Dr. Rudolf Diesel
I started my career with a qualification as Technical Constructor of Engines, then studied Engineer of Economics and Techniques, worked with IBM Germany and later went back to University to study Animal Behaviour - my genuine interest, obtained a PhD degree in natural sciences and habilitated in Zoology.
My scientific career started at the Max-Planck-Institut für Verhaltensphysiologie / Behavioural Physiology at Seewiesen (D), later I worked in marine biology at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique, CNRS (F), worked as teacher at the University of Bielefeld (D) and the University of Canterbury , Christchurch (NZ).
Over 20 years I conducted field research in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, in Panama, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Malaysia, Tasmania and various other places and published the results of my work in more than 40 scientific articles and books.
Apart of my interests in sciences, I am a dedicated naturalist and started very early to document nature with a still and movie camera. In 1999, I founded ScienceMedia and worked as freelance nature photographer and film producer. My films have been broadcasted by several German TV-stations and stock material has been used e.g. in various BBC nature documentaries. Photo credits include BBC Wildlife, National Geographic Magazine and Reader's Digest.
In 2004 my interests turned towards the fascinating field of digital high-speed videography. After testing various cameras, I designed the TyphoonHD4 -system as a mobile and versatile digital high-speed camera system that meets the high standards and the requirements of nature documentaries.
In 2007 I designed and built an underwater housing for the TyphoonHD4, a difficult task, because all the camera functions and the lens had to be operated by control buttons from outside. The underwater housing had it's first 'job' in Micronesia and later in Galapagos (BBC series 'South Pacific') and captured awesome close shots of surfers in giant waves [see youtube].
In 2008 I did construct and build a new underwater housing for the Phantom Flex highspeed camera - opening many new functions and possibilities for shooting underwater high quality ultra-slow motion video. The underwater housing fort he Phantom Flex is much smaller, lighter and easier to handle. It did its first service with the BBC in the Solomon Islands (South Pacific).
The next creation will be presented 2020 ;-)