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Derek Gerstmann
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Sky Surfer" ... Look at that water clarity! It was just unreal this weekend! This was another shot from my Sunday surf session out in South Bondi this weekend. The swell was putting out some fun waves, but there were so many surfers out there I felt like I was in the middle of the freeway dodging Utes! So I started taking more underwater shots to avoid being used for target practice. This one I dove down to the bottom, flipped around and waited f...
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Found this little gem in my archives! Taken a few months back at the end of Autumn during a stunning sunset! Waves had pretty much vanished and I was about to head back to shore, but got a few snaps looking back at the beach from out in the middle of Bondi Bay. Taken with my Canon 5DSr with the epic EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens in an 8-inch dome port on my AquaTech surf housing.
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The sea is magical! It never ceases to amaze! The colours and light, the abundance of life and tumultuous power leave me in awe. Just look around next time you head below the surface ... it's an enchanted place to be! This shot just does it for me ... all the natural light shining through the wash of air and bubbles after the breaking waves is just chaotic and mesmerising!
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Even among the random sea of chaotic waves, sometimes, just sometimes, everything lines up and it all points your way!
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Sometimes you gotta go deep to avoid the waves. Other times, just skimming under the surface is all it takes. The ocean is constantly changing ... sometimes you get it right, and other times you get pushed back to shore. Another shot on my Canon 5DSr with the epic EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens in an 8-inch dome port in my Aquatech surf housing.
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Can't believe ten years ago we released @AMD"Close-To-Metal" GPGPU SDK (before @NVIDIA CUDA existed!)
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"Majestic Flight" ... There's nothing quite like watching a large reef manta fly through the water! It's huge flexible delta wing enables it to flap and glide its way into some impressive underwater acrobatic moves! This one swam past me while it was feeding then closed it mouth and turned back around to check me out! Surprisingly these gentle giants actually have the largest brain to body weight ratio of any living fish or shark! Not only are they big, but they also have a large cerebellum and telencephalon ... In mammals these regions are responsible for many higher functions and sensory awareness. Their brains are surrounded by a complex network of blood vessels which may help regulate their internal temperature during deep dives. Amazing! Another shot taken with my Canon 5DSr with my EF 24mm f2.8 IS lens in an flat port on my Aquatech surf housing. Settings were f/5.6 and 1/160 sec exposure at ISO 160. Enjoy and please feel free to share! ✌🏼️😎🌊🐟 #derekgerstmann #ladyelliotisland #majestic #flight #manta #natureisamazing #underwater #uwphotography #savethemantas #savetherays #saveourseas #travel #wanderlust #globetrotter #lonelyplanet #freedive #oceanlover #oceanbuddies #greatbarrierreef #queensland #australia #canon #aquatech @ladyelliotislandecoresort
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"Surfer Contrail" ... Wow! Another underwater surf shot from Sunday. Check out that churn of bubbles, and that tubular wake leftover from a surfer passing just over me! Pure Magic!! Taken on my Canon 5DSr with an EF 24mm F2.8 IS lens in a flat port on my Aquatech surf housing.
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Sunrises at Bondi are just magical! As soon as that sun hits the waves, all your worries fade away!
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There are all kinds of waves in the ocean, but the ones that make you hold your breathe and then scream with excitement are truly the most epic. Another shot on my Canon 5DSr with the epic EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye lens in an 8-inch dome port in my Aquatech surf housing.
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Here's my take on a foamy shore break. Found this nifty foam monster after going through some old shots tonight. From way back ... when the sun was still shining and blue skies stretches across the heavens.
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Education
  • University of Western Australia
    PhD
  • Bournemouth University
    MSc
  • University of Washington
    BSci
Story
Tagline
Photographer and World Traveller
Introduction

Viz, Compute, Graphics, FX, Film, Design, Research, Beach, Cycling, Music.

Bragging rights
Lost my ego somewhere in-between being amazed at the world, and being amused by silly people.
Work
Occupation
Photographer & World Traveller
Skills
Graphics, compute, visualisation, compilers, research, development, analysis and design.
Employment
  • Weta Digital
    Researcher, present
  • DeftGaze
    Photographer, present
  • University of Western Australia
    Visualisation Research Fellow, present
  • Apple Inc.
    Software Engineer (OpenCL), present
  • Weta Digital
    Production Engineer, present
  • ATI Research
    Software Engineer (GPGPU), present
  • Cycling '74
    Software Engineer, present
  • Industrial Light and Magic
    R&D TD Intern, present
  • UNSW Art & Design
    Senior Research Fellow, present
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Gender
Male
Other names
voidcycles, dg, deftgaze