Thursday, May 29, 2014

UWP: GERALD NOWAK
































Gerald Nowak (Germany)
Gerald Nowak was born in 1964 in Olching southwest of Munich and was twelve years old the first time contact with an SLR. The diving he learned at the age of 17 in the local waters through his involvement in water rescue , but it was only years later , after a stay in tropical waters , the diving was at the right passion. Both hobbies now mingled becoming visibly and quickly became his present occupation. He has worked continuously for 20 years for the German and international diving press. He is a regular contributing photographer for DIVING UNDER WATER , SILENT WORLD , ATLANTIS , SCUBA DIVER and some UW online portals. In many German-speaking travel , water sports and outdoor magazines , he reports on destinations worldwide , research reports, writing technical reports or written photo specials and offers tips for underwater and travel photography . His photo equipment consists of several Nikon cameras for underwater photography, and more recently, the Panasonic CSC cameras GH3 and GH4.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

UWP: YURY IVANOV























Yury Ivanov is a professional diver, underwater photographer.
Since I was ten, I was interested in underwater world. I dove 
all ponds and lakes in Moscow region without any flippers or 
mask. But even those poor underwater worlds hardly let me 
go to the surface.

Three decades have passed since then. I've graduated 
Sevastopol School of diving where I dove with three bolt 
equipment and AVM-5, then joined PADI in 2006. I had more 
than thousand dives in various parts of the world: Egypt, the 
Black Sea, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Palau, Thailand. 
Nowadays I am a PADI dive Master with a certificate of 
"Self-Reliant Diver". This certificate gives me an official right 
to dive alone by myself what is very convinient for an 
underwater photographer.

So we're about underwater photography. My first camera, 
which I bought six years ago, was a poor-quality Sony in it's 
original case. Sometimes I go through old photos to remind 
myself of how I started. Time passed, but I didn't see any 
significant difference. Only three years ago, after I've taken 
courses from one of the best underwater photographers 
Mikhail Semenov, I made some progress. The proof of that 
are three prizes in 2012 contest held by web portal 
www.tetis.ru and a victory in "Nudibranchs Galore" 
competition in 2013 held by www.diveplanet.ru.

My special interest is underwater macro world and mostly 
nudibranchs. Now I have thousands of good photos in my 
baggage and you can find a small part of them on this site.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

UWP: CHRISTIAN LLEWELLYN






























CHRISTIAN LLEWELLYN
Christian never limits himself with boundaries. He loves expressing himself through various mediums, creating art and sharing moments of his life for the joy of others. His education and working life have revolved all forms of media and art. Including a degree in film, courses in media, fine art, photography, graphic design, post-production, lighting, sound, advertising, and corporate communication. 
He first learnt photography from his Grandfather who worked at Kodak, and for whom photography was his passion and hobby. Christian’s first cameras were a Praktica SLR and a Mamiya C33 medium format. These cameras truly opened his eyes to photography and the art of controlling the image. 
Christian has also been in and around water his whole life, and actually openly admits feeling safer in the water than on dry land. Teaching himself how to snorkel at a very early age, he fondly remembers watching Jacque Cousteau in the 70’s and wanting to scuba. However he did not progress to diving until the 90’s and in 2004 he made a life change from London and moved to Cyprus to undertake training as a Scuba Instructor and start promoting marine and turtle conservation. His limitless passion for the sea and diligent patience were well suited for instructing, and Christian is a PADI IDC instructor with specialty training in numerous fields of scuba.
It was no surprise then that he would want to capture his underwater life as well. He started with disposable cameras, a Sea life reef master for a few years and then as the world of digital emerged he had various compact cameras.  However his love of film made him focus on purchasing and filming with various video cameras ending up with his last being the first HD Sony DV cam. 
Now Christian dives with an Olympus OMD EM5, Nauticam housing and dual Inon Z240’s. His passion for marine life is still as strong as it ever was and has started publishing his work as a photo journalist in various scuba publications, as well as winning various minor photographic competitions. 
He is the manager of X-posure Underwater, specializing in creating artwork from underwater images. He also has a blog page under the same name on Facebook, promoting conservation and his life underwater. Furthermore he is the manager of the Facebook Group “Wrecks Of The World,” which promotes travel, wrecks and marine ecology conservation through artificial reefs.




Web site: www.X-posureunderwater.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/XposureUnderwater
Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/WrecksOfTheWorld