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Steffen Schmitt

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PASSION

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PASSION

Photography and in particular underwater photography became already a passion to me when I started to discover the world below the surface many years ago. It doesn't matter where and when I enter the water, my camera is always joining me.

 

BALTIC SEA

The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe and I call it my underwater photo studio as I frequently dive there. This ocean is approximately 1600 km long, on average 193 km wide and 55 m deep. An impressive diversity of wildlife can be found in these brackish waters. Numerous ship wrecks are perfect photo subjects as they provide artificial structures for algae, plants, anemones, sea stars, crabs, and fishes.

HERRING RUN OF THE NORTH

More than 10 years ago a good friend of mine asked me to join him on a trip to northern Norway in order to witness what I today call the "Herring Run of the North". Being close to the obsessive feeding of ORCAs and other whales far north of the arctic circle makes me always wonder how humans justify to keep these amazing animals in captivity in some parts of this world.

COLOR WONDERLANDs

Most people would think that colorful underwater wildlife exclusively can be found in tropical oceans. I was one of them until I did my first couple of dives at sites where strong tidal currents ensure that enough oxygen and nutrition is passing underwater slopes, walls or ship wrecks. So even in the Baltic Sea or further north in the Atlantic one could explore dive sites which are not less colorful as many tropical coral reefs.

 

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