Hi again everyone!
This weeks Featured Photographer comes from Germany. Let me introduce Patrick Neumann . Patrick is an inspiring and talented photographer, I know his best for his wonderfully creative images which are so full of emotion and beautiful lighting, please take a look at his excellent photostream , I know you'll love what you find.
Here are five of Patrick's favourites:
1) This shot of the three dolphins I love so much cause it remembers me of my most exciting experiences underwater. It was taken in the Red Sea in Eilat/Israel whilest the Epson Red Sea Shootout 2008.
2) I love nudibranches. And I love to shoot them. They are one of my favorite subjects in Maco Underwater Photography. I always try to shoot them in a “moving” way which isn’t easy as they move slowly. I have plenty of favorite Nudi shots, this is one of them. It’s a Hypselodoris kaname and I shoot it in Anilao, Philippines in 2009.
3) here my nickname comes from. I worked for two years as an scuba instructor at the Similan Islands/Thailand .. Most of the time when I saw Mantas I had no Camera with me. This time I had. We had a 60min Mantadance with 3 different Mantas. They are truly the elbs of the ocean and for me the most magical animals I met underwater ever. The shot was taken at Koh Bon in February 2009.
4) That’s where it started … At the 1th of march 2006 I dove after 25 years of diving without the first time with a camera .. it was a Reefmaster DC 500 with a wide angle converter and one external strobe. Everything was automatic that’s why I sold it after the second trip with this camera. This shot was taken at Richilieu Rock at the first dive of this Liveaboard trip.
5) This shot I took also whilest the Epson Red Sea Shootout in Eilat/Israel in 2008. Another shot of this peppered moray went on the cover of the Competition book of the competition.
And then it was onto the questions...
1: How long have you been involved in u/w photography?
I started underwater photography in march 2006. I dove already since 25 years without a camera at this time but diving got a kind of boring without doing something underwater so I bought a Reefmaster DC 500 and tried it. I loved it from the first shot on and the love is still growing with every image. So its in total little bit more than 3 years now.
2: Equipment you use?
I use a Canon 400D in a Hugyfot housing with two Inon strobes. For lenses I use the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye and Canon lenses 60mm macro, 100mm macro, 18-55mm. I don t plan to upgrade.
3: Which software do you use?
4: Where have you been? Which dive site is your favorite? Do you have any resort/dive guide recommendation? Where is your favorite?
Ohh .. many places. Almost everywhere in Europe, but at this time without camera. The Red Sea (north & south), Florida Keys, Burma/Mergui Archipel, Philippines/Anilao, Milne Bay/Papua New Guinea, in Thailand many places as I worked there as a diving instructor the last two years.
My favorite dive site … also many .. Anilao in the Philippines is surely one of the best macro spots worldwide and in Thailand I love Richilieu Rock. There are so many cracks with great macro subjects, swarms of fishs, barakudas and you have always the chance to see something really big like a whaleshark or Manta Rays. If you go to Anilao I would recommend Club Ocellaris, if u
go to the Similan Islands Aladdin.
The next time I go diving will be in November to the Epson Red Sea Shootout 2009 in Eilat, Israel.
5: What inspires you ?
First of all inspires me what you call holy Spirit, God, Allah or Buddha and good vibrations with good people. Photography wise looking at pictures gives a lot inspiration.
6. Who is your favorite underwater photographer?
Oh there are many amazing underwater photographers out there & also here in the FINS group. In the Philippines I met Dr.Roger Steene and stayed with him a week in the resort and dove with him. That was amazing !!!
7.Do you have any book/website/blog recommendation to our members?
The Underwater Photographer/Martin Edge is a great book.
8: Preferred subject matter? How to get better u/w photos? ( share your skills or advice)
I love to shoot Nudibranches! And currently I love to shoot wideangle. For better u/w photos go close. If you think you are close go closer ;-) Try to be on the same level like your subject or even lower.
9: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture?
Humpback whales I really really want to see and photograph..
10: In one word, describe your photography.
We hope you enjoy Patrick's wonderful photos. It would be great if you
could leave a little congratulatory message here for his and once
again I urge you to visit his photostream . I know you won't be disappointed!
FiNS Magazine Group
Originally posted at 6:32AM, 27 September 2009 PST
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