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By: Rheyna Meeraiya & Carmen Cornejo. Famous Photographer: David Doubilet. Early Life. Underwater Photographer: Where and when was he born? New York City on November 28 th , 1946 What training did he get in photography? - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Famous Photographer: David Doubilet

Famous Photographer: David DoubiletBy: Rheyna Meeraiya & Carmen Cornejo

Early LifeUnderwater Photographer:

Where and when was he born?New York City on November 28th, 1946

What training did he get in photography?At a young age he began shooting underwater at the age of 12. As a teenager, he assumed he should be a marine biologist. He graduated from Boston University in 1970.

What was his family like?Not available.

2Becoming FamousHow did he become famous?In 1971 he shot his first story for National Geographic. He then became a contract photographer for the magazine in 1976.

What was his big break?At the age of 15, he sold his image to a Brazilian magazine, later winning a photo competition with Mundo Submerso magazine where he won $1000 and a trip to Italy.

Was there one specific image or photo shoot that made him famous?While he was shooting for National Geographic magazine, he took more and more photos, where more people noticed his work.

Personal StyleWhat makes him special?Hes done 65 stories and 13 covers for National Geographic magazines. He also began shooting at age 13 and always enjoyed taking photos underwater. Other than his time with National Geographic, hes always been a freelancer.

What sets him apart from other photographers?Hes an underwater photographer, and he mostly takes photos of marine life.

What techniques does he use? What equipment? What lighting? He uses a range of Nikon cameras, including the D3, D3S, D700, and the D2X. He wraps the cameras in SeaCam housings. He uses a variety of Nikkor lenses, along with a few specialty lenses such as a custom endoscope. He has been using a wide-angle rectilinear zoom lenses, specifically the 17-35mm and the 14-24mm. He uses the lenses with a 55mm extension tube and 10in SeaCam Superdome. He uses light with Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes and carry YS-110 for extra light. He typically uses up to four strobes on one housing. For large scale subjects, he uses 1200W HMI surface supplied lights with 90m of cable. As an underwater photographer, he doesnt focus much on scuba gear. He uses a mask, fins and snorkel, a regulator, suits, boots and gloves, a watch, as well as a buoyancy compensators.

Timeline1965- Doubilet began studying film and journalism at Boston Universitys College of Communication. He majored in still photography1970- he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree1975- he was named Diver of the Year by the Boston Sea Rovers which is one of the diving worlds most honorable organizations1988- he received a Distinguished Alumni of the Year award1989- Doubilets first book, Light in the Sea was published1992- his second book, Pacific: An Undersea Journey was published1994-1996- he was the author of a popular monthly feature called Magnificent Moments, including text and photography, in Japans SINRA Magazine2001- named a National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence

Accomplishments & AwardsBooks:

Pacific; An Undersea JourneyWater Light TimeFace to Face With Sharks- by David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes (wife)Light in the SeaGreat Barrier Reef (National Geographic Insight)


The Explorers Clubs Lowell Thomas Awards The Lennart Nilsson Award for scientific photography

Famous Photos

A three spot damselfish swims near a trio of pink anemone fish. This photo was taken in Papua New Guineas Kimbe Bay.

The hawksbill flippers spread like wings, the sea turtle flies past batfish and barracuda. Submerged peaks attract many species from the open ocean and makes Kimbe Bay a perfect example of biodiversity.

A pink anemone fish fans the eggs his mate has laid, keeping the nest free of sediment. Anemone fish are hermaphroditic, possessing both male and female tissue found in the West of the Pacific Ocean.

A huge tower of barracuda rises past photographer Doubilets wife Jennifer Hayes. Many of Kimbes coral pinnacles host a resident school of barracuda.

The big nose unicorn fish lacks a horn, but this photo displays its two bony plates on its tail that can cut predators found in the Great Barrier Reef. Photographer David Doubilets first cover for national geographic.

Blending in with the ocean is a Denises pygmy seahorse that measures less than an inch long found in Northern Australia

Among the reefs tiniest residents is the pagurid hermit crab, which lives in coral burrows which is made by tube worms and eats plankton with its antennae.

Moon jellyfish rise at nightfall off the island of Raja Ampat Indonesia.

Anthias fish on coral at Pixie Pinnacle on the Great Barrier Reef. Bibliographywww.daviddoubilet.comwww.daviddoubilet.com/portfolio.asphttp://www.divernet.com/Diving_Gear/gear_features/590602/my_favourite_kit_david_doubilet.htmlhttp://www.alertdiver.com/David_Doubilet