uwphotographers: June 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UWP: KARIN BRUSSAARD (NETHERLANDS)




























KARIN BRUSSAARD
Karin is a versatile photographer. She publishes her work in various national and international magazines and on websites. An interview once stated that enthusiasm is her strength. Karin thinks she just is having fun in shooting pictures and that is what you see in her work.

Besides her work as an underwater "nature" photographer, she also works as an underwater "fashion" photographer. This is a unique and unknown form of photography. Dutch well known couturier Ronald Kolk was so taken with her work that he gave her some of his expensive dresses for a shoot, resulting in a wonderful series of photos.

Karin also enjoys wedding photography. She says she is not a traditional wedding photographer who emphasizes the romance. Karin's wedding photography just screams joy. Anything goes, according to her. The newlyweds have to feel a connection with Karin's enthusiasm, but when it’s there this will result in amazing photo's.

Monday, June 15, 2015

UWP: CHRISTIAN GLOOR (Switzerland)























Christian Gloor was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1971.
Since this beautiful country is not famous for turquoise seas and white beaches, he’s grateful to his parents for taking him on holiday every year. He would then disappear for most of the day with mask and snorkel in search of all sorts of marine creatures, getting himself bitten or stung a few times.

His first scuba dive came later, in 1994 in the Bahamas and he got certified in California in 1997.
Most of his further training, up to PADI MSDT was done in the lakes in his home country.
In 2009, he decided to leave his office work and Switzerland to work as a dive instructor in Greece. It was followed by Thailand where he became a technical diving instructor, and now, Indonesia where he has been working as a dive resort manager in the very famous Lembeh Strait.

His first underwater photography experience was in the Philippines in 2001 with a film camera borrowed from a friend. That pretty expensive piece of equipment flooded on the first dive. Most people would learn better, but being stubborn, he went through a few digital point and shoot cameras since then. None of them flooded… yet.

Three years ago, he left behind the automatic settings of his camera and the quality of his pictures really improved. He finally invested in a mirrorless camera and a nice housing. That setup works like a charm for the tiny critters he loves to shoot.
His working/shooting location implies that his portfolio is mainly macro photography but gives him a great opportunity to improve his technique and creativity.


Photo galleries:
https://500px.com/christian_gloor
www.flickr.com/photos/christian_gloor


Current equipment:
Olympus OMD E-M5 with Nauticam housing
Sea & Sea YS-01 and YS-110a strobes
Retra snoot
i-Torch Video Pro 6
Subsee +10 and INON UCL-165


Monday, June 8, 2015

UWP: STEVE HINCZYNSKI (USA)



















STEVE HINCZYNSKI
Steve was born and raised in New Jersey and is now living in Arizona. He pursued many interests as he grew up, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he got his scuba certification. His childhood fascination with sharks was calling. Seeing them on TV or in aquariums could no longer satisfy his desire to observe sharks in their world -- it was time to meet them in their natural habitat. As the logbook pages began to fill there was a migration from shooting video to shooting still images and the basic open water certification progressed into a Divemaster certification.

Steve noticed something interesting. On many of the normal (non-shark dive) dive trips, most of the divers were happy to not have seen any sharks on the dive. A great number of divers seemed to have succumbed to the media hype that sharks were things to be terrified of. He took this as an opportunity to try to right the misconception. And in every ensuing discussion about sharks and diving with them this question was always asked, “you’re in a cage right?” He happily explained that a cage wasn’t necessary.

Things started to become clear. The only way to undo the damage done by the media was to have proof sharks weren’t mindless killers out to get people. Getting shots of sharks and people together would be a must on every shark dive. Photographs need to portray sharks in a majestic manner, not just gaping jaws. Although admittedly, while Steve really appreciates a dramatic open-mouth, big teeth shot, he knows those won’t help change perceptions about sharks. Along with capturing inspiring and thrilling images, Steve believes in promoting conservation and coexistence with these amazing creatures. Even though Steve isn’t on the “front lines” of the shark and ocean conservation battle, he’s always ready to talk about sharks and set the story straight. His passion has led to several prize-winning photographs and he has been published internationally and domestically (US) in both print and digital media (including 1 cover to date).

In addition to sharks and other marine life photos, there’s a good chance you’ll see his name on the corner of photographs of the big cats (particularly the striped ones