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Photographer of the Week – Martin Steinmeier
By Joseph Tepper, November 29, 2018 @ 04:00 AM (EST)

A reflection of a lemon shark near the surface at night

You might not guess it from his desk job as an IT Manager, but Martin Steinmeier loves to spend as much time underwater as possible. The German underwater shooter kick-started his career in diving more than a decade ago when he became a PADI Divemaster and has been exploring virtually every kind of body of water since—with his camera in tow, of course.

Currently, Martin shoots with a Canon EOS 7D Mark II in a Nauticam housing—a brand for which he is also an ambassador. He provides courses, workshops, and lectures to spread his knowledge of underwater photography. This experience has also earned Martin several accolades like an Honorable Mention in the Beneath the Sea contest (2013) and First Place at the Marmara Festival (2013).

Martin combines a classic reef shot with the added excitement of a shark in the composition

Martin used a fast shutter speed and strong strobe lighting to capture the light rays in this image

Adding a diver to the image gives a sense of just how large this great hammerhead actually is!

Not just wide angle: One of Martin’s favorite destinations is Lembeh, Indonesia

A pair of Coleman shrimp blend in brilliantly with their host fire urchin

When not photographing toothier sharks, Martin also takes images of large whale sharks

A turtle cruises in the blue

An extremely small emperor shrimp finds a home on top of a nudibranch

Martin effectively employs bokeh to draw attention to the seahorse’s eyes

Who says all macro critters are cute?

A sea lion gives a little attitude to the photographer

A tiger shark flies over the photographer’s head in the Bahamas

Martin in his zen zone: photographing sharks in the Bahamas 

For more of Martin’s work, check out his website, www.martin-steinmeier.de. You can follow along with his latest travels—from Lembeh to Tiger Beach—on his Instagram page


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