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