Underwater Photography

Featured Underwater Photographer – Mohamed Seeneen

One of the best ways to learn photography is to see other photographers’ work. Mozaik looks for 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 Mohamed Seeneen!

About Mohamed

One of the most fondest memories of my childhood is, waiting for the weekend to watch the show “The undersea world of Jacques Cousteau ”. As a child, I was intrigued and inspired, and belonging to the underwater world became a dream of mine.

I started Scuba Diving at the age of Seventeen, and as I did not have access to a camera, I would use my thumbs and index finger to create an imaginary viewfinder and pretend to capture photos of all the magnificent creatures I came across.

I was able to buy my first camera during the year 2006, which was a Nikon d80. Since then I have been a macro addict, capturing expressive magical moments. I challenged myself with a 60mm lens and attempted to capture tiny marine life that wouldn’t stay still, which led me to learn and anticipate their movements. I found that best shots of Manta Rays and Whale Sharks and such were taken only when I waited for the subject to approach me.

I was appointed as the official underwater photographer for the 350 divers protest and the World’s First UnderWater Cabinet Dive meeting in 2007, in which President Mohamed Nasheed and his Cabinet signed a document calling for the Global reduction in Carbon Emission.

Mohamed‘s Gear

The first digital camera I used was a Kodak DX6490 and the first UnderWater camera I used was a rental camera at the dive shop which was an Olympus Stylus 600. The first camera I purchased was a Nikon80 with an Aquatica D80 housing, which changed me as a photographer. I developed a love for the lens sigma 10-20, which was great with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks. For macro I use a 105mm and a 60mm My all-time favorite is the Nikon 60mm which is great for macro and on larger fish, depending on how you use it.

Currently I am using a NikonD800 with Aquatica Digital housing with two Sea & Sea strobes. Something I like about the NikonD800 is the videography and photography option, which has led me to explore videography more than I had planned to. My dream camera gear is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4k, with an underwater housing choice of a Nauticam NA-BMPCCII.

Mohamed‘s Work

The busiest Jaw on any reef. A close up of a parrotfish at Banana Reef Maldives. Late-night dives are the best time to capture the best macro. Nikon 60mm.

The eye of sleeping parrotfish. It takes a number of shots to complete a satisfactory image and the 60mm makes wonders on any fish or critter. Nikon 60mm.

There is so much you could do with a parrot fish all it takes is to look at it from different perspectives. These are the scales on its main body to left is the pectoral fins. Nikon 60mm.

Yinn & Yang. The 1st time I had visited Baa Atoll of Maldives was in 2010 this particular day was not much eventful till a few mantas started what might have been some kind of courtship. Sigma 10.20mm.

The flip at Hanifaru Bay Baa Atoll of Maldives I am quite fond of the 10.20mm and used it often on Whale sharks Manta and also on a few wrecks.

BigEye Trevally with a 60mm I just had to try and got some excellent shots on this dive so much of mood and attitude on some of these fishes.

This is an image I had shot during the last few days of Manta Season at HanifaruBay
Maldives 12 Dec 2020. Because of the existing COVID 19 situation, our oceans had been silent this whale shark
made a dramatic entry as the manta were getting ready for a feeding frenzy. This image was featured in the special edition of Scuba Diver Ocean Planet tribute to the legendary underwater photographer Ernie Brooks II. Nikon Fisheye 10.5mm.

Aug 2021 South Ari Atoll Maldives got this shot of Fernando according to Maldives Whale Shark Research Project he is about 20 years old + – and could be about 7.5meters. Nikon fisheye 10.5mm.

A beautiful day at Nassimo Thila in Maldives. This is one of the coral outcrops that had separated from the main reef 100 of years ago. Nikon fisheye 10.5mm.

Harlequin FileFish has been on my bucket list for many years! This are shot from Laamu Atoll Maldives Harlequins are busybodies continuously on the move feeding throughout the day, and often active in pairs. On this dive, I noticed that juveniles sometimes feed solo without other Harlequins. They swim throughout the reef feeding on polys on one Acropora Coral and to the next. Nikon 105mm.

Juvenile Yellow boxfish Adults of the Box Fish family are a delicacy in some regions of the Maldives. When stressed they release a neurotoxin from their skin which is lethal to fish around its vicinity. Nikon 60mm.

A BlueStreak Fusilier an unusual find on a night dive I thought but since i had 105mm made this shot turned out to be very neat.

Good grooming standards Symbiosis is the close relationship between two organisms from different species. …often beneficial to both parties. Nikon 105mm.

Oct 17th 2007 President Mohamed Nasheed Maldives. The world’s 1st Under Water Cabinet Dive signs the SOS message of hope. The Maldivian government signed a declaration calling for global cuts in carbon emissions that would be presented before the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen Demark in December 2007.

Follow Mohamed

Instagram: seeneenphotography

Contact #: +960 7788964


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