Hello and Welcome to the Website... Thanks for Dropping By...

Travelling, where you spend a lot of money and yet you come back richer.

Welcome to the web site. Where I will show and tell you what a wonderful pliace we live in live in and deserving our respect and protection.

I have been taking photos since 1975 when my father gave me a Yashica Range Finder and now have an array of Nikon Cameras and Lenses and to top that of I have been diving since 1997 and I am a Scuba Instructor and have incorporated that into my photography by taking the cameras underwater.

Diving For me.... Diving is a Passion OR you can say, Life's a Bitch then You Dive.

I do not think or consider diving as a sport or a past time.

Consideration of Diving as a sport, pastime or hobby is not doing Diving the justice it deserves. Its like doing something you really enjoy, it is priceless, it clears the mind, keeps the body active, no day is the same and from my point of view can fulfil the soul. All up, diving never ceases to amaze me.

At the same taking up diving also forces a change of attitude, becoming more respectful to the planet and the other inhabitants (human and animal) both on land and under the water.

I have met a lot wonderful people in my travels through diving, none more so than my wife. She will always tell you about our Wedding Day, how we eloped and got married in front of the Dive Shop at Hideaway Island in Vanuatu.

My diving base is in Sydney, Australia (in fact I live in Sydney) and I dive anywhere in Sydney, between Palm Beach and Bass and Flinders, near Cronulla (those who live in Sydney will know where I mean)

Currently I am an Instructor (PADI MSDT and TDI Nitrox) and have been for 9 years out the 15 years that I have been diving. 15 years on and I still enjoy teaching with the aim of not only teaching but bringing the joy of diving to my students and inspire them to carry on diving regardless of the level they want to achieve.

I knew when I started that my journey would take me beyond the amateur level, so I decided to take my time in becoming a Divemaster and then onto Instructor, purposely getting wet in between courses, in an effort to equal my experience with my qualifications and vica versa. In essence, that has been my attitude towards life in general, its good to get your qualification and equally as important to back your qualification with experience.

In keeping up with the concept of continuing education I have just completed an Advanced Nitrox course and have become a Meg Pilot and dive a Megalodon Rebreather. Rebreather diving brings another dimension to my diving, things seem a lot smoother and slower on a Rebreather, you have more time, you do not use as much gas and you find that the fish life gravitate towards you. Great for photography.

In the Mid 70s my father gave me a Yashica Range Finder.. I learnt about just taking photos and working the composition and have been taking photos ever since, buying a couple of SLR's in the early 80's. Both Nikons, the FE2 and the F301, both groundbreaking at the time and true classic cameras.

In the early 80s I studied photography and was taught by Ian Millen who was a Photo Journalist for the SMH in the 60s and 70s who taught how to use an SLR, develop photos all using film.

When photography went digital in the mid 90's, my photography lay dormant. I started up again when I bought an Olympus 5060, then later a 7070. These cameras were not SLR's but compacts with a Manual Override. Eventually the lure of the SLR took over and now I have 3.. A Nikon D80 and 2 x Nikon D300s'

The Jouirney so far has been ultra fantastic.. I have travelled the world and taken photos Topside and Underwater, hopefully telling a few stories and inspiring people to do more positive things.

In my last journey to New Zealand, my Journey into Photography and Knowledge got braoder.

Despite not knowing any better, I have taken the film process of thinking, lets call it analogue thinking into the use of digital SLR and the Post Processing..

I have learnt now... That this thinking is dated, very dated and I should be thinking digitally..

I have learnt to use a Digital SLR and have realised how powerful it can be a creative tool and getting the message across...

Even though Photoshop will always have a place in the Post Session Processing, and despite the fact I will be doing a course to learn how to Use Photoshop More...

So Enjoy the Web Site... Dont be afraid to say hello if you recognise me in the world.. Sign my Guestbook..

Nationally (other places in Australia) where I have been include:

  • Forster
  • Shellharbour
  • Merimbula
  • Moreton Bay
  • Stradbroke Island
  • South West Rocks
  • Perth
  • Brisbane
  • Coffs Harbour

The places I have been, internationally, include

  • Vanuatu
  • Nuie
  • Tonga
  • Fiji
  • YAP
  • The Phillipines
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Indonesia - Lembeh
  • New Zealand
  • France
  • USA
  • Singapore
  • Japan

There are other locations in the pipeline, so many places and so little time.

Yours in Diving and Pictures.

Theo.... aka almity1



© Theo Starr 2012