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We love to dive — free and SCUBA — and find our ways to far-off places.

Welcome.

Join us and see how diving really looks — in situ and annotated with location, depth, and marine life.

blog

Love, blue.

Every dive site is unique. Every day, unique.

dives

recent dives

Breathe in.

So much is lost in the noise of SCUBA. Our best pictures are taken with little more than a deep breath, fins, and mask.

tech

Tech

How do we get from photos to here?

We consider open source technology to be an important tool for the marine studies community, so all of the divelog is built on open software and open standards. And not just built upon! We're proud to take an active role in developing new open systems and contributing to the tools already available.

All of our work is on OpenBSD machines. Simply said, we consider OpenBSD to be the finest operating system available.

To build the divelog, we start with a series of images. (See our gear for cameras used.) We import these images using gphoto2, then load them into shotwell. After tuning and tweaking — we don't do much post-processing — we import finished images into our Cloudinary image hosting account. The exiftool program extracts images' GPS coordinates and depths for display on each image.

Our dive computers are managed by divecmd, which we built specifically to handle our needs our extracting multiple divers' dives (sometimes free-diving sequences) directly onto the web. This tool imports from our computers (again, see our gear for current machines), processes, then exports to JSON for use by the divelog.

Lastly, sblg pulls our articles together and dblg drives the dynamic blog.

A diving adage…

the most beautiful and most ugly are often the deadliest.

gear

Short story?

All you need to skin dive are an un-fogged mask, a pair of well-fitting fins, and a snorkel.

Kristaps and I (Huck) have recently become frustrated with tour-guide style diving. The first step in establishing confidence in diving on our own — and a requirement for technical diving — was in buying a dive computer. Our first acquisition was a Suunti D6i, followed by a HW OSTC 2c.

We use divecmd to export from the dive computer and use the depth results in this site.

Next to an un-fogged mask, fins are your most important piece of gear. Maybe even more important: when free-diving, fins can save your life! Selecting good fins is a trade-off between kicking power and speed. We don't pretend to be experts on how to choose—it's been trial-and-error.

We currently free dive with Cressi 2000 HF and Mares Razor Pro longfins. When SCUBA diving (or free diving in caves or silty shallows), we'll fall back in normal-length fins. But most of our time spent in the water is in longfins.

Camera preference is overwhelmingly one of price, then utility. We'd love to dive with a fat DSLR, but the camera, lenses, strobes, and (most of all) marine casing make that improbable—not just in terms of cost, but in the bulkiness of the equipment when (say) free diving. (By all means contact us if you're parting with some dive cameras or camera accessories you'd like a home for!)

Our camera odyssey begins with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4, which served us for many years. When the Lumix reached its end of life, we bought a Nikon Coolpix AW130. It served as a good intermediary, although it wasn't quite what the reviews made it out to be. Finally, we've settled on a Sony RX100M4. And it's good.

In all of our dive pictures, you can see the depth and coordinates as automatically extracted from the image's EXIF data. The Nikon always exports this data, but the Lumix is spotty.

We get damn cold in the water. So all of our wetsuit choices predicate on one thing foremost: insulation.

Our first wetsuits, an Xcel Infinity X2 4/2 and an Epic O'Neil 4/3, were used primarily for surfing. These don't work terribly well when diving---both compress quite a lot---although for temperatures in the upper 20s for the similarly thin-blooded, they work well enough. Our second suits were Henerson TherMAXX 7 mm, bought specifically for colder diving. We also bought Tilos 2,5 mm gloves.

We currently free dive with an open cell Beuchat Espadon Equipe (for Kristaps) and Beuchat Athena (Huck). We're experimenting with dry suits for technical diving.

One word: safety. Two more words: risk evaluation.

After a scare involving fishing line, we started diving with knives. For us, the knife should be as small as possible, but still able to cut invisible fishing wire and nets. I find wearing a knife to be annoying (I'd rather dive with just a swimsuit, fins, and snorkel), but consider it a necessary safety precaution. Yes, they look a little ridiculous. But particularly during shore dives (looking at you, Hawai'i), we come across abandoned netting (and in-use invisible wire) quite often. It just takes one mistake…

The most beautiful moments

are always the most unexpected. Have a mask on standby.

about us

Every diver needs a buddy — it doesn't matter whether for recreational, technical, or free diving. Your divelog buddies are Kristaps and Huck: coffee afficianados, voyagers, lovers of the sea.

After a long (but imaginary) love affair with diving in my youth, I went SCUBA diving for the first time in 2010 and haven't stopped since then. These days I prefer skin diving to SCUBA, if for no other reason than to feel like less of an undersea tourist.

Certifications: PADI OW, PADI AOW, PADI dry suit, TDI nitrox, TDI advanced nitrox (pending), TDI decompression procedures (pending).

Find Kristaps

(Otherwise known as Christina/Sorrawan Sophon.) Things I love to do: (1) workout; (2) drink coffee; (3) dive, free & SCUBA; (4) find ways to do said 3 things with my husky Lila. I travel often, forever in search of new underwater adventures and ways to contribute to marine conservation.

Certifications: PADI OW, PADI AOW, PADI dry suit, PADI sidemount (pending) TDI nitrox, TDI advanced nitrox (pending), TDI decompression procedures (pending).

Find Huck

So long, Marianne…

(we'll be seeing you!)