DIGITAL UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY

Somehow, I have become an underwater photographer.

Since April of 2001, underwater photography has been bubbling its way up my list of interests, and how now become one of the dominant activities that defines who I am. I shoot professionally, but not full time.

I have been running wetpixel.com for a few years now, which is now considered the best online resource for underwater digital photography. It's a fantastic, friendly community of people who help to keep underwater photography fun. I would not have come nearly this far in such a short period of time without the constant friendship of a few luminaries in the community -- most notably, professional photographers Jim Watt, David Fleetham, Jim Abernethy, Andy Sallmon, and Steve Drogin. Thanks also to my non-diver friends who deal with my periodic absenses from their lives.

In the past couple of years I have managed to get myself out to some interesting places. Even though most "normal" people consider these places to be exotic, hanging out with traveling divers has shown me that everything is relative; most of the folk I meet on the road have been to many places whose names I've never even seen in print. It's their stories and never-ending enthusiasm that have awakened my own sense of underwater adventure.

I have a mailing list where I periodically send out announcements about trip journals and expeditions. Sign up, if you are interested!

--- Shows, Talks, and Workshops:

G2 Gallery, Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Aug 11 - Sep 20, 2009
Photography show of aluminum, marine life prints [more information]

Taiwan Center, San Diego, Jul-Aug 8, 2009
Photography show of aluminum, marine life prints [more information]

One Samsome, San Francisco, Jan - Feb 21, 2009
Photo show -- large, marine life prints [more information]

Backscatter, Oct 2008 - Jan 2009
Photo show -- large, marine life prints [location]

50 Fremont, San Francisco, Aug - Oct 2008
Photo show -- large, marine life prints [more information]

DEMA, October 2008
Photography talk at the Imaging Resource Center [more information]

NCUPS, August 8, 2008
Eric's favorite photos, and how he took them [more information]

Boston Sea Rovers Clinic 2007
Finding animals in the "A" list of shark and whale species [more information]

Digital Shootout Bonaire 2007
Join us in this year's Digital Shootout in Bonaire! [more information]

Kona Classic 2006 - May 13-21, 2006
Run by Sport Diver Magazine. Compete for prizes and attend seminars by Eric Cheng, David Fleetham, Marty Snyderman, and Ty Sawyer! [more information]

Scuba InTenCity Tour - May 6, 2006
I will be giving two seminars at Dolphin Scuba in Sacramento. [more information]

Digital Shootout Palau/Yap - April 1-11, 2006
Join us for this year's Digital Shootout in Palau, with an optional extension in Yap! [more information]

Boston Sea Rovers 52nd Clinic - March 4-5, 2006
Berkley White and I will be giving two workshops at this year's Sea Rovers Clinic [more information]

Digital Shootout Bonaire - July 2005
Join us in this year's Digital Shootout in Bonaire! [more information]

Wetpixel Bahamas Expedition - March 27-April 4, 2005
Digital expert aboard the Shear Water [more information]

Boston Sea Rovers 51st Clinic - March 4-6, 2005
I gave two workshops in Boston for the Sea Rovers Clinic [more information]

NCUPS, San Francisco- October 2004
Presentation to NCUPS members about digital underwater photography [more information]

DEMA, Houston - October 2004
Mini-seminar at the Sea & Sea booth about shooting with digital SLRs

Wetpixel Bahamas Expedition - July 2005
Digital expert aboard the Shear Water [more information]

Seaspace - June 2004
Workshop on digital underwater photography [more information]

Digital Shootout Fiji - May 2004
Staffed a digital workshop and photo contest in Fiji [more information]

Boston Sea Rovers 50th Clinic - March 2004
Speaker: digital underwater photography

Wildlife Photographers of Silicon Valley - November 2003
Speaker: digital underwater photography [more information]

--- Underwater Images:

To see some of my underwater imagery, go to the slideshow on my main photo page, or check out individual travel journals.


me, with marine photographer jim watt in monterey, ca (january 30, 2003)
jim was my first mentor in underwater photography, and will be missed dearly.
UNDERWATER EQUIPMENT

sea & sea canon d60 housing

When I started underwater photography back in April of 2001, I was shooting with an Ikelite-housed Nikon Coolpix 990 and an Ikelite Substrobe 200, but I quickly out-grew that setup and moved on to a more responsive rig once affordable digital SLRs hit the market.

For two years, I shot with a Canon D60 Digital SLR housed in a Sea & Sea Canon D60 housing with two Ikelite Substrobe DS-125 strobes held by ULCS arms. I now shoot with a Canon 1Ds Mk III Digital SLR housed in a Seacam housing, with Ikelite and Inon strobes.

WETPIXEL.COM

I own and run Wetpixel.com, the world's premiere website for underwater photographers.

Wetpixel provides up-to-date news, reviews, features, photo contests, and a 8,000+ member community forum for underwater digital photographers. Wetpixel was the 2003 Antibes Festival Web Site winner, and the 2005 Editor's Choice for best website in Scuba Diving Magazine. Join our community. It's free!

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