Who am I?

My name is François Baelen. I'm a french underwater photographer currently living in Reunion Island, in the western Indian Ocean. I'm working there as a general practitioner, with a degree in Hyperbaric medicine. However, I spend most of my free time underwater with my camera and one goal: to share with you my passion for the amazing marine life, from tiny nudibranchs to giant whales.

Since April 2018, I've been using a Sony A7III camera in a Nauticam Housing. My macro setup includes Sony FE 90 mm macro lens and several wet lenses: SMC1, Moby from Noodilab. My wide angle setup includes Sony-Zeiss 16-35 mm lens with a N120 dome. To bring back warm colors underwater, I'm using 2 Inon Z330 strobes on TTL mode, with s-TTL from trt-electronics.

On this website you can find pretty much all my pictures and videos.

If you have any question or are interested in purchasing a photo, feel free to use “contact” section.

Happy bubbles!


Seconds before one of my favorite shore dive in Reunion Island : Cap la Houssaye.

Seconds before one of my favorite shore dive in Reunion Island : Cap la Houssaye.