Spanish dancer, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
With almost three decades of diving to her name—and about half that with camera in hand—Photographer of the Week Gill McDonald is a veritable veteran who is inspiring a new generation of underwater shooters. As the result of years of experience and a strong desire to share her exciting underwater adventure, she has created her own tailor-made underwater photography courses, even obtaining an adult teaching qualification to give herself the best grounding to teach people who are keen to learn.
Her very first open water dive, back in 1989, was at Temple in the Red Sea. She recalls the arid, dusty desert morphing into an explosion of bright, teeming, color-filled reef—and was immediately hooked. It wasn’t long before she acquired a Nikonos V and enrolled in a weekend course run by Martin Edge in Bournemouth, England. That decision marked the beginning of an ongoing journey of discovery and a passion for underwater photography, writing and teaching that has become an integral part of her life. Five years ago, she finally left behind her career in investment banking and launched into the marine world full time.
If you’ve dived in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, where she is currently based, you might have already had the pleasure of learning from Gill in her capacity as a resident resort photo pro. Or you may well have read some of the articles that Gill has put together as features editor of Australia-based magazine, Ocean Geographic. In whatever way your path might cross with hers, you can be very certain that you’ll gain from her infectious enthusiasm for the beautiful world beneath the waterline and her detailed knowledge of how best to capture that beauty in an image.
Spiny-head blenny, Klein Bonaire, Bonaire, Caribbean
Whip coral shrimp eating crab larva, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Dotto nudibranch with eggs, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Banded pipefish tail detail, Bunaken National Park, Indonesia
Backlit hairy shrimp, Bunaken National Park, Indonesia
Crinoid reef scene, Bunaken National Park, Indonesia
Alternatives, Northern Red Sea, Egypt
Manatee, Crystal River, Florida
Anemonefish, Bunaken National Park, Indonesia
Yellow goby and hamlet in bottle, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia
Gill with her rig
Check out more of Gill’s fabulous imagery on her website, www.gillmcdonald.com.
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