Wednesday, December 23, 2009
We have a strong collection of high resolution images of endangered Pacific salmon, including all five species. To see more of our photos, click here.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
We are proud to have contributed to this powerful presentation on the only recently acknowledged environmental issue of how our oceans are becoming more acidic due to increased carbon dioxide levels. This increased acidity has profound negative effects on shell-building creatures such as snails, crustaceans (crabs, lobsters, shrimp and other commercially valuable shellfish), and even coral reefs.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Earlier I reported on our very successful marlin shoot. But I did not mention that in addition to striped marlin, I also was fortunate enough to capture some of the most dramatic underwater feeding shots of Bryde's Whales (Balaenoptera brydei) in the world today. I wish I could say that these pictures of this unusal rorqual whale resulted from careful research, but that would be a lie. I had absolutely no idea that these baleen whales were going to show up to crash the marlin party. I was simply in the right place at the right time. Lady Luck deserves much of the credit this time. Anyhow, it was quite the experience to have to dodge the rapier-like bills of fiesty marlin AND twenty tons of blubber at the same time. The National Geographic Magazine has just published two of the images in the October 2009 issue, and I can finally post my collection on my web site. Photos here: ( link )
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Dramatic pictures of this elusive baleen whale species are very rare. We are among the first in the world to capture their feeding behavior underwater. A collection of dramatic photos have been posted to our web site .
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Mangroves are that tangle of shrubbery at ocean's edge, lining tropical coastlines throughout much of the world. At first glance, the tangle may be one's only impression, but this often overlooked marine habitat is much more. Indeed, mangroves are vital for a healthy ocean and the people who live nearby. They act as natural breakwaters providing a buffer between coastal communities and wave-borne storms. Mangroves are home to a diverse throng of birds, fishes and invertebrates. They are critical nursery grounds to many commercially valuable seafood species.
But all is not well in this verdant ecosystem. Around the globe, mangroves are under attack and disappearing at an alarming rate. High-rise condos and sprawling oceanfront developments see mangroves as prime real estate. Garbage collects in the buttress-like roots of mangrove trees and pollutants seep into the sediments. Shrimp farms and other aquaculture enterprises all too often transform mangrove wildlife sanctuaries into ecological nightmares.
Pictures of man's impact on the mangrove habitat.
Photos of marine biologists conducting research on lemon sharks in the mangroves.
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To see photos of these bottlenose dolphins from previous shoots, click here.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sport Diver Magazine, May 09 issue, showing scuba diver alongside colorful coral wall, Komodo National Park, Indonesia. See more Indonesia underwater stock photos from this expedition on our web site.
National Geographic Extreme Explorer Magazine, April 09 issue, showing great white shark from Guadalupe, Mexico. See more underwater pictures of great white sharks on our web site.
Tauchen Magazine, April 09 issue, Europe's largest circulation scuba diving publication featuring Cole's brand new wild striped marlin image. See more dramatic marlin photography available for licensing on our web site.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Choose from these rare underwater marlin photos.
Choose from these dramatic action shots of sailfish.
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Saturday, April 4, 2009
Chantecaille Beaute cosmetics:: http://www.chantecaille.com/flash/
Save the Redwoods League:: http://www.savetheredwoods.org/league/pdf/bulletin_sp09.pdf
Our Ocean:: http://www.ouroregonocean.com/
The Nature Conservancy:: http://reefresilience.org/Toolkit_Coral/C1_Intro.html
World Wildlife Fund:: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/bluewhale/bluewhale.html
Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa:: http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/exhibitions/whales/EducationResource.aspx?irn=179
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We began our adventure by scuba diving in the Poor Knights marine reserve for 11 days. Refreshingly different, these volcanic islands off New Zealand's North Island delivered healthy, colorful rocky reefs abustle with many species of fish and invertebrates we have never seen before. The underwater terrain itself was diverse: Caves and swim-thrus, kelp gardens, boulder fields and sheer walls. "Islands to Dive for".
We begin the photo edit shortly, and will post a few favorites here when possible. A larger selection of images will be added to our web site, of course. We are now well positioned to provide complete photo/text packages on New Zealand scuba diving and whale and dolphin encounters, with topside adventure and scenic photo support.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Fiji While it's undeniable that many of the world's coral reefs are suffering, it's wonderful to find some which go against the tide and are as healthy, or healthier, than I remember fifteen years back. On a ten day extended live-aboard diving cruise through Fiji's Bligh Waters and beyond, Melissa and I joined close friends and fellow photographers and experienced colorful coral nirvana. ( New photographs of colorful soft corals and pristine hard coral reefs from Fiji )
Orcamania in my blood 5am wake-ups and 100 mile plus days on the water in my little boat under a scorching sun is the price I must pay for a few minutes alone with Killer Whales, my ancestral totem animal. ( New high resolution stock photos of Orca whales breaching, spyhopping, at sunset, etc )
California August found me tangled in the golden clutches of Southern California kelp forests, and racing alongside herds of Common Dolphins. Meeting up with old dive buddies to revisit old stomping grounds, we photographed Giant Black Sea Bass, San Clemente Island's reefs, blue whales, and more. ( New underwater images of marine life from the Channel Islands )
South Australia I ventured Down Under to throw myself into the middle of 1) a mating frenzy of Giant Australian Cuttlefish, and 2) a swirling million-dollar mass of Bluefin Tuna. Great new pictures of alien invaders and endangered sushi. ( New underwater digital photos of Southern Bluefin Tuna and behavior shots of Australian Giant Cuttlefish )
Mangroves As part of my commitment to diversify and photograph some new subjects in 2008, I visited Bimini Bahamas to work in the mangroves alongside shark researchers. A fascinating shoot! ( New lemon shark photos taken in mangrove habitat and images of marine biologists at work )
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Monday, February 2, 2009
In the meantime, please visit our main web site at http://www.brandoncole.com where you will find thousands of photos from the world's oceans. Images of whales, dolphins, sharks, manatees, scuba diving, coral reefs, kelp forests, fish, invertebrates, marine habitats, environmental issues and more await. Our knowledgeable staff delivers personal, professional service to editorial and advertising clients worldwide.