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Photographer of the Week – Cai Heng
By Andrew Marriott, September 12, 2019 @ 05:00 AM (EST)

Symbiosis: A fish and jellyfish get intimate, Anilao, Philippines

Every week, we feature an excellent underwater photographer here on DPG, but often these are people that we do not know personally. All the work is outstanding, and the final products speak for themselves. However, we can’t always write about somebody we have dived and shot with. This week, I’m proud to introduce my friend Cai Heng—Kinder Cai is how many will know him.

Kinder is from Shenzhen, China, but it seems like he can be found all over the world shooting incredible images. His work is a fine blend of perfect timing, rich colors, and impeccable composition. He shoots a wide variety of subjects, but it is with his work in black water that most photographers will be familiar. What makes writing this special is that I saw him take some of his most memorable photos.

I had the pleasure of shooting with Kinder over several days a few years back while staying at the Anilao Photo Academy. The three words that come to mind are “patience,” “perseverance,” and “technician.” Rarely do you see someone put in the amount of time he does to capture a single image. In all honesty, I would get bored and move along, but he sticks it out, and the results speak for themselves. The lesson he can teach us all is that if you want to get that amazing moment shot, you need to be in the right place, be ready to wait there a long time, and make sure your gear is set up right when the time comes.

Female paper nautilus, Anilao, Philippines

Blanket octopus, Anilao, Philippines

Juvenile seahorse, Anilao, Philippines

Male paper nautilus with jellyfish, Anilao, Philippines

Juvenile lionfish, Anilao, Philippines

Wonderpus octopus, Anilao, Philippines

Fish and shrimp hanging out, Ishigaki, Japan

Juvenile jellynose fish, Anilao, Philippines

Juvenile mantis shrimp, Anilao, Philippines

Whip coral shrimp, Anilao, Philippines

Kinder Cai

For more of Kinder’s fantastic pictures, check out his Instagram page, or see what he’s up to by following him on Facebook.


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