New Wave

Dmitry Marchenko meets tur­tles, sharks and blennies on his un­der­sea for­ays

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I’m orig­i­nally from An­garsk, a city in Siberia that’s about as far from the sea as you can get! In 2009 I moved to Egypt to work, and while I was there I took an Ad­vanced Open Wa­ter Diver PADI course in the Red Sea. I fell in love with the world be­low the waves. Af­ter I’d com­pleted about 30 dives, I looked at tak­ing up un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy.

I’d never re­ally used cam­eras and I didn’t have a clue how they worked be­yond point­ing and shoot­ing. I found a cam­era I could af­ford – a Sea & Sea DXG1 com­pact dig­i­tal cam­era that was per­fect for an un­der­wa­ter be­gin­ner. I was lucky enough to be friends with a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, who gave me a crash course in shut­ter speeds, aper­ture and ISO, and prac­tice did the rest.

I loved be­ing able to cap­ture all the won­der­ful things I en­coun­tered un­der­wa­ter, so I quickly up­graded to a cam­era that could do my aquatic sub­jects jus­tice: a Nikon D70s and a set of SB-800 flashes. You need to use flash un­der­wa­ter, or ev­ery­thing will end up look­ing blue in your pic­tures.

The best thing about shoot­ing un­der­wa­ter crea­tures is the va­ri­ety of bright and beau­ti­ful beasts you come across. I love shoot­ing any­thing from Napoleon fish to tiny blennies [1] as they’re re­ally cute and look per­pet­u­ally happy!

Some people are scared of meet­ing crea­tures of the deep, but I’ve al­most al­ways found them in­cred­i­bly peace­ful. I wouldn’t say I’ve never been afraid, though. Once I was shoot­ing an Oceanic Whitetip

01 Blenny Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8G ED, 1/500 sec, f/11, ISO320

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