld's wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and ultimately unsafe for trainers.
After leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove became one of the stars of the controversial documentary Blackfish. The outcry over the treatment of SeaWorld's orca has now expanded beyond the outlines sketched by the award-winning documentary, with Hargrove contributing his expertise to an advocacy movement that is convincing both federal and state governments to act.
In Beneath the Surface, Hargrove paints a compelling portrait of these highly intelligent and social creatures, including his favorite whales Takara and her mother Kasatka, two of the most dominant orcas in SeaWorld. And he includes vibrant descriptions of the lives of orcas in the wild, contrasting their freedom in the ocean with their lives in SeaWorld.
Hargrove's journey is one that humanity has just begun to take-toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animal worlds must be radically rethought.