Sharing the Experience
A great holiday experience is like a great image: When everything comes together and all the details fall in line you will see and understand each moment’s place and time. Nature photographer Marcus Lindenlaub and his family shared some photos taken during their stay in Wakatobi. Marcus captured their unique experiences with images while also enjoying a family holiday and involving everyone in the creative fun.
It’s the simplest pleasures that can be the most rewarding. From our beach bungalow, it was just steps to the water. The show began as soon as we put on a mask and snorkel and dropped ourselves in the water.
Sometimes, the goal of photography is not to record the literal. There are many schools of thought as to what it takes to render a great image, particularly the essence of the moment. Imagination and experimentation are certainly two elements, subject matter is the third; when combined they can open the world in new and unexpected ways.
The essence of nature photography is allowing things to unfold naturally. Animals seldom strike a pose, but this curious cuttlefish came close, providing a lovely show of color patterns. A bit of patience and non-threatening, slow movements turned this chance find into a memorable encounter and great photo opportunity.
Looking at the reef from afar you see a colorful landscape bristling with activity. But when you focus down on any one particular spot, only then can you truly capture the essence and personality of the reef’s individual inhabitants. A closer look at this tiny orangutan crab revealed its long arms, thickly covered with fine orange hairs. This decorator crab is frequently, but not always, found in association with bubble coral as it is here.
The camera lens can be inclusive or exclusive in what it sees. Zooming in for a closer look on subjects like the eye of this pufferfish will often reveal details and even interesting patterns you might otherwise have overlooked. So the eye of camera not only lets you share what you see it also adds a dimension to the diving by revealing what our own eyes cannot see under water.
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” – Ansel Adams
A picture-perfect sunset over the Wakatobi jetty provided a backdrop for a unique form of postcard, created using a simple light pointer and a bit of creative thinking, family style. And if you set out to do your own, practice writing Wakatobi on your mirror.
For the Lindenlaubs, the Wakatobi experience meant capturing the moment, sharing a passion for the marine life, and taking enjoyment in making others happy. Sharing this profoundly touching experience with loved ones will bring you closer together, and the traces of love you leave in each others hearts will endure.
Marcus Lindenlaub is an engineer and CEO of a medtech company by profession, and a nature photographer by passion. Marcus learned photography through years of practice and self-study. He recently received high honors from the Smithsonian National Museum of National History for one of his nature images. Marcus makes his home near Cologne in Germany, with his wife and two daughters.