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January 22nd, 2013

Tiger Shark 100

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Tiger Shark 100
I have just returned from an incredible week scuba diving with Jim Abernathy’s Scuba Adventures. The goal of the trip was to get as close to sharks in their natural environment as possible. The sharks did not disappoint, but unfortunately the cloudy weather last week in the Bahamas was not as ideal for underwater photography …
June 15th, 2012

Steller Sea Lion 18

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Steller Sea Lion 18
As I have been recently editing all of my older trips, I keep finding surprising gems like this image from my last scuba diving trip to Hornby Island, BC in January 2009. If you are a diver you absolutely need to plan a trip to dive with the Steller sea lions at Hornby Island. They are incredibly …
June 14th, 2012

Guadalupe Great White Shark 21

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Guadalupe Great White Shark 21
Over the last few weeks, I have been diligently working on processing images from the trips that I have never edited in the last 4 years. I am never home long enough to catch up, plus I really dislike processing images. I have probably gone through at least 50,000 images and deleted many of them, …
June 2nd, 2012

Dolphins in the Trees

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Amazon River Dolphin underwater, Brazil
KUOW, the Seattle NPR affiliate, is running a ten-minute piece today on my Amazon River Dolphin story for National Geographic. I will talk about the assignment, the highs, the lows, the challenge of story-telling – and the scary things that swim in the water. As a photographer, I find it a little unsettling not to …
April 3rd, 2012

Kua Bay Shorebreak 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Kua Bay Shorebreak 1, Kohala Coast, Hawaii
While I was in Hawaii in February, I spent more time photographing shore break waves. It’s a lot of fun waiting for a big set to come in and amazing how fast 3-4 hours goes by. I’ve photographed in much more extreme environments, but never in a place where I get pummeled by my subject. …
February 9th, 2012

Ofu Island Over Under 2

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Ofu Island Over Under 2, National Park of American Samoa Ofu Island American Samoa
My regular readers have probably noticed that I have been on an extensive underwater photography binge in the last year. I’ve always said that I aspire to shoot mostly underwater subjects, and am happy that most of my 2012 trips will be at or below the surface. So sticking with that theme, here is another …
February 8th, 2012

Manatee 05

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Manatee 05, Crystal River State Park, Florida
During my week long visit to Crystal River, I spent close to 36 hours in the water with the mantees. In that amount of time, I was only able to photograph this one moment where a manatee playfully rolled upside down asking me to rub its belly. If I spend enough time with wild animals, eventually …
February 7th, 2012

Manatee 08

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Manatee 08, Crystal River State Park, Florida
Manatees are so ugly that they are adorable. This picture clearly illustrates that point. I spent hours in the water waiting for a manatee to pose for me like this. Whenever I photograph wild animals, I do not chase after or harass them. I can never force a picture to happen. That is why I …
February 6th, 2012

Manatee 01

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Manatee 01, Crystal River State Park, Florida
I have just returned from photographing West Indian manatees at Crystal River State Park, Florida. It was a very interesting experience. I am usually the only photographer, let alone person, at the wilderness locations that I typically photograph. I knew that was not going to be the case with the rampant manatee exploitation at Crystal …
January 19th, 2012

Hamoa Beach Shorebreak 1

Posted By Jon Cornforth
Hamoa Beach Shorebreak 1, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Like most photographers, I like to challenge myself to create new images outside of my comfort zone. One of my favorite new shooting styles is photographing breaking shore waves. This style has been made popular in the last few years by Clark Little. I harbor no illusions that I am going to become as well …