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Renowned conservation photographer, Duncan Murrell, reflects on a life time of chasing whales, whale sharks, and the heart of conservation issues
By Nirupam Nigam

Duncan Murrell: The Story of a Whaleman and his Kayak

Nirupam Nigam
Renowned conservation photographer, Duncan Murrell, reflects on a life time of chasing whales, whale sharks, and the heart of conservation issues

Humpback whale Bubble Feeding Behavior in Alaska, by Duncan Murrell


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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Videographer Stephen Martin's insights, tips, and stunning video with the Panasonic GH5
By Stephen Martin

Video with the Panasonic GH5

Stephen Martin
Videographer Stephen Martin's insights, tips, and stunning video with the Panasonic GH5

About a year and a half ago I upgraded from a Light and Motion Bluefin housing and Sony video camera to the Panasonic GH5 and Nauticam housing. In that time I’ve put the GH5 through its paces on approximately 250 dives in Puget Sound and elsewhere around the globe. As a video shooter I really appreciate being able to shoot at 4k60p. The greater resolution allows for subtle zooming effects without loss of image quality as I output video at 1080p. 4k also helps with image stabilization which I find critical. Youtube is filled with jumpy videos and I’d never want to be in that category!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Stephen Martin lives in Seattle, WA and began diving the cold dark waters of Puget Sound in 2003. He began shooting video shortly thereafter but found the editing process to be too time consuming and tedious, so he switched to a DSLR setup. However, due to flooding the DSLR housing and killing the camera he went crawling back to video where he has remained ever since. You can view his underwater videos on his Youtube channel.

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Interview with a fantastic Italian underwater photographer about dive spots, techniques, favorite shots and gear

Diving in Italy: Interview with Pietro Formis

Interview with a fantastic Italian underwater photographer about dive spots, techniques, favorite shots and gear

Pietro Formis is an Italian underwater photographer with an amazing portfolio of images. We caught up with him to talk about diving in Italy and get some of the story behind some of his best shots. We really enjoy everything he shared and hope you do too! - UWPG Editors

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Pietro Formis has won many awards in national and international competitions like GDT – European photographer of the year, Asferico, Ocean art Competition, Our World Underwater, Ocean Geographic Competition, NCUPS and many others.

His work has been published in european magazines (Scuba Zone, Sub, Unterwasser, La rivista della Natura, Naturphoto, RollingStone Italia).

Next Diving Trips and Workshops:

In 2019 the 4th edition of Macromania is confirmed for early May (workshop and photo competition in Puerto Galera - Philippines) http://www.macromania.com.ph   

Then in the summer 2 weeks of liveabord in the Red Sea in the second half of July - Photography and marine biology workshops in collaboration with Istituto per gli studi sul Mare Milano, WWF Travel and Compagnia del Mar Rosso. 

More events are going to be scheduled during the season, please follow me on : www.pietroformis.com     www.facebook.com/pietroformis 

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Interview with a renowned underwater and wildlife photographer on photographing sperm whales in Dominica.
By Franco Banfi

Sperm Whale Photography with Franco Banfi

Franco Banfi
Interview with a renowned underwater and wildlife photographer on photographing sperm whales in Dominica.

A note from the Editor: I met Franco Banfi on an iceberg diving trip in East Greenland. It’s not often I get to sit down and talk with a professional underwater photographer, and it was a lot of fun. Franco was really open about sharing his experiences and amazing photos from freediving with sperm whales, so I pulled out my smartphone and recorded our kitchen table conversation. I really enjoyed everything he shared, especially about sperm whale behaviors, and I hope you do too! – Bryan Chu (Associate Editor)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Franco Banfi is a professional wildlife photographer who is well known for his expertise and accuracy in underwater imaging. Recently, he has specialized in leading photo expeditions and in giving workshops and seminars about photography in different locations.

Over the years he has become known around the world for his versatility. He has meticulously documented a lot of uncommon animals and locations, as well as wildlife and human relationships with nature, in environments from the Equator to the Poles. His photos and reports have been published in countless publications and renowned magazines around the world (to named a few : GEO, National Geographic, Animan, Focus, Red Bull magazine, Terre Sauvage)

Franco is an award-winning photographer (World Champion in underwater photography in Cuba) and he regularly gets top honours from the more prestigious international photo-competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), Nature’s Best, and International Conservation Photography Awards (ICP Awards).

Franco has a website at www.wildlifephototours.ch and you can reach him by email at tour@banfi.ch

You can follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/banfi.ch) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/francobanfi/) as well.

 

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An underwater photographer's journey through the Olympus Tough series, from the TG-1 to the TG-5
By Tom Caruso

The Olympus TG-5: Riding the Wave of Technology

Tom Caruso
An underwater photographer's journey through the Olympus Tough series, from the TG-1 to the TG-5

A Note From the Editor

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is an award-winning camera known for its versatility, ruggedness, fantastic macro capabilities and extremely high performance-to-cost ratio. After we reached out to our dedicated readers and customers, photography instructor Tom Caruso shared some of the amazing photos he's taken on his journey through using every TG camera, from the TG-1 to the TG-5.  – Bryan Chu (Associate Editor)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Caruso fell in love with the outdoors as a child. He loved the water most: he was the first one in the pool and the last one out.  While playing in the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, he would dream of being a fish. As he grew up he loved to travel and would share his adventures by way of photographs. A trip to Club Med after college gave him an opportunity to see the beauty of the Caribbean and his career in diving began. He took a liking to photography so he dedicated himself to learning as much as he could. He continues to travel the world taking photographs while trying to “expose the unseen”.

He began teaching photography in 2015 and is a guest Photography Lecturer for Carnival Cruise Lines. As a perpetual student of life, he loves to talk photography with as many people as he can hoping to pick up a nugget or two. “I never want to stop learning”, he says. “I believe you can learn something from anyone if you take the time to ask questions and listen.”  You can follow Tom on Instagram and Facebook with user “photocaruso”.

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Budding photographer, Jin Woo Lee pushes the limits of his new Sony RX 100 V
By Jin Woo Lee

A Photographer's Journey with the Sony RX100 V

Jin Woo Lee
Budding photographer, Jin Woo Lee pushes the limits of his new Sony RX 100 V

A Note From the Editor

The Sony RX100 V has established itself as one of the best compact camera systems currently on the market. Its excellent dynamic range, auto-focus, and overall image quality makes it a promising tool when put into the right hands. After reaching out to our dedicated readers and customers, we managed to find an individual who's hands certainly put this camera to good use.

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A Feature on Camera Trap and Remote Trigger Photography
By Jason Ching

Jason Ching: Remote Photography in Remote Alaska

Jason Ching
A Feature on Camera Trap and Remote Trigger Photography

A Note from the Editor

I had the pleasure of meeting Jason Ching (http://www.jasonsching.com/) in Aleknagik, Alaska, while participating in scientific research on salmon. Aleknagik is in Bristol Bay – the heart of wild Alaskan salmon. The summer we were there was a record run, with millions of fish passing by our eyes and lenses. Jason’s photography instantly struck me as being unique – he managed to take striking and professional photos while completely removed from the location of his subjects.

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Jason Ching has worked as a research scientist with the Alaska Salmon Program for close to 10 years. It’s while working for the program and consequently in remote locations in Bristol Bay’s watersheds that he developed a passion for nature photography. In Alaska he has been fortunate to bump into other photographers, notably Jonny Armstrong and Morgan Bond, who have really helped him get on his feet in underwater and wildlife photography – two of his favorite specializations. Within these specializations he likes to use creative techniques to capture captivating and informative visuals to engage people in research, the environment, and our natural resources. http://www.jasonsching.com/

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Interview with a talented wide-angle photographer, plus background on some favorite underwater images
By Matt Draper

4 Photos with Matt Draper

Matt Draper
Interview with a talented wide-angle photographer, plus background on some favorite underwater images

Talented photographers are always the photographers with the most passion. And when Matt and I missed our first call because he was racing to go shoot a Tiger Shark that had been reported close to shore, I could only smile.

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An Inside Look at Painting Marine Life Murals on Building Walls
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Insight into Art: Amok Island

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An Inside Look at Painting Marine Life Murals on Building Walls

 

Insight into Art: Amok Island


An Inside Look at Painting Marine Life Murals on Building Walls

Interview by Brent Durand, January 12, 2015

 

Amok Island

'Histrio Histrio/Sargassum Frogfish' Leederville, Western Australia 2014

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Mike Bartick interviews Teresa Zubi on her new FREE photo-filled book on Frogfishes
By Mike Bartick

Free Frogfishes Book: Interview with Teresa Zubi

Mike Bartick
Mike Bartick interviews Teresa Zubi on her new FREE photo-filled book on Frogfishes

 

Free Frogfishes Book: Interview with Teresa Zubi


Mike Bartick interviews Teresa on her new Frogfishes PDF book

By Mike Bartick

 

hairy frogfish

 

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