In a community with so many talented shooters, it is easy to spot an exceptional shooter on a dive boat—i.e., the man or woman that you want to watch/follow/copy over the course of your vacation. That person who seems to look for novel angles, who will duck behind a coral to frame a shot of a passing shark, or will sprint from spot to spot because their mind is constantly focused on the next capture. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of diving with such a shooter, Borut Furlan, in the Jardines de la Reina off Cuba. And although I did not see his work until after our time diving together, I definitely got the sense that this guy is talented.
You can, of course, judge for yourself, but the work of our Photographer of the Week is nothing short of creatively thought through. From unique, subtle lighting to a solid use of foregrounds and backgrounds, Borut’s images make you wonder if you were in two different places while shooting together. He seems to pull out angles and animals from the reef that most overlook, and shoots them with a vision that looks like a studio setup (but, of course, is not). So if you’re ever on a dive boat and run into a guy named Borut with a Seacam housing and an eager enthusiasm for getting in the water, follow him around for a little while—and take some serious notes.
Wrasse portrait, Alor, Indonesia
Shark egg, Croatia
Whip coral, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Sand eel with cleaning shrimp double exposure, Lembeh, Indonesia
Hairy frogfish, Lembeh, Indonesia
Crocodile, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
Komodo dragon, Komodo, Indonesia
Borut in the field
To see more of Borut’s work, check out his website: www.borutfurlan.com.
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