Tawali on Papua New Guinea is narrated by Andrey Bizyukin and supplemented with photographs by Wulf Koehler. In the Mediterranean we visit the island of Elba. Leigh Cunningham takes us into a cave under Ras Muhammad (Egyptian Red Sea). Now where things are heating up, learn what Temperature really means. Or what goes on with Sex on the reef. No February issue without Valentines' gifts. We interview Richard Pyle about ecology, rebreathers, Pyle stops and being a nerd.
Main features in this issue include:
Biologist, rebreather diver, inventor of Pyle Stops or... database manage. X-RAY MAG catches up with the ever-inventive and contemplative pioneer, Richard Pyle, to find out what makes him tick, insights into his theories, and the stories behind his accomplishments.
Who is Richard Pyle really? A biologist or a rebreather diver?
It is sad, but true—underwater photographers do not have a good track record or reputation for behaving well in nature. But being environmentally aware and conscientious about conservation issues should be as much part of the preparations as loading the camera with a memory card and fresh batteries.
The underlying fundamentals for underwater photography is mastering the basics of diving. In order to obtain good photographs, it is paramount to be able to control buoyancy.
It has been a year now since I started to exclusively side-mount the off-board tanks of my rebreather—either a Megalodon CCR or an Evolution CCR. Why? Simply because it’s much more convenient!