Stephan Kleinlein

I was born in Hagen Germany in 1965. Always interested in extreme sports like Surfing, Windsurfing, Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking  and the list goes on. Never been a real german soccer fan, which would be more typical for a boy from my area. I realised pretty early that one day I have to move on, out of my home town, to follow my dream, to live at places where I can have a life surrounded by people with similar interests.

In the 80’s and 90’s the voyage began, surf trips through Europe and the USA, extended stays on Maui for Windsurfing were just the beginning (photo slides era).

1993 after saving some money I decided to leave everything behind for a while, for my big trip around the globe. Many continents and countries were on the list and the end was open.

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20 years later I am still on this quest, but in the mean time I made Byron Bay in Australia my home town and base camp for all future adventures.

Snowboard-, Kitesurf- and Skydive-Instructor, Adventure Tour Operator, a reflection for my thruthful outdoor passion. Especially the elements water and air seemed to be my main playground, which guided me further into the artistic photography, which being a big part of my life now.

31 years of skydiving with over 17000 jumps on my belt, thats where my photography career really started, as an aerial photographer at 14000 feet high up in the sky, to capture the moments on photo and video in the Big Open Blue.

This is where I learned more and more about the often specialist camera equipment and photographic techniques involved.

The love to be in the ocean, in, under or around waves made me become more and more an Ocean Photographer over the years. Photography work from especially Clark Little & Russel Ord inspired me to follow this passion for waves, water and beauty in photography.

These days Hawaii, Bahamas in Spring, Mauritius and California in Summer or Guadeloupe  Island Mexico in the Autumn to film and swim with White Sharks became my regular photography playgrounds every year to shoot for Surf-, Kitesurf, Stand Up Paddle Board companies and Travel magazines. Plus to add more amazing images for my own photography art work.

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The Ocean, The Sky and The Colour Blue, this is for me the place where I feel home and where I like to be …. OceanBlueSky.


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