Friday, April 26, 2013


Goran Butajla
I am amateur underwater photographer from Zagreb, Croatia, and can say that underwater photography is my passion through entire diving career, but with one major pause. I am diving since 1987., and in diving bussiness for more than 15 years now, as Instructor Trainer for several training agencies, and running my own diving center in Croatia. I got something like 3000 logged dives, but also countless dives that i never logged. Allmost 20 years ago  I begun to shoot with my belowed Nikonos V which is still proudly sitting in my desk, but my professional career in diving did not allow me to get more seriously into photography. Therefore i had more then 10 years of pause, and just few years ago decided to wake up my passion again, and started to shoot again with Nikon D80. Since i am still amateur, did alot of “Do it yourself” alterations on my gear, but just recently (still waiting to put it in the water) acquired Nikon D7000, Tokina 10-17mm, 60 and 105mm macros and Aquatica housing.  So basically, cant wait to extend my photo research and produce some more great shots. 
I was lucky to be able to travell around the World, so had opportunity to visit all around Egypt, Bali, Belize, Maldives, Malta, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Cuba, just to name a few. My homeland Croatia has some spectacular diving locations, such as islands of Vis and Lastovo, with deep walls, wrecks and caves. The best diving spot in the World for me is Jardines de la Reina in Cuba, since I love sharks, and that is the place where you have opportunity to dive with dozens of them in close proximity, virtually on every dive.