As a photographer, I really love when I come across articles that tell you about how the profession of photography helped another profession, or teamed up with it to create something spectacular. Marine biologist/photographer Alexander Semenov and his underwater photographs are a perfect example of what I mean.
Underwater photography can sometimes be considered as another “realm” of photography, kind of like aerial photography. It calls for an additional understanding of a whole other set of gear. In the case of underwater photography, there are not only waterproof houses for the camera gear, but an understanding of being underwater yourself. Dive gear is added onto the camera gear acquirement that is necessary for underwater photography. The location of Alexander Semenov’s photo studio is the White Sea Biological Station, which is on the coast of the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea in Russia (located on the cusp of the Arctic Circle.) The WSBS is actually quite isolated and not accessible by roads, only by boat in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. Semenov has been stationed here since 2007; and over the course of the past few years, he has been sharing his stunning photographs via the Internet. His goal is to “bring these hidden underwater worlds to the masses.”
The gear Alexander uses is: Canon 5D Mark II body. Canon 100mm f/2.8L macro lens. Subal housing with Inon Z-240 strobes. Plus a Canon 8-15mm fisheye, 16-35mm f/2.8L II, and a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 – which is an amazing macro lens that is manual focus, and able to magnify up to 5x lifesize.
Scientists, teachers, authors, and encyclopedia editors have used Semenov’s images in publications and classrooms. Thanks to Semenov’s talent, high quality output, and amazing photo gear, the public is able to see what these underwater creatures look like as if they were seeing them in person. It’s pretty amazing what kind of doors technology can open!
Semenov’s website is: http://clione.ru
And his Flickr is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_semenov[via Wired RAWFile]