H. R. Makarita , DDS
I am a dentist with a private practice in Notrthern Virginia since 1988 with a focus on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. I was raised in Mclean, Va and graduated from the American University in Washington, DC with a BS in Chemistry. I then attended dental school and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1988.
Photography has always been a passion of mine since high school, with an interest in black and white darkroom printing and was the photography editor for our high school yearbook as well as co-editor at the Medical College of Virginia while in Dental School. I use clinical photography daily in my dental practice and during travels my camera is always with me. For many years I have had a fully functional darkroom where I would process my own negatives and hand print all of my black and white photographs, using both conventional and infrared black and white film. All color photographs are shot with a digital Nikon D3 camera body and a variety of lenses.
One of my great passions is scuba diving and am always amazed at the beauty of the undersea world and was determined to learn underwater photography in order to capture and preserve the memories. Early on, a Nikonos V camera with color slides was used and now a Nikon D200 digital camera with a Subal housing and dual Nikon strobes is my equipment of choice. Most of my underwater pictures were photographed in the Red Sea, Egypt, as it is a beautiful site for viewing the many species of both coral and fish. While I cannot say I have "mastered" the art of underwater photography by any means, the journey to learning is both exciting and challenging.
I love to travel internationally and capture the sites and cultures from my own point of view. I have photographed extensively throughout Europe, Egypt, Morocco and thoroughly enjoyed a safari in a private game reserve in Sabi Sand, South Africa.
I hope you enjoy viewing the photgraphs as much as I have enjoyed taking them...