A must-read from regular X-Ray Mag contributor Gareth Lock. This book contains more than 30 detailed stories from world-renown divers such as Jill Heinerth, Richard Lundgren, Steve Bogaerts and Roger Williams. The case studies and analysis show how experts can make mistakes and how they survived to tell the tale.
Reviewed by Michael Lawrence
Generally speaking, underwater photography falls into several well-defined categories. Wide-angle reef scenics with or without divers, over-under images, fish portraits, macro and super macro. With his new book, Song of Silence, Rico Besserdich shatters that construct. While skilled in all of the standard approaches to underwater imaging, Rico has chosen to focus on the essential, elemental spirit of water and its boundless faces.
If you are a diver, much of what you learned about topics such as decompression sickness and narcosis in your scuba diving class is over-simplified and some of it is just plain wrong, as diver training agency texts have not kept pace with the science. Scuba Physiological provides us with a good summary of what we know, a glimpse of where current science is taking us, and some good tips to make us all safer divers now.
I first heard the name 'Scapa Flow' when I was a small child. Our cat had just had kittens. My father promptly named two of them 'Scapa' and 'Flo'. "Why Daddy""""? """"There's a place in Scotland called Scapa Flow"""". I wasn't at all sure whether to believe Daddy or not. But I was certainly intrigued by the name."""