Michael Gore - Ocean Photographer
Ocean Photographer MICHAEL GORE presented by World Images Inc.
Mike, creating Fine Art Photography under water, suspended weightless in 15-mile an hour currents, is a challenge - to put it mildly - how do you do manage to make such stunning images under those conditions?
I have been a scuba diver since 1973 and an underwater photographer since 1977. It has been ideal for me to be able to mix these two passions together. To achieve great underwater photography, it is important that diving is second nature so that you can concentrate on the photography and not the diving. Maintaining neutral buoyancy in the water effortlessly is critical to positioning yourself so as not to disturb your underwater subject.
Over time, my photographic technique improved as well as my understanding of using strobe lights and how to balance ambient and artificial light underwater. I then moved from the 35mm format to a medium format underwater system, and went through the learning process again with the new system. The biggest challenge with using the medium format system is it's hard to travel with because there are so many cases - and most great dive locations are long distances away. It's worth the sore back though because the medium format prints look fantastic. If I could make a large format system for underwater I would. In fact, I am always thinking of ways to do it.
I develop my own film and print the transparencies in my
darkroom. I bought a 12" x 16" enlarger from Durst Pro USA to be able to
print high quality 30" x 40" prints and have been extremely pleased with
the results and their support.
digital representation of the images does not do the images justice, the
quality of the original Ilfochrome prints are fantastic. The images are
smooth and enticing.