Showcase 2020 Winner Profile – Matthew Meier

2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.
2020 Showcase, First Runner-up: Macro/Micro/All Other. “Lemon Shark Sunset Split, Tiger Beach, Bahamas” © Matthew Meier.

How I Got the Shot

This photo was created while on a dive trip to Tiger Beach, located NW of Grand Bahama Island. While anchored over the dive site, dozens of Lemon Sharks circled the boat near the surface. To get this shot, I was laying face down on the swim step with my camera housing in the water, trying to balance the exposure for the fleeting sunset with the power of my strobes to illuminate the sharks under the surface.

What I Used

I used a Nikon D810 camera with a Sigma 15mm fisheye lens, ISO 400, f/8 and 1/80 sec in a Subal Housing with two Sea & Sea YS-250 strobes. A solution of baby shampoo and water was used to coat the dome port to try and keep the salt water from beading up on the portion of the dome that was above the surface.

About Me

I live in San Diego, California. In addition to underwater, nature and travel photography, I also shoot commercially, specializing in architectural and product photography. For the past ten years, I’ve served as a contributing editor, photographer and travel writer for X-Ray International Dive Magazine.

My Photographic Journey

I was formally trained in commercial photography at the Brooks Institute of Photography, completing their Master’s program but have been taking pictures of nature all my life. I credit Ralph Clevenger’s tutelage at Brooks with helping me learn underwater photography and the guidance of Marty Snyderman to keep me working in the industry. Being underwater is my happy place and I love being able to document the wonderful creatures found there.

NANPA and Me

I have been a NANPA member since 2005 or 2006 and I have had an image or images selected for inclusion in the Showcase every year since. I was also the 2015 1st Runner-up in All Other Wildlife.

Learn More About Me

My NANPA portfolio is http://www.nanpa.org/events/showcase/about-nanpa-showcase/2020-top-24-showcase-matthew-meier/

You can learn more about me through these links:
Website:  www.matthewmeierphoto.com
Instagram:  @matthewmeierphoto