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Marie Tartar learned to scuba dive in 1989, without any prior snorkeling experience.  In 1996, while on a live-aboard in Palau, she took a PADI underwater photography course, and has been hooked ever since. Continuing the pattern of learning new skills out of order, her passion for underwater marine life photography soon spread to all other arenas of life, so that she now thinks it is perfectly normal to always travel with a gear-filled photo backpack and a tripod, whether the destination is Paris or Antarctica.  With her husband, Steve Eilenberg, she lives to travel, and enjoys street, architectural, nature and wildlife photography as well as underwater.  To finance these ventures, she works between trips as a radiologist at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA, where she can bike along the coast to work.  Her photography has been exhibited in group shows at the Oceanside Museum of Art, the Natural History Museum, the Birch Aquarium and the Smithsonian.  Steve and Marie’s website and blog can be found at