"I'm moving gently forward over the wild and beautiful unexplored world below me.

Above me, there is nothing but shimmery light; the place where I come from and will go back to when I am done here.

I am diving."

Bridge to Terabithia

Philosophy

Even prior to scuba certification in 1995, I was fascinated with the beauty of the marine world. It's been a privilege for me to spend as much free time as possible trying to capture that beauty with photography. As I spend my workdays as a geek at Intel's ultra mobility group, I dream of the weird, wacky, and jeweled creatures of the ocean. I've been carrying a camera with me underwater since 1997, and take great pleasure in sharing some of these magical moments on my website. I believe that the ocean is making a precarious transition, and the marine world as we know it may not exist a relative few years from now. Please treasure it as I do, and consider the ways in which we influence and impact this precious world.

Contact

You can reach me via email at linda@dancingfish.com.

Equipment

Everyone wants to know about equipment, so here it is in gory detail. I started out with a Nikonos V and a single SB105 strobe in 1997, which I merely carried around with me for a couple of years. After an inspiring trip to the Solomon Islands in 1998, I began to get serious about photography, and purchased a Nikon RS in 1999. This was a breakthrough for me into the world of macro. I loved my RS, but it was a heavy beast and had a limited selection of lenses. I also wanted to have a backup, and having two systems would allow me to have wide angle and macro setups available to me at all times, facilitating choices based on the dive conditions. I acquired a Nikon F100, and Subal housing, as well as a Subeye Reflex camera. The Subeye accomodates RS lenses, with the advantages of their impeccable water contact optics. I've dabbled with digital SLRs since 2003, first with a D100, then the D2X, D300 and D700. I'm currently using a D800, and have used digital for most of my shooting since accessibility to E6 film processing in remote locations became scarce.

We have a Canon 5D DSLR, and I also briefly owned a Canon 7D DSLR, both of which I used underwater on trips, but I found that I did not like using them as well as the Nikons I've been using for underwater use, for various reasons, though I did find the 5D worked adequately well for my topside use.

I've migrated through several different kinds of strobes and now primarily use Inon strobes, though I'm experimenting with borrowed Sea&Sea YS250 strobes, and want to try the YSD1. I'm a convert to optical sync for strobe control and only use electrical strobe sync these days when forced.

Current equipment:

  • Nikon D800, Nauticam housing with Nauticam and Subal ports
  • Nikon D300, Seatool housing with Subal port adapter, Subal ports
  • Canon 5D for some topside shooting
  • Subeye Reflex, RS 20-35mm, 28mm lenses, Nikon land lenses, macro and wide angle ports
  • Nikon F100, Subal housing, macro and fisheye ports
  • Nikonos V, 20mm, 15mm, 35mm, macro extension tubes and framers
  • Nikon SLR lenses include Nikon 105mm VR, 60mm, 17-35mm, 20mm, Sigma 15mm FE, Tamron 2X teleconverters, Tokina 10-17mm FE. Nikon 28-300mm, 28-105mm, 24-120mm and 70-300mm for topside use, as well as a Lensbaby.
  • Canon SLR lenses include Canon 100-400mm, 24-105mm, 100mm
  • Inon Z240 strobes (used with electical connectors for film cameras, electrical or optical connectors for Seatool housing)
  • Light & Motion Sola 600, Hartenberger Nano and Fisheye FIX spotting lights
  • Heinreichs external TTL adapter
  • Subeye, handmade, and ULCS trays, ULCS arms, locline handmade arms
  • Ikelite digital and Sekonic light meters
  • Films I use include Fuji Velvia, Velvia 100, 100F, and Provia 100F, Kodak E100VS, TMax B/W 100 and 400, and Agfa Scala B/W
  • Various filters (warming, ND, polarizing filters, as well as Magic, green and magenta CC filters for digital use with WA underwater)
  • I also play with Mamiya 6, Holga 120N, Diana medium format and Lomo cameras, as well as a tiny Canon SD300 digital, for shooting while cycling. I just discovered my dad's old Minolta Autocord TLR in a storage box, and had it cleaned and repaired. And I love playing with a Lensbaby lens, which gives similar effects to the toy cameras.

Past equipment, gone but not forgotten:

  • Canon 5D with (borrowed) Subal housing
  • Canon 7D with (rented) Nauticam housing
  • Sea and Sea YS250 strobes (borrowed)
  • Nikon D700, Sea and Sea housing
  • Nikon D2X, Subal ND2 housing
  • Nikon D100, Light and Motion Titan housing, Subal port adapter
  • Nikon RS, 50mm, Aumann teleconverter, and many marine floats :)
  • Ikelite SS200 and SS50 strobes
  • Nikonos SB105 strobes
  • Sea and Sea YS120 strobes
  • Nikon N90s (topside)
  • Pentax Superprogram (topside)
  • Olympus OM2S (topside)
  • Canon AE-1 (topside)
  • Inon Z220 and Z220s strobes
  • Ikelite DS125 strobes
  • Light and Motion Mod Light

Awards and publications

    I stopped submitting images to contests a few years ago, due to lack of time, and also after not being able to make use of several of the trips I had won as prizes. I will still fulfill requests for image use as I have time, and may yet enter the contest circuit again, if circumstances change.

  • 2009 Underwater Images International Photo Competition - First Place Wide Angle
  • 2009 Nature's Best Ocean Views - Winner
  • 2009 Scubadiving Magazine Photo Contest - 2nd Place Wide Angle, Finalist Macro, Finalist Marine Life
  • 2009 Wetpixel/OWU International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro Unrestricted
  • 2008 Bilikiki Cruises Slideshow Contest - Winner
  • 2008 LAUPS International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro
  • NCUPS SEA 2008 International Photo Competition - Third Place Advanced Macro
  • 2008 Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro/Close-up
  • NCUPS SEA 2007 International Photo Competition - First Place Open Digital Macro
  • 2007 Scubadiving Magazine Photo Contest - Honorable Mention Macro
  • 2007 Sea Challengers Nudibranch Calendar - Spot Image
  • OregonScuba 2007 calendar
  • 2006 LAUPS International Photo Competition - Fifth Place Macro Digital
  • 2006 Underwater Images International Photo Competition - First Place Togetherness
  • 2006 Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition - First Place Underwater Behavior
  • OregonScuba 2006 calendar
  • 2005 Scubadiving Magazine Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro
  • 2005 Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition- Second Place Macro
  • OregonScuba 2005 calendar
  • Inon Artist of the Month - December 2004
  • NCUPS SEA 2004 International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Open Macro Slides
  • Coral Reef Report online magazine - Feature Artist and Gallery January 2004
  • OregonScuba 2004 calendar
  • Air Nuigini in-flight magazine - March/April 2003 six photo spread with article by Eric Lindberg, "Diving Papua New Guinea"
  • 2004 Beneath the Sea International Photo Competition- Third Place Macro Slides
  • 2003 LAUPS International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro Slides
  • NCUPS SEA 2003 International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Intermediate Wide/Normal Slides
  • NCUPS SEA 2003 International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Intermediate Macro Slides
  • 2003 EPIC International Photo Competition - Finalist Macro Slides
  • 2002 Snap and Shoot Annual Shootout Competition - First Place Open
  • 2002 UBCPS International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Cold Water Macro Slides
  • Northwest Dive News magazine - cover July 2002
  • Skindiver magazine - March 2002, photo for article "Fifty States, Fifty Dives"
  • 2002 Underwater Images International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Macro Open
  • 2001 UBCPS International Photo Competition - First Place Novice
  • 2001 UBCPS International Photo Competition - Third Place Novice
  • 2001 UBCPS International Photo Competition - Honorable Mention Novice

Now, about that geek thing ...

 


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