Image copyright Steve De Neef. All rights reserved.
In January Chamira Young and I, together with PhotoShelter, launched a new podcast series called Beyond Technique. The response has been remarkable, and the third episode in the series will air next week. Each one has been loaded with substantial insight thanks to our guests.
Working with PhotoShelter, I've been spending a lot of time on their website. One of my favorite features on the website and blog is their New Member Shoutouts. Each Shoutout features a new member of the PhotoShelter family, and it's the perfect reminder of how much we all share the passion for the craft.
Meet Maine-based, Steve De Neef. His work is especially near and dear to my heart. Going back to my Hasselblad days, and introducing the H38 underwater housing, I have a deep appreciation for just how difficult underwater photography can be. Shooting mostly before digital, I used to be happy when I got a handful of good images from hundreds of bad ones, and all on film. So, I never knew if I got the shot until my film came back from the lab.
But there's another aspect of Steve's work I love and if you're not a diver, it's hard to appreciate. Because of the way the spectrum of light breaks down underwater, you see no color except for the fish. You're swimming in one giant monotone world until you flip the switch on an underwater light or fire your strobes. Then the undersea world comes alive with color. Notice the background color beyond this image of Steve's three cuttlefish.
While Steve is new to PhotoShelter, he's certainly not new to imaging. He's got an incredibly diverse bio, and you'll see this diversity in his galleries.
Steve De Neef is a photojournalist, filmmaker and cinematographer who specializes in conservation, documentary, underwater and aerial photography. He often works with scientists and NGO’s in the hopes of inspiring positive change and getting research and conservation efforts seen by a broader audience...Steve’s images and films have been shown and won awards in numerous competitions and film festivals like Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer of the Year, Beneath the Sea, Beneath the Waves film festival, Wildlife Conseravtion and Film Festival, San Fransisco Ocean Fim Festival, Ocean Art, ADEX (Asian Dive Expo) photographer of the year, Oasis and more.
Click on his image above to see more of his work.
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