Featured Photographers

Featured Underwater Photographer – Mel Wu

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 Mel Wu!

Photo by Steven Walsh (@steven.walsh.underwater)

About Mel

Mel is a passionate amateur diver and underwater photographer who tries to dive as much as possible around her corporate day job. Always a keen ocean lover, she took up diving in early 2018 and was thrilled with the different perspective that it offered.

After doing some more training and travel, she picked up a camera in September 2018 and hasn’t looked back. Passionate about exploring the world, and showing the wonders of the ocean to those who may not have the access, she hopes every photo makes someone’s day just that little bit better, and encourages others to explore everything this amazing planet has to offer. Most of her diving is done at home in drysuit and temperate water, but she loves the variety that both home diving and travelling offer.

Right now, because of the situation with Covid-19 she has been land locked for 4 months, but is very keen to get back in the water as soon as possible.

Mel’s Gear

Camera: Sony RX100VA

Housing: Fantasea Housing

Lens: Nauticam SMC-1 diopter, Fantasea UWL-09 WA Lens

Strobe: Sea&Sea YS-01 strobes

Video Light: Fantasea 3000F Video light

Snoot: Unterwaterhuis Snoot

Mel’s Work

Flamboyant cuttlefish putting on a show, Dauin 
Haeckel’s Jellyfish and reflection – Melbourne diving
Juvenile big belly seahorse with rainbow – Melbourne diving
Seven juvenile seahorses and baby leather jacket – Melbourne diving
Bobtail (dumpling) squid, Melbourne night diving
Portuguese man o’ war, or bluebottle jellyfish. Portland, Australia
lue ringed octopus – hunting at night, Melbourne diving
Turtle in Tubbataha, Jessie Beazley reef
Juvenile pgymy cuttlefish, with 6 Shaun the sheep nudibranch, Dauin, Philippines
 Clownfish eggs, Dauin, Philippines
Peacock Mantis shrimp, Dauin
Juvenile sweetlip – a challenging subject! Dauin 
Juvenile sweetlip – a challenging subject!
Male weedy seadragon brooding eggs, Melbourne
Hairy frogfish, Philippines – lit with a snoot on my strobe and handheld torch
arfish reflections, night diving in Melbourne
Schooling jackfish (silver Trevally)  with divers, Tubbataha
Australis ornata nudibranch, Melbourne

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