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Posted by divinotter on June 23, 2006 at 18:16:27:

This may not be the right time to bring this up, but, Iíve often wondered what support we as divers can give to our community of photographers

Hereís where Iím going, when I started diving I thought about taking pictures but it is so darn expensive and Iím not done with just Ďexploringí and using my mind as a camera yet. I know I wonít ever put the money into underwater pictures - not to mention the task loading it takes to carry a camera- I just enjoy being down there and would like to spend the money on trips.

Thatís why I check this board so often. When Iíve had a long day and want to be in the ocean, I can read about a trip or look at the pictures- the pictures are wonderful.

I know that a lot of people have been generous with their photographs, but what can we do for them? Iíll bet for every one who posts pictures, there are ten of us who canít.

Itís too bad we canít have a photographerís day, where money is donated or raised to help buy equipment that can be checked out on loan for these photographers Ė batteries, strobes, film, memory sticks, etc. I wonder if local dive clubs could monitor the equip. Or just have a photographerís appreciation day where we bring pot luck and bring old equipment to give away to photographers who could scavenge them for parts. Or have the photo people bring prints for us to buy , so they can re-coup some of their investment. Iím just thinking out loud as I write Ė but it seems like all the photo people should get some kudos for their hard work.

I purposely didnít name names as there are too many of you out there and I would forget someone.I guess doing anything could result in a political nightmare, for photogs as well as viewers, but there must be a way.

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