My 200th dive...

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I began diving in 1996. Ten years later and my 200th dive... I never would have believed it!
(Photo was taken by my husband, Chris.)

  1. pmarella 100 months ago | reply

    Wow...what a wonderful shot.

  2. LittleVanda [deleted] 100 months ago | reply

    So cool Alida! I was just about to ask you if you had any Pics of yourself underwater, Congrats on reaching 200!

  3. Alida's Photos 100 months ago | reply

    I have lots of photos of me underwater but I don't post them since: (1)I'm not the one to take them and...(2)they are not the most attractive shots. Ugh...I didn't even want to post this!

  4. Lida Rose 100 months ago | reply

    I am impressed!!!!
    Actually you look great!!!!

  5. Maria Rego 100 months ago | reply

    Wow!!!
    Congratulations!

  6. Alida's Photos 100 months ago | reply

    I have another photo from about 7 years ago, on my blog profile: click here

  7. ParaScubaSailor 100 months ago | reply

    Yay for your 200th Alida!!!

    Well done, and keep on diving safely.

    As to the aesthetics of underwater photography, a very pretty friend of mine posed for underwater photographer Lionel Pozzoli (she actually married him). The biggest change you can make is to learn to remove your DV (and blow a tiny stream of bubbles) when portraits are taken. This gives back its natural shape to your mouth.

    The next simple change (a bit more expensive, though) is to get a full face mask, one with a single lens in front of the eyes, in order to get rid of the plastic piece that separates the eyes. The old ones (they had an almost round shape) are pretty good, and new models are being designed and manufactured that resemble them closely.
    Having a spare mask is a good thing any way...

  8. Alida's Photos 100 months ago | reply

    I've seen those masks and always laugh that only models wear them!
    Also, I realized I should have taken the regulator out of my mouth, after the photo was taken. Now that I have the underwater camera, I'll think about it!
    Thanks!

  9. ParaScubaSailor 100 months ago | reply

    I know these masks well: I used to use one _before_ models started using them, back in the days where men were men, sheep were scared and divers told everybody it was hard and difficult ;-)

    The main reason I stopped using it is that with a "normal" regulator in my mouth, I couldn't put my hand over the DV and pinch my nose to equalise on the way down, I had to use both hands, slipping the index finger between the DV and the mask on each side to pinch my nose.
    If you're going to buy a new mask, remember to try that _with_ your DV when you go to the shop...

  10. Reef Reflections 100 months ago | reply

    Congratulations on your 200th dive, feels good doesn’t it!! About taking your 2nd stage out of your mouth, remember that should be done for a safety reason and a photograph does not qualify. The photographer should take the shot when you are between breaths, like what you husband did here, good job!!

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