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Photographer of the Week – Itai Grisaru
By Daniel Norwood, February 4, 2022 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

Dwarf minke whales, Ribbon Reefs, northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Itai Grisaru is a marine biology student, dive instructor and underwater photographer based in Israel. He first learned to scuba dive in the Red Sea more than a decade ago, but it wasn’t until four years ago that he first dived with a camera and discovered his passion for underwater photography.

After learning the basics and purchasing his first camera system, Itai soon realized that his main interest was macro photography. He loves the challenge of finding elusive subjects, and owns a selection of super macro lenses and other tools that enable him to shoot juvenile fish, tiny crustaceans and nudibranchs no larger than a thumbnail. Most of these images utilize a low f-stop and shallow depth of field to create perfectly blurred bokeh, and he often uses wet lens attachments to greatly enhance this effect. His images of an underwater ladybug and a juvenile horned cowfish are great examples of this technique, and they combine nicely with his more conventional macro images taken with a higher f-stop resulting in black backgrounds.

As you can see in the captions below, Itai has traveled extensively with his camera equipment, and his portfolio features famous critters from Australia, Indonesia, Tanzania and closer to home in Eilat. When not searching for the small stuff, he swaps his macro lens for a fisheye, and takes pictures of sharks and whales instead. As an avid shark diver, my favorite image in his collection is the circular shot of a dusky shark in the sand captured in Hadera, and I hope to one day visit Israel and see this annual aggregation for myself. Until then, I will have to settle for admiring Itai’s work, and follow his progress as an up-and-coming underwater photographer to keep an eye on in the future.

Ladybug amphipod, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Spotted jellyfish, Mafia Island, Tanzania

Dusky shark, Hadera, Mediterranean Sea, Israel

Juvenile horned cowfish, Mafia Island, Tanzania

Donut nudibranch, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Sheep nudibranch, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Leafy seadragon, Wool Bay, South Australia

Vampire nudibranch, Mafia Island, Tanzania

Bubble coral shrimp, Eilat, Red Sea, Israel

Pyjama squid, Edithburgh Jetty, South Australia

Hairy shrimp, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Pygmy seahorse, Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia

Young Itai with his macro setup at the ready

For more of Itai’s eye-popping images, head over to his excellent Instagram page and find out what he’s up to via Facebook.


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