Dear readers, I would like to introduce a new monthly feature of this blog: Featured Photographer. The first edition of this post, I am honored to introduce Randi Ang, a young Indonesian businessman based in Lombok (Indonesia) who is incredibly talented in photography, especially on underwater photography.
I have been knowing Randi’s photography works from Flickr. Randi contacted me through Flickr, asking for tips on one of my underwater images in Flickr. He just got his Open Water diving license in December 2012. When I looked at his Flickr page, I knew immediately that he would become an awesome underwater photographer. His Flickr page back then already showed his photography talent. He took beautiful landscape images.
Randi started underwater photography in 2013, and shortly his underwater photos won photography competitions and his images have been published in several media, as well as through Getty Images. The following images are his winning images that become his most memorable photographs. Curious to know more about Randi? Please read the following interviews..
Definition of Underwater Photography according to Randi
How do you define underwater photography?
Randi explained to me that he viewed “underwater photography not just as simple snap shots or documentation pictures taken from underwater. Exploration to an object is needed, either in wide angle or macro, to turn it as an artistic picture even it’s just a “common” things.”
Underwater Photography Gears and Camera Mode
What is your underwater camera? How did you take underwater pictures? I got these questions multiple times. Now it’s my turn to ask Randi, as I am sure most readers who are into underwater photography would be curious.
“Shortly after finishing my Open Water course, I bought a Canon S110 and Ikelite housing. I started taking underwater pictures at the beginning of 2013 with the basic set up. Slowly, I bought additional accessories and equipment (strobes – underwater flash, arms & tray, wet lenses).”
- Canon S110 with Ikelite Housing
- Canon G9 with Canon WP-DC21 Housing
- Strobes: Sea & Sea YS-D1
- External macro wet-lens: Inon UCL-165 M67, Subsee +10, Go-So +20
- External wide angle wet-lens: UWL-05 Ultrawide, Inon UFL-M150Z M80″
Do you bring all your photo gears for diving?
“I bring my Canon S110 with the strobes & wet lenses.”
Which camera’s mode do you use when scuba diving?
“I always shooting in Manual Mode, and RAW format.”
Scuba divers are also travelers, and we do have dream (diving) destination and favorite destinations…so, where is your favorite diving place?
“I’ve been diving not even more than three years, so not many places I’ve been to. Outside of my hometown, Lombok, I’ve only been to Tulamben – Bali, Manado and Bunaken in North Sulawesi. 90% of my logged dives were in Lombok. The beach is not far from my home. I can reach one of my favorite dive sites in less than an hour. Normally, I dive once a week, with two to three-dives. “
“By far, my favorite among these places is Tulamben (Bali, Indonesia). It’s an easy dive site, with a shore entry. It has beautiful ship wreck with rich marine life, tons of critters for macro, easy to reach, and value for money.”
Do you have dream destination that you wish to visit?
“Raja Ampat (West Papua, Indonesia) is just like a dream destination for every divers in the world! So I want to be there one day! I have heard once a diver saying that you can see everything in Raja Ampat! That’s the reason why it becomes a dream destination for me 🙂 “
I do hope Randi will visit Raja Ampat someday! After visiting Raja Ampat myself last year, I am sure Randi will take amazing photographs there and enjoy the marine biodiversity of Raja Ampat. If there are diving magazine editors reading this post, please consider to send him to Raja Ampat as your photographer 😉
The Most Favorite Things
Some underwater photographers are focusing on certain type of photography: macro or wide-angle photography. Which one is your preference?
“I love both macro and wide angle photography. It depends on the dive sites. I will go for wide if I want to do it, and as well for the macro. But I do more macros just because plenty of dive sites option. Mostly, I’ll bring both of my macro wet lenses & wide lens on a single dive. I may switch to one of them underwater, just depends on the situation/object/visibility/etc.”
Are there favorite shots from wide angle and macro among your collection?
“My favorite wide angle shot was taken at Gili Meno, Lombok (Indonesia). It was a great moment I could shot a passing turtle above me, and the silhouette of my buddy very well positioned against the sunburst. I don’t think be able to get better moment on the future.”
“And for macro, my favorite is a pregnant male Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, taken in Gili Gede, Lombok (Indonesia). Pygmy seahorse & nudibranch are my favorite critter. Lucky to had it staying at the top of seafan, so I could compose a good frame for this pygmy seahorse.”
Can’t Get Enough of Randi Ang’s Photography?
All images in this post is Randi Ang’s top eight favorite photographs from his collection. I am honored to present his favorite images! (PS: if you click the images, you will be directed to larger version of the image at his Flickr Page).
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