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Color Specifications: 24-bit RGB

Format:  Standard delivery format is uncompressed JPG (Photoshop). You also have the option of receiving the poster size files in TIF format with LZW compression, include a note when ordering.


  • Cameras: Film: Nikon N50, Nikon N2000 and Nikonos V; Digital: Olympus C50z (5 megapixels), Olympus E-300 (8 megapixels), Canon G10 (14 megapixels), Canon G12 (10 megapixels)
  • Lenses - Film: Fixed Focus (Nikonos) Nikkor 20, 35 and 80mm; Standard Nikkor 50, 70-300mm; Auto Focus Nikkor 20, 28-80, and 105mm;  Digital: Olympus Zuiko 14-45mm zoom, 50mm macro.
  • Underwater Housings: Film: Ikelite housing (for the Nikon N50); Digital: Olympus PT015 (for C50z), Olympus PTE01 (for E-300), Canon housings for Canon G10 and G12
  • Underwater Strobe Lights: Film: Ikelite 50, 50s, 200 and Sunpak Marine 3200 Digital: Inon D2000wn
  • 35mm Film Scanner: Nikon LS4000 35mm slide/negative scanner with Digital ICE, ROC, GEM

Film: This website was created to showcase our digital photography, but over time, we will incorporate our extensive 35mm film photography library as well (we no longer shoot film). All film has grain, and slide film has the finest grain, making it the top choice for publication use. Advancements in film manufacturing technology has given us some very sharp, low grain, high color saturation print films. Grain removal can be done using Photoshop, and there are also some dedicated software applications available for use in minimizing grain. We use Digital Ice set on fine when scanning negative film to minimize grain, but we do not do any other grain filtering. If you plan to create large prints, then images from slide film are going to produce the highest quality prints, but at sizes 5x7 and smaller, using images scanned from print film will not be an issue, and they are fine for Internet use as well, as you can see by the images here in our gallery. If you have a need to know what type of film was used for a particular image, please consult our database before ordering, as the film type is included.

We used mostly slide film for underwater photography, but we occasionally experimented with print film and were amazed at how well it captured the iridescent colors of the corals and fish underwater. For landscapes, print film captured the vivid colors of the tropics really well and was sometimes more forgiving of the harsh, high-contrast lighting conditions than slide film. Our favorite films were Fuji Provia F and Astia 100 slide film, and Kodak Royal and Gold 100 print film. Fuji Provia F has small grain and high detail resembling lower ISO films such as Kodachrome 25 and Fuji Velvia 50. Colors stayed true and they handled reds really well, making them excellent choices for underwater macro photography as well as landscapes.

Digital Enhancements: We know that people are sometimes skeptical of the digital process because they think the images may have been altered. For the most part, enhancements to our photos are limited to those that can be made in a conventional film photo lab. Although it is very rare, we occasionally remove a power line, brown leaf etc. that distracts from the composition, but we never add objects. We never combine images or elements from images to make new ones. We never make edits that significantly alter the content of an image.

All of our 35mm slide and negative film was scanned with a Nikon LS4000 professional slide scanner using Digital Ice dust and scratch removal technology. Digital edits include cleaning up of any distracting spots which might be present, including backscatter in underwater photos. The darkroom term for this is "spotting". Some minor adjustments to contrast, brightness and color balance are also done as needed. We never digitally sharpen any of the images. All images are full frame, we never crop any of the images.

Model Releases: We do very little posed model photography, and as a result, model releases are available for very few of our images. We are primarily nature and wildlife photographers specializing in the natural beauty of coastal areas, islands, beaches, coral reefs and the creatures that inhabit them, We try to also include some shots of interesting street scenes and architecture as well. Any photos including people or private property that do not have a model release are used at your own risk.

Database: Our database is under construction, and will be added to as time permits, so if you cannot find the information you need for a particular image, email us and we will be glad to look it up for you.

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