Featured Photographers

Featured Underwater Photographer – Oscar Montferrer

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 Oscar Montferrer !

About Oscar

Once upon a time, in 1997, I began scuba diving. I’ve been trashing with photo cameras since forever so I did not hesitate to take a camera with me down there –as soon as I thought I was a skilled enough scuba diver; skilled enough because, when it comes to scuba diving, I firmly believe one never can be and one never will be skilled enough… I’ve lost some equipment by flooding –again, one never can be skilled enough…- but that’s the fun of it when you try to always look to the bright side of life! The show must go on… and that’s what I do. On my early stages as a uw photographer -36 pictures per photo roll per dive-, I just enjoyed taking pictures, throwing away the 99,9 per cent of them and showing the survivors to my –very patient- friends. But –there’s always a but- the real power of the social media –and the digitization- has made me realize that there are now a lot of things that ordinary guys just like me could do. So my aim right now is related with the general awareness that I think should be in everybody’s head: we will leave the sea to the people of the future and we should leave it as healthy as possible. Being an unrepentant naive, I believe that if you know something, you can love it and, if you love it, you’ll take care of it. So that’s the reason I show my pictures now: to make known a lot of beautiful little things that live down there and do not have resources enough to hire a powerful PR team as the big ones –sharks, whales, dolphins, turtles…- do. As I’ve said, naive, but… By the way, my throwing slides away rate –file deleting rate now- has reached lower levels but be gentle and let me keep the number a secret…

Oscar’s Gear

Camera: Nikon D-200 (2) Housing: Sea&Sea (2) Lens: Nikon: 35 mm, 40 mm, 60 mm, 85 mm; Tokina: 10-17 mm; Sigma: 14 mm, 24 mm, 35-70 mm, 105 mm Strobes: Sea&Sea YS-110 (2) and Sea&Sea YS-D2 (2) Magnifying lens / Wet lens: Inon +5; Subsee +10, Saga +15

Oscar’s Work

Bryaninops loki, Amed (Bali), Indonesia, resting on a sponge.

 
Ceratosoma trilobatum, Tulamben (Bali), Indonesia, roaming in search of food.

 
Dondice banyulensis, Mataró, Catalonia, is endemic of the Mediterranian Sea.

 
Pleurobranchus testudinarius, Mataró, Catalonia, is one of the largest heterobranches.

 
Cyerce nigra, Romblon, Philippines, is considered as one of the most beatiful nudibranches of all.

 
Cratena peregrina, Mataró, Catalonia, climbs for food.

 
Lauriea siagiani, Tulamben (Bali), Indonesia, best known as squat lobster crab, lives in same than him colored sponges.

 

Plectorhinchus vittatus, Tulamben (Bali), Indonesia, visits the cleaning station and is served by a bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus).

 

Doto greenamyeri, Amed (Bali), Indonesia, is best known as the Doughnut Nudibranch.

 

Ecsenius bicolor, Tulamben (Bali), Indonesia, makes its home in sheltered spots.

 

Costasiella sp., Amed (Bali), Indonesia, shares almost entirely his colors and shape with the specie Stiliger ornatus.

 
Mexichromis mariei, Amed (Bali), Indonesia, displays one of the most delicate colorations.

Follow Oscar

www.flickr.com/photos/oscar_montferrer (Flickr)

Jill B

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