I grew up in Michigan but started diving on vacation when I was 11. I did a handful of dives but then school sports started and family vacations to the islands stopped.

After a 15 year diving hiatus, I moved to Florida in 2012 and joined a cousin on a dive boat. I was blown away by the photographs from one of the other divers and decided that I needed to figure it out. I learned how to use a camera on land, did about 100 dives, and then finally felt comfortable buying an underwater housing and strobes in 2015.

I’m still using a Nikon D7100 and 2 Ikelite DS161 strobes. I use an assortment of lenses (10.5mm, 60mm, 105mm), wet lenses (Subsee +5, +10), and recently picked up a Retra LSD. I enjoy traveling and have been diving in Alaska, Cayman, Roatan, Bonaire, Maldives, Lembeh, Tulamben, Gili Islands, Anilao, Malapascua, Sipadan, and the Phi Phi Islands.

You can find my photos at or on Instagram under @brian__eckstein @blue_heron_bridge_daily