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October 3rd, 2013

Hello OP Readers!

Posted By Jason Bradley

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.



Please leave a comment

  1. Chris Says:

    Welcome, Jason! I look forward to your future blog posts! Of the images you posted, I particularly enjoy your 1st, 7th, & 9th images!

  2. Chris Says:

    Oops! I accidentally wrote 1st when I meant to write 3rd, the sea turtle image is my favorite!

  3. Jason Bradley Says:

    Thanks Chris. That’s nice to hear. Keep your comments coming on future posts. Best, Jason

  4. Rene’ Lauer Says:

    Congratulations Jason! I look forward to seeing more posts!

  5. Jason Bradley Says:

    Hi Rene! You’ll be in the future whale shark one. : ) Glad you found me here!

  6. Mark Woods Says:

    Stunning work, Jason.

  7. Karen Polley Says:

    Awesome pics – I really like the turtle picture! They are my absolute favorite.

  8. Brenda Tharp Says:

    Heh, Jason, you’re images are terrific! Looking forward to your blog postings…

  9. Doug Jones Says:

    Jason is a wonderful photographer and teacher. He’ll be a great resource for OP readers. Happy he’s here!

  10. Rob Duncan Says:

    Yo! Awesome gig you got here. Would be great to get out in the field with you again sometime. Or just kick back and have a beer. See you soon.

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