I love photography. My grandfather was a professional photographer, as was his father before that, so, I spent a good chunk of my childhood running around his studio, helping out with film development and running errands to help grandpa prepare his prints. His studio was strategically located next to the biggest military base in Macedonia, so, almost every soldier would stop by while on leave to get his photo taken and sent to his parents or/and sweetheart.
I started shooting film way back when and then switched to digital about 10 years ago. I never looked back. These days I use a Canon 7D, with my older 40D serving as a backup. I use a variety of lenses, from my Canon 60 mm macro to my trusty Canon 70-200 mm F/4 L IS.
I am also an avid underwater photographer. I love shooting almost any subject underwater, from reefs, to critters on a muck dive, to large animals such as manatees and sharks. I have always been fascinated by lighting as it relates to photography. Studio lighting can be quite involved in order to achieve a particular look. I find underwater lighting to be even more challenging, especially in the presence of particulates in the water that cause the dreaded backscatter effect. Rapid underwater light absorption also allows for shooting nighttime-like photographs during daytime with sometimes spectacular results that highlight one's creativity with strobe positioning.
Equipment wise, I use a Sea & Sea underwater housing, flanked by a couple of Inon Z-240 Type IV strobes and a FIX LED 1000 video/focus light. I use a variety of arms and floats to mount all of that gear on top of the housing. My favorite underwater lenses are my 60 mm macro and my Tokina 10-17 mm fisheye lens. The latter is a fabulous underwater lens that lets me get pretty much right up to a critter and take an almost 180 degree field of view image. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2.5 cm! That's me on the left on the image above, posing with my dive buddies on Oahu, Hawaii at the top of Hanauma Bay.
Below you will find a selection of some of the photos I've taken over the years. In the past I've kept these on a private web site mostly for consumption by my friends and family, but I intend to make more of my photos public moving forward.