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.


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Latest Addition 11/22/20:

Norway 2019

Iceland 2018

Guadalupe 2018

Shark Video

Random iphone2020

Cuba 2016 Underwater

Cuba 2016 Topside

St. Lucia 2015

Sunset house 2014

Cayman 2013 Aggressor

Indonesia, Lembeh Strait 2011

Grand Bahamas Bank (Flash)

Grand Bahamas Bank (HTML)

Shark Video

PNG 08 Topside

PNG 08 Underwater

Random Photos 11/09

Galapagos 08 Underwater

Galapagos 08 Top Side

Dover 08

Cocos 08 Underwater

Cocos and Costa Rica 08 Top Side

NASCAR at Pocono

Mexico 08

Indonesia 06 Part 1

Indonesia 06 Part 2

Manado and Singapore

The Market and Party

More in the Photo Gallery







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!!!

Enjoy, Mark


Click on picture to open up slide show.

Norway 2019


Iceland 2018


Guadalupe 2018

Shark Video

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

 (Aggressor) 2013

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!

If this does not work, download flash. It is a small, harmless program and takes no time.

Click on any photo to get to the gallery.

Grand Bahamas Bank

Shark Video

Flash Version                                HTML

Best quality                                                    Mobile



Papua New Guinea 09






Galapagos 08








Dover 08


Me trying to fit in with the Hammerhead sharks

Cocos Underwater 08

Cocos top side and Costa Rica 08


Pocono 08


Mexico 2007


Indonesia 2006

      Part 1                                   Part 2       



Many more photos by clicking on link below to go to the Photo Gallery:

Photo Gallery

All content is protected by copyright, mark melnick 2004-2016    

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.

Thanks, Mark

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