UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY // FLORIDA KEYS // ISLAMORADA

 

Our Southern Road trip at the end of March took us all the way to the Keys for some diving.  If you follow along with us on Instagram you may have already seen some sneak peeks ;)  We found a perfect Airbnb in Islamorada and spent three days diving through Islamorada Dive Center.  It was a greatly needed getaway for us, with just the right blend of relaxation and adventure.  Below are a handful of our favorite shots.

 

GREAT NORTHERN LOON // LAKE MARGRETHE // MICHIGAN

Loons have always been one of my favorite birds.  There is just something about their call echoing across the lake in the morning or evening, their pattern, the way they dive.  They also represent summer because they are a migratory species.  So they mean the long, light-filled, Northern days are here.  A couple nights ago, before a storm came in, we were able to watch a group of three loons hunting together.  The experience really hit a chord for us, especially during a time of grief for our family over the loss of my uncle, who loved this lake so much.

 
 

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SONOMA COAST STATE BEACH

After taking some photos up in Forestville a few weeks ago - for a project I will be sharing with you soon - I headed over to Jenner to check out the coast and walk on the beach.  The Russian River converges with the ocean here, and there were seals, tons of birds, and whales.  It was amazing.  I have been a diver for 12 years, and seen all kinds of ocean life including dolphins, but I have never seen a whale, so even from far away it felt like an extraordinary experience.  It felt like a blessing.  It was bitchin'.

 
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TENNESSEE VALLEY WILDLIFE

Last week on one of my days off I headed for a photo walk in Tennessee Valley - a part of the Marin Headlands.  I picked my favorite trail (where I have seen the most wildlife), and just sat in the open part of the meadow for a while.  I also brought a journal where I write about goals, ideas for projects, etc.  It was great to just sit in the sun, write, and listen to the birds, but I'm also really happy with the shots I got out of it.  I think I might just head back there at the "golden hour" today.

 
 

FAWN

During our time camping on Assateague Island in Maryland, this little fawn wandered into our campsite.  It was clear that he (or she, not sure) was fairly used to people, and ate scraps of food in the campground.  But this was definitely still a skiddish wild animal.  It was amazing how close it came to us, inspecting everything... but easily spooked.  The experience brought up an interesting dilema for me... the animal was clearly not domesticated, or meant to be domesticated for that matter, but it was hard to refrain from intentionally feeding it because it was so cute.  My instinct was to help... But usually wildlife officials tell you NOT to feed wild animals.  I still consider this to be a photograph of a wild animal, but the image raises a lot of questions for me about what is "authentic", or to what extent do you interfere as a photographer in the situation you are photographing?  These photographs will be reminders for me of these issues, but regardless, they might be some of my favorite images from this entire year.

 
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FLORIDA

I was able to briefly visit family and friends in Florida a couple weeks ago.  Most of the time was spent on the beach, hanging out, fishing, reading, and enjoying a few drinks.  I will be returning to Florida in June to work as the OWUSS Sport Diver Magazine publishing intern for 2011.  I'm very excited about the opportunity and you will be able to see more work from Florida in the months to come.

 
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POINT REYES

Yesterday on my day off Mike and I were finally able to go hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore.  It was absolutely amazing.  We walked along the coast trail to the beach, walked along the beach for about 2 miles and then picked up the fire lane trail back to our car.  It was a fun day of exploring.  We saw rabbits, a fox, and this raven which I photographed for a while and then left alone.  As we continued our walk I turned around to find the raven following us.  It was clearly curious and I wish I had a different lens because I was able to get ridiculously close to this bird.  The experience reminded me of an article I read in Time Magazine, called, "Inside the Minds of Animals".

 
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