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Photographer of the Week – William Tan
By Joseph Tepper, February 20, 2015 @ 05:00 AM (EST)

Creating a beautiful image is a little like conducting a symphony—there are dozens of elements that must come together to create a harmonious picture.

With images that reach a crescendo of color, light, and texture, it’s not that surprising to learn Photographer of the Week William Tan’s day job is as a violinist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. But it’s when he musters the courage to leave his prized antique Italian violin at home and travel abroad between concert seasons, that's when the music happens.

A specialist in capturing rare macro critters, William has won several international awards and his images are frequently spotted on the newsstand in publications like National Geographic China, Scuba Diver Australasia and Scuba Diving.

Commensal crab in jellyfish, northeast coast, Taiwan

Dogtooth tuna (Gymnosarda unicolor) hunting chevron barracuda (Sphyraena qenie),
Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea


Fine-spotted blenny (Salarias guttatus), Brunei

Male little maori wrasse (Oxycheilinus bimaculatus) in territorial fight, Ambon, Indonesia

Juvenile fish in pelagic tunicate, Brunei

Periclimenaeus storchi shrimp in tunicate (Didemnum molle), Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

Snakey bornella (Bornella anguilla) with emperor shrimp (Periclimenes imperator), Brunei

Whale shark (Rhincodon typus) in morning sun, Oslob, Philippines

Sun jellyfish (Mastigias sp.), Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Tasselled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon), Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Flasher wrasse (Paracheilinus nursalim), formerly thought to be endemic to West Papua, found in Ambon

When not playing the violin or taking underwater images, William finds the time to rescue an orphaned baby dugong

For more of William’s work visit his Facebook page or check out his galleries on DPG.


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