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Tahiti shark dive @ TOPDIVE-Bathys, French Polynesia

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We did two shark dives in Tahiti hosted by TOPDIVE-Bathys dive center. I’ve done shark dives all around the world, and was really impressed by the number of gray reef sharks in the area. We had approximately 50 gray reef sharks, a few black-tip reef sharks, and a couple lemon sharks. A tiger shark has been at the dive semi-regularly, but it didn’t show up for us.

Given that Tahiti is an easy, 8-hour flight from LAX, the shark dive at TOPDIVE-Bathys might be the most accessible dive with lots of sharks for those of us who live in California.

I’m told that the baited dive is both new and controversial here on the island, and interestingly, the Tahiti shark dive isn’t even highlighted on the TOPDIVE-Bathys website (but the Moorea shark dive is). But given the quality of the local shark dive, it will no doubt attract a good number of divers in the shark diving community.

Tahiti, French Polynesia | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jul 25, 2011 12:33:45

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-07-25

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Behind-the-scenes video with Coco Rocha

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LYTRO – Behind The Scenes from Coco Rocha on Vimeo.

Coco and James have posted the behind-the-scenes video from the Lytro photo shoot last week. My face is in the video for approximately 4 frames. ;)

New York, NY | link | trackb | no comments » | Jul 22, 2011 10:29:02

Off to French Polynesia

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Fakarava, French Polynesia

I haven’t been in the water since December—it’s the longest I’ve been dry in a decade. Obviously, the big reason I haven’t been in the water is that I’ve been busy in my role as Director of Photography at Lytro. Startup life and lots of time underwater do not seem to be compatible. :)

Tomorrow, I’m headed to French Polynesia with my buddies Don Kehoe and Dave Patchen. We’ll meet up with Fabrice Charleux of Plongeur.com for 10 days in Tahiti and Fakarava. I haven’t been to French Polynesia since an epic journey in 2005 with Douglas Seifert, Ron & Valerie Taylor, Mike McDowell, and others, and I’m really looking forward to being there again.

I’ve packed two Canon 7D bodies (thanks, Dan, for the loan of a body!), a Nauticam underwater housing, Ikelite strobes, 4 GoPro cameras in 2 underwater 3D GoPro housings, 2 Lytro prototype light field cameras, and a Fuji X100. That may seem like a lot, but it’s travelling light compared to what I often bring on photography trips.

Sharks, here we come!

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | 1 comment » | Jul 21, 2011 00:32:36

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-07-18

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Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-07-11

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Pictures from the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar 2011

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As the official unofficial photographer of the St. Lawrence String Quartet‘s Chamber Music Seminar 2011, I present the following batch of pictures. (read more »)

Stanford, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Jul 6, 2011 23:57:19

Leyan Lo solves a Rubik’s Cube behind his back

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Every time I see Leyan Lo do this, I’m in awe.

San Francisco, CA | link | trackb | no comments » | Jul 6, 2011 23:33:25

Weekly Twitter Digest: 2011-07-04

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  • Fantastic free noon concert: SLSQ, Prutsman and Surin (Haydn & Shostakovich). More on Wed & Fri #
  • CNN was in our office this morning, but I missed them because I was at Stanford for the SLSQ Chamber Music Seminar! #lytro #
  • @elliotloh Indeed. ;) #
  • Have any old digital point & shoot cameras to donate? Help children in Haiti. Write jmosur3@yahoo.com (re: http://ow.ly/5sEZ5) #
  • I have a locker! It's like I'm in school again. @ Braun Music Center http://instagr.am/p/GoIQK/ #
  • CA residents will now pay sales tax for online purchases. Also, Amazon Affiliates program terminated for CA residents. http://ow.ly/5tBIC #
  • Pleased to see a piece on CBS on the shark finning issue. #
  • My favorite thing on the computer is a dialog box that grabs focus and has "Cancel" as highlighted button. If you're typing, it's over. #
  • California targets Kindle lab in Amazon tax spat http://ow.ly/5tDFC #
  • @donmacaskill I have thoroughly enjoyed my lunches at @SmugMug HQ! :) #
  • Morning raking http://instagr.am/p/Gq_qt/ #
  • Google+ shouldn't be spamming people if they are not allowing sign-ups (even with invitation). #
  • Vote for Ren Ng in 7×7's Hot 20 under 40! He's contestant number 42. :) http://ow.ly/5ubxH #
  • @tomiogeron Getting off the grid is a great thing, every once in awhile. ;) #
  • @koci We need a global @ name space. ;) #
  • @johnolilly I don't want another social network. #
  • Morning pick up @ Red Rock Coffee http://instagr.am/p/Gu1ls/ #
  • Lunch with Douglas and Emily Seifert — in the USA! Miss the days of always being in exotic locales together. #
  • It was a fantastic day full of chamber music! 2 more days of paradise to come. #
  • A tiny little froggie near CCRMA http://instagr.am/p/Gx8Jo/ #
  • For a moment, it was like I had one http://instagr.am/p/Gx8Ri/ #
  • Great to hang out with Osvaldo Golijov today. He is here only for a day, at #slsq seminar. #
  • "It is 12 strokes of a bell… but the bell is made of ash." -Osvaldo Golijov, on inspirations for Yiddischbbuk #
  • I'm performing tomorrow (Sun) at 11am in Campbell Recital Hall on Stanford Campus. Will be epic—18 groups performing (my quartet: ~11:40am) #
  • Epic recital begins! @ Campbell Recital Hall http://instagr.am/p/G4yov/ #
  • Gregory Wait beams down to lead a choral experience @ Campbell Recital Hall http://instagr.am/p/G5V0F/ #
  • Just saw an airplane on 280. A dozen emergency vehicles were en route. #
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