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Ron Watkins

Ron and Heidi

Ron Watkins first experienced the thrill of diving at age 15 at Lake Mead, Nevada with his father, who learned how to dive in the Navy during the Korean War aboard the USS Oriskany. Although his father is no longer able to dive, he is able to experience the underwater world through Ron’s photography. Ron and his wife Heidi are PADI Advanced Open Water certified divers and have logged many dives together. Starting off with a simple Sealife point and shoot 35 mm camera in 1996, Ron was hooked on underwater photography. Ron has a photography specialty certification that he earned while diving on a live-aboard in the Australian Coral Sea. Ron attributes his success to countless other underwater photographers that have made time to provide advice and shooting many practice photographs. Ron was recognized by Seaspace 2000 with first place in the Wide Angle category for his gray whaler shark photo.

Ron and Heidi reside in New River, Arizona and have been on trips to exotic destinations including Micronesia, Indonesia, Fiji, Australia, Mexico, Central America, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. With 100s of dives under her belt, Heidi is Ron’s lifelong dive buddy and researches dive destinations and animals, assists with spotting photo subjects, provides lighting support, and keeps a watchful eye on the gauges.

After many years of sharing photos with friends, family, and the good folks at the New River Senior Center, Ron and Heidi took their urging to turn their passion for diving and underwater photography into a business. The couple recently launched SCUBAREWS LLC which is devoted to sharing the wonders of the underwater world with both scuba divers and non-diving underwater enthusiasts. SCUBAREWS provides underwater photography prints, framed art, stock photos, calendars, interactive CD/DVDs, trip reports, educational photo presentations and tips for underwater photographer. Additional photos can be seen online at their website
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Steve Straatsma

Steve Blue Hole diving in Cay Sal, Bahamas

Steve first started shooting underwater in 1973 with an old Brownie camera in a plastic housing in the springs in North Florida. He graduated to a Nikonos III and Sea & Sea strobes in 1978, and was encouraged to continue progressing by winning two categories in the Florida Skin Divers Association photo contest that same year.

Steve’s primary interest over the years has been photography in little-documented places, primarily deep cave sites, as no one else was doing this until Wes Skiles advanced the activity with multiple strobe cave photography, a technique which I promptly took up.

The Nikonos II was my weapon of choice as it would go deeper than any other Nikonos or housing (over 300 feet) and still function, using the superb Nikonos 15mm lense and either Sea & Sea or Ikelite strobes. Over the years Steve has dad photos published in Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Advanced Diver Mag, Readers’ Digest, NACD and NSS/CDS Journals, and numerous newspapers, books, and local magazine articles.

Steve converted to digital photography with Nikon/Aquatica/Ikelite equipment in 2004. “Digital is truely an incredible media…the possibilities are endless!”

You can see other pictures of Steve’s in various parts of Steve has been a kind and gracious contributor to, and we want to thank him for that!

Tim Perrault

Tim Perrault began his diving career in August of 1997, has logged over 1300 dives, and is currently a PADI Master Instructor.

Along the way, Tim discovered underwater photography and the quest for the “best” picture amongst his diving companions. His first camera was a Nikonos 5. With persistence, and a lot of film developing, he found that he had a knack for capturing his subjects. It wasn’t long before he added underwater photography as part of his teaching curriculum.

In 2003, Tim went digital and switched to a Nikon D100 with a Light and Motion Titan housing. He is an active instructor, photographer, and diver in the Pacific Northwest. He has spent time diving all around the world, including Truk Lagoon, Palau, Galapagos, Indonesia, Tahiti, Mexico, and numerous Caribbean locations, photographing the underwater world. Tim enjoys the diving in his own backyard – Puget Sound and British Columbia – with it’s the rich marine life, but he does consider the Galapagos his favorite big “fish” destination, and Lembeh Strait, Indonesia best for “critters” of all kinds.

Tim lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.

Steve May

Underwater photography is a natural when you love both diving and photography, but it didn’t quite start out that way. I started diving in 1970 while stationed in California in the Air Force. After about 10 years, I was getting bored with spearfishing and “look-see” diving and looking for something new to do. My Dad had made a housing for a Kodak point and shoot camera that used a flashcube. So my interest in underwater photography started with zero training, a small Plexiglas homemade housing, and a camera that had the dubious feature of using the on-camera flash for the first four shots. For the rest of the 24 exposures, it was all very blue natural light.

Now, twenty plus years after that introduction to underwater photography, I have better cameras, better housings, strobes, and a lot more training and experience over the years. I currently have a Nikon D70 (digital camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a Nikonos V and Nikon F4 (film camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a variety of lenses from the digital 10.5mm fisheye to the 105mm Macro. I use the Aquatica housings because they have a 300-foot depth rating, and that let’s me take the camera to the deep wrecks that are one of my favorite photo subjects. The history, mystique, and sea life surrounding each wreck is unique.

Diver at 1AXXX, Dry Tortugas

Horse-Eye Jacks, Long Cay, Belize

L Tower Goliath Grouper

Red Frogfish, Half Moon Cay, Belize

Eddy Wong

Eddy grew up in tempered coast of Peru, South America. At a very young age he received a snorkeling set as a gift from his father. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries, he spent every summer diving for shells and critters in the Peruvian ocean. His first opportunity to try scuba diving was in 1989, when he received his scuba certification in Tampa, Florida. However, he didn’t get his chance at underwater photography until 2004, when he purchased his first underwater setup, a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9 digital camera with a Sony MPK-9 housing.

Like many other divers that developed an interest in underwater photography, he started getting “blue pictures” with a basic and inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. Over the years, after practicing a lot and attending many underwater photography seminars and courses, he graduated from a point and shoot, to using a Sea&Sea YS-25 strobe, and eventually to a manual-settings capable Olympus SP-350, Olympus PT-030 housing, Sea&Sea YS-110 and Heinrichs TTL connector, which he currently uses.

Since Eddy developed his interest in underwater photography, he has traveled to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Cayman Islands and Honduras. Eddy remains a point and shoot digital photographer believing that an SLR is not an absolute requirement to get a nice underwater picture.

Eddy is an advanced open water diver and currently resides in Revere, Massachussets. His interests are in software, travel and underwater photography. He has also started a company, Yellow Tang Software, dedicated to developing software for the scuba industry.

Eddy has documented his travels and has chronicled his evolution as an underwater photographer with many tips, course notes and lessons learned on his blog He can be contacted at [email protected]

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