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Just Breathe

People get very nervous about underwater photography. Not so much about the actual act of creating the photograph, but about getting it right. I am here to tell you to stop worrying! You can have the most expensive photography equipment and every doo-dad — and goodness knows that I travel with a lot of gear — but you don't have to have all that to create really nice photographs for your own personal memories. The most important thing to remember is to breathe. Literally, breathe. All too often I'll watch newbie photographers trying to get the right shot and they will forget that they are underwater. You have to remember that you need to breathe properly. That means more than...

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Fly Deeper

I get asked — and often — for tips about St. Barth. So, I am going to start posting some of them here so that you can grab them when you need them. First up is Laurie and her team at Fly Deeper. If you are going to St. Barth and you want to scuba dive, learn to swim, teach your kids to swim, or have a great video and photos of a day with your friends and family, reach out to Laurie. Why? Because she's great at teaching at all levels, plans a great concierge-level excursion, and is a pleasure to be around. I should mention that Laurie might be part fish or even a mermaid because she navigates and moves within the...

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Commission Commitment

When collectors ask artists, "Do you accept commissions?" the answer is usually, "Yes." However, a better answer is, "In theory. Let's take 5 minutes to find out if we are a good match." Committing to a commission, as an artist and as a collector, is a lot like dating. So, before you enter into an artistic romance, here are a few tips for both the artist and the collector in order to ensure a fruitful commission. What attracted you to me? Knowing what you like about the artist's work — medium, subject matter, style, collectibility — is the base of any good commission. Talk with each other about which areas are open to interpretation and what, if anything, you want specifically within the artwork —...

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SBH: Cheeseburger in Paradise

There is a story that Jimmy Buffet wrote the song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" about eating a cheeseburger at Le Select in Gustavia.  When he wrote the song in the late 70s, he was sailing around the Caribbean, but there are some claims that the famous burger was actually in Road Town in Tortola.  So, which is true? Only Mr. Buffet knows for sure and maybe it's both islands. Maybe it's another island altogether. The important thing to remember is that in the title, the 'paradise' speaks to the island, not the cheeseburger. So when you step up to the counter at Le Select, know that this "cheeseburger in paradise" is as basic as it comes—think of a work cafeteria cheeseburger. It's not bad,...

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SBH: In vino veritas

As I mentioned in my basics post about St. Barth, this island is like the offspring of the best of France and the Caribbean. As such, it's only natural to expect a great wine selection. Yes, the majority of the wines are French, but it's safe to say that the French know what they are doing when it comes to wine. You will find other offerings from around the world, but since you are here, why not get some of the best that France has to offer and, bonus, try some wines that might not get exported to your home country. To do just that, head over to Goût du Vin in Gustavia. One of the last shops on the hill as you...

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