Russian photographer Alexander Semenov creates photographs of marine life that just burst with color and energy. You may have understood, on some intellectual level, that the ocean depths are an ecosystem, teeming with life and all connected. But looking at these stunning photos will make you see it in a new way.
Semenov is a diver and project manager at the White Sea Biological Station in Russia, and he studied zoology (particularly squid brains) as a college student. Semenov writes:
When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates under water and then I've shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure I ended up with a few good pictures, which I've showed to the crew. It has inspired us to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. Thus I've spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you're working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Eventually I began to get interesting photos - one or two from each dive. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive but I still have a lot of things that need to be mastered in underwater photography.
Check out some of our favorite images in this gallery, and tons more at the link. [Alexander Semenov, via Laughing Squid and Colossal]
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