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July 1997 Cayman Brac Trip Report

Text and images are copyright (C) 1997 David M. Read. All rights reserved.

My wife, two friends and I went to Cayman Brac from July 5th to July 12th, 1997, for a week's worth of diving at Divi Tiara Beach resort. This is a report of that trip.

Table of Contents:


"What is Cayman Brac?" "Where is Cayman Brac?" "What the &$%^@! are you talking about?" These are the questions I was asked by friends & family prior to our trip.

Cayman Brac is one of the three Cayman Islands, part of the British West Indies. They are roughly 200 miles south of the middle of Cuba, in the Caribbean Sea. The other two islands are Grand Cayman (of which most people have heard), and Little Cayman.

Other Cayman Brac resources:

Getting There

We traveled to Cayman Brac via Cayman Airways, departing through Houston and changing airplanes on Grand Cayman (both outbound and return). I have heard horror stories about flying Cayman Airways, but our experience was a good one. Our bags arrived with us, and Cayman Airways didn't give us any grief about exceeding the baggage limits (we checked 5 bags for the two of us, which was one bag over the stated limit).

My only complaint about Cayman Airways' service is regarding their flight schedules. They have a 5:40pm flight from Houston to Grand Cayman, which arrives at 8:30pm, but the connection to Cayman Brac doesn't leave until 10:15, despite being the same physical aircraft. Worse still, the only flight departing the Brac leaves at 6:15am, with the connection to Houston departing at 2:05pm. It really sucks to wake up at 4am to make a 6am flight just so you can have a 7 hour layover before proceeding home. Grand Cayman is a relatively dull place to get stuck for 7 hours, considering that you can't dive during that period. You can't even go snorkel Stingray City, because the trips out there are all from 10:00am to 1pm, which is pushing your luck for making your flight. All things considered, I would try to schedule a one- or two-day layover on Grand Cayman to do a little diving. Cayman Air will charge you extra for that, however. :(

It's worth mentioning that Miami-bound passengers don't even change planes on G.C. on their way home from the Brac. Anyway, once on the Brac we rented a car from Avis at the airport; a 7-day rental of a Ford Escort cost us $245. Gasoline on the Brac runs about $2/gallon. The car rental was worth every nickel (read on to see why); I highly recommend it.

From the Bluff at the east end of
Cayman Brac you can find some great places to watch the sun rise!

The Island

Cayman Brac itself is a beautiful island, and relatively sparsely populated. Compared to some other Caribbean islands we have visited, it is also relatively modern, yet it still displays a homey rural charm. The natives are very interested in lawn work, and do an amazing job of keeping their homes beautiful.

Two or three paved two-lane roads provide access to most of the island, electricity and fresh water are readily available, and there are several small grocery stores where supplies and supplements can be purchased. Telephone service on the island is present, although somewhat expensive and difficult to use. The island people ("Brackers") are very friendly and open towards tourists, and quite willing to talk your ear off if you give them the chance. If you plan to go souvenir shopping, I recommend avoiding N.I.M. Things until you have visited every other store on the island. N.I.M. Things has some pretty cool knick-knacks and "island art," but it's very difficult to escape N.I.M. without investing a solid hour of tall-tale listening.

Driving the island is fun, once you get used to driving on the left side of the road. It's easy, as long as you get in to the habit of chanting "drive on the left...drive on the left..." every time you make a turn! The roads are only lightly trafficked, and generally in decent condition. At night there is almost no-one on the road. I think I went the whole week without hearing a car horn.

The Resort

We stayed at Divi Tiara Beach Resort, in the timeshare section of the resort (so I can't tell you much abut the "regular" rooms). The time share rooms were great, though, supplying ample room for the four of us. An inner room is air-conditioned and contains two full-size beds. This room is surrounded on three sides by a screened, shuttered patio which is home to another bed, a kitchenette (stove, sink, fridge), an extra "dorm" fridge (which we used for film storage), a dining table, and a Jacuzzi (which was our personal camera rinse tank for the week, since we had three still cameras and a video setup for the four of us). The forth side of the bedroom is bordered by a small hallway and the bathroom.

The resort is "full-featured," to say the least. It sports a restaurant, several small shops, a decent-sized fresh-water swimming pool, a tennis court, a beachside bar, a full-service photo shop (including Nikonos and video rentals, plus E-6 film processing), and a dive shop. There is very little you might need which you can't find at the resort.

Tiara's pool provides a refreshing rinse for divers

Relax at the bar, play volleyball, or just snooze on the beach.

One of Dive Tiara's boats awaits divers

Dive Tiara's dive shack is open for business!

The Diving Facilities

The diving facilities at Tiara are excellent. A large dive shack allows each guest to have his/her own hook. The way they operate is this: when you check in with the dive shop, they give you a numbered mesh bag, which is yours for the whole stay. You place your gear in the bag and hang it on the hook of the same number, then set up you weight belt and place it on the floor under your bag. If you like, this is the last thing you'll have to do with your gear until you pack it to go home. The dive staff retrieve your bag for each trip (when you sign up for a dive, you give your bag #), place it on the boat, and set up your gear for you! While this might alarm some people, I stopped worrying about it when they configured my gear exactly perfectly the first three dives. I kept doing once-over gear checks, but they got it right every time.

The service doesn't stop there, though; when you are ready to enter the water, you sit on the swim step, don your mask and fins, and tell the DM which rig is yours. He/she brings it to you and holds up the shoulder straps for you. Fasten your cummerbund, stand up, and giant stride into the water!

The boats at Dive Tiara are Pro 42 twin-screw boats; they seat maybe 20 divers, and are plenty fast. The longest ride we had all week was an hour, and that was going over to Little Cayman. Dive Tiara owns five of these boats, but the most we saw in action was two. I think we saw a full boat only once (yikes! crowded boat!), while the average head count sat around 12 to 14.

The Dive Staff

The dive staff at Tiara were excellent. They knew their stuff, they didn't interefere with divers having fun, and they provided assistance to divers who needed it. That's really all I want from a DM. They gave us great tips on where to find stuff, and told us where to go for shore diving. They gave no grief about us checking out tanks for our night dives, and even loaned us a cart for hauling tanks from the dive shack up to the parking lot. They were friendly, out-going, and apparently loved their jobs.

The dive staff were safety-conscious, but they also knew that divers generally like to do their own things. Here was the standard pre-dive warning: "If you're diving the tables, your maximum depth is 100 feet. If you're diving computers, 110. Please turn around at 1800 psi or half your bottom time. Locate the boat with 1000 psi, and be back on the boat with at least 500." I'm sure the DMs checked my air when they broke down my gear, but I never saw them checking the computer for max depth. In general, I think they were very relaxed and willing to let us have fun.

The Diving

The bridge of the M/V Keith Tibbetts

One af Cayman Brac's many Tiger Grouper

Strawberry Vase Sponges abound in the Brac's waters
The dive conditions were generally good, but not what I would call excellent. Mostly this resulted from bad weather; a tropical wave moved through the region during the week, producing some strong winds and choppy seas during the days. This resulted in lower-than-normal visibility (or so I'm told); most dives had 40-50 foot vis, while a few peaked at 75 or 80 feet. There were some pretty impressive lightning shows off in the distance at night, and at least one heavy rainstorm. Regardless, most nights delivered calm seas, and we did our share of night diving.

Water temperatures stayed at a constant 85 F throughout the week, while the air temps ranged from low 70s to high 90s.

The good news is that the reefs are healthy, and the fish life is abundant. We didn't see any large pelagic critters, but we saw just about everything else. I would call the Brac "macro heaven." The list of critters is too long to give in complete, but here are the highlights (for me): black durgons, queen triggerfish, queen, french and grey angelfish, honeycomb cowfish, several species of snapper, several species of grouper, barracuda, several species of puffer, southern stingrays, yellow stingrays, spotted eagle rays, turtles, juvenile yellowtail damselfish (always my favorite!), juvy spotted drum, flamingo tongue cowries (lots of 'em), fairy basslets, sailfin blennies (very cool), octopus, scorpionfish, and much more.

I learned that black durgons can change color; I noticed this very aggressive durgon chasing away two others. Its forehead was bright pink and orange, lined with blue and green. After the other two took off, I was amazed to watch the bright one's forehead turn back to a solid black over a two- or three-second period. Too bad I was out of film!

The Dive Sites

Here is a list of dives I made during the week, in the order they were made. The dive numbers refer to the dives made this week, not the dive # in my log book.

Dive #1 Sunday morning, 6 July: "Russian Destroyer #356," a.k.a. M/V Keith Tibbetts.

The M/V Keith Tibbetts is starting to attract sea life
This is the hot dive on the Brac, at least until you dive it. It's actually a frigate, and it's actually Cuban (although built by the Soviet Union), so "Russian Destroyer" is a horrible misnomer. However, it's the name that sticks, so... The dive is pretty cool; the wreck sits upright, the stern deck at about 30 feet, the foredeck at about 60. The top of the radar tower is maybe 20 feet deep. The deepest you'll need to go is 90 feet, and that's only if you want to swim under the bow, which sticks out from the sandy slope. In the sand beneath the bow is a plot of garden eels, which one of the DMs showed me how to catch.

The wreck is very well lit, and fun to swim around. There is not much growing on it yet, and only a few resident critters (most of them small). It's still an awesome sight, though, and it's littered with daylight swim-throughs for non-wreck divers. There is a great one where you can swim through the bridge from side to side.

All in all, though, the wreck is a do-once dive for me. There were plenty of more interesting dives on the Brac.

Dive #2, Sunday morning, 6 July: "Snapper Reef"

Very cool dive. Lots of cleaning stations, and I got to see a Barracuda getting cleaned. I even watched a cleaner wrasse dart in and out of the Barracuda's mouth. Other marine life we found at this site included: a yellow stingray, flamingo tongues, several juvenile yellowtail damselfish, a juvy spotted drum, and a juvenile slender filefish flitting about a finger sponge. The slender filefish is one strange-looking creature!

The reef here is all spur and groove formations, which I personally adore. They make navigation easy, and provide a great variety of terrain in a single location. The spurs are almost mini-walls where you can float up & down to look at things, while the grooves provide sand flats for things like scorpionfish and stingrays, and overhangs near the sand for things like octopus. This particular site also allowed for shallow profiles; the bottoms of the grooves lie at about 50 feet, while the tops of the spurs reach as shallow as 20 feet.

You can even find Elkhorn Coral in the shallows around
the Brac!

Plenty of Black Durgons swim around the Brac

Dive #3, Sunday afternoon, 6 July: "Grunt Valley"

French Grunts are everywhere at Grunt Valley

Queen Triggerfish can be found easily

Another great dive! The highlight of this dive was getting my hand cleaned by three Pederson's Cleaning Shrimp. I had seen a Queen Angelfish getting cleaned while nestled up against a rock ledge, and called my dive buddies over to see it (two of them had never seen a cleaning station before). By the time they arrived, the Angelfish had taken off. I swam up close to the cleaning station right afterwards to point out the cleaning shrimp to my buddies; when I extended my hand into the "lair" to point right at the shrimp, one of them hopped on and started picking away at my skin! I held my hand steady for a few seconds, and then the other two shrimp hopped on, followed by a cleaner wrasse. I let them clean for about a minute, and then shook them off and continued the dive. I will treasure that experience forever!

The marine life on this dive included plenty of grunts (duh), a large Queen Triggerfish, another juvy spotted drum, and plenty of snapper, fairy basslets, etc.

Dive #4, Monday morning, 7 July: "Cemetery Wall"

Generally I thought this dive wasn't so great. It was very deep (the wall started at 60 feet, and the top of the wall stayed at that depth for quite a distance towards shore), and there wasn't a whole lot of large reef life to see. I did see a huge spiny lobster on top of the reef.

Dive #5, Monday morning, 7 July: "Patch Reef"

Patch reef is a much better dive than Cemetery Wall, IMO. I found a flamingo tongue on a gorgonian near the bottom (maybe 30 feet), a whitespotted filefish (which I observed to eat sea fans! I always thought the holes in sea fans were due to divers, but now I know differently!),

Dive #6, Monday afternoon, 7 July: "Radar Reef"

To those who say that there isn't any good shore diving on Cayman Brac, I say "then you haven't dived Radar Reef." Radar Reef, or "Cable Reef" as we called it, is a shore dive with extremely easy access and plenty to see. To get to it, take the north side road east until you reach the Cayman Brac Museum, and turn left on Kirkconnell Street. Take Kirkconnell street until it ends, at a little pier with a small parking lot. The pier is located about 50 feet from a public boat ramp, and there are some steps which lead into the water between the ramp and the pier. The steps make entry and exit quite easy, and the pier acts as a nice breakwater to make the seas a little calmer.

The reason we called the dive site "Cable Reef" (before we knew the "official" name for the dive site) is that the original telephone cable which connected Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman starts off right by the pier. Swim to the end of the pier, turn right and swim another 30 feet or so, and you'll pass over the cable. The cable leads out to the reef, and makes for extra simple navigation for starting and ending the dive. Once you get to the reef, it's all spur and groove, which means that if you want to leave the cable, all you have to do is count spurs as you swim away, and then count the same number back to return you to the cable. We never dove the site deeper than about 55 feet, but there's nothing to stop someone from going deeper.

The reef teems with life, which I think is due to the relative infrequency with which the site is visited. The site is about half-way out on the north side of the island, which means that it's a long trip to the site for the dive operations.

Here's what we saw. If you follow the cable to a depth of about 17 feet, you'll find the coral life beginning to crop up. There are several gorgonians, sea fans, and other waving corals within 15 feet of the cable. A large number of these growths sport flamingo tongues. Over 4 dives at this site, I never saw less than a half-dozen flamingo tongues in this general area. On each dive, I found at least one gorgonian which had multiple flamingo tongues. In other words, this dive site is macro heaven.

The area near the pier often teems with schools of thousands of silversides; three of the four dives we did yielded huge schools.

Other marine life: yellow stingrays (in the sand flats at about 50 feet), southern stingrays (same place), puffers, all varieties of angelfish, grouper, coneys, lots of sponges (including strawberry vase sponges, very cool), etc. etc.

Looking in towards the parking lot from the end of
the pier at Radar Reef's entry site

The shallow water near the pier is home to
plenty of critters

This yellow stingray played with us on a night dive

Flamingo Tongues: the macro
photographer's dream

Dive #7, Monday night, 7 July: "Radar Reef"

Flamingo Tongues can be found near the cable at 15-17 feet

Radar Reef is home to many Spotted Drum

Night dive at Radar Reef. The dive site itself is described above. This dive was one of the more incredible night dives I have ever done. It started with a huge school of silversides, giant spiny lobsters under the rocks by the pier, red snapping shrimp on the rocks of the pier, and a bunch of juvenile sea wasps (main portion of body no more than inch long) at the surface by the pier above the telephone cable. I didn't recognize them as sea wasps immediately, and we got stung by them a little (not badly, though). They're really fun to look at, but once we got stung a couple of times, we descended and headed for the rest of the dive.

The flamingo tongues were where I had last seen them, at 17 feet depth around the cable. There was also an arrow crab under the phone cable in that area, and a juvenile spotted drum as well. In the deeper portions of the dive, on the sand flats around 50 feet, we saw a yellow stingray, a southern stingray, a reef octopus, and a sleeping puffer. The puffer very obligingly swam into my hands.

On our way out of the dive, I found a scorpionfish in the sand flats at a depth of no more than 15 feet. Man, those things are ugly!

Dive #8, Tuesday morning, 8 July: "Middle Chute Wall"

Altogether not that great a dive. This was the day the bad weather arrived, and the seas were rough. Lots of surge in the shallows, and generally poor visibility (maybe 50 feet). This was another north-side deep wall dive, with the wall starting at 60 feet. The top of the wall had plenty of soft corals and sponges, but the terrain was very flat, which makes photography difficult. All in all, I'd skip this dive site next time.

Dive #9, Tuesday morning, 8 July: "Patch Reef"

We visited this site for the second time in two days, and it was still good. The vis opened up a little, to maybe 60-70 feet, and the reef yielded more fish life and more interesting terrain. The surge was worse (this is a much shallower dive), but still bearable. Marine life this dive: a big Queen Triggerfish, porcupine puffer, a Greater Soapfish tucked up against a rock ledge, and all the usual suspects.

Dive #10, Tuesday afternoon, 8 July: Kissimee Wreck

As a wreck dive, the Kissimee is nothing to write home about. It's a small boat, maybe some sort of tug, in about 40 feet of water, surrounded by a large sand flat. The sand was home to lots of cool critters, including stingrays, a peacock flounder, and more. The reef around the Kissimee is also interesting, more spur and groove formations, stocked well with fish of all varieties.

This pink vase sponge was home to several friends!

Dive #11, Wednesday morning, 9 July: M/V Keith Tibbetts

Spooky lighting on the M/V Keith Tibbetts

Back to the "Russian Destroyer," this time with my camera and a 24 mm lens. I wouldn't have done this dive again except that I wanted to get some photos of the wreck.

Dive #12, Wednesday morning, 9 July: "Lighthouse Reef"

Lighthouse Reef is on the south side of the island, which I think offers better diving than the north side (in general). This was a deep spur and groove reef, with the interesting parts starting around 50 feet. It had lots of cool swim-throughs and short tunnels to explore, and the fish life was very dense. The sponges on the inside of the tunnels make it worth your while to carry a dive light on this dive. The highlight of the dive was a long, face-to-face encounter with an inquisitive honeycomb cowfish.

Dive #13, Wednesday afternoon, 9 July: "Butterfly Reef"

Butterfly Reef is another south side reef, known for the density of butterflyfish. This one was very shallow, which always makes me stay longer; I love floating around in the surge and the bright natural light, just observing. Plenty of juvenile fish of many varieties, some elkhorn coral, some pillar coral, and generally interesting terrain. This site is also spur and groove, although some of the spurs are more like little mountains or pinnacles than they are like traditional spurs.

One of Butterfly Reef's inhabitants

Dive #14, Wednesday night, 9 July: "Radar Reef"

Look under the cable to find Arrow Crabs!

Back to "Cable Reef" for another night dive. The reef life wasn't as plentiful as on previous dives, and the visibility was a little worse, but still I love night dives. Another stingray, plenty of lobster and shrimp, more juvenile spotted drum, many more flamingo tongues (again at 17 feet around the cable), but the real thrills were the two schools of baby reef squid (about 10-20 squid per school), at depths no more than 10 feet. We also saw our first (and only) eel of the entire Cayman Brac trip, a sharptail eel at about 20 feet near the phone cable.

Dive #15, Thursday morning, 10 July: "Eagle Ray Roundup," Jackson Bight, Little Cayman

As much as I enjoyed the diving on Cayman Brac, I have to admit that I thought the diving on Little Cayman smoked that of the Brac. The wall on Jackson Bight (within eyesight of Bloody Bay) started at 50 feet, but it was completely vertical and covered with all manner of coral, fans, and sponges (including lots of strawberry vase sponges). The shallows by the wall offered sand flats with lots of cool overhangs, tunnels, and swim-throughs. Again, a dive light was a necessity for this dive, because the tunnels were lined with brightly colored sponges.

The sand flats were also home to a half-dozen southern stingrays cruising around, each with a bar jack swimming above it. Playing with the rays was great fun.

Fairy Basslets are everywhere!

Dive #16, Thursday morning, 10 July, "West Great Wall," Bloody Bay, Little Cayman

Looking up from Bloody Bay Wall

There are things to see on top of Bloody Bay Wall, as well!

Bloody Bay Wall was all I had ever heard about it. This was one of the most astounding dives of my life. The wall starts very shallow, in just 30 feet of water. It's completely vertical, and teeming with life. Pick a Caribbean fish, and I probably saw it on this dive. This was the dive site where I learned that black durgons can change color.

The wall itself, although fascinating and captivating, was not the best part of the dive. The best part was spending 40 minutes in a fin-cross float, hovering above the reef. I pretended to be a piece of flotsam, allowing the surge to take me where-ever it wanted me to go. Once the other divers left the area, the reef came even more alive, as every manner of reef creature came out from hiding. Lobster, a few small crabs, wrasse, gobies, you name it: they all came out to play. The black durgons in the area formed a school and started cruising around as a group. The school of 50 of them swam right around me, offering close-up views (less than 1 foot) of several of them.

I will remember Bloody Bay Wall forever.

Dive #17, Thursday afternoon, 10 July, "Snapper Reef"

Back to Snapper Reef for a shallow afternoon dive. I got my hand cleaned by another group of Pederson's Cleaner Shrimp, and saw all sorts of cool fish. More juvenile spotted drum, a couple of arrow crabs, queen and gray angelfish, another greater soapfish, and a very cool juvenile which looked like a small indigo hamlet, but with yellow areas on the tail and the cheek. I identified the fish using (Paul Humann's book) as a juvenile blue angelfish, but the book claims that they are not found in the area, so perhaps it was a juvenile queen angel, which looks similar. Regardless, it was quite a beautiful fish!

Peek-a-boo! I see you!

Dive #18, Friday dawn, 11 July, "Radar Reef"

Watch where you put your fingers when diving
Radar Reef! This scorpionfish was snuggled up the
telephone cable.

Our last dive of the trip was supposed to be a dawn dive, but we arrived at the dive site a little too late; the skies were already fairly light, and by the time we got to 50 feet, all the night-hunters had gone away. It was still a great dive. Yes, the flamingo tongues were still out in force at 17 feet around the cable. We saw the giant schools of silversides, another yellow stingray, more arrow crabs, a giant puffer, several juvenile spotted drum, and a huge scorpionfish nestled up against the cable at about 15 feet.

Dive Log

Dive # When Where Depth Time Comments
1 Sunday 9:30 AM M/V Keith Tibbets 89 47 First dive at the "Russian Destroyer." Garden Eels beneath the bow at 90 feet.
2 Sunday 11:00 AM Snapper Reef 50 56 Spur & groove reef, lots of life
3 Sunday 3:00 PM Grunt Valley 52 52 Plenty of grunts, plenty of natural light
4 Monday 9:30 AM Cemetery Wall 97 38 Deep wall, not much on top
5 Monday 11:00 AM Patch Reef 38 43 Cool spur & groove with pillar coral formations
6 Monday 5:00 PM Radar Reef 58 55 "Cable Reef" to us, this was one of my favorite Brac dive sites.
7 Monday 9:00 PM Radar Reef 42 41 Night dive! Stingrays, octopus, scorpionfish, lobster, shrimp, puffers, arrow crabs, flamingo tongues, juvenile sea wasps. This dive had it all.
8 Tuesday 9:30 AM Middle Chute Wall 85 42 Another deep wall with little on top.
9 Tuesday 11:00 AM Patch Reef 36 46 Back to the cool terrain!
10 Tuesday 3:00 PM Kissimee Wreck 48 46 Minor wreck; the real fun is in the sand flats and surrounding reef.
11 Wednesday 9:30 AM M/V Keith Tibbets 72 42 Back to the destroyer for photos
12 Wednesday 11:00 AM Lighthouse Reef 52 41 Very cool dive site. Deep spur & groove, lots of tunnels
and swim-throughs.
13 Wednesday 3:00 PM Butterfly Reef 44 1:01 Another cool dive site. Lots of pillar coral, elkhorn coral, and plenty swimming around.
14 Wednesday 8:30 PM Radar Reef 52 40 Another night dive on the telephone cable. Baby squid,
stingrays, and the only eel (sharptail) of the trip.
15 Thursday 10:00 AM Eagle Ray Roundup
Little Cayman
110 51 Little Cayman! Lots of stingrays, swim-throughs, bright
sponges, and more.
16 Thursday 11:45 AM West Great Wall
Little Cayman
82 1:10 Bloody Bay Wall, the best dive of the trip! Incredible life,
incredible coral, etc.
17 Thursday 3:00 PM Snapper Reef 42 46 Great juvenile life, in the shallows. Look around the coral pillars to see all the little fish!
18 Friday 5:30 AM Radar Reef 53 1:02 Dawn Dive (well, almost)! Last dive of the trip, saw plenty. Highlight: giant spotted scorpionfish.

Photographic Notes

For those who care, the photos in this page were all taken by Dave Read, using a Nikon N90s. The surface photos were taken mostly with a Tamron 28-200 f/3.5-5.6 LD Aspherical 'Super' lens, although the hermit crab photo was taken with a Nikon micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 AF-D lens. The underwater photos were taken with the same camera in an Ikelite housing, using an Ikelite Substrobe 200 in TTL mode. Some were taken with the 60mm lens, while others were taken with a Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 AF lens. This was my first trip with the housed camera, and in general I'm pleased with the results. There's still a bunch for me to learn, but that's part of the fun!

Most photos were taken with Fuji Provia 100 slide film shot at ISO 80. A few (I can't remember which, offhand) were shot with Fuji Velvia (ISO 50) shot at ISO 32.

The scans were made straight from film using a Polaroid SprintScan 35, courtesy of Eric Marsh. Final processing was done with Adobe Photoshop 4.0 running under Windows 95. I tried, as much as possible, to manipulate the scans only lightly (brightness / contrast adjustments, color balancing, slight cropping, rotating, etc.).

Last modified August 21, 1997

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