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Feeding whale shark off Isla Mujeres

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This website is dedicated to the display and sale of my underwater photos. I have been shooting underwater photos since the early 80’s. I started out with a Nikonos IV and then upgraded to the Nikonos V. I shot a lot of photos with the Nikonos V and 15 mm lens and was very happy. But I always wanted instant gratification. I wanted to know if my shots came out the instant I shot them. Imagine that. I tried a Kodak point and shoot and was very unhappy with the results – green was not my favorite color. In December 2004 for my 50th birthday present from me to me I bought a Nikon D70 and Aquatica housing. I loved it. I slowly learned digital underwater photography and how to use Photoshop (thank you Tom and Theresa Stack). After a flood (if you haven’t had a flood you haven’t been shooting enough underwater photos) I upgraded to the Nikon D200 – more megapixels and better focus in low light conditions. A few years ago I made another investment (this is an expensive hobby / avocation) and got the Nikon D300 – definitely a significant upgrade. I am now using both a D800E and D500 in  Aquatica housings with my GoPro Hero 4 Black mounted on top – HiDef video at the same time as stills. After about 6 months of no diving from August 2011 to February 2012 after a bad DCS hit (tripareisis) I came back diving in full force. That year featured Isla Mujeres for sail fish, Dominica for sperm whales, Belize for a variety of things, Anilao for awesome macro, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman for great walls, wrecks, and reefs, Cozumel for awesome drift dives, Cancun for the whale shark migration, and the cenotes just outside Playa del Carmen. And of course the next year brought, Mexico and Cayman Brac. Since then Anilao (Philippines), Kona (Hawaii) and Raja Ampat, Indonesia among other locations.

Aquatica (the awesome Canadian housing manufacturer) features my work. For several years I had 11 photos up at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Airside D (Gates D6 and D7). (The framed prints are now available for purchase – just e-mail me) – Alert Diver Asia Pacific just posted a cover with one of my shots as well as a feature on me. EMpulse from the Florida College of Emergency Physicians has one of my photos as the cover of their Fall 2012 issue. Boston University School of Medicine’s Alumni Magazine ran a feature on me and my photography in their Summer 2012 issue. I have coauthored two children’s books put out by Best Publishing – “What is a Fish” and “Unusual Underwater Creatures” – both available on Amazon.com (just put the book names or “Andrew Malbin” in the search box)- for $6.99 each – with book 3 – “Caribbean Critters” in the works.

And best of all I have an awesome grandson – Draven – and a an awesome granddaughter Sayler Grae. Hopefully future divers and photographers.

Here are several vimeo links of some of short film clips – I’m learning how to do video but I’m not up to speed yet.

Scar and family

Stay tuned….

Andy

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Underwater Photography by Andrew Malbin, MD, FACEP – underwater shots by a real doctor