We are a couple of passionate underwater photographers, we go diving to picture the wonders which lie beneath the surface of seas, oceans, lakes and rivers. We humbly hope that the photos that we share will help connect the wider public marine creatures, grow the love and ultimately, willingness to protect them.
We started diving in 2007, got certified in Bass Point (NSW, Australia), and then spent nearly 10 years diving the Mediterranean sea (south of France), the Red Sea, South Africa and South East Asia. In 2017, we relocated in Sydney, where we now do a majority of our diving. We feel privileged to have access to 20+ shore dives, and such a diversity of marine life, all in a 5 million inhabitants city. Sydney diving never ceases to amaze us. Of course, Sydney is also a great base to enjoy the wider Australian diving scene, and a gateway to the South Pacific region.
In terms of equipment, we have moved from traditional scuba gear in 2011/2012, and have been diving rEvo rebreathers for the vast majority of our dives since then. By end-2020, we had spent a total of 1300 hours taking photos while on a rebreather (800 hours for Nicolas, 500 hours for Lena). Nowadays our typical dive is 3 hours long, with our bottom time rather limited by our surface obligations than by anything else :-)
All-in-one, cumulating rebreather and open-circuit diving, we have spent 1700 hours taking photos underwater.
In most occasions we dive together with one of us searching for critters and looking after the other one who takes pictures, or helping each other when experimenting creative lighting techniques. Our current cameras are a Nikon D500 and a Nikon D810, both in Nauticam housings, and at present we use a combination of Retra UWT, Inon and Backscatter strobes.
With our technical diving mindset and never ending search for new ways to photograph the underwater world, we push our equipment to its limits, and as such, we have helped manufacturers with field reviews of their new products. In turn, we have published deep-dive reviews which help photographers decide whether a piece of equipment is right for them.
In 2020, Nicolas has started teaching underwater photography in a one-to-one fashion, and will soon offer group lectures.