Photographers of the Week Joel and Jennifer Penner are, in the most endearing and positive terms, digital media junkies. And I sincerely mean that from an envious perspective. As masters of their craft, this digital, dynamic duo run a company called Newmediasoup that puts forth a collaboration of graphics, web, video, still, and music that covers just about every multimedia need you could think of. Not only that, but in working with Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, they are also well versed in equipment both old and new, and therefore have a bank of tools from which to create and capture the underwater world.
Jennifer freediving “The Pit,” one of Mexico’s beautiful cenotes
According to Jennifer, both she and Joel shoot still and video, although she tends more towards still; whereas Joel often follows the rolling trail. Underwater, there are few who understand modeling in the environment better than photographers; therefore, both shooters take full advantage of each other’s ease and knowledge of positioning and posing to enhance their compositions.
Diving amongst the silky light rays of the “Taj Mahal” cenote in Mexico
Technically speaking, there is a beautiful use of sunbursts; a clean, crisp light quality on subject matter; and a rich saturation of tonal variety that make each image very pleasing on the eye. They both take typical approaches to subject matter and vary them in angle and perspective to make them more interesting.
So forgive the “junkies” reference, for it isn’t too often that you can combine your work, your passion, and your family all in one profession.
Diving M.V. Keith Tibbetts Little Cayman during the Digital Shootout
Under Salt Pier, Bonaire
An inquisitive Caribbean reef shark off Grand Cayman
Sunburst and turtle, Maui
Kona by night with manta rays, Hawaii
A lively cuttlefish, Wakatobi, Indonesia
A school of barracuda, Papua New Guinea
Joel and a loggerhead turtle off Little Cayman
Jen shooting and freediving off Bonaire
To learn more about Joel and Jennifer and to see more of their work, visit www.newmediasoup.com.
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