Wednesday, April 17, 2013

About Me

Oceans are the source of life on our planet with full of colorful life forms within. 

As a hobbyist photographer and divemaster, yet a professional diplomat, I have been trying to capture some of these amazing life forms with digital cameras since 2003. Encouraged by my friends and colleagues, I launched this website in 2005 and named it "Colors of Oceans”. This is where I share my underwater images and travel notes with the hope that the”colors" would help people to get a better understanding of the underwater world. 

I have joined a few joint photo exhibitions and modestly contributed to underwater magazines in Turkey.  I featured a solo underwater photo exhibition entitled "Colors of Oceans Through a Diplomat's Lens" at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during UN Week Sept 8-19, 2008. The exhibit was the first of its kind in many respects as it was the first ever photo exhibition organized by a  diplomat, solely dedicated to underwater photography in the United Nations building. The presentation of the exhibit was also unique as the underwater images were printed on a custom stretched fabric and backlit by energy efficient LED technology. Thanks to those who contributed and supported  it.Click to see the exhibitition page. 

Last but not least,   oceans are also considered to be a great source of history. In the last five years, I had the privilege to join a number of underwater archeology expeditions along the Aegean coast of Turkey which  hosts perhaps the richest archeological treasures in the world. You can check some of the images from these expeditions  in my home page at 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My Underwater Camera System

Nikon D-90 SLR Digital Camera

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Autofocus Lens

Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Autofocus Lens


 Aquatica AD90 Underwater Housing for Nikon D90 (with Double  Nikonos Bulkhead)

18405 Aquatica 8" Dome Port for All Aquatica Bayonet Style Housing

18428 Aquatica Auto-Focus Macro Port for All Aquatica Bayonet Style Housing

Aquatica Port Extension for Aquatica Bayonet Style Housings with Nikon 105mm f:2.8 AF micro 

Sea & Sea Dual 5-Pin Sync Cord for Strobes with Nikonos Bulkhead 

Inon D2000W Strobe

Inon Z-240 Strobe Type 3

NON -0.5 White Diffuser (External Auto) 

Olympus C-7070 Digital Camera 7.1 MP

Olympus PT-027 Housing

Olympus PTWC-01 100 Degree Underwater Wide Angle Conversion Lens with 67mm Thread

Olympus PTMC-01 2X Macro Lens with 67mm Thread

2 x INON Optical D Cable/Cap W9 Set

1 X BA-AD - angled  dovetail shoe

1 X TR-NKD -  double tray

2 x DB-05 - short double ball  arm
2 x DB-08 - medium length double ball  arm

4 X AC-CSF Clamp
3 X AC-CS Clamp, Traditional Style (lighter weight)

1 x AD-SS  Strobe Adapter

1 X TR-DHB Padded Handle w/ Ball for Digital Tray

1 X ULCS AD-IN Adapter for Inon Z-series and D-series Strobes

1 X AD-HS Hot Shoe Mount Base Adapter 
FANTASEA 44 Led Light 


Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Sergi II

BADİM 3. Karma sualtı fotoğrafları sergisini ARMADA Alışveriş Merkezi'nde açtı. Erhan ÖZTÜRK, Nesem DEMİRAY, Çağatay Erden DAPHAN, Soner ABACI, Çağatay ERCİYES, Murat SEVİNÇ ve Haluk KAVUKÇU'nun kırk fotoğrafının sanat severlerin beğenisine sunulduğu sergi, 09 Kasımda düzenlenen kokteylle açıldı. 19 Kasım 2005  tarihine kadar 10:00-22:00 saatleri arasında ziyaret edilebilecek sergi, yiyecek katında ARMADA sinemalarının önünde.