Welcome back everyone and thanks for joining us. Last month we began our photographic journey together talking about becoming a better photographer by improving your buoyancy as a diver. This month we are going to touch on an idea you can use the very next time you are looking through the view finder—what I am referring to is a concept called "composition."
Growing up I was encourage to draw by everyone around me including my parents, aunts, uncles, friends, and teachers. I would draw the things I saw around me no matter what it was, the stereo, television, a plant, almost anything. We didn’t have computers or iPods to entertain or occupy our time, so I drew. Much like people like to read or watch movies, I began to draw cartoon characters of the people around me, garnering my inspiration from the cartoon shows I watched as a child.
Divers understand both the beauty of the underwater world and the fragility of the ocean’s ecosystems. One of the most insidious threats to life in the ocean and, indeed, on this planet is the massive introduction of plastics into the marine ecosystem. Plastic is designed to last hundreds of years or more and because of our affinity for single-use plastics, we are creating a veritable tsunami of trash. Over 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution finds its way into the world’s oceans every year, killing untold millions of marine creatures.