BRENT WASHBURN

I grew up a few blocks from the beach on Florida’s Spacecoast, where the ocean was my built-in refuge. Our beaches were better known for their surfing than their visibility, but I fell into scuba diving at 12 years old, and my entire perspective of the ocean changed. Whether diving in the Florida Keys or out of Sebastian Inlet, there was always something new to see.

Early on, my mindset towards the ocean was one of what I could take from it, and spearfishing and lobstering became the focus of my time underwater. It wasn’t until I started to notice how depleted our fish stocks were and how destitute our reefs had become that I felt the need to change. I stopped taking from the ocean, put down my spear gun, and picked up a camera.

Starting with a GoPro, I found so much joy in bringing the things I saw underwater back on land to share with family and friends. I quickly found the GoPro limiting and moved on to a compact camera—a Canon G16—a setup I used for nearly six years. I didn’t even know that underwater strobes were a thing and only used natural light but produced some incredible photos. Many of which are some of my favorites to this day.

In 2022, I decided it was time to upgrade to something more capable and first purchased a Nauticam housing for a Canon 80D. At the time, I didn’t even own an 80D, I didn’t know I needed a lens port, and I had no idea how to connect my newly purchased YS-D2s to the camera. With some luck, I was shooting in the Florida Keys just five days later, and the results blew my mind.

Today, I’m shooting with a Canon R5, Nauticam Housing, & Retra Pro Max Strobes. I would say my focus underwater is to take pictures that reveal the true beauty of that underwater experience. It’s great having experiences that few other photographers have had or getting a creative angle no one has thought of before, but at the end of the day, I get just as excited about a great picture of a purple sea fan or a mangrove snapper. It’s all magical to me.

Instagram: @brentswashburn
Website: https://www.brentwashburn.com
TikTok: @brentswashburn

I grew up a few blocks from the beach on Florida’s Spacecoast, where the ocean was my built-in refuge. Our beaches were better known for their surfing than their visibility, but I fell into scuba diving at 12 years old, and my entire perspective of the ocean changed. Whether diving in the Florida Keys or out of Sebastian Inlet, there was always something new to see.

Early on, my mindset towards the ocean was one of what I could take from it, and spearfishing and lobstering became the focus of my time underwater. It wasn’t until I started to notice how depleted our fish stocks were and how destitute our reefs had become that I felt the need to change. I stopped taking from the ocean, put down my spear gun, and picked up a camera.

Starting with a GoPro, I found so much joy in bringing the things I saw underwater back on land to share with family and friends. I quickly found the GoPro limiting and moved on to a compact camera—a Canon G16—a setup I used for nearly six years. I didn’t even know that underwater strobes were a thing and only used natural light but produced some incredible photos. Many of which are some of my favorites to this day.

In 2022, I decided it was time to upgrade to something more capable and first purchased a Nauticam housing for a Canon 80D. At the time, I didn’t even own an 80D, I didn’t know I needed a lens port, and I had no idea how to connect my newly purchased YS-D2s to the camera. With some luck, I was shooting in the Florida Keys just five days later, and the results blew my mind.

Today, I’m shooting with a Canon R5, Nauticam Housing, & Retra Pro Max Strobes. I would say my focus underwater is to take pictures that reveal the true beauty of that underwater experience. It’s great having experiences that few other photographers have had or getting a creative angle no one has thought of before, but at the end of the day, I get just as excited about a great picture of a purple sea fan or a mangrove snapper. It’s all magical to me.

Instagram: @brentswashburn
Website: https://www.brentwashburn.com
TikTok: @brentswashburn

I grew up a few blocks from the beach on Florida’s Spacecoast, where the ocean was my built-in refuge. Our beaches were better known for their surfing than their visibility, but I fell into scuba diving at 12 years old, and my entire perspective of the ocean changed. Whether diving in the Florida Keys or out of Sebastian Inlet, there was always something new to see.

Early on, my mindset towards the ocean was one of what I could take from it, and spearfishing and lobstering became the focus of my time underwater. It wasn’t until I started to notice how depleted our fish stocks were and how destitute our reefs had become that I felt the need to change. I stopped taking from the ocean, put down my spear gun, and picked up a camera.

Starting with a GoPro, I found so much joy in bringing the things I saw underwater back on land to share with family and friends. I quickly found the GoPro limiting and moved on to a compact camera—a Canon G16—a setup I used for nearly six years. I didn’t even know that underwater strobes were a thing and only used natural light but produced some incredible photos. Many of which are some of my favorites to this day.

In 2022, I decided it was time to upgrade to something more capable and first purchased a Nauticam housing for a Canon 80D. At the time, I didn’t even own an 80D, I didn’t know I needed a lens port, and I had no idea how to connect my newly purchased YS-D2s to the camera. With some luck, I was shooting in the Florida Keys just five days later, and the results blew my mind.

Today, I’m shooting with a Canon R5, Nauticam Housing, & Retra Pro Max Strobes. I would say my focus underwater is to take pictures that reveal the true beauty of that underwater experience. It’s great having experiences that few other photographers have had or getting a creative angle no one has thought of before, but at the end of the day, I get just as excited about a great picture of a purple sea fan or a mangrove snapper. It’s all magical to me.

Instagram: @brentswashburn
Website: https://www.brentwashburn.com
TikTok: @brentswashburn