Lemon shark sunset split shot, Tiger Beach, Bahamas
While we all slowly lose track of what day it is and spend our time in isolation dreaming of traveling and diving again one day, our regular Photographer of the Week feature continues unabated, this week showcasing the work of Swiss shooter Andy Schmid. Reading Andy’s biography, I couldn’t help but notice some striking similarities in his underwater photography journey and my own.
Both born in 1978, we learned to dive at the same time in 2003 while traveling, and both purchased a basic compact camera to record what we were seeing underwater while visiting some of the most beautiful and remote places on the planet. As I did with my old Fujifilm F50, Andy taught himself the basics of photography and pushed his compact camera to its limits, before deciding he wanted to take his underwater photography to the next level and upgrading to a full-frame Canon DSLR setup.
Something else we clearly have in common is an interest in wide-angle photography and marine megafauna. Much of Andy’s portfolio is made up of images of sharks and other iconic big animals, with a helping of great macro work thrown in for good measure. His selection also features some of my own favorite subjects. Great whites, blue sharks, bottlenose dolphins and orcas are all included in my top 10 list, and if I’m ever muck diving and shooting macro, the blue-ringed octopus is one of the critters I hope to find.
Andy has managed to capture excellent images of these awesome animals using a variety of different techniques and equipment. I really like the lemon shark sunset split shot and the blue shark close-up, and his classic Nemo image provides a nice color contrast when viewed alongside his blue water wide-angle work.
Considering we often go to the same destinations, I would not be at all surprised to bump into Andy somewhere on the road one day, once we can all travel again. Until then, I will enjoy his impressive portfolio from the safety of my office—and keep on dreaming.
Great white shark, Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
False killer whales, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico
Bottlenose dolphin, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico
Blue shark close-up, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Orca mother and juvenile, Skjervøy, Norway
Pink anemonefish, Pulau Bangka, Indonesia
Honeycomb cowfish trying to hide, Bonaire
Spotted cleaner shrimp, Bonaire
Blue-ringed octopus, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Clark’s anemonefish, Komodo, Indonesia
Black coral bush full of glassfish and damselfish, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Juvenile loggerhead turtle, Tiger Beach, Bahamas
Great white shark silhouette, Isla Guadalupe, Mexico
Caribbean reef shark at night, Tiger Beach, Bahamas
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