Photographer Spotlight: Joanna Lentini

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On this collection of articles, we’ll shine a highlight on a few of the world’s greatest underwater photographers. As we speak we spotlight Joanna Lentini.

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Inform us a bit about your self.

I started diving almost 10 years in the past, not figuring out how totally different my life would turn into. I used to be dwelling in Southeast Asia with my companion on the time, and for my birthday we went diving on the Nice Barrier Reef. As I descended into that overseas world, I couldn't have been extra terrified. However from that time ahead, I discovered to persistently conquer my fears. It was a turning level in my life. Regardless that I exited from that first dive feeling grateful that I made it again to the floor and sure I had sufficient, I continued to dive.

Dwelling in New York now, I’ve been diving in all places from the South Pacific to the Excessive Arctic. I spend my time placing collectively tales associated to underwater environments, wildlife images, journey journey and, extra lately, conservation. I've been awarded by a number of worldwide images competitions, function the COO for the non-profit group Oceans in Focus, and am a Nauticam ambassador. My work has been exhibited around the globe and revealed in numerous publications.

How lengthy have you ever been an underwater photographer?

I started capturing underwater in 2010 whereas I used to be based mostly in Southeast Asia. With the Coral Triangle virtually in my yard, it was a greater time than any to get licensed to dive. Getting underwater modified every thing for me. As soon as I received previous a number of of the apprehensions that I feel many people have once we start diving, I felt utterly at peace underwater. I began documenting my journeys via photographs and video; and I quickly started writing about my experiences as properly. I’ve now began organizing journeys to encourage others to get out of their consolation zones and discover this superb planet in several methods.

What acquired you interested by underwater images?

I’ve all the time been within the oceans. However finally, the actual inspiration got here from too many hours of nature documentaries, similar to “Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth.” I loved watching the behind-the-scenes footage of the cameramen immersed in epic, pure occasions. Someday I made a decision I needed to cease watching others and study to dive myself. However I didn’t need to merely dive — I needed to shoot underwater. I actually can’t think about doing anything.

What’s your favourite fashion of underwater images?

I actually favor capturing wide-angle underwater. I really like pelagic marine life. The sheer measurement of a few of the creatures I get to satisfy by no means ceases to amaze me. Nevertheless, that’s to not say I don’t recognize or shoot macro pictures. Occasionally I can get right into a critter zone, however I'm principally too impatient to do all of it that always. I've been making an attempt to focus extra on conservation images. Placing collectively tales about conservation points is an important and rewarding approach I can use my expertise. 

Any favourite topics?

Certainly, my favourite animal within the ocean is the ocean lion. They're super-inquisitive and make me snigger more durable than anything on this world. I might spend the remainder of my days photographing them. In fact, I really like sharks, and I've a brand new fascination with orcas as I simply encountered a pod in Mexico this previous yr. Penguins are additionally fairly fascinating creatures — I actually love all wildlife.

Any favourite locations?

 I hold returning to the Baja Peninsula. It has a tremendous array of life and notably a substantial amount of pelagic life. Education fish, orcas, humpbacks, blue whales, scalloped and clean hammerheads, makos, silkies, sea lions, dolphins, mobulas, mantas, and stingrays are simply a number of the creatures you will discover there. The sun-scorched panorama and the individuals and tradition additionally fascinate me.

What’s your underwater setup?

 I shoot with a Canon 7D Mark II and a Tokina 10-17mm lens. I've different lenses and ports, however the Tokina is my go-to lens. My digital camera goes right into a Nauticam housing and I exploit Inon Z240 strobes.

Do you might have any ideas for brand spanking new underwater photographers?

Be a part of journeys which are geared towards images or rent your personal information. There's nothing extra irritating than not having the right period of time with a topic that you simply traveled very far to photograph. Whenever you discover a topic to shoot, it’s necessary that you've sufficient time to set issues up appropriately. However don’t simply concentrate on making a picture — inform a narrative.

Discover extra of Joanna Lentini’s work on her Instagram and Twitter pages and her web sites here and here.

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