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Photographer of the Week – Doris Vierkötter
By Joseph Tepper, December 27, 2018 @ 04:00 AM (EST)

Doris uses creativity to take a common subject like a ribbon eel and transform it into art

We’ve heard a lot of ways to master the art of underwater photography. But designing and opening a dive resort in the famed macro destination of Tulamben, Bali has to be one of the most efficient ways to become a macro master.

That’s exactly the path trodden by German underwater photographer Doris Vierkötter, who founded the Alam Batu Beach Bungalow Resort in northeast Bali in 2004. Right off the resort’s beach, Doris has daily access to otherwise rare critters like pipefish, nudibranchs, and shrimp. Of course, she also relishes the chance to photograph the pelagic animals that pass through the Indonesian waters. 

Doris has more than 10,000 dives under her weight belt and shares with her guests the importance of treating the underwater world with respect—even when chasing the ultimate shot. In 2017, Doris joined on as a SEACAM CARES Ambassador to spread the message of conservation. 

Side and colored lighting makes this ghost pipefish more dramatic

These small hairy shrimp are difficult to get in focus, even with the addition of a magnifying accessory

A nudibranch in the stars

The blending of the colors and textures makes this a brilliant photograph

A shallow depth of field is used to draw attention to the shrimp’s eyes

A goby in bokeh

Abstracts are an underused method of underwater macro photography

An arthropod floating in the open water at night

Blackwater night dives are an entirely different world of underwater photography

Can you spy the little isopod bugs?

Doris Vierkötter


For more of Doris’ work, check out her Instagram and Facebook pages.


Pascal Richard
Jan 16, 2019 4:53 AM
Pascal Richard wrote:
Cool ! this is beautiful
Vanessa Walpole
May 3, 2019 12:08 PM
Vanessa Walpole wrote:
The last picture is amazing
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