Really good underwater photographers have gone beyond the mastery and mystery of diving and their camera.  They are constantly learning about their subjects, and this starts with going where those subjects are found.  Once there, the real fun begins.  First, depth robs our eyes of the color spectrum.  Everything appears in muted colors.  Then, critters have learned how to blend into their environment, mimicking color, textures and shapes.  Some are naturally tiny and others copy characteristics of other, more deadly species.


Photographer Richard Ladisky will share his work and adventures with SFDI on Wednesday, March 7th.  His images are taken with and without strobe, long shots, as well as close-up.  He has found that this, in itself, presents photographic challenges and another learning curve.  But, he maintains that it is difficult for a good photographer to learn how to take a bad picture!

 Shot mostly  around Banka Island and the Lembeh Strait of Indonesia, and the Solomon Islands, this presentation will help us to see what we often miss.



Richard began scuba diving over 35 years ago and eventually decided to join love of diving with his passion for photography. His work and adventures have appeared in many periodicals, including Scuba Diving Magazine, Parade Magazine, the Sun-Sentinel and the Hartford Courant Travel section. He seeks the most dangerous and the most unusual marine life - he's always on the lookout to discover new species and find the newly discovered species.

Rich has used his radio license to communicate with the cosmonauts on space station Mir and the astronauts on both the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He has confirmed contacts with people in every country and island on earth.  He and his wife have taught ballroom dancing and have danced Argentine Tango around the world.  He has retired from 35 years in education administration, and 34 years as Homeland Security Director in Connecticut.

Rich has done shows for numerous clubs, civic groups and foundations, the Florida Dive Show, and for ten years has presented his findings at Beneath the Sea in N.J., the largest diving and photography convention in North America. His work has shown in galleries and he had a one-man show in 2012, as well as a one-month showing at two Community Centers. Two of his images have been in a yearlong exhibit at the NOVA Southeastern University Oceanographic Center.