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Tomura travels the oceans of the world, photographing everything from thriving sealife to sunken ships at the bottom of the ocean. His photos are featured in Olympus catalogs for underwater photography products, and he instructs at underwater photography seminars at the Olympus booth during Japan’s largest marine events.
I travelled to three locations to capture marine life with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II -- La Paz, in Baha California on the west coast of Mexico, the Baa Atoll in the Maldives, and the Komodo Island of Indonesia, a location registered as a world natural heritage site.
The town of La Paz is famous as a location for encountering the wild California sea lion. I went to shoot just at the time when baby sea lions begin to show an interest in the world around them. When pointing my lens at them, the sea lions struck poses, making various facial expressions, as if they were professional models.
I’m amazed at the scale of the location each time I visit the Maldives. The sight of mantas all in a row hunting plankton in Hanifaru Bay is inspiring. Totally absorbed, I snapped the shutter.
In Komodo I photographed colorful sea anemones, soft coral, sea squirts, sponges and the fish and sea turtles entangled in them. Using the Olympus UFL-3 Underwater Flash, I captured colorful scenery that is almost unthinkable in the ocean.
For someone like me who works mainly around and under the water, Olympus is truly a trustworthy partner with reliable dustproof, splashproof performance, underwater white balance, and underwater shooting modes, in addition to underwater housings. The E-M1 Mark II has made dramatic steps forward in areas in which mirrorless cameras previously did not excel, such as EVF performance and dark-area AF performance, making it easier to see underwater so you don’t miss subjects.
The future of underwater photography rests with Olympus. This is no exaggeration. I can’t help but look forward to the images I will be capturing with this system.