British Columbia, Canada
The cool waters of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island hold a surprising secret: hot colors and unique critters rivaling top tropical destinations. If your photo library lacks a giant octopus, wolf eels, or super-size sea stars, don a drysuit and load your camera with a high-capacity memory card. Browning Pass is the epitome of a sheer, current-swept wall carpeted in a riot of rainbow sponges, anemones and soft corals. Macro is always very productive, from the surface to the century mark. Visually peel through the layers of life to find exotic oddballs such as grunt sculpins, decorated warbonnets and juvenile king crabs. — Brandon Cole
With an overabundance of cryptic subjects, swim slowly, allowing yourself to search more carefully.
To personalize portraits, get down on the fish’s level, focus on the eye(s), and separate your subject from the background by minimizing the depth of field and/or composing with contrasting colors in the negative space.
Reclusive giant Pacific octopus can sometimes be lured from their rocky dens with a crab-snack offering.
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Browning pass hideaway dive resort Dive remote Browning Pass with this Port Hardy, British Columbia, dive shop. vancouverislanddive.com