A New Chapter Begins – AtlasOmega

“Woah!” you say, an actual blog entry from Calvin here? Yes, egads, it has been a long time. I have been a very busy bee, and here are the highlights:

I left Newsvine/MSNBC at the end of June 2010 to follow my dreams of diving around the world and shooting underwater photography along the way. In fact, despite my absence here on CalvinTang.com, I have been quite busy publishing (what I think is) fantastic content over at my new online abode, AtlasOmega, where I have teamed up with a number of professional outdoor athletes, photographers and fellow gearheads.

“AtlasOmega” is a name I decided upon, that encapsulates the group’s intention to explore and showcase the last known boundaries of our natural world. My motley crew of contributors and photographers include people who spend vast amounts of time in frozen places, on mountains, in the water and in all sorts of extreme environments. We aim to share tales of faraway places and fantastic adventures, so that we may inspire you to get off of your keyboard and out into the wild, whether it be a weekend hike or a monthlong mountain climb – AtlasOmega promotes an active and engaged lifestyle through photos and in-depth articles.

To get started, you’ll want to check out the beautiful photo galleries, divided into categories of Land and Water (to begin), as well as the captivating narratives and equipment guides from our collection of writers.

I haven’t yet decided what to do with this Blog, but for now I’ll keep it up for posterity’s sake. Please do me a favor and add AtlasOmega to your Google Reader or bookmarks, and follow my activities and antics over there. Thanks for reading :)

January 26th, 2011

3DHD TV – Coming to a Living Room Near You

CES – LAS VEGAS via NBCU Blogger Lounge – I was the last to get a projection TV, then I held out for as long as I could to get an HD plasma TV. I like being a late adopter, not just because I’m frugal, but also because I figure that most first generation products have some kinks to work out and stand the best chance for improvement in the few years following their release. I also don’t like experiencing things that then make all other things seem outdated.

Continue Reading January 8th, 2010

Alki Junkyard – Critters and Bottles

The Alki Junkyard is a lesser known dive site, just around the corner from several very popular Seacrest dive sites, that offers some hidden jewels in the rough. From “Shaggy Mouse” Nudibranchs and Giant Sea Spiders to Juvenile Wolf Eels – it’s a great spot to shoot photos and to enjoy making a dive plan for a moderately current intensive dive site (read: OW classes aren’t held here). The eel grass looks like wheat, blowing in the wind – to be enjoyed during your safety stop, and there’s the occasional score that a bottle hunter can enjoy finding at this dive site.

Continue Reading September 18th, 2009

Beneath Emerald Waters

A new map has been published, detailing a number of great dive sites in Puget Sound. The online PDF version can be found here, or you can pick up a hardcopy in any number of dive shops around the Pacific Northwest. (Via Janna Nichols)

August 28th, 2009

Review: Amazon Kindle 2

kindle2I just got my Kindle 2 last night and here are my first impressions. Downloads are extremely fast. I bought a Malcolm Gladwell book, Outliers, from the Amazon web site. Within about a minute I looked down and my Kindle was telling me it was downloaded and ready to read. I also subscribed to a few magazine free trials, like Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Motley Fool, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and US News & World Report. All of them updated really quickly.

Continue Reading February 26th, 2009

Divers Threaten to Boycott Sabah Over Shark Finning

KOTA KINABALU: Sipadan conjures up an image of a serene, protected underwater world — one of the world’s top dive spots. But just a half-hour boat ride away off Pulau Mabul, the blood of magnificent sharks, crudely finned and gutted by the boatload stains the sea red. Shark finning has been going on here for several years, and the stark contrast between Sipadan and Mabul has caused an uproar in the international diving community, with some threatening to boycott Sabah entirely.

This is very sad. I did some fantastic diving off of Sipadan Island (dive report; photos), and I remember there being more sharks than anywhere else I’d ever been (non-coincidentally, also home the most sea turtles). High shark population density is a very good thing, indicating a healthy marine ecosystem (they’re apex predators and only exist where there is a sufficient food base). I’m sick of the negative way that the press continues to portray areas of the ocean as “shark-infested waters”, such as in movies about divers lost at sea on the Great Barrier Reef. No, we should not harvest shark fins, but we also need to stop thinking about sharks as nasty animals that seek out and prey on humans. That goes for you too, Discovery Channel.

February 23rd, 2009

Kauai Diving & The Andaman Shootout

I added a couple new galleries to my collection, but hadn’t yet posted about them here. Last year I had the pleasure of shooting some photos in the Andaman Sea off of the coast of Thailand. We were based out of Krabi – where we stayed at the beautiful Centara Resort. I did some dives out near the Phi Phi islands and the quality of subjects there surprised me. This was not just another fun trip to Thailand, I really did enjoy the diving there (previously, I held the view that the diving in Thailand was pretty mediocre compared to the surrounding waters). Anyway, check out the photos from those dives here

Last August I got a number of dives in off of the Hawaiian islands of Kauai and Ni’ihau. While the trip out to Ni’ihau was brutal (a few hours each way on a boat with the beating sun and no covering, with and clanging AL80s smashing together the whole way), it was well worth it to dive with monk seals, a species that is quickly going extinct. These seals were even more docile and just as curious as our harbor seals are here in Seattle. This was also my first outing with the new Subal ND-30/Nikon D300 rig I’m shooting now. Enjoy!

Hawaii Shots

January 14th, 2009

Diving the Warren Car – Lake Crescent

This past weekend a group of Northwest Dive Club buddies and I headed out to the Olympic Peninsula to dive in Lake Crescent. This alpine lake is nestled in the Olympic National Park, a temperate rainforest and one of Washington State’s great natural treasures. Among the group of technical divers in attendance, we had four gentlemen who played various roles in the solving of a 72 year-old mystery, involving the disappearance of a young couple back in the late 1920s. A team of divers was able to discover the location of the submerged car that carried this young couple to their tragic deaths, so many decades ago.

Continue Reading October 1st, 2008

Solo Rebreather Dive & Macro Photography

Today I did my first solo CCR dive, and brought along the new Nikon D300/Subal ND30 rig. It was also my first time using the 105mm macro lens (and accompanying port). I didn’t get fantastic shots, but it was one of the most challenging, complex dives I’ve ever done, simply because there was so much to think about (both camera and CCR) and no buddy to depend on or ask for help.

Continue Reading September 18th, 2008

Tribute to Edmonds Oil Dock

One of my favorite dive sites in the Pacific Northwest is about to be destroyed, so I went diving there recently with a couple good buddies and shot the last photos I’ll ever take at this gem of a dive site. A long story short, Governor Christine Gregoire’s Puget Sound Initiative aims to remove pilings in our waters containing the chemical “creosote”. But, there are several red flags pertaining to the selection of this site, among hundreds to choose from, since this particular set of creosote pilings happens to be home to an abundant amount of local marine life.

Continue Reading September 8th, 2008

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