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Photography by Aaron Halstead

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I grew up about as far from the ocean as you can get while still living in the United States. I saw the ocean once during college in Florida and again on a week cruise through the Caribbean. Eventually, through a chain of events, I moved to the other side of the country to Southern California.

Even then it took a few years more before I stumbled across a National Geographic article on nudibranchs. A quick google search led me to discover some local photographers, which led to more nudibranch photos, and eventually the realization that Southern California has some really good diving, and that it’s not just tropical destinations that have great marine life!

The rest of the story tells itself. An online PADI course, Amazon order for a cheap housing for my compact camera and an impressive number of blurry and out of focus pictures during my open water dives and I was hooked.

In the following couple years I’ve melted and flooded a camera, upgraded to a DSLR and have added a range of other accessories from strobes, macro lenses, wide angle lenses, snoots, diopters and a variety of lights. I’ve dove as far north as British Columbia, in California from Monterrey to San Diego, glimpsed the Caribbean and explored a handful of locations throughout Indonesia and the Philippines. Future trips include…. just about everywhere!



Latest Post

Feb 13, 2018

Getting cray-zy: Ice and high altitude diving in the Sierra Nevada

I couldn’t have asked for a better group of complete strangers to spend my weekend with ice diving the cold lakes near Mammoth. Well, technically ice diving Mammoth Lake and just normal cold water diving Silver and June Lake. And complete strangers is a bit of a stretch too. The diving community in Southern California feels surprisingly small, so I have several friends who know parts of the group but having never met any of them, I had no real expectations so I was pleasantly surprised. ...Read More


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