Gordon T. Smith
Nationality: British / Canadian
Residence: Dubai, UAE
Gordon discovered the undersea world when he was working as a Medical Scientist in Saudi Arabia back in the 1980s.
Already an avid photographer above sea level, it was only natural that this hobby was taken below sea level into the clear waters of the Red Sea using a Nikonos II camera that he had originally bought as a waterproof camera to capture images during poor weather whilst motorcycling around Scotland and the rest of Europe.
As the passion for diving increased, Gordon added a couple of Nikonos Vs with strobes and ultimately reached a saturation point where better images were only going to be achieved by using an SLR underwater. These cameras were also Nikons (F3 in a Tussey housing, and an F801 in an Aquatica housing), with an obsession to photograph nudibranchs using 60mm and 105mm Nikkor micro lenses.
Now in the 21st century, Gordon is using a Nikon D300/300s and a D70 as backup with the same original 60 and 105mm lenses in Sea & Sea housings with Sea & Sea strobes. He is also experimenting with wet diopters on the to obtain 2:1 macro when the occasion arises.
Gordon has had several of his nudibranch photographs published in several magazines and in Nathalie Yonow’s “Sea Slugs of the Red Sea”. He is also a regular contributor for the Emirates Diving Association quarterly journal and OutdoorUAE monthly magazine.
Besides Saudi Arabia, Gordon has also dived in Egypt, Jordan, Scotland, S. Africa, UAE, Oman, Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Other interests include desert driving, camping, wildlife photography and flying light aircraft.