About Charles Whiting


For years I lived on the Southeast Florida coast where my wife Lynn and I studied and photographed the reefs and wrecks from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale. We did most of our diving on a stunning reef line from Boynton Beach south to Delray Beach. We also frequented the Upper Florida Keys, with its famous wrecks and, at that time, pristine reefs.

We make annual pilgrimages to “blue water” destinations. In the past those trips have taken us to locations in the Bahamas including the alluring blue holes at the Cay Sal Banks, the Exuma Cays, and the Northwest Bahamas area that includes Cat Cay, Port Lucaya and Bimini. We have also visited the Cayman Islands and the spectacular Bloody Bay Wall. In April, 2007, I spent several days diving on the famous “Nuclear Fleet,” at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

The coral reef and seascape photographs you'll see here are from those locations.

When I relocated to Colorado in 2009, landscape photography became an exciting and challenging new area of study for me. 

Equipment and Workflow

Most of the underwater photographs in the galleries were taken with a Canon digital SLR camera in an Ikelite underwater housing, using Ikelite DS-50, DS-125, and DS-160 TTL strobe systems. Some of the photographs were taken with a Nikonos V amphibious camera, Nikon SB-105 strobe, and Fugichrome Velvia 50 slide film.

The photographic styles represented here include macro, close-up, portrait, and wide-angle. For underwater macro and close-up shots I generally use 50mm, 60mm, and 70mm lenses. Although some of the close-up shots were taken with a close-up lens and wire framer on the Nikonos V system. For underwater wide angle photography, I use either a Canon 15mm fisheye lens, or a Nikonos 15mm wide-angle lens.

Most of the shots that were illuminated by strobes were taken with the aperture set to f11, shutter speed set to 1/60th of a second, and ISO set to either 50 or 100.

The landscape images were shot with Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark III, and Canon 5 DS-R digital SLRs and a combination of lenses including a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS zoom, Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom, Canon 24-70 f/2.8 zoom, and Canon 24mm and 90mm f2.8 tilt-shifts. On the long lenses, I sometimes use Canon 1.4 and 2.0 tele-extenders. For hiking and travel I use a Giottos carbon-fiber tripod, Giottos ball head, and a LowePro backpack to move it all from one place to another. When I'm not hiking, I use a Manfrotto tripod with a Manfrotto grip ball head. I use roller bags from thinkTANK photo for domestic and international air travel.

I capture most images using digital raw format. I use Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop to process the raw files.