Friday, March 29, 2013

UWP LUCIE DRLIKOVA





































LUCIE DRLIKOVA

I was born in 1973 in the Czech Republic, and currently live in Prague.

I have been scuba diving since 1995, but in 2009 I bought my first underwater camera and my love for photography started to develop with maritime life. At the moment I am using Nikon D700 with Sealux housing and Subtronic strobes.

It comes without saying that I love the ocean, and underwater photography has given my hobby a brand new dimension. These days I still enjoy maritime photography and never give up the possibility of shooting underwater, but my real passion inheres in creative photography and putting real life under water. It all started in December 2011 when I participated in the Czech Championship in swimming pool photography. It was my first time in swimming pool shooting whatsoever and my pictures won the 1st prize.

I have now realized that this is exactly what I love– being creative, building my own scene, using fantasy and being underwater.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

UWP: BETH WATSON



































Beth Watson began diving in 2000, she lives in the US in the small town of Salem, Missouri, nowhere near the ocean. Fortunately, she is able to dive a few weeks each year, and has traveled to many amazing diving destinations around the world. Among her favorites are the Caribbean, Central America, The Caymans, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Absolutely loving the ocean and everything it has to offer, she focuses on capturing images that are unique, impactful and that convey emotions to the viewer. She is fascinated by it all, enjoying the challenges of photographing wide angle reefs and wrecks, but also has a deep adoration for the smallest critters in the sea. Always striving for perfection, Beth continues to learn new techniques, experiments with different lenses, exposures and lighting, trying to produce beautiful, dramatic and creative images.
Beth attributes a great deal of her passion for underwater photography to the people around her. Their encouragement and advice has been an inspiration. She has won several awards and photography competitions in recent years. Receiving the Kodak Gallery Award in 2011, a silver medal in UnderwaterPhotography.com’s annual contest, winning Asia Divers, Island Dreams, and Little Cayman Beach Resort photo contests in 2012 have been recent highlights. Her images have been featured in newsletters, papers, on postcards, websites, and have been selected for juried art exhibitions. For more information and to see her work go to www.bethwatsonimages.com or you can find her on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/BethWatsonImages