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This is how I Started As An Underwater Photographer

Posted on: November 8, 2013 by pinneng | 1 Comment
This is how I Started As An Underwater Photographer

This is how I Started As An Underwater Photographer

Never thought that I would become  a serious underwater photographer before

I build this story of me becoming an underwater photographer based on the old time famous song of Andy Williams:  Where Do I Begin (Love Story) because I found the structure of the song help me in telling how I fell in love with underwater photography

“Where do I begin 
To tell the story of how great a love can be 
The sweet love story that is older than the sea 
The simple truth about the love she brings to me 
Where do I start “

With her first hello….

It was not the love at the first sight. Few first dives I was still busy with controlling myself well underwater. I had no “time” nor “eyes” to see those little things or big pelagic swimming in the dark of the sea pointed by my instructor. But at least I know that it is not as scary as I thought. Slowly but sure, I got more acquainted with the underwater beauty. I fell in love…..
Rare Fish

Rare fish I found in Alor. Using my old time pocket camera

She fills my heart with very special things…


Ready To Hatch

Scuba Diving Grand Prize Winner – USA

I bought my first pocket camera with underwater housing because I want to memorise those special things I met underwater. Then I realised that an underwater strobe is essential for underwater photography. I bought one, and another one a year later. With limited tools, I started making photographs and joining some competitions. One day in 2008 one of my photographs won a Grand Prize in a competition then I bought my first DSLR and its housing using the prize money I earned.

Underwater Photographer Before and Now

Pocket Camera vs DSLR Camera+Diopter


With angels’ songs , with wild imaginings…

With a DSLR camera I have more options in creating photographs. Make better wide angle photos which was a lot more limited with pocket camera, photographs small objects, or creating more interesting photographs like the NDOF photo (read my previous blog).
I think it is a journey that will never end as long as I am alive.
Flamboyant Cuttlefish Underwater Photographer

Express Yourself as an Underwater Photographer

“How long does it last 
Can love be measured by the hours in a day 
I have no answers now but this much I can say 
I know I’ll need her till the stars all burn away 
And she’ll be there”
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One Response

  1. […] For sure, with diopter you are able to make un-cropped photo of small objects. Normally this is one of the rule you have to obey in submitting your photographs in international underwater photo competitions. […]


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