Brian Mayes

Nationality: British

Residence: Sutton Coldfield, UK

Brian is a former finance director, who retired early to spend more time traveling and diving with his lovely wife Jill. He trained to dive in 1990 with the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) where he met and married Jill, his dive buddy and ace spotter. After a few years of dry suit diving in the cold seas around the British Isles, he decided that he had seen enough rusty scrap metal (or wrecks as they are commonly known) and started diving coral reefs. In warm tropical waters Brian soon discovered an interest in the brightly coloured marine life and wanted to find out more about the things he had seen. In 1993, Brian acquired his first underwater camera, a Nikonos V and began snapping away at anything that didn't move too fast, like nudibranchs and flatworms. Pretty soon Brian was hooked on underwater macro photography and he (well Jill actually) has discovered a few new species and range extensions. However, since no specimens were collected the fame and the glory has so far eluded him. Though Brian's not sure he could kill a few critters just to get his name on it. When digital cameras came along, Brian upgraded to a Nikon Coolpix 990 in Ikelite housing with Ikelite Pro Video-Lite, but he found that this large setup weighing 9Kg was too awkward and heavy. Brian now prefers to use small compact cameras and currently uses a Canon G9 with a couple of Inon macro close-up lens, but no external strobe, only the internal flash and diffuser.

Brian's photos from recent dive trips can be seen here www.flickr.com/photos/brianmayes/sets/


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Nudibranch Species from Brian Mayes » View all photo from Brian Mayes (523 photos)

Philinopsis gardineri from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Philinopsis lineolata from Victoria, AustraliaIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Philinopsis pilsbryi from Perhentian, Malaysia
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Philinopsis reticulata from Perhentian, Malaysia
(1 photo from Brian Mayes)
Philinopsis speciosa from Bali, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(3 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia babai from Lembeh, Indonesia
(1 photo from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia coelestis from Perhentian, MalaysiaIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia elegans from Anilao, Philippines
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia exquisita from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(2 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia ocellata from Anilao, Philippines
(3 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia picta from Anilao, PhilippinesIdentification reviewed by Richard Willan
(3 photos from Brian Mayes)
Phyllidia rueppelii from Muscat, OmanIdentification reviewed by Nathalie Yonow
(1 photo from Brian Mayes)
 

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