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Hi everyone. Thanks for having me.

I used to do a lot of recreational diving and u/w photography (Nikon F90 / Nexus Housing / 2xSubtronic alpha strobes), but fatherhood has somewhat cramped my diving style. Switched to a smaller Canon S90 rig with single Inon strobe: much easier on the excess baggage, for what are now only occasional forays beneath the waves (though I do miss the cf/wa shots).

The lad is now 9 ... so in a few years I'll strap a tank on him, and hopefully we can start to enjoy the sport together.


 



 

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Hello everyone!  Didn't dive from 2008 until going to the Maldives last month (standard raising a kid stuff).  I initially made an account to ask some questions about my old rig (Fuji 810 in an Ikelight housing) but...it leaked like a sieve when I tried it out so plans changed!

I've put together a new rig for St. Croix in August based on a WP-N3 Nikon 1 housing and a J4 with the 10-30mm and 18.5 lenses.  I plan to use my D-2000 and Ikelight handle with that new setup and maybe my UCL-165 Inon macro lens if I can find an AD-M63 adapter for it.  Looking forward to getting back into it.

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On 6/15/2004 at 5:55 PM, james said:

 

Welcome to Wetpixel!

It is the most vibrant, knowledgeable and helpful underwater imaging community in the world. This is largely because the members of the community selflessly share their experience and skill. Please try to contribute yours too.

Please use this topic to write a short introduction to the community.

Once you have done so, this will unlock the ability to create your own topics in almost all the other forums. 

The exception is the Classifieds, which is open to members that have contributed at least 3 posts in any other forums (your post in this topic counts as one of these)

We look forward to your posts!

 

 

Hi my name is Robyn and I live in Massachusetts. I learned to scuba dive when I was in Australia as an exchange student in 1986 so basically I learned on the Great Barrier Reef! I have been teaching about photography since 2001 on land and then in 2008 bought my first underwater housing system and have enjoyed taking pictures underwater and seeing so many of the fish and other marine creatures that were in aquariums at my fathers pet store! Here is me in the Maldives!

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Hi, 
I'm a 23 years old biology student from Hungary. I've been doing wildlife photography for about 8 years. I've been also taking underwater photos for a few years now, but only in an amateur level. Now I'm doing an OWD course, purchased my strobes and trying to learn more about UW photography (thats why I'm here). 
Gábor

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Hi,

My name is Matt Chamberlin and I'm from Atlanta.  I've been diving for over 40 years and into serious underwater photography for the last 3-4.  I've got both a TG-6 setup and Aquatica Full Frame setup for my Canon 5D Mark II.  I've been photography Belize, the Bahamas and Grand Cayman lately and getting amazing instruction from Lisa Collins in Grand Cayman.  My next interest is UW Cinema Video and in particular the Red Komodo Camera and look forward to reading about it in this forum.

 

I've joined Wetpixel to learn, research and have fun.

 

Thanks and Happy Diving!

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41 minutes ago, Dave Diver said:

Hi I'm Dave and I'm a diveaholic.

You're in there right place then, Dave...... Welcome aboard.

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American photographer Todd Essick Is considered one of the pioneers of underwater fine art photography, Todd Essick was one of the first underwater photographers to bring models and animals together in the ocean with a clear artistic vision of creating a true bridge between art and nature. 

He first became enchanted with the sea as a child during a family vacation in South Florida. After moving to Florida, he attended art school. During his final semester, an interest in photojournalism was sparked by an internship with the Miami Herald. 

Working as a professional freelance photojournalist out of Miami, for the better part of a decade, he covered daily news, sports and special interest stories, including drug and refugee interdiction in the Caribbean, riots in Miami, civil war in Central America and the Olympics. He has tackled some of the most intense and challenging assignments possible, primarily while freelancing for the Associated Press. 

A diving career spanning 40 years and making thousands of dives, Todd Essick nurtured his love of the sea and the connection we all have with it. His vision, to share this with everyone, has become his continuing underwater fine art photographic project; Goddesses, Sirens and Mermaids. 

His award winning underwater fine art photography has been published around the world and collected in his book Beginnings Goddesses, Sirens and Mermaids. Many collectors prize his limited edition photographs. Of many career highlights, Unterwasser Magazine in Germany naming Mr. Essick one of the top ten underwater photographers in the world and Mr. Essick being invited as a guest photographer for Germany’s Next Top Model with Heidi Klum, at the time one of highest rated show in Germany, are two of his favorites. 

His on going study of women interacting with animals underwater continues with works that have included sharks in the Bahamas, and Jellyfish in Palau. 

During the pandemic Mr. Essick is spending time in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Its rich culture and warm people have been in his heart since his first international dive trip to Cozumel. After coming to Mexico to work on new photographs the coronavirus arrived and became his focus to help those in need. He is involved with cooking and feeding  families through a church soup kitchen and making food packages for the many experiencing food insecurity. 

www.essickphoto.com

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Hi,

I have been a member of Wetpixel for a few years but have not had much time to post. However, I am looking forward to being an active member of this community now that I have more free time.

Debbie Leenutaphong (aka "Lamduan")

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Hi, I'm Jenny, I'm a professional underwater photographer based in Florida (for the past 10 years) and moving to California in the next couple of weeks. I've been here since 2016 but it's making me post again, so hi everyone!

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Hi I’m a diver from Western Australia. Have been shooting on my Olympus em1 setup for five years but looking to upgrade, hence joining wetpixel to try my luck given there is very little in local forums!

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Hi Guys, 

Long time lurker here, finally signed up during covid and never got around to posting.  I've been pretty active over the years on SB but here recently I've been on WP reading a lot.

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On 6/15/2004 at 2:55 PM, james said:

 

Welcome to Wetpixel!

It is the most vibrant, knowledgeable and helpful underwater imaging community in the world. This is largely because the members of the community selflessly share their experience and skill. Please try to contribute yours too.

Please use this topic to write a short introduction to the community.

Once you have done so, this will unlock the ability to create your own topics in almost all the other forums. 

The exception is the Classifieds, which is open to members that have contributed at least 3 posts in any other forums (your post in this topic counts as one of these)

We look forward to your posts!

 

Hi, I'm Howard. I live in Sacramento, CA. I became a certified diver in 1982 in order to photograph underwater. Over the course of forty years I've upgraded my photo system. many times. Most recently, I bought a new Nauticam housing for Olympus OM 1-Mk II with three lenses and 2 Inon. Z240 strobes just before the pandemic hit and used it once.  I unfortunately am no longer able to dive and hope to pass on my UW photography system at a great price to someone who will put it to good use.

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Hi, I'm Don Whitebread, a California/Maui photographer.  Most of my underwater work is done free diving in West Maui.  I have a portfolio of black and white photos of Green Sea Turtles that has been exhibited and published in a few places.  http://www.donwhitebread.com/honu. I'm @donwhitebread on Instagram

Thanks for the past help while I lurked, and I look forward to participating more actively.

Don

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Hi,

I'm Martin and I'm happy to be part of the community. I've been diving for about 7 years (recreational diving) and for the last few years I've been specifically fascinated by underwater photography.

Cheers

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Hi, I’m Catherine. I’m British but have lived in Australia for about 12 years. I’m a keen diver but I didn’t dive much during Covid due to travel restrictions. I’m getting back into diving and photography again now. I’m currently using a canon DSLR with a Nauticam housing, having a few problems which is one reason I registered. I’m also starting to think about what gear I may be using in 3-4 years time.

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Hello everyone,

I am a UK freediver/snorkeller who loves being in and amongst the kelp. I previously had a Canon compact in Fantasea housing which served me well, but am now looking to get a housing for my full frame Sony camera. I think it's fair to say I've fallen down the rabbit hole, so have joined Wetpixel to see if I can get some advice!

Thanks,

Francesca

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Hello members - I'm Michael Brogan from Seattle, WA. I've been diving since the mid-80s and have enjoyed UW photography at various points along the way. Originally with a Nikonos IVA, then much later a switch to digital with an Olympus C-5060. I shot with a Nikon D80 and Ikelite gear for a while and currently have an Olympus TG-6, with dual S&S DS-Y2J strobes and a Kraken wide-angle wet lens. I recently got back from 2 weeks in the Philippines, my first trip to that part of the world. Incredible! I'm thinking about updating my photo rig to something more capable than my TG-6. I'll be reading the forums for ideas and checking classified for good used gear. Cheers!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Santi Meli, I'm from Argentina but currently based in Australia.

I recently started getting into UWP and would like to keep going and share my experience with this forum.

I will leave a link to my Instagram page below where I upload all my content and would greatly appreciate any constructive criticism you guys might have.

Thank you for reading!

IG page: @santireef

Santi.

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8 minutes ago, Santi Meli said:

Hi everyone,

My name is Santi Meli, I'm from Argentina but currently based in Australia.

I recently started getting into UWP and would like to keep going and share my experience with this forum.

I will leave a link to my Instagram page below where I upload all my content and would greatly appreciate any constructive criticism you guys might have.

Thank you for reading!

IG page: @santireef

Santi.

Hey Santi

Welcome to Wetpixel. We hope you find it a useful and helpful forum. There are some terrific members who are very willing to share advice and experiences.

If you are serious about wanting constructive criticism on some images, I'd suggest you post some in the relevant area of the WP website. That will likely attract more comment than asking folks to look at your Instagram page.

Good luck with it - and good to have you with us.

Best wishes

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1 hour ago, TimG said:

Hey Santi

Welcome to Wetpixel. We hope you find it a useful and helpful forum. There are some terrific members who are very willing to share advice and experiences.

If you are serious about wanting constructive criticism on some images, I'd suggest you post some in the relevant area of the WP website. That will likely attract more comment than asking folks to look at your Instagram page.

Good luck with it - and good to have you with us.

Best wishes

Hi Tim,

Thank you for the quick reply!

I just uploaded a video to the video showcase, hopefully someone can give me a hand over there :)

Santi.

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