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Judy Carlson
Judy's love of nudibranchs inspired her to start making glass beads in addition to her work in TV makeup. She met Roger at the Redondo Beach King Harbor cleanup, they were engaged in Cozumel, and returned there for their honeymoon.

Judy shoots a Sony HC7 vdieo camera in a seatool housing, and in the past shot an Olympus 5050 in an Olympus housing, with an Ikelite DS125 strobe on a manual slave controller, and a collection of Nikonos cameras.

Roger Carlson

I mainly shoot Olympus SLRs in an Olympus housings, with dual Ikelite DS125 strobes on manual EV controllers, after using an Olympus 5050, a collection of Nikonos cameras and an Olympus 3040 in an L&M Tetra housing.

Phil Garner

Phil Garner began free diving at Marineland shortly after it closed in 1987. After getting scuba certified two years later he began exploring as many sites along the California coast as he could. Close to 90% of his dives have been off Palos Verdes. He recently published his first book, Diving the Palos Verdes Penninsula, a guide to 25 of his favorite sites along the peninsula. He is currently working on volume two, which will include some of the deeper shipwrecks.

During one of his nearly 300 dives at Marineland he met Merry = Passage. They now have over 400 dives together and can be found nearly every weekend shooting their Nikon D700s until their fingers bleed.

Phil loves to post dive reports so that others may enjoy all that Palos Verdes has to offer. It's his way of returning the favor for all of the reports he read as a new diver.



Randy Harwood
Randy Harwood has been SCUBA diving since 1975 and has been photographing the marine environment for over 20 years. Diving all over the world, he has visited Mexico and Latin American, many of the islands in the Caribbean , Hawaii, Fiji, Micronesia, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Republic of the Maldives, French Polynesia, the Phillipines, Africa and Australia. He regularly dives in California and still considers the kelp forests of California a favorite dive destination.

Active in the Los Angeles Underwater Photographic Society for over 20 years, he served as the Society President for almost 8 years.

Randy’s “Underwater World” calendar has been in continuous publication since 1986. He has contributed numerous photographs and articles to books, advertising media and magazines, including “Outdoor Photographer”, “SCUBA World”, Rodales “SCUBA Diving”, “Outdoor California” and many more. Randy's day job is as a dentist in the South Bay.

Randy shoots a Nikon D200 in a Nexus housing, and formerly used a Nikonos RS.

Jeff and Anastasia Laity
Jeff and Anastasia have been diving together regularly since their marriage in 2003, mostly in Southern California. Jeff shoots stills with a Canon 5D (mkII) in an Ikelite housing; Anastasia goes for moving pictures with a Sony HC3 in a Light & Motion housing. Anastasia is a NAUI Instructor, and also a huge nerd who keeps her dive log online.

Visit Laity Photography for photos, videos and trip reports.

Jim Lyle
Jim is a retired chemistry professor, can ID any fish, and has the lowest air consumption of any known mammal.

Jim shoots an Olympus E-330 in an Ikelite housing, with dual Ikelite DS125 strobes, after having taken an Olympus 5050 and an Ikelite Aquashot on hundreds of dives and around the world. Jim has the Olympus 7-14mm, 14-54mm, and Sigma 100mm macro lenses.

Walter Marti
I'm pretty sure Walter shoots video, because the pictures at that link move.

Ferdinando Meli

Ferdinando Meli is a geologist passionate about underwater photography since 2004. He started with a compact digital camera, then went to the legendary Nikonos V and now uses Nikon digital SLR in an adapted Seacam housing. For years now he has preferred night dives. He designed and produced underwater LED lamps used during night dives. He is responsible for performing bathymetric surveys.

Steven Smeltzer
I have been SCUBA diving from the early 1980’s when I certified when I was living in the Middle East. I shoot a variety of Nikon cameras D80, D90 (still one of my favorite) and D300s using a variety of lenses from Sigma 17-70 2.8 (great lens) to Nikon 60mm and 105mm lenses. I use Sea & Sea housings and strobes.

Images that inspire are my aspiration and my passion, combined with a love of scuba diving, nature and travel provide a wide variety of opportunities for me as a photographer. My goal is to provide photographs that allow the viewer to "get into the image" to live and experience the moment vicariously.

I have spent over 30 years traveling globally and creating images of Europe, Africa, South America, North America and Asia and I want to share those images and experiences with others.

Come visit at http://www.stevenwsmeltzer.com or check out my new blog or follow me on twitter.

Todd Winner
Todd is a internationally award winning underwater photographer from Southern California. His work has been used in numerous magazines and other media including Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Discovery, Wet Pixel and Ashley Page Swimwear. Please visit the galleries where you will find award winning underwater images from around the world.

Carol Yin
Carol & Bruiser strive to violate airline carry-on luggage weight restrictions around the world. Bruiser is a Canon 5D in a Sea & Sea housing, with dual Ikelite DS -125 strobes on 2 x 2 x 12" ULCS super buoyancy arms. Carol is a consultant, helping electric utilities evaluate their energy efficiency programs.