October 15, 2012

Dave Rudie

Santa Catalina Island
Long Point
15 feet

Hypsypops rubicundus

Sony Nex-5

Mike Herndon

Laguna Beach
Crescent Bay
60 feet

Spanish Shawl
Flabellina iodinea

Olympus SP350
Sea & Sea YS-110 strobe

Terry Strait

La Jolla Shores
Main Wall
55 feet

Octopus sp.

Nikon D40x
Dual DS125 strobes
Nikon 60mm macro lens
f/18, 1/160, ISO 200

Herb Gruenhagen

La Jolla Shores
South Walls
56 feet

Juvenile Kelp Bass
Paralabrax clathratus

Sea & Sea DX-2G
Internal strobe

Steve Murvine

Point Loma
Christmas Reef
85 feet

Furry Hermit
Paguristes ulreyi

Canon G-9
Canon housing
Sea & Sea YS-02 strobe

Steve Gardner

La Jolla Shores
Vallecitos Point
60 feet

Brown Rockfish
Sebastes auriculatus

Olympus C5050Z
Dual strobes
100-degree wide-angle lens

Nirupam Nigam

Santa Monica Bay
Goby Reef
70 feet

Tube-dwelling Anemone and diver
Order Ceriantharia

Olympus E-PM1
Olympus housing
Single Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe
Lumix 8mm fisheye lens

Phil Garner

Palos Verdes
Malaga Cove

Giant Sea Bass
Stereolepis gigas

"This is why you never turn your camera off before surfacing. I was making a safety stop in murky water, so I turned off my camera and strobes, then folded up the arms. Within a minute, a giant sea bass ascended up my anchor line to within three feet of me. I fumbled for buttons but was only able to turn on the camera and get a couple of quick ambient light shots. D-oh!"

Nikon D700
No strobes!
16mm lens
f/11, 1/125, ISO 400

Gayle Van Leer

Point Loma
75 feet

Kelp Rockfish
Sebastes atrovirens

Club-tipped Anemones
Corynactis californica

Nikon P7000
Fantasea housing
Continuous lighting with a Sola 1200

Matt Cerezo

La Jolla Cove
South Walls
55 feet

Octopus eating a crab
Octopus sp.

Sealife DC 1000
Sealife strobe

Walter Heim

Point Loma
50 feet

Giant Sea Bass
Stereolepis gigas

Canon 20D
Dual SB-105 strobes
Tokina 10-17mm lens