Biography • Born in Vancouver, Canada in1958 but grew up in Ontario Education: • His work appears in over 200 magazines such as National Geographic, and LIFE, he has appeared in every North American diving publication • He is known for his style of shooting underwater photographs, the style of this type of photography is to be able to capture the underwater world in an instance and show how various animals live in their different atmospheres Early Inspirations: • Fleetham found early inspirations in his hometown’s man made lake when he learned how to scuba dive in his Senior year of high school in Vancouver, Canada • He was a scuba diver instructor soon later, worked in diving business but mainly focused on learning to shoot underwater photography
Tiger Shark • The lighting in this picture is natural lighting considering it is underwater and an environment picture. The direction of the lighting is coming from the top of the water, and hitting off the side of the shark. The main subject of the photograph is the shark, and I know that because Fleetham takes pictures of the animals in their environment and here is a shark in it’s environment. Composition in this photograph is lines, horizontal lines, lighting, and texture. What I believe the author is trying to illustrate is that sharks can peaceful and welcoming to their surroundings if they feel comfortable and not in danger. I chose this photograph because I feel how scary it would be to be face to face with a huge animal such as a Tiger Shark, as shown in this picture and how much adrenaline the photograph must have had to be able to get this shot.
Under the Sea • The lighting used for this picture is natural lighting. The direction of the photograph is a front view. The shot Fleetham captured came from in front of him. The main object of the photograph is the yellow fish in the camera front view. I can tell that this is the main subject because of how the angle was shot, the fish are the main focus here. The different compositions of the photograph are natural lighting above and under the water, horizontal lines that go across the photograph and texture. I think the photographer is trying to communicate that there are two worlds in one. I chose this photo above others because I really enjoy the two world aspects.
Hungry Sea Lion • The lighting for this photograph is natural lighting with maybe an Auto-Tone edit to it. The direction of the photograph is from a upward angle. The photographer seems to have been looking up at the seal while taking the shot. I can tell because of the angle that is showing the shot. Composition that makes the photograph so striking is the texture, the patterns of the fish swimming in sync, and lighting. I think the photographer is trying to illustrate that even in a feeding area it still looks extremely peaceful in this shot. I chose this photograph because I like the tunnel vision look.
Green Sea Turtle • The lighting in this photograph is natural, considering it is a nature like photo. The direction of the photo is a front camera view and I know this because you can see the Turtle from the front. The main subject of this photograph is the Green Sea Turtle because that is the photo’s name and also the turtle is the main object by being in the center of the picture. Composition in this photo is lighting and how different blues hit the back of the picture and then the coral’s white accent makes texture mixed in. Lines are present here by the tops of the coral’s, and rules of thirds. I think the story here and what the photographer was trying to express was that these huge animals are peaceful and are just as curious as humans are. I chose this photograph because I love turtles, and this picture is so amazing and I like how the turtle seems just as interested as the photographer is.
A Hawksbill Turtle • The lighting in the photograph is natural, the picture is underwater and above water, so it is natural lighting that we see here. The direction of this particular shot is a side view because the camera is facing the side of the turtle. The main object of the photograph is the turtle because it is the center of attention when your eye meets the picture. The composition of this photograph is the lighting at the different textures of blue that the lighting presents. Also, the clouds bring a different aspect to the picture because it shows the other “world” on top of the underwater “world”. There is horizontal lines also and you can see them along the water line. I think the story here that Fleetham was trying to express is again the symbolism of two worlds in one. I chose this picture because I really enjoy the underwater scenic view and the turtle in it.
Sources • http://www.zoominfo.com/p/David-Fleetham/22953898 • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthpicturegalleries/9490146/David-Fleethams-underwater-photographs-of-life-in-the-worlds-oceans.html?frame=2316030