Image: Ákos Lumnitzer
Ákos Lumnitzer with an Eastern Blue Groper, off Shark Point, Sydney, 1998.
- Ákos Lumnitzer
- © Ákos Lumnitzer
Ákos brought a new syngnathid (pipehorse) to the Australian Museum in 1997. That started a long series events which resulted in the description of Sydney's Pygmy Pipehorse, Idiotropiscis lumnitzeri, that was named after him.
My interest in photography as a hobby began the instant I bought my first Nikonos in 1996. Since then I've taken thousands of pictures underwater in New South Wales, never having been outside its borders. Though that is not necessarily a bad thing, because I've seen the best of this state underwater in over 1000 dives. My favourite location is definitely the Nelson Bay area; Halifax Park, Fly Point and the Pipeline are unbeatable as far as shore diving is concerned. I discovered a new syngnathid in 1997, which has now been described and I am honoured to have had it named after me. I am pretty sure I am the first Hungarian to have a pipehorse named after me.
I have now gotten rid of all of my underwater gear, except the 1968 Minolta SRT 100 in the Ikelite housing, which still takes some wonderful photos on the odd occasion that I get to dive these days.
Since my residence is closer to the Blue Mountains than to the sea, my interest in topside photography overtook my desire for what lies beneath (at least for the time being anyway) and I tend to head west more often than east, observing and photographing landscapes, topside macro and wildlife when university studies and work permit. My land gear is very simple, a Canon EOS Elan 7, 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 USM, 100mm f/2.8 USM macro and a standard 75-300mm f/4-5.6 zoom. I now use Fujichrome Velvia, Provia and Sensia exclusively; still not convinced that digital technology is able to replace what I am able to do with slides. At the end of the day I still get a kick out of waiting for my slides to be developed and holding the physical image in my hand as opposed to staring at a computer screen.