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beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean with Photographer James
Quillen. Quillen began diving in the early 1980s, and a decade later,
began coupling his diving experiences with photography. He now primarily
documents ocean life in the South Pacific, including New Guinea,
Indonesia, Malaysia and Palau.
brought art into my diving, and it really focused my attention,"
Quillen said. "I would spend hours shooting one fish, and
I'd come out and realize I already had three great photos of the
fish. It encouraged me to identify wildlife I didn't have, then
begin looking for photographs of those things."
of Quillen's images are taken above 100 feet depth, and are captured
with his housed Nikon F4, two strobes, wide-angle lenses and Velvia
capture most of the images, it's a matter of good buoyancy and patience
with the animals," Quillen said. "Some of the wide-angle
images were taken in awkward, upside-down positions. But the photography
is really not as hard as the diving."
from Eureka, California, Quillen is an avid outdoorsman who photographs
while backpacking, kayaking, and diving. When he sent in a selection
of his underwater photographs to be printed using our Exhibition
Print Service, they immediately captivated our entire staff.
had a smile on my face the whole time I was working on his order,"
said Custom Printmaker
Coast Imaging has done an incredible job, bringing out the true
colors of the animals, which can suffer from loss due to the higher
wavelength light seen underwater, and some softening of backscatter,
which is another common problem in underwater photography,"
Quillen said. "I order proofs, and have Melanie do minor final
adjustments, creating an accurate and beautiful end print. It's
as if I am viewing them through the viewfinder all over again."