Tuesday, December 18, 2012


horizontal underwate digital photo of diver in shark cage
Professional underwater photographer Brandon Cole on assignment in Baja Mexico in October 2012. Trapped in a cage 30 feet under, he has come to Isla Guadalupe to photograph Great White Sharks, an endangered species, Man's monster from the deep.

I wonder if a 15 foot long Great White Shark finds this "deer in the headlights" look amusing. This is me, hard at work, waiting in a cage for Carcharodon carcharias to make an appearance. Sometimes sharks are already there, waiting for me when I submerge... other times, I must wait for hours, even days, for them to arrive on the scene. I've photographed great whites all over the world, and have a profound respect for them, a deep fascination with Ocean's apex predator. We invite you to browse our photographs of great white sharks on our main web site.

Friday, December 7, 2012


Our new photo (QZ74125) of a Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) published on the front cover of National Wildlife Magazine. This "Nemo relative" lives in a symbiotic association with Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica). Photographed on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, tropical Pacific Ocean.

New Australia photos are now available on our web site. Melissa and I really enjoyed exploring the Great Barrier Reef, the world's most famous coral reef, Earth's largest living thing. It had been a few years since my last photo expedition to the GBR, and I was happy to see healthy hard coral gardens, schools of tropical fish, sharks, and so much more. In addition to scuba diving along the Ribbon Reefs outside of Cairns, and on the remote Osprey Reef out in the Coral Sea, we photographed one of the top shipwreck dives on the planet, the SS Yongala, a magnet for marine life. Check out the exciting Yongala images, including aggregations of stingrays, and then take an helicopter flight with us to make aerial pictures. We are considering a follow up trip in the next year or two to encounter the dwarf minke whales. Please let us know if you have any projects for which you need dramatic marine photography from Australia. As always, we will be happy to help.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012


iOS App: Photographic Exploration of Marine Wildlife by Brandon Cole

 OCEAN ENCOUNTERS  We’re happy to announce our photo e-book app for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, " Ocean Encounters ".

Join us in exploring beneath the waves. Enjoy close-up encounters with marine wildlife large and small (whales, dolphins, sharks, fish and invertebrates)... scuba dive down onto colorful coral reefs and through swaying kelp forests... and learn about the marine environment worldwide. 250 photos, "notes from the field", and a cool interactive map bring ocean adventure into focus like never before.

If you own one of the above mobile devices, visit the App Store today to download " Ocean Encounters " by using this link:


Please take a moment to write a review after you give it a test drive. User feedback is really important in helping to highlight quality apps from among the hundreds of thousands of things available on iTunes/App store.

Ocean Encounters e-book showcasing photos of whales, dolphins, sharks, coral reef marine life