My love of nature has been life-long. I purchased my first set of scuba equipment in 1973. Later that year, the store asked me for my diving Certification Card which I did not have. Immediately, I signed up and took an open water scuba diver course and continued diving. A few years later, wanting something more from diving, I bought my first underwater camera, a Nikonos II amphibious film camera. The photos were pretty much all blue/green and eventually I bought my first u/w strobe from a small company in San Diego, California. Then I bought a second strobe. I was getting closer to what I wanted out of underwater photography. A few years later, I upgraded to a Nikonos III. My passion for diving and underwater photography was set in motion. In 1981 I completed the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Certification program.
In the early 1990's I moved to Crystal River, Florida and was involved with Manatee Rescue. Being able to volunteer and participate in something as worthwhile as helping an endangered species really brought a special enjoyment in my life.
In mid 2001 just prior to the destruction of the World Trade Center, I took a consulting job in Cape Town, South Africa. This opportunity opened the door for my return to scuba diving and underwater photography. Initially, the camera of choice was a film camera, the Nikon N90s, with a subal housing. As the age of digital began to show up, I fell in love with the instant feedback the digital format provided. I purchased a Nikon D100 and subal housing along with a pair of Sea&Sea strobes and the quality of my macro and wide angle photography began to improve.
During a discussion with a local publisher in Cape Town, South Africa, it became apparent that the 6 MP Nikon D100 just didn’t have enough resolution for publishing. This pushed me to buy a 12 MP Nikon D2X and subal housing.After a few diving trips to the Grand Cayman, the Red Sea, Indonesia, Mozambique and the Maldives, some of the underwater images were submitted to both the Publisher and to a local South African magazine for publishing. My Nikon D2X is used exclusively underwater.
On land, I use a Nikon Z9 and Nikon D850. The images included here are a collection of images shot during various adventures since 2001 which include trips to each of the seven continents.
I'm now located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates allowing travel to locations near here to capture some of the worlds most beautiful sites: Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Grand Cayman Islands, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Maldives, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, Vietnam, the United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and the United States.
I sincerely hope you enjoy my images presented here and please feel free to provide any feedback regarding my images or my website.
My email is Rob@LanesLight.com.