One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. We try to find some of the best underwater photographers in the world, and showcase their work, along with the gear they use, to help other aspiring photographers improve, learn new skills and get inspired.
This week we will feature the talented François Baelen!
My name is François Baelen, I’m 28 years old and currently living in Reunion Island, in the western Indian ocean.
I spent my life in the Caribbean until my 9th birthday, where my father died freediving. But it didn’t stop me to grow a passion for the oceans.
Moved on to France to complete my studies, became a general practitioner and started my diving levels in the Mediterranean waters.
When I decided to move to Reunion Island in 2015, I only had 50 dives under my belt and I started to do some GoPro footage, then added a red filter, and completed with powerful lights…
But it was never enough (and it still is not) – and eventually, I got tired to feel like a critter spotter for my photographers’ friends… critters that I wasn’t able to shoot with my gear.
That’s why I started 2018 buying my first real camera with a macro setup, then strobes and later a wide angle setup. I was now ready to capture what I see during my dives.
I learned a lot during my only year doing underwater photography but I still have a long way to go.
Here I come 2019, may I be able to improve as much as I would like to, and may I be able to share good stuff with you!
1x Sony A7III
For Sony FE: 90 mm macro
For Sony Zeiss: 16-35 mm
Wet Lens: SMC1; Moby (noodilab)
2x Inon Z330
s-TTL from turtleprod
UW Photos by François
Here are some of the underwater photos taken by François Baelen.
Get in Touch with François
Facebook Page – François Baelen
Twitter Account – François Baelen
Youtube Channel – François Baelen
Vimeo Channel – François Baelen
Visit his personal portfolio at www.ranmorphoto.com.
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