Saturday, April 14, 2018

UWP: DEBBIE WALLACE

































DEBBIE WALLACE

I’ve been fascinated since childhood with our underwater world thanks to the TV show “Sea Hunt.”  When I first started diving, I reallydidn’t like it very much during my checkout dives in Wisconsin in March 1980.  But I had a scuba instructor who kept after me to continue diving, and I’m so very grateful that he did…
Decades later, another scuba friend from Bonaire introduced me to the world of underwater photography, and I was HOOKED!!  I had never taken any topside photos, so I had a huge learning curve in deciphering f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, strobe positioning, etc.  However, our underwater world was so teeming with life and beauty that I was determined to learn how to digitally capture its’ beauty and essence.  My current rig is an Olympus OMD EM-1 MKII, Nauticam housing and dual Inon Z240 strobes.
I love both macro and wide angle photography, but my passion is SHARKS!!  Sharks are one of the underwater apex predators and deserve our respect and admiration.  They also deserve our help in presenting them in a much softer light in our underwater images and videos which will , hopefully, help to dispel the evil media-driven myths about sharks.  
I sincerely hope you enjoy the beauty beneath the sea in my images.  Please check out the rest of my work at www.debbiewallacephotography.com.  Best fishes!!



Thursday, April 5, 2018

UWP STEVE CARMENTRAN
























I was born on 29 December 1980 in Esch-sur-Alzette (L).
I started my diving career in 1997 during a trip on the island of Mallorca where I received my first diving certification. Hobby diver for many years, I started to invest myself more seriously in 2004. After working through the different certification levels in recreational diving, I became CMAS * instructor in 2013 and CMAS ** Instructor in 2015.
Eager to share my passion and the beauty of the underwater world with my friends and the general public, I bought my first compact camera in 2004 and took my first ‘steps’ in underwater photography during a stay in Cuba. Having caught the underwater photography bug, I have been diving with my camera ever since. In 2006, I started using a bridge camera, and in 2010 I took a big step and switched to reflex. Currently I’m using a Nikon D7100 in a Sealux housing and Inon z240 strobes.
I began shoot-out competition photography in 2013. Selected by the Luxembourg Federation to represent my country, I took part in the first International Underwater Photography Challenge of Monaco. I was also proud to  represent Luxembourg at the 15th C.M.A.S. Underwater Photography World Championships taking place in Zeeland (NL) in May 2015, where I achieved two top ten rankings. 
I am currently an active diving instructor in Differdange (Luxembourg) where I use my photography to show my students the beauty of the underwater world they are about to discover.