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 Tom Shlesinger!
I grew up on the shores of the Red Sea, in Israel, where I did my first dive in 1988 at the age of six. Since then I have been fascinated with the diversity of life forms in the sea and their behavior, colors, shapes, and patterns.
Today, I am a marine ecologist (PhD), underwater photographer, and a naturalist. Most of my photographic and scientific journeys are intertwined. I focus on discovering unique moments of rare or unknown behavioral and reproductive phenomena of coral reef dwellers. In most parts of my work, I bring into the spotlight the backbone of the underwater tropical world: stony corals. They are the engineers, architects, and the artists that build and maintain the complex reef structures and breathe life into them. In my photography, I try to tell some of their stories and expose their incredible beauty while raising awareness to the threats they are facing.
Camera: Sony a7R mark III
Lenses: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM
Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
Housing: Nauticam NA-A7RIII with a Nauticam 180mm optical-glass wide-angle dome port and a Nauticam N100 Macro Port
Strobes: Retra Flash Pro
Video Lights: Kraken Solar Flare Mini 8000 and Kraken Hydra 3500 WSRU.
Occasionally, I also use a compact Sony Rx100 M4 with a Fantasea housing.
Temporary webpage until a website will be ready: https://www.lensculture.com/tom-shlesinger