Yellowfin fringehead portrait, Monterey, California, USA
The kelp forests of Monterey are a popular dive destination for scuba divers in the US, and are where this week’s featured photographer Jon Anderson first learned how to use an underwater camera when he moved to San Francisco in 2015. Before migrating to the West Coast, Jon grew up landlocked in Colorado, but was fortunate to get scuba certified at the age of 12 in Cozumel, Mexico. Over the years, he would dive infrequently on family vacations but didn’t become a regular scuba diver until he moved to California, bought his own regulator and BCD, and began to explore the best dive sites in the region at the weekends. Despite the often challenging conditions in freezing cold water, he became fascinated with the marine life in the kelp and wanted to share what he was seeing with others. Before long, he had purchased an underwater camera and was diving several times per month with the sole purpose of taking photos.
Revisiting the same dive sites often allowed Jon to improve his skills and learn new techniques quickly, and his passion for underwater photography blossomed. Later, he moved to central Mexico, which served as the perfect base for dive trips to the Mexican Pacific, the Sea of Cortez and the Caribbean. Here, he was able to shoot in different marine environments and add some new subjects to his already impressive portfolio.
As you would expect, the images Jon submitted for this feature include great wide-angle scenes from the kelp forests that served as his training ground for many years, and excellent macro work from his travels further afield. He also has some excellent super-macro shots of small blennies and gobies, and he manages to capture their character and colorful features perfectly in every image.
His quality work has not gone unrecognized, and he has been awarded in numerous photo contests and published in magazines and other well-known outlets around the world. He is part of the Kraken Sports Pro Team and uses their optics, lights and accessories for making his images.
Moon jellyfish at the surface, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, California, USA
Smiling sabertooth blenny, La Paz, Mexico
Sun beams pierce the canopy of the kelp forest, Monterey, California, USA
Galápagos barnacle blenny portrait, Galápagos, Ecuador
Giant manta surrounded by fish, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico
Sea nettles drift over metridium anemones, Monterey, California
California sea lion blowing bubbles, La Paz, Mexico
Whip coral goby, Anilao, Philippines
Kelp humpback shrimp, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA
Market squid mating aggregation, Monterey, California, USA
Clown anemonefish, Anilao, Philippines
Barnacle blenny in a sponge, Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico
Sealfie! A self portrait of Jon with a friendly harbor seal
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