of these shots are from Cozumel and Bonaire. They’re
all film shots and they span about six years from
about 1996 to 2002. With a few exceptions, they have
all been shot with a Nikonos 5. Generally, the Caribbean
Ocean is where I have the found the best visibility
underwater, often exceeding 100 feet.
I guess the easiest way to describe Macro is that it is photography
of really tiny critters and fish. I like it because it takes
you right down into their world. Most of these images are taken
with a 60 mm and a 105 mm lens on a housed Nikon camera. A
few of the older ones are taken with extension tubes and framers
on a Nikonos 5 and on some I used a special macro lens that
fits over the top of a 35 mm lens on the Nikonos 5. Some of
the extreme close-ups are taken with a 2:1 diopter that attaches
over the port for the 105 mm lens. Shooting this can be a challenge
because if there is the slightest bit of surge or current or
your subject is moving around a lot, you’re pretty much
toast. It can be really tough keeping your subject in the viewfinder.
It’s kind of like trying to catch a housefly with chopsticks.