SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Ben Hofilena

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Ben Hofilena

Nov 04

Wide angle compositions are often the hardest to nail perfectly. During the SoCal Shootout participants have to do just that. There is very little editing allowed, so getting correct lighting, exposure and above all, that striking composition is key. Ben Hofilena succeeded with his first place image in our open wide angle category. While he claims just a lucky shot, he at least knew the most...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Cindy Shaw

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Cindy Shaw

Oct 21

Shooting Portraits underwater can be especially challenging as most subjects like fish are moving constantly. You must nail that perfect composition, eye contact and focus. With that in mind we loved this playful capture of a Bat Ray from Cindy Shaw which took First Place in the Open Portrait Category. Here are the details that went into this winning image. Title: Wanna Play? Location Captured:...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Desmond Ho

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot, Desmond Ho

Oct 20

Our new Mirrorless categories were a hit and almost had more competition than the Open categories in this year’s SoCal Shootout. The macro category was won by Desmond Ho with his crisp and colorful shot of a round ray’s eye. Here are the details of this unique underwater shot. Title: Round Ray Eye Location Captured: Anacapa Island Camera / Housing: Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60mm...

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot – Brook Peterson, Best in Show

SoCal Shootout: Story Behind the Shot – Brook Peterson, Best in Show

Oct 14

This year’s Best in Show was won by Brook Peterson with this excellent image of a young sea lion cruising through the water. Congrats Brook! Read on to learn more about this image. Title:¬†Young Sea Lion at Play Location Captured: Sea Lion Rookery at Santa Barbara Island Camera / Housing: Nikon D810 with Sigma 15mm Lens in Sea & Sea Housing Strobes / Lights: Dual Sea & Sea YS-D1...