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Tim Perrault

Tim Perrault began his diving career in August of 1997, has logged over 1300 dives, and is currently a PADI Master Instructor.

Along the way, Tim discovered underwater photography and the quest for the “best” picture amongst his diving companions. His first camera was a Nikonos 5. With persistence, and a lot of film developing, he found that he had a knack for capturing his subjects. It wasn’t long before he added underwater photography as part of his teaching curriculum.

In 2003, Tim went digital and switched to a Nikon D100 with a Light and Motion Titan housing. He is an active instructor, photographer, and diver in the Pacific Northwest. He has spent time diving all around the world, including Truk Lagoon, Palau, Galapagos, Indonesia, Tahiti, Mexico, and numerous Caribbean locations, photographing the underwater world. Tim enjoys the diving in his own backyard – Puget Sound and British Columbia – with it’s the rich marine life, but he does consider the Galapagos his favorite big “fish” destination, and Lembeh Strait, Indonesia best for “critters” of all kinds.

Tim lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.

Steve May

Underwater photography is a natural when you love both diving and photography, but it didn’t quite start out that way. I started diving in 1970 while stationed in California in the Air Force. After about 10 years, I was getting bored with spearfishing and “look-see” diving and looking for something new to do. My Dad had made a housing for a Kodak point and shoot camera that used a flashcube. So my interest in underwater photography started with zero training, a small Plexiglas homemade housing, and a camera that had the dubious feature of using the on-camera flash for the first four shots. For the rest of the 24 exposures, it was all very blue natural light.

Now, twenty plus years after that introduction to underwater photography, I have better cameras, better housings, strobes, and a lot more training and experience over the years. I currently have a Nikon D70 (digital camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a Nikonos V and Nikon F4 (film camera) in an Aquatica housing, as well as a variety of lenses from the digital 10.5mm fisheye to the 105mm Macro. I use the Aquatica housings because they have a 300-foot depth rating, and that let’s me take the camera to the deep wrecks that are one of my favorite photo subjects. The history, mystique, and sea life surrounding each wreck is unique.

Diver at 1AXXX, Dry Tortugas

Horse-Eye Jacks, Long Cay, Belize

L Tower Goliath Grouper

Red Frogfish, Half Moon Cay, Belize

Eddy Wong

Eddy grew up in tempered coast of Peru, South America. At a very young age he received a snorkeling set as a gift from his father. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau’s documentaries, he spent every summer diving for shells and critters in the Peruvian ocean. His first opportunity to try scuba diving was in 1989, when he received his scuba certification in Tampa, Florida. However, he didn’t get his chance at underwater photography until 2004, when he purchased his first underwater setup, a Sony Cybershot DSC-P9 digital camera with a Sony MPK-9 housing.

Like many other divers that developed an interest in underwater photography, he started getting “blue pictures” with a basic and inexpensive point and shoot digital camera. Over the years, after practicing a lot and attending many underwater photography seminars and courses, he graduated from a point and shoot, to using a Sea&Sea YS-25 strobe, and eventually to a manual-settings capable Olympus SP-350, Olympus PT-030 housing, Sea&Sea YS-110 and Heinrichs TTL connector, which he currently uses.

Since Eddy developed his interest in underwater photography, he has traveled to Hawaii, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Belize, Cayman Islands and Honduras. Eddy remains a point and shoot digital photographer believing that an SLR is not an absolute requirement to get a nice underwater picture.

Eddy is an advanced open water diver and currently resides in Revere, Massachussets. His interests are in software, travel and underwater photography. He has also started a company, Yellow Tang Software, dedicated to developing software for the scuba industry.

Eddy has documented his travels and has chronicled his evolution as an underwater photographer with many tips, course notes and lessons learned on his blog http://purpleink.us/blogs. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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Graham Casden

Graham Casden is the Executive officer from Ocean First Divers in Colorado. He was first certified in Belize in 1999 and became a DM in 2003 and OWSI in March 2005.

If you thinking diving is not very popular in Colorado, think again.  As Graham told me, “There are more certified divers per capita in Colorado than any other state.”

Graham graciously agreed to be a photographer for DivingInDepth.com and spent time with us on a short interview.

Contact: www.oceanfirstdivers.com

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Steven Anderson

Steven’s interest in underwater photography began in 1975, while living in Miami, Florida, where he was certified as an NASDS Advanced Open Water Diver. He has since expanded his diving education and now holds certifications for PADI Rescue, Enriched Air and Underwater Photography. He has been fortunate enough to travel  around the world and visit the many destinations that many divers and non divers dream of. His travels have taken him to locations such as Australia,  Belize,  and Grand Cayman, to name a few. Steven’s first camera setup was an Ikelite housing for an instamatic camera and he used natural light as his light source. In 1975, camera equipment was not as advanced as it is today. He now uses two different camera setups. The first digital setup is the DC200 and strobe made by Sea Life and the other is the DC500 with two digital strobes also made by Sea life. Steven often uses a wide angle lense and enjoys the big look which is a result of its use. He enjoys reading and learning from others who have chosen diving and underwater photography as a hobby and as a profession. Steven and his wife, Anne and two children, Kaitlyn and Connor live in Brentwood, Tennessee. His hobbies include saltwater aquaria, computers, travel, working on his photography, and reading his large collection of diving magazines. Many afternoons are spent looking at the thousands of photos which he taken and sharing diving experiences with friends. When asked “ Where is his favorite spot”? Steven’s reply is “They are all great and each location has it’s own claim to fame.”