Hello OP Readers!

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

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Amongst the stars at Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park. This concept was achieved by stacking together 30 different photographs.
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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
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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.

 

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

 

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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.

 

Jason Bradley has a unique set of skills. He specializes in nature and wildlife photography both underwater and above; he’s the owner and operator of Bradley Photographic Print Services, a fine art print lab; he leads photographic expeditions around the world, and is the author of the book Creative Workflow in Lightroom, published by Focal Press. Visit Jason’s site to see more of his work, to learn about fine art printing and find info on his upcoming workshops and expeditions.

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