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Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo

What a fantastic underwater shoot in Baja, Mexico. Being new to underwater photography, I had only dived once before in the Great Barrier Reef. It was truly a lot to take in, as I had just completed my PADI. Many thanks to Julie Xelowski-Brooker my dive instructor and The Dive Shop in Tucson for getting me through it. And of course to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum who commissioned me for the shoot. 

Imagine rolling off the back of a small boat in choppy water about 2k out. Almost as soon as I had descended, I was surrounded by this absolutely massive shoal of Big Eye Travali.... I made sure my camera was set up before I dived, Shutter Priority 125 / ISO 400. I noticed the light flooding down through the deep blue and took advantage of my fisheye lens, knowing it would capture the entire scene and meter the light correctly. I think this is one of my best shots ever.... just had it printed and framed one meter square. 

Cabo Pulmo is a real success story in conservation, the abundance of marine life I saw  there was equal to the Great Barrier Reef. More info here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabo_Pulmo_National_Park