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World Champion 2010/2011
Gold Medal 2010 Bronze Medal 2008 Gold Medal 2007
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Currently I am using a Canon Powershot G16 and WP-DC52 housing with Fantasea Nano Focus Light and Inon UCL-165 close up lenses using Deeproof M67 Mount Base.
For more G16 setup photos Click Here
Between Jan 08 to Dec 12, I used a Canon Powershot G9 and WP-DC21 housing with a DIY modification to allow me to fit filters and Inon UCL-165 macro lens. Click For Details
Before Jan 08, I used a Canon G7 with modified WP-DC11 housing
Between Feb 07 and Apr 05 the photos were taken with a Canon Powershot A70 with Canon WP-DC700 housing.
Prior to this I used a Nikon Coolpix 990 in Ikelite housing with Ikelite Pro Video-Lite.
It cost a fortune,scared the fish, weighed 9Kg and gave me tendonitis in my wrists. Consequently I have now limited myself to small camera systems with acceptable underwater performance using only the internal flash.
Whilst this approach has it's limitations it gives me greater freedom underwater and provides me with the challenge to try and do as well as those with expensive DSLR systems the size of spaceships and the performance of the Hubble telescope.
Here's some other underwater photography sites you may find interesting.
Zubi's Frogfish for frogfish identification.
Nudipixel for nudibranch identification.
Seashell Collector David Touitou's wonderful world of seashells.
Stromboidea gastropods by Ulrich Wieneke and Han Stoutjesdijk
Reeflections Reeflections offers underwater digital photo Workshops on Maui, private photo dives, and sales of Ikelite products.
Moussetitik's photos Feel free to scroll though my gallery, jump from one country to another one, on the dry or below the waves. I promise great encounters, a rainbow of colours and natural wonders. Happy wandering!
Mona and Chris' travelblog Our world travels : Topside and underwater. Be part of our travels, lay back and enjoy our stories, photos, videos and wallpapers from all over the world. Take a plunge into the big blue and discover our underwater world. Happy reading!
Jim C's Underwater & Topside Photography A collection of underwater and surface images from Jim Chambers the author of the best selling novel Recollections: A Baby Boomer's Memories of the Fabulous Fifties
Photos of Brian Mayes (3)
- Wildlife Contest Gold (Nov-Jan winner announced) 107 photos, 43 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 60,381 photos, 3,061 members
- Interestingness - Top 500 (READ THE RULES!) 33,993 photos, 4,343 members
- Flatworms 672 photos, 129 members
- Wetpixel Underwater Photography 94,735 photos, 3,469 members
- Nature's Best Photography Flickr Group 5,362 photos, 3,743 members
- FiNS Group 65,494 photos, 1,659 members
- National Geographic Channel: Are you good enough? (Videos) 5,295 photos, 1,029 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,030 photos, 1,477 members
- Nudibranch 25,127 photos, 1,166 members
- Underwater Videos Group COIS 437 photos, 261 members
- Nudibranchs and sea slugs COIS 13,757 photos, 487 members
- Diving COIS 15,922 photos, 383 members
- Underwater fish portraits 20,976 photos, 1,268 members
- Weird and Wonderful Wild Fish- NO aquarium shots please 21,145 photos, 979 members
- Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort 784 photos, 28 members
- Crustaceans - Crabs, Lobsters, Shrimps 13,370 photos, 2,079 members
- Underwater Photos 134,407 photos, 8,540 members
Rico Besserdich says:
"When Brian Mayes got awarded as "World Champion 2010" at underwaterphotography.com (UWP) he posted to his Facebook wall that he always believed, only photographers with tons of uw photo equipment and thousands of bored dollars on the bank account ( well, that's my free interpretation ) can become world winners.
When I readed this, I thought by myself "well, he probably has some similiar stuff as me : A normal mid-class D-SLR, normal housing, 1 or 2 strobes and that's it". Nothing too fancy, but good and sufficent.
Now I see, that "Champ Mayes" took all this great pics with compact camera systems ! This improves for me personally the value of Brian's abilities and my respect is now even bigger.
For ages, I am teaching my students that the photographer shoot the pics, not the camera. Well, here again, Brian proofed it. If Brian Mayes shoot this winning photos with a compact camera, we all others should safe our money and buy our darlings some flowers instead of lurking around photography equipment stores...as we see again : making it big, heavy & expensive is not the key to success :-))
I unfortunetly didn't had the honor to meet Brian Mayes personally, yet, but during our "virtual" contacts I discovered him as a nice character with a great sense of humour. Quality of his underwater photos are defenitly far beyond the standard and Brian is a inspiration for all of us and it feels good to have him as buddy and familiy member of the blue planet. I wish you the very best, "Champ Mayes" !
Izmir/Turkey -3rd February 2011
Head of the Underwater Photography Department
Association of Fine Arts Photography (IFOD), Izmir-Turkey
CMAS Underwater Photography Instructor
CMAS/BARAKUDA Instructor Trainer ( Moniteur 3 )
UWP.com Site Moderator
February 3rd, 2011
Jeff de Guzman says:
"Until today, I don't know how Brian manages to take images far sharper and better than my DSLR camera and strobes. Did I forget to mention he does not use an External strobe! But his ability to light up his subjects are to die for. Aside from being a wonderful and talented underwater photographer. Brian is one of the nicest guys I've ever met in my life. Truly an Honor and Pleasure to call you my friend."
September 18th, 2008
"Brilliant underwater shots from Fiji!
Mad Fish Dive Centre
July 5th, 2007
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