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AZTinman
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Casa Grande, Arizona
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Underwater Photographer & Writer

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AZTinman

Contributor, Male, from Casa Grande, Arizona

AZTinman was last seen:
May 5, 2021 at 11:55 PM
    1. hezishohat
      hezishohat
      Hi
      do you use the Nikkor 16-85mm underwater?
      I just check of getting the Sigma 17-70 but not sure about it
      1. AZTinman
        AZTinman
        Yes, I use a Nikkor 16-85mm underwater. It works well in situations where I need more reach than my Nikkor 10-24mm will provide. The 16-85mm doesn't focus as fast as the 10-24mm. I've never used Sigma lenses. I do have a Tokina 10-17mm FE, but don't like it much. I only use the Tokina when shooting large animals like mantas close-up.
        Jan 18, 2018
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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    http://www.cortezbluephotography.com
    Location:
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Occupation:
    Underwater Photographer & Writer
    Gender:
    Male
    Certification Agencies:
    PDIC, PADI & SSI
    Dive History:
    Became certified in 1989 while working with a Rural Fire Protection District in Colorado. As the district's training officer and an assistant chief, I was charged with developing the district's underwater search & rescue (recovery) unit. I spent a lot of time in low visibility fresh water lakes and rivers.

    My wife is from Northern California and had family living in the Sacramento area. I combined a lot of trips to visit family with diving in the Monterrey area. Diving Monterrey beat anything freshwater diving could offer.

    I sold my original dive gear a some years ago to a former National Park Service partner who scored a job with a university that was doing survey work on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I'm sure my gear had a great time.

    I'm currently a professional underwater photographer and writer. The Sea of Cortez, Cozumel, Southern California, and Hawaii's Big Island have been frequent destinations.
    Certification History:
    Open Water Diver
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Search & Rescue Diver
    & a variety of other certs
    Certification Level:
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    # of Logged Dives:
    500 - 999
    Dive Classification:
    Experienced Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    Current gear includes:
    Kraken Double Hose
    Aqualung Conshelf XVI Octo
    Oceanic Console Gauges
    Oceanic Dive Computer
    Dive Rite Transpac XT w. a variety of Wings
    After living in the cold and snow of the Colorado Rockies for nearly thirty years, my wife and retired from our work as school administrators and moved to Arizona. Retirement lasted about a month as we got bored. We returned to working in schools. I worked as a middle school principal for a public school district in the Gila River Indian Community for an additional eight years.

    Arizona has been a nice change. Our location puts diving in Southern California and Mexico within easy reach. Southern Arizona is considered the gateway to the Sea of Cortez. A two and a half hour drive puts us on the beach in the northern Gulf of California. We are only a thirty minute drive to the Phoenix airport and can be in San Diego, California, in five hours if I can fudge on the speed limit.

    One of my goals with the move to southern Arizona was to seriously pursue underwater photography. A very successful single artist photographic exhibition at the Casa Grande Art Museum in 2016 prompted the start of work on a book. My book, Dancing with Sea Lions was printed in December 2019. Samples of my photographic work and information about Dancing with Sea Lions is available through my website: www.cortezbluephotography.com.