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Phillip Colla
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Natural History Photographer, family man, runner, traveler, lifelong Californian.
Natural History Photographer, family man, runner, traveler, lifelong Californian.

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The Namena Marine Reserve is one of the most spectacular marine areas in the Fiji Islands. Since it is located between the two main islands Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, Namena Marine Reserve is bathed with strong ocean currents that pass through that gap. It was established in 1997 and consists of about 70 square kilometers surrounding the small island of Namenalala. We visited and dived the remarkable reefs of Namena while on the excellent liveaboard boat Nai’a. A small user fee is required, proceeds of which are used by the Kubula Community in cooperation with the Coral Reef Alliance to manage and protect the area and its marine inhabitants. More great images of Namena Marine Reserve coral reefs on my blog post: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/photographs-of-namena-marine-reserve-fiji-islands.html
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One of most spectacular underwater sights I saw while in Fiji was the incredible wall at Mount Mutiny, a huge coral bommie in the Bligh Waters near the middle of the Fiji Islands. Mount Mutiny is surrounded by deep water and typically bathed in strong ocean currents rich with plankton, so the vast walls are covered with colorful invertebrate life, most notably large expanses of Chironephthya and Dendronephthya soft corals. Here are some of my favorite images from Mount Mutiny, shot at depths ranging from about 80′ to as shallow as 15′. Cheers, and thanks for looking!

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In October, Tracy and I joined our friends Mike and Sherry, Skip, Shirley, Barb and Walt for 9 wonderful days diving in the Sea of Cortez around La Paz. It was the first time Tracy and I had been diving together for any length of time in 18 years. It was so much fun to be back in the water together and the Sea of Cortez in Fall is about as relaxed, easy, warm and fun as can be. Los Islotes, a small island just north of Espiritu Santo, is famous for its rookery of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). I love diving there, more than perhaps any other place in the Sea of Cortez, and in particular like being there early or late in the day when there are no day boats around. (I could have spent the entire trip at Islotes, but fortunately for the others we did venture north to some relatively unexplored, colorful and fishy reefs that Mike has found over the years and keeps under wraps.) Islotes was as fishy as I have ever seen it, with enormous dense polarized schools of sardines along with pargo and other larger reef fish which the Sea of Cortez used to have in abundance but which are now harder to find...

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A look at Chironephthya, Fiji's "Other" Soft Coral: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/chironephthya-fijis-other-soft-coral.html  Cheers and thanks for looking!
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These two sea lion pups are featured in my favorite photographs of 2015, including a mix of underwater, aerial, landscape, wildlife and astrophotography images. Have a look: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/natural-history-photography-best-photos-of-2015.html Cheers and Happy New Year!
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Bower/Rokinon/Samyang 24mm f/1.4 lens, Nikon mount.  I'm selling mine: $325.  That's a good deal on a barely used, excellent astrophotography lens and nice and sharp at f/11 for landscape photography too.  This lens is also branded as "Bower", "Rokinon" and "Samyang" but it is the same lens in all three cases.  It is so bright you can capture the landscape by just starlight.  I'm transitioning out of night shooting to other types of photography and don't need it any longer.  Paypal, check and wire transfer.  I'm easy to find: www.oceanlight.com or photos@oceanlight.com Cheers!   #astrophotography   #nightscapes   #nightphotography   #milkywayphotography   #milkyway   #landscapephotography  
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Perseid Meteor Shower over Joshua Tree National Park.  This is a second composition from my evening photographing the Perseid meteors last week.  More details on my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/perseid-meteor-shower-over-joshua-tree-national-park-august-2015.html  Cheers and thanks for looking!

#astrophotography   #perseidmeteorshower  #perseids #joshuatreenationalpark   #california   #meteorshower   #science   #astronomy   #photography  
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Perseid Meteors over Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park.  The Perseid meteor shower occurs each August, peaking on the evenings of August 12 and 13. It happens because the Earth is plowing through the trail of dust left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle. The Perseid meteors are named for the constellation Perseus in the northern sky, from which the meteors appear to radiate. When sand- and pea-sized debris left behind by Swift-Tuttle collide with our atmosphere at about 37 miles per second, the gases in our upper atmosphere are superheated and glow, often with colors. That’s what I wanted to photograph , more details on my blog: http://www.oceanlight.com/log/perseid-meteor-shower-over-arch-rock-joshua-tree-national-park-2015.html #astrophotography   #perseidmeteorshower  #perseids #joshuatreenationalpark   #california   #meteorshower   #science   #astronomy   #photography  
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Oak Alley Plantation, with its remarkable double row of 300-year-old southern live oaks (Quercus virginiana) is, I imagine, a near-ideal vision of what the old South once was. I photographed this amazing tunnel of oaks at both dusk and dawn and, after contemplating the images for a few weeks, have decided the light I had in the morning was perfect, sublime. After the sun rose it side-lit the trees beautifully. Since it had to pass through heavy, wet Louisiana air the light was just diffuse enough that it filled in the shadows of the trees. I was alone the entire morning, enjoying listening to the cicadas and watching the squirrels move about the trees and over the lawn. Perfect.  This image will print 36″ x 60″.  More here, along with a ultra-huge, ultra-wide panoramic version:   http://www.oceanlight.com/log/beautiful-oaks-and-perfect-sunrise-at-oak-alley-plantation.html
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I have been photographing kelp forests in California with a passion for 25 years, from the Mexican border on up to Monterey including all the Channel Islands. Usually when I go diving in kelp its to San Clemente Island, which arguably has the most beautiful underwater scenery anywhere in California. In doing so I have bypassed the large tracts of giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) just offshore of La Jolla and Point Loma because the water is just not as clear as I would like in those places. During the last couple years, however, the kelp forests at San Clemente Island have thinned out incredibly due to overly warm water, while those along the coast are still thick and healthy. Recently while out with a friend on his boat, I was able to do a little freediving in the kelp beds just off Point La Jolla and managed to get some nice photographs. The light was great, the visibility “good enough” and I was reminded again just how beautiful a healthy kelp forest is. As is done with most of my underwater photography, these images are made with only the available light — no strobes or tricky equipment. In other words, this is what you would see if you put on a mask and fins and went for a swim off in the kelp beds off Alligator Head or Children’s Pool. Cheers, and thanks for looking!
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