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I was born in 1978 in Salzburg, Austria and grew up on a lake. In my childhood, it was all about sailing until 1993 when diving came into my life. Diving was quickly more than just a hobby and in 2000 I made a profession out of it when I became a divemaster and later an instructor. This was also the time when I started to take pictures underwater to give other people an idea about the stunning world I’m seeing every day at work. Today I’m managing a diving centre in Egypt and try to take my camera with me on every dive. Currently, I’m using a Nikon D800 in a Seacam housing with Subtronic strobes.

Barge

Barge: Large toothed cardinalfish (Cheilodipterus macrodon) are often seen hovering solitarily in midwater, but also in smaller groups, like on the picture which was taken at a small wreck called 'The Barge', in the northern Red Sea, Egypt.

 

Carless Reef

Careless reef: A rebreather diver enjoying the sound and silent world at Careless, Egypt. This reef was almost completely destroyed by crowns of thorns in the 90s but recovered completely and today you can find lots of soft corals and swallowtail seaperch (Anthias anthias), together with countless other marine life

 

Carnatic

Carnatic: The wreck of the Carnatic, which was launched in 1862 and found it’s last resting place at Abu Nuhas, Egypt in 1869. Due to it’s beautiful coral growth an absolute 'must dive' in the northern Red Sea

 

Chrisoula K

Chrisoula K: A rebreather diver having a look at the propeller of the Chrisoula K, sunk in 1981 at Shaab Abu Nuhas, Egypt

 

Clownfish Komodo

Clownfish Sudan: Red Sea anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus) in Sudan. Another example where you can see my passion for a high f-stop in underwater macro photography which gives a dark background and greater depth of field

 

Frogfish Menjangan

Frogfish Menjangan: Giant frogfish (Antennarius commerson) are easier to spot than smaller frogfish and quite common in Menjangan national park, Bali, Indonesia

 

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Ghost: As the ornate ghost pipefish (Solenostomas paradoxus) is normally very well camouflaged, I decided to use a high f-stop to get the background black. This way it is much easier to know where the fish begins and where it ends. Safaga, Egypt

 

Gobi

Gobi The whip coral goby (Bryaninops yongei) is quite often present on dive sites, but due to his small size, many divers are not aware of them. After I shot this picture, my accompanying diver (instructor with 1000+ dives in the area) had a closer look at the whip coral and was surprised that there was a small fish living on it. Safaga, Egypt

 

Hamada

Hamada: The stern of the Hamada, which was built in 1965 as Avocet. It hit a reef south of Ras Banas in 1993 and rests now in shallow water close to the shore in Hamata, Egypt

 

Hamata

Hamata: Wrecks are often great artificial reefs and the  Hamata (sunk in 1993) in the south of Egypt is nowadays completely overgrown with hard and soft corals

 

Little Brother

Little Brother: Common big eyes (Priacanthus hamrur) and a rebreather diver at 'Little brother' in the Red Sea, Egypt. A big advantage of a rebreather (which is my favourite scuba equipment) is the absence of bubbles and therefore an easier interaction with marine life

 

Manta Bali

Manta Bali: Giant mantas (Manta biostris) are a highlight for every diver and often seen around cleaning stations, where reef fish take care of the manta's hygiene. This picture was taken at Manta Point, Nusa Penida (Bali) Indonesia

 

Panorama Reef

Panorama Reef: One of my favourite places in the Egyptian Red Sea. Panorama Reef south plateau with its beautiful gorgonians, soft corals and often technical divers passing by on their way up

 

Pyjamaslug

Pyjamaslug: A pyjama nudibranch (Chromodoris quadricolor) in Marsa Alam, Egypt. For the 'bokeh' effect in the background, I used a plastic plate with green glitter glued on

 

Seahorse

Seahorse: A diver is looking at a thorny seahorse (Hippocampus jayakari) in Safaga, Egypt. Normally seahorses are typical macro shots, but in this case I used a fisheye with a special, smaller dome port to get closer to the animals without pushing them away

 

Silky

Silky: This silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) was taken during a late afternoon dive in Sudan. Little sunlight in combination with a low f-stop and one strobe created the 'out of the dark' appearance

 

Surgentfish

Surgeonfish: A rare bait ball with hundreds of blue spine surgeonfish (Naso heacanthus) being hunted by dolphins in Hurghada, Egypt. Although the water temperature in Egypt is not that low in winter, I found myself shivering after snorkelling for one hour, but absolutely worth it

 

Twogobi

Two gobi: Two whip coral gobis (Bryaninops yongei) sharing one home at Sanganeb, Sudan. As there are plenty of whip corals in Sudan, it is not difficult to find some Gobis. The challenge was to have two close enough together to take a picture with a 60mm macro lens

 


 Wolfgang is the dive centre manager for Orca Dive Club in Soma Bay, Egypt. You can find more of his work at www.uw-photo.at


 

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