Blackspotted puffer with a cleaner shrimp, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
If you have ever shot for the small and the itty bitty, than you can relate to the frustrations that accompany macro photography. Strobe placement, lighting power, magnification, and depth of field are just a few of the technical bits and bobs to consider. Not to mention you are dealing with a creature that has free will, and by no means cares about you and your shot. In fact its main objective is often to run away or squeeze its eyes and hope that Mother Nature has done it a solid in helping it to blend in. Regardless, there are some who just seem to have a gift for making the macro stars align, and one of those photographers is Yorko Summer.
Candy Crab (Hoplophrys oatesii), Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
If you have ever met Yorko, well then perhaps you too have noticed this sort of cool, rock-starish demeanor that he portrays. It seems his eyes are reserved for macro spotting, as they are often covered by a suave set of shades. But don't be fooled, this quirky lover of Napolean wrasses and flamboyant cuttlefish is more Mr. Rogers than Karl Lagerfeld. Attend one of his lectures, and he will no doubt produce little toy turtles, rays, and other animals to demonstrate his shooting techniques.
Octopus (Octopus ocellatus), Anilao, Philippines
Born in Taiwan, but calling Palau home for the past six years, Yorko has harvested his craft surrounded by some of the most pristine diving in the world. But Yorko’s work truly speaks for itself. A wide and small range coveted by any photographer, a knack for shooting animal behavior, coupled with a creative instinct makes his images stand out. So put Yorko Summer on your radar: an oustanding shooter, engaging lecturer, and charmer of Napolean wrasses.
Biglip ghostgoby (Pleurosicya labiate), Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Cleaner shrimp dance on a sleeping triggerfish, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Flamboyant cuttlefish laying egg, Dumaguete, Cebu, Philippines
Peacock mantis shrimp, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Cleaner shrimp with a tomato grouper, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia
Giant frogfish, Pescador Island, Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines
Napoleon fish (Cheilinus undulatus), Blue Corner, Palau
Bottle-nosed dophin (Tursiops truncutus), Palau
School of sweetlips, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
The man himself, Yorko Summer, complete with shades
To see more of his work, check out his website: www.yorkosummer.com
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