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Having cruised this site for some time I suppose it's time for me to introduce myself too. Especially as I am about to solicit some contributions from the very talented people here!

 

I am freelance photojournalist who brings his camera into the water every now and then. I have also started something called Felix Features, an agency that specialize in photo documentaries and features (as the name implies), selling to Norwegian media. London based photo agency Panso Pictures represent me elswhere in the world, and Felix Features in turn represent them in Norway.

 

For the moment there isn't very much in English at our site, but you are welcome to have a look at this introduction: http://www.felixfeatures.com/english/home.html

 

Fredrik Naumann

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Hi, I am Howard Rosenstein from Fantaea Line.

I have been in the diving industry for over 35 years, most of them as the owner of diving operations (land based and live aboards) in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

 

The past 4 years have dedicated myself to my main passion of underwater photography which I have been doing as long as I can remember.

 

Thanks to Eric and James for this great platform.

 

Howard

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Hi we are Jack and Sue Drafahl and we have working in the scuba industry for over 30 years. Our specialties are photographic education and audiovisual presentations. Over the years we have worked for Skin Diver, Sport Diver, Diver and Dive Training as well as Petersen's Photographic and Rangefinder magainzes. We founded the Oregon Coast Digital Center where we offer intense Photoshop classes for up to four students. We have authored several books: Master Guide for Underwater Digital Photography, Digital Imaging for the Underwater Photographer, Photo Salvage with Adobe Photoshop, Step-by-Step Digital Photography, Advance Digital Camera Techniques and Plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. We have a new one called Adobe Photoshop for the Underwater Photographer that will be available in August 2006. We lead photo dive trips and conduct workshops worldwide on photographic topics, both topside and underwater.

 

Jack and Sue Drafahl

digitalduo@jackandsuedrafahl.com

www.jackandsuedrafahl.com

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Mr. Cheng,

 

Sorry to find this thread so late.......

 

Christopher East & Kaesaraporn Samsen (Gak - is easier to say!)

 

We own WaterWorks Productions Co., Ltd.

Thailand's (and probably SE Asia's) only Dedicated Adventure Video Specialists.

 

Pros. Yep...... Our officially registered Adventure Video Production House is proof of that.....

 

Gak is Thailand's first proffessional underwater camerawoman.

 

Promo video production and original soundtrack production for names which you know and love........

 

Ocean Rover Jan. 2005

Minahasa Lagoon June 2005

Wakatobi July 2005

 

Ocean Rover you can view online. Same with Wakatobi - it's the first video on the page.

 

Um...........

 

There you go!

 

Look forward to meeting you at some show, sometime, somewhere..... Antibes maybe?

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Barrett Heywood here, CEO of Light & Motion. I've been scanning these pages for years, but have always held back posting for fear of "commercializing" the forum. I aspire to attain Ike's standing so I can just blast away at will.

 

:D Barrett

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Hi Gang,

 

My name is Fred Bavendam. I have been a full-time underwater photographer for over twenty years. Just take pictures, do not sell gear, lead trips, etc. All I do is travel, dive, and shoot. My main interest is the behavior of underwater animals - biology. My favorite subjects in the ocean are the cephalopods and especially octopuses. My photos are represented by several leading photo agencies and I sell my work directly, particularly full story topics, to magazines. My customers are primarily non-diving magazines have included National Geographic (5 stories - Manatees, Giant Octopus, Giant Cuttlefish, Crinoids, and Frogfish), German and French GEO's, Terre Suavage. Quite recently I've started working with Germany's Unterwasser Magazine on a regular basis.

 

I am still one of those dinosaurs who shoot primarily film, especially underwater. I own three complete SeaCam housings for the Nikon F5 and feel they are the best camera ever for underwater photography. I use Hartenberger TTL flashes on TTL for all my shooting, with every lens I use from 16mm fisheye up to 200 Micro-nikkor. Usually get 10-20 technically excellent shots, meaning OK for any magazine I sell to, per roll. Weed those twenty out on basis of focus, composition, subject positioning and emotional content.

 

I tried a Fuji S2 for a while but just didn't take to it. Felt the S2 was the Stephen Hawking of cameras - a brilliant mind (the digital capability) in an almost non-functioning body (built on Nikon's N-80). Bought a D2X about nine months ago and still haven't had the time to do more than shoot a couple hundred topside frames with it. Prefer to be in the water shooting instead of implanted in front of a computer screen.

 

Will probably be much more interested in digital for underwater shooting when we finally get some reliable professional quality i-ttl strobes. And when Nikon finally announces their full-frame digital camera so all the lenses I use now can be used and covedr the same image area in digital as film and megapixel content is up at about 24 Mp uninterpolated.

 

I believe Nikon does have a full frame camera in the works and coming soon. Their most recent professional lenses like the new 105mm and the year-old 200-400 f4 make absolutely no economic sense for a camera company that has only the F6 for film. Why do these and other recent lenses still cover the full frame size when there is very little buying of any camera gear for just film use. Logically, for the APC digital chip size the new 105mm should have been 70mm. And why not a pro wide-angle zoom equivalent to 17-35 f2.8 which 12-24 just isn't?

 

But the D2X will be a fun toy until the serious Nikon digital camera appears.

 

Divegypsy

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Hello all, I am David Cheung …. owner of Scubacam in Singapore….. I have been monitoring on and off Wetpixel forum for a few years now….only occasionally would I be brave enough to stick my neck out and share my experiences. The last one I believe was the Scubacam Strobe Test with Gazza, my business associate. The wealth of expertise and knowledge shared in this website is amazing and humbling. I am a PADI Divemaster and have been a diver for 9 years.

 

A wannabe UW photographer/videographer but spend most of my time tinkering and fixing other peoples UW equipment….I service Seacam, Gates and Amphibico housings to name a few.

 

My other job as an Architect and designer naturally leads me to design and make things........my shop is a serious hobby and hope to keep it that way. I enjoy helping divers customize and do last minute fixes on their rigs…. I was very encouraged to see Wetpixellers deliberately look us up in Singapore…..I better stop this self promotion now…. Hope to meet some of you at this side of the pond……

 

Cheers

 

David

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Hello everyone!

 

Just found this thread so here goes,

 

Baja CA dive operator, diving cert 1986.

 

websites

http://www.gonetobaja.com (Northern Sea of Cortez Dive guide)

http://www.sea-wolves.com (diving team expedition specialist)

 

specialize in diving with Humboldt Squid.

 

Make my money on dive trips and videos.

 

I post up trip reports when I can.

 

:D

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Ladies and Gentlemen, (I know that I haven't met most of you, so I hope that you will forgive my politeness! :blush: )

 

Please allow me to introduce my self, my name is Kay Wilson, and I would assume Industry Status as I own and operate a dive shop in St. Vincent. (Does this count?!).

 

I'm not a professional photographer, but taking UW photos helps me to better understand the needs of my clientele.

 

St. Vincent is such a beautiful island both above and below the water, and I feel very lucky to be able to live and dive here. As a former 'dry' photographer I have found the challenges of UW photography to be very frustrating at times, but thats what makes it interesting!

 

I will be at DEMA this year, and I look forward to meeting those of you that will be there!

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OK, its a stretch...but here goes...

 

<standing up>...I'm Marc, and I'm an A......oh wait, wrong forum?!

 

Alright, so much for the ice breaker...I'm Marc Ellis. I've been in diving industry for about 20 years now. Originally from So. Cal., then Washing St. and now Florida. I've been fortunate enought to have been published...or at least seen in Skin Diver twice, owned an operated a ambient pressure submerible manufacturing company (or it owned me...never quite figured that one out!), and now I reside myself to promoting education and awareness for the marine world. My latest endevor has been trying and assist the 3 local aquariums...Tampa, Clearwater and Mote Marine. But unless you know someone on the inside, they are hard nuts to break....but I'll keep at it!

 

About the sub, if anyone was at DEMA in Orlando back in 98 and you talked to the guy standing in front of the submarine at the Dive Rite booth...yup, it was me!

Edited by h2opictures

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Hi all,

 

I am Abby, the head-honcho if you like of Divervision, a Taiwan based supplier of UW photographic equiment. We have been active in Taiwan for some five years now and mostly deal with Asian brands (INON, Anthis, Epoque, Patima) although we have recently started spreading into other markets through internet sales. We love diving, love photography and are keen to make any likeminded people's experience as effective, pleasurable and economical as possible.

 

Nice to meet you all, and thanks to Wetpixel for producing such a great resource for everybody with an interest in UW photography.

 

Abby

 

www.divervision.com

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My name is Martin Spragg, I co own a dive operation in Hopkins, Southern Belize. I moved full time to Belize in 1993 and somehow ended up in the south which is the less developed end of the country. I have been a dive instructor since 1991, been diving since 1980.

 

Our area has seen a rapid increase in the pace of development: paved roads, phones, and now we all have satellite internet service. The down side of all this is that construction is on the rise.

 

Underwater digital photography has given me a chance to reatart my underwater hobby (couldn't process the film before).

 

I don't sell many photos but may start doing so as a small part of our business.

 

If anyone is in Hopkins, Sittee River Village or Dangriga Town drop by for a beer, just ask for me someone will be able direct you where I am, it's a small and funky place to live but I'll never go back!

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Hi Nick and welcome to Wetpixel.

 

Cheers

James Wiseman

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Hello All,

 

My name is Chris Burville. I'm boarderline in the 'industry' but trying to make my way there. I currently work as a photojournalist for the only daily newspaper in Bermuda and have done so for just over a year. Apart from a short & frustrating stint with a Nik V, my UW photography began about 6 months ago.

 

I worked as a dive instructor & boat skipper for 4 seasons before moving into news photography. Now I get paid to take photos on land and spend all my money taking photos UW. I'm considering moving into UW photography eventually as a full time gig. No specific plans yet, need a few more pics more under my weight belt first.

 

I also just shot my first UW based feature on free diving for lobsters (in a well regulated industry) to appear in the bimonthly magazine released free with our newspaper. Feels like a bit of a milestone.

 

I have already learned heaps from Wetpixel so thanks to you guys for such a great site. Cheers,

 

Chris

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Hello Eric and Everyone,

 

Barry Guimbellot here. I am, and have been, a Contributing Editor for "Dive Training" and "Dive Center Business" magazines for 10 years and am published monthly in "Dive Training." I am one of the founders, as well as the President of the Dallas Underwater Photographic Society.

 

I started diving in 1973 and still get the same excitement I had on my very first dive.

I have been a lurker for some time and thought it would be good to join and contribute.

 

All the best,

Barry

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Hey Everyone,

 

 

My name is Jim Decker. I am a scuba instructor and the retail sales manager at Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo in Monterey, CA. Backscatter provides sales, service, instruction, and trips for underwater photo and video. I'll try to help out with questions people may have about photo/video.

 

Jim

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Hi there

 

Well, I guess it's time to introduce myself.

My name is Johnny Christensen, been taking u/w pictures since 1994 where I began the usual mix of things that keeps us in the diving business. Instructing in recreational & technical diving, equipment sales, divemastering on boats, working in a few tropical diveshops, writing articles and supplying pictures to go with that.

 

But the last 7 years have been strictly focused on my biggest thrill, coldwater wreck photography. Fourtunatly here in Denmark we have a huge selection of wrecks, and if we don't have the particular wreck type that I need in our national waters. It's only a short trip to the friendly neighboruing contries, to seek out that great feeling of discovery and satisfaction that a pristine 200 year old wreck can bring.

As a matter of luck, the people who shoot pictures on our wrecks is kinda limited in numbers. So it's been fairly easy to sell articles and pictures :)

 

My website is www.johnnychristensen.com if you want to see why it is that I spend my time in cold and dark waters, instead of hopping on a flight to the red sea.

 

Cheers

Johnny

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Ha!

 

Just read John Bantin's intro - scurrilous hack indeed! John, I may have to quote you here, Steve W has sent me your book to review!!

 

I'm another one of the "hacks" for DIVER magazine, although:

 

I don't get to do this all the time (it would wear me out!)

 

People don't shout abuse at me - although there are plenty of people who would do if they knew what I looked like. Just about every article I write seems to upset someone (DIVER magazine - telling it as it is).

 

I'm just about to take the jump from Nik V to D200 in a housing and I must say, this site is rather excellent at providing the sort of advice I need.

 

So, which housing should I go for?

 

"See" you all in the forums

 

Brendan O'Brien

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Hi all,

 

I'm Adam Hanlon, and am full time instructor and manager of the Dive School at Capernwray Diving, based in Lancashire, North West UK.

 

I'm an ex-pat South African, and I've been diving since 1984. I've just re-found underwater photography, and like many, the digital revolution has massively increased my enjoyment of it.

 

These boards present a state of the art in information sharing, and I hope to contribute in whatever way I can.

 

All the best

 

Adam

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I've been lax in waiting so long to introduce myself as an industry member, so here goes:

 

My name is Eric Hanauer. For 35 years I was an associate professor of physical eduacation at California State University Fullerton, coached swimming and water polo, and taught the scuba classes there, including advanced and underwater photography. My first diving article was published in Skin Diver Magazine in 1977. I've lost count of how many I've written since then, but it's probably close to 1,000, in all the US magazines and several in other countries. I've also written three books: The Egyptian Red Sea, Diving Micronesia, and Diving Pioneers.

 

I switched from film to digi in 2001, and continue to use Nikon gear (D2X topside, D200 underwater). About the same time I began shooting and editing underwater video, now doing high def with a Sony HC1. Several of my films have been shown in the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition, where I'm also a board member (but not involved in judging).

 

For further information check out my website, www.ehanauer.com

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Hi Eric and friends at Wet Pixel,

It's been a long time since I participated in the forums. But I'm back now!! I have the opportunity to photograph and write for some great industry publications. Next year should look even better. When available, I'll keep an eye on the forums to see if I can be of any help with photography or travel issues.

 

Michele Westmorland

Westmorland Images, LLC

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Hi All,

My name is Mark Thorpe and I work full time as an underwater video camera operator. Until recently I ran my own small shop in Palau in conjunction with the Fish 'n' Fins Dive Shop. I am now just embarking on a permanent position with a specialized department at National Geographic and will be heading up their Crittercam and WildCam projects.

 

I've been filming for some 15 years and have recently joined forces with two of WetPixels regular contributors, Ethan Daniels and Mike Veitch to form a collaborative effort to create a comprehensive archive of both underwater and topside Ocean related imagery.

 

For more information on me and my work please visit my web page, thanks.

 

Mark.

P.S Michelle, kudos for 'Ocean Duets' we stock it here. Wonderful images.

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Hello, folks. We're trying to properly identify industry members here at Wetpixel. A lot of industry representatives are browsing these forums; thanksfully, most are careful about what they post because they want to avoid tacky self-promotion.

 

I'd like an explicit label for industry folk who care to identify themselves. We may enable industry-only features in the future, and it will be nice to have a group already formed.

 

So if you're an industry member, please leave a message here or send a message to one of the admins! Be sure to include your full name, so we don't just know you as a Wetpixel handle. :)

 

We're going to define industry members as:

 

1) you design, manufactur, or sell dive or photo gear

 

2) you work in a dive shop or are a dive instructor

 

3) you are a professional photographer (your own definition -- if you are unsure, please let us know what you have done and we'll make a decision for you)

 

4) you work at a publication in a dive or photo-related area

 

5) you are a marine biologist with interests in underwater photography

 

I'm sure I missed something here, so if you don't fit in any of the above categories and still want to be in the group, go ahead and inform us.

 

 

Mr. cheng

I moved from Cozumel to Connecticut, you probably saying what I was thinking?

Well #1Love broad me here. and #2 I want to for fill my dream and goal

Which is to become a Professional Underwater Photographer

Any suggestions where should I start?

I would like you to be my mentor?

Please help me.

 

Gracias!

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