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 time we will feature the talented Allen Walker!
“I fell in love with underwater photography because of its essence, difficulty and pure rawness, which allows the photographer the freedom to paint his canvas and create fine art that tells a story. Underwater photography is most probably the truest form of wildlife photography that any photographer can experience. The underwater photographer is extremely limited by equipment and fully exposed to nature and its elements in every conceivable way, no hides, 4×4’s, barriers etc.
The studio is a moving, changing and all encompassing live canvas. It has texture and substance that can be touched and felt, very unlike air. The medium constantly changing and it has many limitations e.g. time, movement, density, light etc. making it a very demanding, yet stimulating to work in, taking it to the next level is a constant goal and I love the challenge to “get the shot”!
Just imagine walking around in the Kruger amongst Lions, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino with the Antelope, Bush Pigs etc. all around you, no barriers and you have the freedom to photograph them, and totally rely on the fact that they are not planning to eat you, well that is UWP and why I find this genre of photography most appealing.
I try my best to highlight the beauty of the ocean and the need for its conservation by using the skills I have – photography, to show the animals that people fear and kill in a different light, to create beauty, to create compassion and more importantly to show human interaction with these magnificent animals so that there is a sensed of connection by the viewer.”
- Canon 1DX in a Nauticam Housing + Nauticam domes and ports
- Ikelite DS161 strobes
- Sola 8000 Video lights
- Canon lenses, favourite being the 16-35mm and the 8-15mm fisheye
- Secondary housing is a Nauticam with a 7D Mark II + Zen ports
- 15mm Sigma fisheye and Canon 100mm IS USM MarkII Macro lens
- Inon Strobes
- Fisheye video lights
To view more of Allen’s spectacular photos, browse his websites:
Visit his personal portfolio at www.ranmorphoto.com.
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