Tuesday, August 30, 2016
As some of you probably know from following my better half Melissa Singh Cole (she who is infinitely better at regularly communicating with the social media world), our last photo shoot slash scuba diving trip was in the Cayman Islands. Thanks to the company of good friends, and cool critters like stingrays and friendly Nassau groupers, we had lots of fun, even with weather and diving conditions that at times were far from perfect.
I am just now beginning the edit, so it may be a while before I can point you to all of the new images. Please let us know if you have any immediate photo needs from Grand Cayman or Little Cayman and I will work on those pictures first in order to help with your project.
It's going to be a busy fall and winter, with upcoming travel including local diving in Washington and British Columbia and travel further afield to Baja Mexico, Sri Lanka, Norway, etc. I have no intention of allowing my gills to dry out.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Cuba's Gardens of the Queen National Park. We enjoyed great diving with sharks, healthy coral reefs, and close-up encounters with crocodiles in the mangroves. Havana's people, culture, architecture and scenery proved to be a big bonus. Here is a slideshow of photos from the trip:
These images are also on our web site ( http://tinyurl.com/zt44gaz ) and now ready for licensing. Please contact us and let us know how we can be of assistance.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Here's one of our recent published articles, "Lords of the Fjords", featuring cold, deep diving in British Columbia from a shoot in February. This winter we will be busy in warmer climes!
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I'm currently in Istanbul, Turkey, on my way home from Egypt where I was photographing in the Red Sea, training my cameras on coral reefs, shipwrecks, and sharks. Front and center were oceanic whitetip sharks, like this beautiful creature with its attendant pilotfish bodyguards who ride in the slipstream of this open ocean wanderer.
This shoot wraps up a travel marathon stretching over three months, during which time I created new images of humpback whales in Tonga, great white sharks in Mexico, giant octopus in British Columbia, among many other critters large and small. I'm looking forward to taking a little breather til the end of the year, when we will once again take to the seas.
Safe and Happy Holidays to everyone,
Brandon and Melissa
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
QF1080-D. Bryde's Whale (Balaenoptera brydei) has just gulped a mouth full of Pacific Sardines (Sardinops sagax) and with throat pleats still distended bumps into underwater photographer. Baja, Mexico, Pacific Ocean. Photo Copyright © Brandon Cole.
One of my luckiest and most memorable encounters at sea happened off Mexico's Baja peninsula years ago when searching for striped marlin. In addition to finding and photographing these rarely sighted billfish, we were surprised by Bryde's Whales. We witnessed an amazing spectacle, dozens of marlin (as well as sea lions, dolphins, and several Bryde's Whales) attacking baitballs of sardines and mackerel. The resulting photos, and the story behind this "trial of life" was first published in the National Geographic magazine, then subsequently featured in many other magazines around the world. The latest is National Wildlife, for sale at newsstands now. Friend and fellow marine photographer Doug Perrine, my dive buddy on the shoot, wrote this article and as always did a splendid job. The opening picture is one I made showing Doug bouncing off the snout of a Bryde's Whale. Additional pictures of mine illustrate the gulp feeding behavior of this speedy, relatively unknown baleen whale species. Check it out:
To see additional underwater photos of Brydes Whales, visit our web site: http://tinyurl.com/odfurdn
To see pictures of Striped Marlin, click here: http://tinyurl.com/24r7gk7