SUSAN BRYAN

I’m a semi-retired marine and environmental scientist dedicated to conservation. My love for the ocean and marine life began as a small child spending time at Florida beaches during the summer months. My passion for photography began in middle school as a member of the Journalism Club. I eventually purchased my own film camera and progressed to digital photography. Naturally, my love for photography expanded from landscape and wildlife to underwater photography which is currently my primary focus. I love wide angle and macro photography equally. I find wide angle photography dynamic and dramatic while macro photography is more challenging and creative. I’m interested in learning more macro photography tricks and techniques to expand my professional portfolio.

One of my goals as a photographer is to bring awareness to the importance of macro critters as the basis of ocean health. Many people aren’t aware of conservation challenges that affect our macro critters because we’ve heard so much about threatened hard corals. It’s important to recognize that many marine animals live in the sand and seaweed prairies. To protect marine life that are so precious to us, I encourage all underwater photographers to please consider their impact on the critters and their fragile surrounding environments while taking pictures.

In 2010, I began shooting a Canon S100 12 MP camera with a single Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe. I upgraded to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless,16 MP camera in 2012 that I continue to shoot on occasion, especially while freediving. In 2020, I upgraded to my current underwater set up that includes a Nikon Z-7 full frame, 45 MP mirrorless camera in a Nauticam housing with two Sea & Sea YS-D3 strobes. To ensure that I don’t miss anything while shooting macro, I mounted a GoPro on my rig as well. Video sometimes tells a better story than a series of photographs, and I’ve been able to capture big animals such as turtles, sharks, and manatees during my macro dives.

As a marine biologist working in the South Pacific for 14 years, conducting multidisciplinary marine surveys, and eradicating invasive species, I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of marine life and observe many different challenges facing our oceans and the life within. Numerous images from those ventures were published in scientific articles, identification books, web pages, and social media posts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NGO’s such as the Nature Conservancy.

I’m a certified scuba instructor with a specialty in Digital Underwater Photography, Divemaster, guide, photography coach, and dog sitter extraordinaire. I dive at the Blue Heron Bridge so often that I consider it my second home. When I’m not underwater, you can reach me at:

Instagram: @karen_fortheocean
Facebook: @KarenFortheOcean
Website: karen_fortheocean.pixels.com

I’m a semi-retired marine and environmental scientist dedicated to conservation. My love for the ocean and marine life began as a small child spending time at Florida beaches during the summer months. My passion for photography began in middle school as a member of the Journalism Club. I eventually purchased my own film camera and progressed to digital photography. Naturally, my love for photography expanded from landscape and wildlife to underwater photography which is currently my primary focus. I love wide angle and macro photography equally. I find wide angle photography dynamic and dramatic while macro photography is more challenging and creative. I’m interested in learning more macro photography tricks and techniques to expand my professional portfolio.

One of my goals as a photographer is to bring awareness to the importance of macro critters as the basis of ocean health. Many people aren’t aware of conservation challenges that affect our macro critters because we’ve heard so much about threatened hard corals. It’s important to recognize that many marine animals live in the sand and seaweed prairies. To protect marine life that are so precious to us, I encourage all underwater photographers to please consider their impact on the critters and their fragile surrounding environments while taking pictures.

In 2010, I began shooting a Canon S100 12 MP camera with a single Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe. I upgraded to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless,16 MP camera in 2012 that I continue to shoot on occasion, especially while freediving. In 2020, I upgraded to my current underwater set up that includes a Nikon Z-7 full frame, 45 MP mirrorless camera in a Nauticam housing with two Sea & Sea YS-D3 strobes. To ensure that I don’t miss anything while shooting macro, I mounted a GoPro on my rig as well. Video sometimes tells a better story than a series of photographs, and I’ve been able to capture big animals such as turtles, sharks, and manatees during my macro dives.

As a marine biologist working in the South Pacific for 14 years, conducting multidisciplinary marine surveys, and eradicating invasive species, I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of marine life and observe many different challenges facing our oceans and the life within. Numerous images from those ventures were published in scientific articles, identification books, web pages, and social media posts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NGO’s such as the Nature Conservancy.

I’m a certified scuba instructor with a specialty in Digital Underwater Photography, Divemaster, guide, photography coach, and dog sitter extraordinaire. I dive at the Blue Heron Bridge so often that I consider it my second home. When I’m not underwater, you can reach me at:

Instagram: @karen_fortheocean
Facebook: @KarenFortheOcean
Website: karen_fortheocean.pixels.com

I’m a semi-retired marine and environmental scientist dedicated to conservation. My love for the ocean and marine life began as a small child spending time at Florida beaches during the summer months. My passion for photography began in middle school as a member of the Journalism Club. I eventually purchased my own film camera and progressed to digital photography. Naturally, my love for photography expanded from landscape and wildlife to underwater photography which is currently my primary focus. I love wide angle and macro photography equally. I find wide angle photography dynamic and dramatic while macro photography is more challenging and creative. I’m interested in learning more macro photography tricks and techniques to expand my professional portfolio.

One of my goals as a photographer is to bring awareness to the importance of macro critters as the basis of ocean health. Many people aren’t aware of conservation challenges that affect our macro critters because we’ve heard so much about threatened hard corals. It’s important to recognize that many marine animals live in the sand and seaweed prairies. To protect marine life that are so precious to us, I encourage all underwater photographers to please consider their impact on the critters and their fragile surrounding environments while taking pictures.

In 2010, I began shooting a Canon S100 12 MP camera with a single Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe. I upgraded to an Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless,16 MP camera in 2012 that I continue to shoot on occasion, especially while freediving. In 2020, I upgraded to my current underwater set up that includes a Nikon Z-7 full frame, 45 MP mirrorless camera in a Nauticam housing with two Sea & Sea YS-D3 strobes. To ensure that I don’t miss anything while shooting macro, I mounted a GoPro on my rig as well. Video sometimes tells a better story than a series of photographs, and I’ve been able to capture big animals such as turtles, sharks, and manatees during my macro dives.

As a marine biologist working in the South Pacific for 14 years, conducting multidisciplinary marine surveys, and eradicating invasive species, I had the opportunity to photograph an abundance of marine life and observe many different challenges facing our oceans and the life within. Numerous images from those ventures were published in scientific articles, identification books, web pages, and social media posts for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NGO’s such as the Nature Conservancy.

I’m a certified scuba instructor with a specialty in Digital Underwater Photography, Divemaster, guide, photography coach, and dog sitter extraordinaire. I dive at the Blue Heron Bridge so often that I consider it my second home. When I’m not underwater, you can reach me at:

Instagram: @karen_fortheocean
Facebook: @KarenFortheOcean
Website: karen_fortheocean.pixels.com