Bluewater's Best Photos of the Year

Best Photos of the Year

Over 2018 we had the great fortune of running numerous trips around the world, at many of our worlds top dive destinations!  We asked our trip leaders to take some time in contributing a list of a few of their favorite images from the past year for us all to enjoy - take a look, and we hope you enjoy!

 

Indonesia


Hairy Frogfish shot in Lembeh Straights, Indonesia - Matt Sullivan
Sony A7RIII + Nauticam Housing, Sony 90mm OSS Macro, 2x Retra Flash Strobes

 


Nudibranch Rinophores - Lembeh Straights, Indonesia - Matt Sullivan
Sony A7RIII + Nauticam Housing, Sony 90mm OSS Macro, Nauticam SMC-2, 2x Retra Flash Strobes

 


Famous "Magic Mountain" divesite - Raja Ampat, Indonesia - Renee Capozzola
Canon 5D Mark IV + Nauticam Housing, Canon 16-25mm, 230mm dome port, 2x YS-D1 Sea & Sea Strobes

 


Komodo's Iconic orange soft coral - Komodo, Indonesia - Tim Yeo
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II + Olympus Housing, x2 Sea & Sea Strobes

 

USA


Wolf Eel - God's Pocket, Alaska - Matt Sullivan
Nikon D4 + Nauticam Housing, Nikonos 13mm, 2x Retra Flash Strobes

 


California Kelp Forest Scene - Palos Verdes, California - Tommy Stylski
Canon 70D + Sea & Sea Housing, Tokina 10-17mm

 


Fish eating Anemone - Monterey, California - Matt Sullivan
Nikon D4 + Nauticam Housing, Nikonos 13mm, 2x Retra Flash Strobes

 

Philippines


Nudibranch - Anilao, Philippines - Helen Brierley
Nikon D850 + Nauticam Housing, 105mm macro lens, x2 YS-D2 Strobes

Read the full trip report of the trip
 

 


Flamboyant Cuttlefish - Anilao, Philippines - Tommy Stylski
Canon 70D, Sea & Sea Housing, Canon 60mm Lens, Retra LSD Snoot

Read about our 2018 Anilao Trip Report

 


Bluering Octopus - Anilao, Philippines - Helen Brierley
Nikon D850 + Nauticam Housing, 105mm macro lens, x2 Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobes

 

 


Dragon Shrimp - Anilao, Philippines - Tommy Stylski
Canon 70D, Sea & Sea Housing, Canon 60mm Lens, Kraken 05S Diopter

Read about our 2018 Anilao Trip Report

 


Yellow Goby backlit in a Mountain Dew bottle - Anilao, Philippines - Adam Gibson
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Aquatica Housing, Olympus 60mm, Kraken 1,000+ Focus Light, x2 Symbiosis SS-2 

Read about our 2018 Anilao Trip Report

 


Female Paper Nautilus - Blackwater Dive - Anilao, Philippines - Tommy Stylski
Canon 70D + Sea & Sea Housing, Canon 60mm Lens

Read about our 2018 Anilao Trip Report

 


Nudibranch on eggs - Anilao, Philippines - Helen Brierley
Nikon D850 + Nauticam Housing, 105mm macro lens, x2 Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobes

 


Nudibranch - Anilao, Philippines - Adam Gibson
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II + Aquatica Housing, Olympus 60mm
Kraken 1,000+ Focus Light, x2 Symbiosis SS-2 

Read about our 2018 Anilao Trip Report

 

Fiji


A Blue Spotted Grouper, Cephalopholis miniata, and schooling Scalefin Anthias, Pseudanthias squamipinnis, gather on a shallow pinnacle - Fiji - Mark Strickland
Nikon D850 + Nauticam housing, Nikonos RS 13mm lens, x2 Ikelite DS-160 strobes

 

 


A huge, nearly pristine formation of cabbage coral thrives in the shallows - Nagali Passage, Fiji - Mark Strickland
Nikon D850 + Nauticam Housing, Nikonos RS 13mm lens, x2 Ikelite DS-160 strobes

 


 Beautiful wall dive - Bligh waters, Fiji - Renee Capozzola
Canon 5D Mark IV + Nauticam Housing, Canon 16-25mm, 230mm dome port, 2x Sea & 
YS-D1 Sea Strobes

 


 Split shot showcasing a variety of hard coral and a little island - Fiji - Renee Capozzola
Canon 5D Mark IV + Nauticam Housing, Sigma 15mm, 230mm dome port, 2x YS-D1 Sea & Sea Strobes

 

Sea of Cortez


Sea lion with reflection - Sea of Cortez, Mexico - Craig Dietrich
Canon 7D Mark II + Nauticam Housing, Tokina 10-17 Lens

Read all about the Sea of Cortez trip here

 


Nudibranch - Sea of Cortez, Mexico - Craig Dietrich
Canon 7D Mark II + Nauticam Housing, Canon 100mm Lens

Read all about the Sea of Cortez trip here

 


Sea lion pups playing - Sea of Cortez, Mexico - Craig Dietrich
Canon 7D Mark II + Nauticam Housing, Tokina 10-17 Lens

Read all about the Sea of Cortez trip here

 


Eel breathing - Sea of Cortez, Mexico - Craig Dietrich
Canon 7D Mark II + Nauticam Housing, Canon 60mm Lens

Read all about the Sea of Cortez trip here

 

French Polynesia


A pair of subadult Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, resting in mid-water - Moorea, French Polynesia - Mark Strickland
Nikon D850 + Nauticam Housing, 28-70mm lens, Nauticam WACP, x2 YS-D2 Strobes

Read all about the 2018 Moorea trips here

 


Tiger Shark - Tahiti, French Polynesia - Katie Yonker
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Nauticam Housing, Olympus  8mm Fisheye & x2 Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobes

Read all about the 2018 Moorea trips here

 


Wild bottlenose dolphins, a mother and calf swimming by - Rangiroa, French Polynesia - Renee Capozzola
Canon 5D Mark IV, Nauticam Housing, Canon 16-25mm, 230mm dome port, 2x Sea & Sea 
YS-D1 Strobes

Read all about the 2018 Moorea trips here

 


Freediver - Moorea, French Polynesia - Tommy Stylski
Canon 5D Mark IV, Nauticam Housing, Canon 8-15 Lens

Read all about the 2018 Moorea trips here

 

Galapagos


Marine Iguana - Cabo Douglas, Galapagos. - Katie Yonker
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Nauticam Housing, Olympus 8mm Fisheye

Read all about the 2018 Galapagos trip here
Join one of our 2020 Galapagos trips

 


Hammerhead Shark - Wolf Island, Galapagos - Katie Yonker
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Nauticam Housing, Olympus 8mm Fisheye, x2 Sea & Sea YS-D2 Strobes

Read all about the 2018 Galapagos trip here
Join one of our 2020 Galapagos trips

 

Papua New Guinea


Huli Wigman - Mt. Hagen, Papua New Guinea - Katie Yonker
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, Olympus 75-300mm lens

Read all about the 2018 Papua New Guinea trip here
 
 

We hope you've enjoyed our selection of images and hope to see you on one of our great adventures in 2019 and/or 2020!  We have photography workshops and group trips being led all accross the globe. In addition our Travel department can arrange any personal dive trips for you! Optimize on free help with arranging your dive trip, flights, transfers. Doing all of it, so you don't have to... at no cost!

If there are camera settings, questions, or anything in that regard, feel free to reach out to our Photo store staff at sales@bluewaterphotostore.com or call at 310-633-5052.

 

 

1/11/2019
A compilation of images from the past year for you all to enjoy!