David discusses the plan for the next dive with the divemaster. Getting good shots requires careful coordination with the staff. You want to learn as much as you can about the site, what types of life you are likely to find, what the conditions, depth, and visibility will be, what the angle of the sun will be and how it will light the reef at that time of day. The really good divemasters can lead you to a specific little hole or coral head where an unusual or particularly shy or well-camouflaged species hangs out.
David Doubilet is a participant in the Contributing Photographers-in-Residence
program of the National Geographic Society.
Contributing Photographers-in-Residence have produced extraordinary images during their decades of assignments for the National Geographic Society, images that capture the wonders of our planet, in addition to documenting critical issues that we confront in our daily lives. Their work is representative of the outstanding body of photography that has become the trademark of the National Geographic Society.
In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, a multidisciplinary team of conservationists, photojournalists, and new media specialists documented and explored the Belizean Barrier Reef Reserve System. Representatives from EarthWild International
, University of California (Berkeley)
, Belize Audubon
, and the Wildlife Conservation Society
examined universal challenges to conservation and sustainable development and celebrated successes in the preservation of our common natural heritage. Back to news story >>
Photograph copyright Lauri Hafvenstein