Above & Below Photography
We are professional photographers and naturalists specializing in underwater and
terrestrial natural history and travel subjects.
We're currently taking a time-out and have both gone back to school. We continue
to teach photography and lead classes about working with images and Adobe
Photoshop. We continue to write for dive magazines about travel and
Our work has been featured in past and upcoming segments of Ushuaïa Nature and we were the subject of a National Geographic Television Sea Stories episode featuring Denise’s work on pygmy seahorses. We’ve also contributed to BBC and National Geographic Television productions about the mimic octopus. We've also produced two short videos of our own: Stayin' Alive and The Littlest Seahorse.
Although we lived in the tropical Indo-Pacific area for many years, we presently reside in wild, wonderful West Virginia, where we've become certified Master Naturalists for the state.
Since we switched to digital we use either a Nikon D2X in an Aquatica housing or a Nikon D200 in a Sea and Sea housing. We prefer the D2X mainly because we prefer the larger viewfinder. We continue to use dual Ikelite 200 strobes. The transition to digital was easier than we thought it would be. It really is great not to have to lug film everywhere. The instant gratification of digital cannot be underestimated!
We shoot underwater video with a Sony DCR
video camera in a Gates Products Diego housing and an Amphibico housing. We use a single Kowalski video light (50W)
that we either handhold above the subject or mount high on the housing and/or
dual HID lights. For very
small subjects we use a flat port and diopters to enlarge the subject. We use a
tripod for video whenever possible.