Like many of my generation, I grew up fascinated by Jacques Cousteau and his amazing photographic presentation of the underwater world. It was a world that none of us had ever seen before. I experimented with the Nikonos IV back in the early 80’s. It was not until late 2014 that I thought about photography again and bought a GoPro. Suddenly, my joy of diving took on a new dimension. The lack of choices and creativity was frustrating. I soon bought a Canon G16. From the first day, I only shot in manual and began the long process of studying the subtleties of underwater light and motion. In 2017, I graduated to my Nikon D500, Nauticam housing, Tokina wide angle 10-17 lens, and Nikon 85mm lens for macro. Currently I have switched from Sea & Sea YS-D2J strobes to Inon Z330’s.
Many people spend a fortune in time and money to go on safari to exotic places. I love that I live here in South Florida and can go on a deep blue safari every weekend. The joy is that I never know what exotic creatures that I will see and photograph. Sharks have become my passion. I thrive on the challenge of capturing wide-angle images of these large and lightning fast animals. As an added benefit, I have learned a lot about their individual behaviors, how to approach them, and how best to photograph them.
Gary Rose MD has been a certified diver for over 45 years and is a PADI Open Water Instructor. As a Plastic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Surgery at the College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, he has fulfilled his life passion as a marine biologist with his research on marine microorganisms, as well as large ocean apex predators. Dr. Rose lectures all over the world in an interactive and entertaining style. His years of experience are evident in the many stories and anecdotes he relates. Dr. Rose is a member of the Divers Alert Network and The Undersea And Hyperbaric Medical Society. You can find him on weekends diving our local waters and photographing our plentiful and diverse sharks.