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Phillip Colla
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Attended University of California, San Diego
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This is a highly detailed aerial panoramic photo of the southern end of Point Loma, with Cabrillo Monument and both old and new lighthouses visible. The original Cabrillo lighthouse is seen atop the bluff, while the new lighthouse is down near the water’s edge next to the green lawns. North Island Naval Air Station and San Diego Bay are seen in the distance over the top of the peninsula. The submarine reefs of Cabrillo State Marine Reserve are clearly visible through the clear water. The Coronado Strand stretches off to the right (south) toward Mexico, while the broken coastline of Point Loma and Sunset Cliffs stretches off to the left (north). This high resolution panorama will print 40″ high by 90″ wide. If you like this, please see more of my aerial photos of San Diego. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
Aerial Panorama of Point Loma, Cabrillo Monument and San Diego Bay, Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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Panoramic aerial photograph of La Jolla Cove and Scripps Parks (center), with La Jolla’s Mount Soledad rising above, La Jolla Shores and La Jolla Caves to the left and the La Jolla Coast with Children’s Pool (Casa Cove) to the right. The undersea reefs of Boomer Beach are seen through the clear, calm ocean waters. This extremely high resolution panorama will print 50″ high by 130″ long with no interpolation. If you like this, be sure to check out my always growing gallery of San Diego photos.
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I recently made a special flight with my pilot friend Steve Parker in collaboration with Lighthawk. Lighthawk’s mission is “to accelerate conservation success through the powerful perspective of flight”. On this flight, we were trying to produce new aerial images of several Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the San Diego coastline for organizations involved with these MPAs to use in their outreach, conservation, research and legislative efforts.
Aerial Photographic Survey of San Diego Marine Protected Areas for Lighthawk, Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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I am starting to post my images from a fantastic safari experience in Kenya in September, and searched on the term “elephant” in my own stock files and found these three came to the top. I immediately thought “Elephants (Three Different Ones)”. Yes, I am a Pink Floyd fan, naturally. And no I don’t mean that kind of pink floyd. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
Elephants (Three Different Ones), Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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Wikipedia describes the origins of wind surfing in the 1940s and 1950s. It couldn’t be more wrong. Millenia before, sea birds and their ancestors plied the oceans, riding the updrafts of surf, waves and sea swells to gain efficiency and a free ride. My favorite practitioner of this skill is the pelican (the wandering albatross is a close second), which I have been watching cruise the coastline of my southern California home with a graceful effortlessness for my entire life. This winter I made it a goal to shoot some images of brown pelicans surfing and skimming waves. Here are a few of my favorites, photographed in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and La Jolla. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
The Original Wind Surfers: Pelicans, Waves and Surf, Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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Thanks +Alexander S. Kunz , I appreciate it.  Some of my favorite birds and anything along our coast is worth photographing!
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Some birds from this morning in La Jolla: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/la-jolla-birds.html
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One of the images I wanted to add to my collection of San Diego aerial photos was a very wide, very detailed image of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge.  The result is this panoramic photo of the San Diego Coronado Bay Bridge, suitable for printing 50" by 100″ wide with no interpolation.  For more details: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-the-san-diego-coronado-bay-bridge.html  Cheer and thanks for looking!
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Does anyboby worry about water on both side of the bridge. I dont care how terrific it is there is no way i would get on that bridge
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Aerial Panorama of La Jolla’s Bird Rock, with surfers in the water at lower right. Submarine reefs, characteristic of the La Jolla coast, can be seen through the clear water. Mount Soledad rises above everything. This 180-degree panorama extends from Camp Pendleton in the extreme distance to the north to Point Loma in the south. The resolution of this image will permit it to be printed 80″ high by 200″ wide with no interpolation.  More details on my blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/aerial-panorama-of-bird-rock-and-the-la-jolla-coastline.html
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Lunar Eclipse photos, April 4 2015 from Joshua Tree National Park - http://www.oceanlight.com/log/lunar-eclipse-april-4-2015-from-joshua-tree-national-park.html
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President’s Weekend was nice here. The rest of the country is freezing, yup that’s pretty bad. Southern California is in the midst of a bad drought and our Sierra Nevada is missing its usual snowpack which is going to hurt in the coming months, but at least the warm winter makes for clear skies and very nice temps. Here are a couple photos from President’s Day’s weekend, all depicting a few of my favorite scenes and all including the Pacific Ocean which was flat calm and glassy much of the time. Cheers and thanks for looking.
Paradise in February: San Diego, Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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buenos momentos, gracias por compartir
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I saw Wild Kingdom in action yesterday: killer whales preying upon California sea lions. Classified as Biggs transient orcas, these individuals are well known (CA51) for terrorizing other marine mammals along the Southern California coast. “Biggs transients” are one of four distinct populations ...
Killer Whales (Orca) attacking California Sea Lion, Natural History Photography Blog by California photographer Phillip Colla. Natural history photography. Professional underwater, marine and wildlife stock photos.
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+Phillip Colla very nice sequence Phillip, just a tad sad. Well that is nature! 
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Landscape astrophotography, underwater photography, aerial photography, surf photography, wildlife photography, adventure and travel photography. I can shoot it all.
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  • OceanLight.com
    chief pixel pusher, 1989 - present
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Natural History Photographer, family man, runner, traveler, lifelong Californian.
Introduction
I am a natural history photographer.  I try to make a few world class photos each year and, if I am lucky, have adventures and meet great people doing so. 
Bragging rights
I have run 1.25 times around the world, flooded many cameras, been pinned underwater by an elephant seal, looked a blue whale in the eye, scratched a great white shark, climbed some pretty high peaks and have blown more photo ops than I have pulled off. I have the greatest wife and kids in the world.
Education
  • University of California, San Diego
    MS Engineering