My open Portfolio 2010
by Martyn Guess
'I was very pleased to come 2nd in this competition. All of these images were taken this year in October on a trip to North Sulawesi with Martin Edge.
I use a Nikon D300 and Subal Housing with twin Inons. I also used a Snoot for the lighting of most of the shots sometimes with the strobe off camera and positioned directly above the subject. The light was reduced to about 2 cm. All images were taken in Raw and processed using Lightroom 3.
I decided to create the portfolio using images with black backgrounds so that they appeared to float within the frame. I did try borders around the individual images but decided to try something different and was pleased with the result.'
Moray - taken at Gangga Island Sulawesi - 1/90th sec F 16 200 ISO 105mm Macro lense
Top centre: Hairy frogfish – taken in the Lembeh Strait – 1/250th sec F 13 200 ISO 60mm Macro lense with snooted Inon strobe off camera. The conditions were particularly poor visibility on a weedy and generally messy sandy bottom. The snoot lighting got rid of all of this and unbelievably this image is exactly how it came out of the camera.
Sea horse – taken in Lembeh Strait – 1/250th sec F19 ISO 200 105mm Macro lense with snooted Inon strobe off camera
Spanish Dancer – taken on a night dive at Gangga Island Sulawesi – 1/90th sec F22 ISO 200 – twin Inons
Bottom centre: Mantis Shrimp - taken at Gangga Island , Sulawesi– 1/90thsec F13 ISO 200. 105mm macro lense with snooted Inon
Bottom right: Nudibranch – taken at Gangga Island, Sulawesi – 1/90th sec F19 ISO 200. 105mm Macro lense with 5x life Sub see magnifier ( made by Keri Wilks) with snooted Inon off camera
Martyn is based in Dorking Surrey and is a commercial property developer. He has travelled extensively for his underwater photography and has been to some far flung parts of the Globe with his cameras. He is a former Martin Edge student and regularly joins Martin on his Photoquest trips. He has quite a few photographic competition wins under his belt and his images are regularly published.
Martyn is also a keen animal and landscape photographer and more of his images can be seen at www.martynguessphotography.