Story Behind The Shot: Cavalluccio

The 1st place photo for the Macro category in the Ocean Art 2023 Competition was taken in Peurto Galera, Philippines. See all Ocean Art 2023 Winners Here



Camera System

The camera that was used to take the photo is the Canon 5D Mark III which is an amazing DSLR camera (Read our review of the Canon 5D Mark III Camera). The camera was encased inside the Sea & Sea Canon 5D Mark III Housing. It is a small and compact aluminum housing with excellent ergonimics. As for the lens, the Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro Art Lens was used with Inon Z330 Strobes with Snoot to perfectly illuminate and highlight the subject..


The Shot

Initially, with the guide and my companion, we selected the diving spot before embarking on the descent in search of captivating subjects. Suddenly, the guide drew our attention to a magnificent seahorse specimen. We approached cautiously in order not intimidate the subject.

As the subject remained unperturbed by our presence, we patiently waited for it to assume the ideal position. Conducting some test shots, I adjusted the lighting and optimized my camera until achieving what, in my judgment, constituted the perfect balance of light and composition.

I am thoroughly pleased with the final result and delighted that you liked it.


What Does Winning Ocean Art 2023 Mean to You?

I am thrilled and proud to have taken part in and won first place in the Macro category of Ocean Art 2023!


Further Reading



Born in Monza, Italy, Alberto Casati is a skilled craftsman by profession. However, his enduring love for the sea led him to become an avid diver for the past two decades. Recently, he delved into the art of underwater photography, and as his enthusiasm for it deepened, he actively started participating in underwater competitions.


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