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Photographer of the Week – Deb Garber
By Daniel Norwood, December 15, 2022 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

Spotted scorpionfish yawning, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

Deb Garber’s love for the water began at an early age, growing up in a neighborhood in Delaware where she lived four houses away from the community pool. She spent most of her summers in the water, began swimming competitively at the age of four, and continued competing throughout high school and college. She also developed a love for the ocean on regular visits to the Jersey Shore and the west coast of Florida.

Deb and her husband Jim Garber, also recently featured as a Photographer of the Week, spent many vacations with their toes in the sand and developed a love for snorkeling in the Caribbean. While vacationing in Turks and Caicos, they eventually took a resort scuba course. On the first dive, they jumped off the boat and saw spotted eagle rays swimming by in crystal-clear water and were hooked. They returned home and got certified, and every vacation since has been dedicated to scuba diving and underwater photography. Jim was the first to get a small point-and-shoot underwater camera, and Deb soon followed after watching Jim have so much fun taking pictures on every dive.

Over the years, she’s had several camera upgrades and now shoots primarily with a Canon EOS 7D. Deb especially enjoys macro photography with a focus on portraits to best display the subject’s personality. As you can see, she has a knack for capturing good eye contact, and her portfolio includes numerous images of fish staring down the camera or displaying other interesting behavior. She has taken photography workshops in Florida, the Cayman Islands, Indonesia, and the Philippines, all of which have been very helpful in improving her shooting and processing skills. Deb and Jim have published several articles for Alert Diver and are now based in South Florida, where they are fortunate to be able to dive often all year round. Deb spends a lot of time muck diving at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, which provides the perfect environment to continually improve her underwater photography skills with an endless supply of colorful and curious critters.

Larval wonderpus, Anilao, Philippines

Goliath grouper, Jupiter, Florida, USA

Spotfin jawfish, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

False clown anemonefish, Anilao, Philippines

Zebra crab with eggs on its fire urchin host, Anilao, Philippines

Lined seahorse, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

Seaweed blenny, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

Grass squid, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA

Stingless jellyfish, Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Candy crab, Anilao, Philippines

Bluethroat pikeblenny display, Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA


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