“My personal goal is to study underwater life through camera lenses and to boost people’s interest in marine biology,” Alexander Semenov shared. “I do this by sharing all my findings through social media and in real life, through public lectures, movies, exhibitions, and various media events.”
Marine biologist specialized in invertebrates, Semenov is a professional photographer and the head of the divers’ team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station. Combining the two he’s able to pursue his dream – scientific macrophotography in natural environments. “This practice makes it possible to observe animals that cannot be properly studied under laboratory conditions, such as soft-bodied planktonic organisms or stationary life forms living on the seafloor.” Semenov and his team have dived all over the world capturing underwater creatures in Southern Kuril Islands, the Southern Maldives, the White Sea, the Mediterranean, and other marvelous and thrilling places.
By Alexander Semenov
Semenov is both the head of the divers’ team and a professional photographer
Semenov’s goal is to boost people’s interest in marine biology
He’s specialized in scientific macrophotography in natural environments
“Even the most modern cameras go crazy – white balance and colors are always shifted, some colors in the spectrum just disappear because of light absorption by the seawater.”
That’s why it’s almost impossible to get a good image without proper editing (sometimes, really heavy editing).