On September 14, 2012 our first interviewee flies back from an underwater venture in Japan. He brings with him stories of underwater extravagance. He shares with us his passion for diving, and underwater photography, painting vivid images as he tells us of his various descending’s into the depths of the sea. Going so far as to giving our group permission to use footage that he has taken of the underwater wildlife. Sharks, octopi, anemone, colorful fish, and coral are just a few of the things we get to see through his footage. His name is Berkley, and he brings tons of experience to the table and to the documentary and its evidential purposes.
What says passion like 40 years of dedication? Reggie Brown sits on the shores of Monterey with the beautiful sea at his back and gives the story of how he begins to develop this passion for diving. As he tells his story you can feel the waves of the ocean creep closer as if they were attempting to carry his story back out to sea. Like Berkeley he gives vivid images of his exhibitions except this time, Mr. Brown brings a bit more soul into the situation by telling us how he began as a kid. Through these stories we get the connection that a grandchild might have to a grandfather. As he speaks he allows listeners to use their imagination to link with his tale. Reggie has a photo album with exciting freeze frames from his past. Overall Mr. Reggie Brown adds to the passion aspect of the Video.
Of course there is a technical side to the story. What gear to use while diving, what kind of camera to use, lighting. For this information we go to the diving instructor Bruce Fischer. Fischer gives a visual play by play as to the dos and don’ts of diving. Bruce gets down to the bone when he gives his examples. Bruce is interviewed in his San Jose shop where the environment says scuba 100%. He brings evidence to the table, but most importantly Bruce gives the documentary an informative touch that perfects the film. All in all, these three factors are strong points in this documentary, strong enough to make viewers want to participate… so strap your gear on, and happy diving.
1. How did you get started on underwater photography?
2. What do you love about scuba diving and underwater photography?
3. Do you do any photography that doesn’t involve diving?
4. Is underwater photography a mainstream hobby or is it a very small community of people. Why?
5. What is the proper gear that you need in order to dive and shoot, all the way from the wet suit to the camera?
6. Do you do this professionally or just as a hobby?
7. What is the difference between cold water and warm water diving, and why is it so important when diving?
8. Why should someone take up this hobby?
9. what is the best and worst thing about underwater photography?
10. What does it take to get started in underwater photography?
11. Why do you choose underwater photography rather than regular photography?
12. What kinds of sea creatures do you shoot?
A diagram of diving equipment on a Monterey diver (my dad).
My Dad, Reggie Brown, stars in this trailer for a documentary on Underwater Photography. The underwater photos are all property of Reggie Brown.
This is my Dad’s photo of a Fringe Head fish in a bottle that is on the cover of the 1996 Monterey Beach Dive Competition poster.
On many of the beach dive sites in Monterey, there are a variety of animals basking in the sun and relaxing. Some of them that are seen below include sea lions, pelicans, and seagulls.
This is my Dad in his Dry Suit getting out of the water after a successful dive at Breakwater in Monterey, California. Water is extremely cold in Monterey, so a dry suit is a huge convenience because it doesn’t let any water into the suit as opposed to wet suits which trap a thin layer of water between the skin and suit.
He is also holding his Camera which is just a DSLR with an underwater housing on it.
Although my dad, Reggie Brown, doesn’t shoot underwater photos for a living, it’s still his way of life. Sometimes we think of him as more of a fish rather than a human being. His love for the water is undeniable.
He began scuba diving in his early teens with his brothers in Los Angeles. They went out at least 3 times a week to different dive sites with pole spears to hunt for fish, lobster, abalone, and other delicious sea creatures. He picked up a camera and an underwater housing for the first time 10 years later and hasn’t put it down since. Much of his work surpasses that of professionals in the macro division.