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New Book: “The World of Blackwater” by Mike Bartick
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, October 31, 2022 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

When it comes to blackwater photography, one name comes up a lotMike Bartick. Not because he happens to be based in one of the great critters capitals of the world, Anilao, in the Philippines. And not because he’s a lovely guy who relishes every opportunity to share his impressive macro shooting skills with others. Mike’s one of the bona fide pioneers of this challenging art form.

So, if there’s one book, or in this case e-book, that you should own on the subject, it’s this affable Californian’s new offering, The World of Blackwater, which was over six years in the making. As the subtitle says, this is an illustrated guide to the weird and wonderful tiny creatures that rise from the abyss and how you go about capturing them in all their exquisite glory. As such, not only is it overflowing with mind-blowing images, it’s also a very comprehensive resource for anyone trying to figure out exactly what alien life form they’ve taken a picture of on their blackwater dive. Mike covers over 100 species of cephalopods, crustaceans, larval fish, jellyfish, worms, and more.

The book is available as a 263-page PDF on Gumroad or an 184-page iBook on Apple Books, priced at $25.


The Amazing and Unique Underwater World of Blackwater Diving

Highly published, award-winning underwater photographer and Photo Pro at Crystal Blue Resort, Mike Bartick announces the release of his new eBook, The World of Blackwater. Mike chronicles his work from recent years as he dives deep into this mysterious world that only exists offshore at night.

Created to inspire divers in the growing realm of Blackwater Diving, this eBook offers a compilation of images of rare or never seen before marine animals (with common and/or scientific names), natural history, Mike’s personal journey into Blackwater Diving, and photo tips. The eBook is available as a PDF or iBook, so it may be accessed and read on any digital platform at any time! Divers may also use this book as a digital field guide for Blackwater Diving in the Indo-Pacific and other tropical locations around the world. As a bonus, owners of this eBook will receive free updates as they become available.

Mysterious, wild, and exotic, The World of Blackwater can be found on Mike’s website, www.saltwaterphoto.com, on Apple Books, or on Gumroad.













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