What do you like to shoot best?
Generally, my goal is to have fun and capture things that others might not have a chance to see, and/or in ways they might not see them.
And, as with many photographers, I prefer to take pictures of scenes that move me - of things that make me feel something. If I'm not enjoying the session, the pictures won't be any good.
What are you currently most interested in?
Most pictures I've taken lately have been 'topside' and of landscapes, wildlife, and nature, generally.
There are interesting and beautiful things all around us, everywhere we go. We just have to open our eyes.
Diving & Underwater Photography
How is underwater photography different than 'abovewater' photography?
Underwater photography is different in that there's a lot of equipment involved, you're almost always in an environment with challenging lighting, and, of course, you're underwater and have to manage your dive.
When I go on a dive photography trip I often carry ~200lbs. of gear (dive equipment, cameras, lenses, memory cards, batteries, chargers, housings, ports, strobes and lights, hardware, and of course, spares of almost everything). I generally spend hours upon hours prepping equipment after arrival, several hours cleaning gear and processing photos after each diving day, and many hours preparing for the trip home.
Beyond the above, you just have to learn your equipment well, and understand the environment you're in and how to light it. Once you've done that, it's remarkably similar to above water photography. Point, compose, check settings, and 'click!'
What equipment do you use underwater?
Currently, I shoot with a Nikon D300. I have several lenses: the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6, Nikon 12-24mm f/4, Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5, and the Nikon 105mm f/2.8.
I'm using the Sea&Sea MDX-D300, have a variety of ports and extension rings (to support the lenses above), Inon Z-240 strobes, and several focus lights and other accessories.
My dive gear (the important bits, anyway) is mostly by Atomic Aquatics.
Who designed your site?
I did! In a past life I did a bit of web design, and decided to create this site myself as a way to dip a toe back into the space. A lot has changed, but a lot remains the same.
What technologies are used?
The site is designed in HTML5, and runs on LAMP(HP). If you care about such things, you'll probably also recognize jQuery
, and Flexslider
on the home page; the rest is all custom and completely dynamic.
The site itself is hosted in the Rackspace Cloud, and I've taken advantage of Amazon's S3 for photo storage and use Cloudfront as a CDN.