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About me

I have been a photographer for over 30 years.  I started out taking underwater photographs before I seriously took photographs above water.  In my career as a marine biologist it was important to be able to take useable photographs underwater.  Back then, the only underwater camera I could afford was a Nikonos III, with a Sunpak manual strobe.  Diving in the murky scottish waters of the Clyde, where visibility rarely exceeded 3 metres (and often much less) it was crucial to understand how light behaved underwater. The Nikonos III was a completely manual film camera: no batteries, no electronics, not even a light meter (it was several years later I would by my seperate, underwater light meter).  Each dive I take down an underwater writing slate, and carefully note down the camera settings for that photograph I took.  Painstakingly, over time, I bult up an understanding of what worked and what didn't.  One learned to estimate light to subject to camera distances, subject reflectivity, and so approximate the correct strobe power settings to use.  It was an invaluable learning process that has served me well over the years.

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