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Weekly Featured Underwater Photographer – Mathieu Foulquié!

Every week we will feature one underwater photographer who has left us breathless! These photographers have gained knowledge and experience in the art of UW photography and are happy to share it with us!

This week’s featured photographer is Mathieu Foulquié!

About Mathieu

40, Marine Biologist, started UW photography during university, back in the early 90’s, right after my highest technical diving certification, so as to have enough skills underwater to manage at the same time aquacity and cameras.

Mathieu’s Gear

Nikon D3X in seacam housing, 2 seacam 150D strobes, 10,5mm Nikon, Seacam Fisheye-Macro-Port, Seacam super-dome, 16mm Nikon, Seacam 60mm macroport, 60mm Nikon
+ Scubapro diving equipment

© Mathieu Foulquié | Bufo bufo_France : I knew this "kind of "secret spring (of the river called "la Buèges") for years. I've never been there during winter since last time, and the toad was in hibernation period, BUT in the water (the water temperature of this spring never goes down 13°C). The toad's hibernation period does not contain a total lethargy. The animal is not sluggish: if you touch him, he reacts immediately. However, the physiological functions are quiet slow. That's exactly what happened. he became so friendly that he followed me, always coming towards me (maybe also intrigued by my front-dome, and his own reflect on it).
© Mathieu Foulquié | Bufo bufo_France :
I knew this “kind of “secret spring (of the river called “la Buèges”) for years. I’ve never been there during winter since last time, and the toad was in hibernation period, BUT in the water (the water temperature of this spring never goes down 13°C). The toad’s hibernation period does not contain a total lethargy. The animal is not sluggish: if you touch him, he reacts immediately. However, the physiological functions are quiet slow. That’s exactly what happened. he became so friendly that he followed me, always coming towards me (maybe also intrigued by my front-dome, and his own reflect on it).

© Mathieu Foulquié | Anarhichas lupus_iceland : My 2 strobes were out of order. thanks to the lights of my dive buddies, I was able to catch this close encounter with this Atlantic wolffish. Dive site : Arnarnesstrytur (the second underwater protected area in Iceland) visit http://www.strytan.is/
© Mathieu Foulquié | Anarhichas lupus_iceland :
My 2 strobes were out of order. thanks to the lights of my dive buddies, I was able to catch this close encounter with this Atlantic wolffish. Dive site : Arnarnesstrytur (the second underwater protected area in Iceland)
visit http://www.strytan.is/

© Mathieu Foulquié | Thor shrimp (Thor amboinensis), shot in Lembeh strait (indonesia)
© Mathieu Foulquié | Thor shrimp (Thor amboinensis), shot in Lembeh strait (indonesia)

© Mathieu Foulquié | silky sharks (Cuba) : This shark is among the most popular sharks species in "gardens of the queen" national marine park
© Mathieu Foulquié | silky sharks (Cuba) :
This shark is among the most popular sharks species in “gardens of the queen” national marine park

© Mathieu Foulquié | Silfra lagoon (iceland) : From the entrance into to the other side, the lagoon measures 120 meters and one can see all the way across. water temperature is about 2 or 3°C. Þingvellir National Park
© Mathieu Foulquié | Silfra lagoon (iceland) :
From the entrance into to the other side, the lagoon measures 120 meters and one can see all the way across. water temperature is about 2 or 3°C. Þingvellir National Park

© Mathieu Foulquié | Sepiola rondeletii : this dwarf bobtail was shot during a night dive in Thau lagoon (south of France)
© Mathieu Foulquié | Sepiola rondeletii :
this dwarf bobtail was shot during a night dive in Thau lagoon (south of France)

© Mathieu Foulquié | Ranunculus aquatilis (France) : This aquatic plant  was shot in a temporary mediterranean pond, very very shallow.
© Mathieu Foulquié | Ranunculus aquatilis (France) :
This aquatic plant was shot in a temporary mediterranean pond, very very shallow.

© Mathieu Foulquié | Crocodylus acutus (Cuba) : this 2m long american crocodile was resting under houses on stilts, which gives this particular atmosphere to the photo. he's never been aggressive towards me, and was actually quite "curious", but, for me, this kind of encounter was much more impressive than any other shark dive.
© Mathieu Foulquié | Crocodylus acutus (Cuba) :
this 2m long american crocodile was resting under houses on stilts, which gives this particular atmosphere to the photo. he’s never been aggressive towards me, and was actually quite “curious”, but, for me, this kind of encounter was much more impressive than any other shark dive.

© Mathieu Foulquié | 7 Carcharhinus perezi, caribbean reefs sharks, "Gardens of the queen" national park, Cuba
© Mathieu Foulquié | 7 Carcharhinus perezi, caribbean reefs sharks, “Gardens of the queen” national park, Cuba

© Mathieu Foulquié | Carcharhinus perezi eating a lionfish (Cuba) : At "gardens of the queen" national marine park, how local guides  try to control invasive Lionfish in Cuban waters, by training Caribbean reefs sharks to eat them. The Lionfish (Pterois miles) is an invasive species in the Caribbean, and native Caribbean predators (like sharks, or groupers), don’t eat them but they don't see them as preys. the photo shows that sharks can be "taught" to consume the Lionfish, and naturally regulate the populations of this invasive species
© Mathieu Foulquié | Carcharhinus perezi eating a lionfish (Cuba) :
At “gardens of the queen” national marine park, how local guides try to control invasive Lionfish in Cuban waters, by training Caribbean reefs sharks to eat them. The Lionfish (Pterois miles) is an invasive species in the Caribbean, and native Caribbean predators (like sharks, or groupers), don’t eat them but they don’t see them as preys. the photo shows that sharks can be “taught” to consume the Lionfish, and naturally regulate the populations of this invasive species

For more fantastic images by Mathieu, visit his gallery here

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Ran is a professional photographer for over 14 years. His passion for scuba diving and photography has pushed him to combine his profession and hobby and become a professional underwater photographer. Teaching is one of his greatest passions and over the years he has shared his experience with many divers and aspiring photographers. Along with his wife Danielle, an experienced Scuba Instructor, they have founded Dive and More, leading dive trips and UW photo workshops all over the world. Ran is also an electrical engineer and an avid internet marketing specialist.
Visit his personal portfolio at www.ranmorphoto.com.
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