Welcome to Mark's Underwater Photos
Mostly Underwater Photography by Mark Melnick
Underwater pictures taken from Cuba, Papua New Guinea, Cocos, Galapagos, Indonesia, Hawaii, Micronesia (Palau and Yap), Rotan, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Mexico, Belize, and more. Subjects such as: Sharks, Whale Sharks, Lacey Scorpianfish, Pigmy seahorses, Crocodile, Lots of macro criters, Wide angle underwater shots.
Latest Addition 11/22/20:
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After 4 years of neglect, I finally updated this web site with some bucket list trips.
The first was the Great White Sharks in Guadalupe Mexico. "Diving in cage took awhile to get use to, but once I did, it was an awesome experience. It's a trip that I must do again.
The second bucket list item was shooting the northern lights. This took two attempts to achieve this. The first was to Iceland where I struck out. The country was beautiful in a harsh way. My pictures do not do it justice. It was just one tough area for me to shoot: crappy light, poor ISO on my camera, and I had a tough time composing good shots with large open vistas.
The second successful attempt for seeing the Northern Lights was to Norway. I can't say enough good things about Norway. The area we stayed in was Tromso. From there, the professionals drove us to areas to see the lights. I can't wait to do this trip again with a upgraded camera that can take higher ISO pictures. (The camera I used toped out at 3200 and grainy at that!!). Check out this 13 second time lapse that was recorded over the course of 13 minutes : iphone Time Lapse Northern Lights
I started this website back in 05 when there was no good platforms for sharing pictures. I have been winging it ever since. I keep saying in need to update it and make it more coherent. I will vow that the next time I update this site, it will reflect this decade!!!
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Random iphone Pictures
Cuba 2016 Underwater
Please note: my underwater photo equipment never made it Cuba but the Aggressor photographer stepped up and lent me his "Frankenstein" backup camera and housing (a very cool thing to do). It was a Canon digital camera jammed into a very old Nikon film camera housing. (They know how to Macgyver anything in Cuba!) But this barrowed camera and housing had very limited controls--only the shutter and 2 dials "worked" which made changing settings nearly impossible. It also had only about a 1/4 of the review monitor visible. Furthermore, the strobes were much less powerful and slower then I am used to. Even worse yet, the strobe arms couldn't be tightened all the way, making the strobes float around and giving me all sorts of backscatter. Just open any other gallery and one can see the obvious difference equipment can make. It was a frustrating shoot to say the least but I did came back with some shots and found a great place to dive.
Cuba 2016 Topside
St Lucia 2015
Grand Cayman Island
(Sunset House) 2014
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac
Indonesia, Lembeh Straits 2011
Note: Some may experience a problem with the some of the older automated slide shows. There should be a link in the top left corner above the index pictures that says "Click here for a Slideshow." If this is not visible, your browser is blocking it. (You might have heard a beep and see a yellow shield). You must right click on the warning plan (look for the yellow shield) below the tool bars and allow blocked content. The automated slide show pictures are bigger and make viewing easer.
Note: that some browsers will not allow flash content. Some of the newer galleries are in flash. If a white page appears instructing you to get Adobe Flash. First look for line above it with a yellow shield warning you "to protect your security.....," try and left click and allow blocked content. This is harmless!
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Grand Bahamas Bank
Best quality Mobile
Papua New Guinea 09
Me trying to fit in with the Hammerhead sharks
Cocos Underwater 08
Cocos top side and Costa Rica 08
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The goal of this site is not to sell pictures, nor is it to show off my best photos. Rather this website is a pet project of mine put together to share my photographs with my family, friends, and anyone else who happens along this site while surfing the net.
Sometimes I will post pictures that I am not happy with just because the subject is of interest to me and other people. For those with a critical eye, sorry take the good with the bad.
All pictures are optimized for web viewing. This unfortunately compromises their resolution thus quality.
Feel free to download any picture for personal use only. Any reproduction for commercial use, republishing in any manner, or for contests is strictly prohibited and must have the written consent by me. Failure to abide by this could lead to very painful and embarrassing social disease and or death.
If you notice any mistakes, please blame my high school English teachers.
This site was last updated 7/9/16