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Photographer of the Week – Fabrice Dudenhofer
By Daniel Norwood, July 2, 2020 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

Kobudai (Asian sheephead wrasse), Japan
 

One of the best things about overseeing the Photographer of the Week feature is that I regularly discover the work of new and up-and-coming talent, and it’s safe to say I was immediately impressed with the portfolio of our latest candidate, Fabrice Dudenhofer. Already well known and published in dive media in France, he sets the bar high by sharing with us an abundance of interesting subjects and different photography techniques.

Originally from the south of France, Fabrice was always attracted to the ocean, and learned to scuba dive while on vacation in Polynesia back in 2007. Previously a freediving fishermen, he soon decided to exchange his speargun for an underwater camera and hunt fish in a completely new way. Realizing that it was possible to spend more time underwater using scuba equipment opened up a whole new world for Fabrice to explore and discover, and instead of diving for food, his new passion was taking pictures of marine life and sharing his images to show everyone the beauty and richness of life below the surface.

Fabrice thoroughly enjoys diving at home in the Mediterranean, but he has also has traveled extensively to explore the seas and oceans of the globe. His selection of images originates from a variety of popular dive destinations, including Mexico, the Red Sea, the Maldives, Cuba, and Indonesia. His portfolio is just as diverse and features all manner of marine life including big animals and smaller reef critters. The shots of fast-moving subjects such as sea lions and sharks are pin sharp, well lit and perfectly capture the peak of the action, while his macro work manages to showcase some interesting behavior including mating mandarinfish and an anemonefish protecting its eggs.

My favorite image of them all, though, is the shot of an Asian sheepshead wrasse, also known as kobudai in Japan. This unusual looking fish is a hermaphroditic species that has both male and female organs that allow it to change sex at will, a process that was documented to a large audience for the first time in the BBC’s epic Blue Planet II series. Images of these fish are uncommon, and Fabrice managed to nail a perfect close-focus wide-angle shot of this curious creature.
 

California sea lion, Mexico
 

Harlequin ghost pipefish, Philippines
 

Oceanic whitetip sharks, Egypt
 

Water lilies in Cenote Carwash, Mexico
 

School of jacks, Cabo, Mexico
 

Clownfish tending eggs, Japan
 

Nurse shark portrait, Maldives
 

Sweetlips school, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
 

Juvenile Caribbean reef shark, Cuba
 

Crocodile at the surface, Cuba
 

California sea lion portrait, Mexico
 

Mantis shrimp portrait, Philippines
 

Hawksbill motion blur, Maldives
 

Silky shark, Sudan
 

Mating mandarinfish, Japan
 

Fabrice planning his next shot
 

Feast your eyes on more awesome images from Mr Dudenhofer on his website, www.fabricedudenhofer.com, and Instagram page.

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Rita Richards
Jul 9, 2020 5:06 AM
Rita Richards wrote:
Wonderful pics
Priscilla Smith
Jul 18, 2020 1:00 AM
Priscilla Smith wrote:
superb pics :-)
maria fang
Jul 18, 2020 5:16 AM
maria fang wrote:
amazing ;-)
k lilly
Jul 19, 2020 11:21 PM
k lilly wrote:
very nice
Betty Jackson
Jul 31, 2020 11:09 PM
Betty Jackson wrote:
great post...
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