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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Peacock grouper


This mesmerising photograph of Peacock grouper (Cephalopholis argus) is yet another prised photograph from my diving trip the Great Barrier Reef. This Peacock grouper was about 50cm in length and it was hiding under a coral overhang.

It is taking a long time to process the photographs, as each requires very tedious process of recovering the right colours. While diving, the colours get increasingly affected with increasing depth. Even the best white balance on best cameras fails here and it needs to be recovered manually in post processing. I am processing my photographs with Photoshop Lightroom, which makes this task easier than Adobe Photoshop alone.

Great Barrier Reef dive


This striking underwater photograph of Striped Surgeon fish was taken at Great Barrier Reef and it marks a new interest in my life: diving and underwater photography. I have recently completed PADI Open Water Diver course and to test my new skills went to the Great Barrier Reef.

As a beginner diver who still has to watch his compass, air gauge and dive computer very closely I do not have many photographs to show for my 11 dives on the reef but what I saw there has made a deep mark on me. The reef is beautiful beyond anything you can see even in the best documentary. The deep, vibrant colours and the magnitude of the underwater life is simply awesome.

Couple of very important credits:
Our “base” and dive club at Dive Imports Australia and instructor Tim.

Our Great Barrier Reef adventure with Pro-Dive Cairns and dive master Oscar from NZ and chef extraodrinare Joel from Minnesota, USA.