Picture Update and Camera Fixit!

It’s been a good go since the last update, lots of pictures to go through and a homemade fixit for the underwater camera housing! So: seven new pictures in the Cold Sub Aqua gallery, a cool featured animal, and a quick tip for a quick fix!

Recently I lost the soft flash diffuser for my trusty Ikelite housing and its Nikon L22 camera. I was storing the camera in my BCD pocket and while removing it, lost the diffuser. Admittedly, I had not secured it with string. Using the hard/opaque diffuser was going nowhere fast as I discovered I just couldn’t get the good shots with it at depth. Despondent, I ordered a new one, but had nothing for the interim. Then a more experienced diver than myself recommended I cut up a plastic milk jug. Using the hard/opaque diffuser as a template, I turned a two litre jug into four new diffusers. They aren’t quite as good as the purpose built one, but it was a good fix and now I have spares! This is a sound idea that can keep you shooting longer in the field if you lose a diffuser.

Featured Animal: the Ratfish (Hydrolagus colliei)

A unique looking denizen of the west coast, the Ratfish is normally found in the deeper depths, but sometimes wanders into shallower areas where it can be seen by divers. This fish has a venomous spine on its dorsal fin and lovely lines of gold that flash up when hit by light. When seen, it’s usually moving along the bottom, searching for food by smell.

About the author

Graeme is a professional diver, qualified as a PADI and SDI Divemaster, DCBC 40m Unrestricted Commercial Scuba Diver, 30m Restricted Surface Supply diver, and CAUS Scientific Diver Lv.2. Graeme has an Associate Degree of Arts in Environmental Studies, where he focused on archaeology and physical geography, and an Advanced GIS certificate.