Hometown: Williams, Oregon
I've always been drawn to adventure, especially in nature. I grew up in a small town where my backyard was a dense forest. The forest seemed endless, and it fascinated me. I missed it like crazy when I moved to Southern California. Then I discovered the forest is still right in my backyard, in the giant kelp of the Channel Islands. I've never been diving outside the California coastline, and I know someday I will. But for now, there is plenty of adventure to be had right here.
Beauty at Catalina Island
May 21, 2015
On March 14, renowned underwater photographer Chris Shi, joined an Ocean Safari dive trip aboard the Cee Ray to Bird Rock, located on the front side of Catalina Island. In addition to his SCUBA gear, he brought something very special, his camera. Chris dove with an Olympus E-PL2 equipped with a 8mm fisheye lens. He used a single Sea & Sea YS-250 strobe and cone for external lighting. To achieve these remarkable photographs, Chris fine-tuned his camera settings to F13, 1/125, ISO200. With the help of his equipment as well as several years of experience, Chris Shi was able to capture a wide spectrum of color, painting a striking representation of the underwater world in which he was submersed. Vivid red, rich gold, vibrant green, and deep blue give his photographs an alluring quality and stunning clarity, displaying the brilliance of this dynamic dive site.