Hello world of outdoor photographers! Please allow me to introduce myself: my name is Jason Bradley. I’m a nature and underwater photographer based in Monterey, California; I teach workshops in the field and in the classroom on many different topics; I partner with Wetpixel.com to lead expeditions for underwater photographers; I’m a new Focal Press author; I run a print lab; but most of all, I am happy to say I’m a new addition to the Outdoor Photographer Blogger team. It’s an honor to be among such excellent photographers and part of this vibrant community.
I’ve been a shooter for almost fourteen years and I am an early adopter of digital. I’ve spent some time processing film and working in darkrooms, but it was long ago and I probably couldn’t remember what to do if you stuck a roll of film in my hands. That said, I have developed (no pun intended) some interest in alternative processing techniques where I take digital files and make prints run through chemistry in a darkroom. However, I’m a full-fledged digital photographer and I love how the technology has paved the way for so many new photographers to enjoy the art. Photography seems more accessible than ever before.
I’ve included a small handful of images to show off what sorts of things I like to shoot. Generally speaking, I’m just happy being outdoors, in nature, taking photographs, but I’m most happy being by or in the world’s oceans to find my subjects.
I look forward to your hellos, comments, feedback, and more.
To see more of my work, or where and when I’m running my next workshop, please visit my site at: www.BradleyPhotographic.com
Thank you. Jason Bradley
Amongst the stars at Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. This concept was achieved by stacking together 30 different photographs.
The frills of a basket star amongst a garden of anemones. Photographed at the Kelp Patch near Port Alexander in Southeast Alaska. Shot with a Nikon D7000, Sea & Sea D7000 Housing, Sea & Sea YS-300 strobes, Tokina 10-17mm lens. ISO 640, f13, and at 1/100 second.
On a remote beach in Western Costa Rica, this leatherback sea turtle hatchling offers hope that this critically endangered animal can survive. Shot with a Nikon D2X, Nikon 12-24mm lens, SB-800 Nikon Flash, ISO 400, f5.6, and at 1/100 second
The modeled pattern of the worlds largest fish: the whale shark. Photographed near Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Shot with a Nikon D7000, Sea&Sea D7000 Housing, Tokina 10-17mm lens. ISO 800, f6.3, and at 1/400 second.
A curious steller sea lion looks into my dome to have his picture taken. Photographed near Ketchikan, Alaska. Shot with a Nikon D7000, Sea & Sea D7000 Housing, Sea & Sea YS-300 strobes, Tokina 10-17mm lens. ISO 500, f10, and at 1/160 second.
A large female tiger shark cruises by. Photographed somewhere in the Bahamas. Shot with a Nikon D300, Sea & Sea D300 Housing, a Sea & Sea YS-300 strobe, Tokina 10-17mm lens. ISO 200, f16, and at 1/2 second.
The receding surf at dawn at Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz, California. Shot with a Nikon D300, Nikon 12-24mm lens, ISO 200, f18, and at 1 second.
Well…. my lips and face stung after this dive, but it was worth it. There’s nothing like swimming through a smack of sea nettles. That’s right, a group of jellies can be called a smack. What a beautiful dive.
I shot this while hovering over a popular dive spot in Monterey called the Metridium Fields; metridium are giant plumose anemones that grow a meter tall, but I was so enamored with all the sea nettles I don’t think I saw a single anemone on this dive. Shot with a Nikon D300, Sea & Sea D300 Housing, a Sea & Sea YS-300 strobe, Tokina 10-17mm lens. ISO 800, f9, and at 1/160 second.
A beach at sunrise with elephant seal moms and pups near San Simeon, California. Shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon 17-35mm lens, ISO 1600, f8, and at 1/60 second.