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
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