I spent the last couple days dive-training and photographing off the coast of California on Catalina Island. The water is a cold 51 degrees, but thanks to a dry suit and some insulating fleece, I hardly felt a thing. Below is the iconic Garibaldi swimming amongst the kelp forest.
Visiting Yosemite Valley in mid-winter is like leaving California and going to a place with it’s own weather, culture and society. Inside this snow globe village is a tiny chapel – a sentinel among the endless height of the granite spires and cathedral-like walls that embrace the valley from all sides.
The Sierra Club of Los Angeles will be hosting photographer Ian Shive this coming February 11, 2007, for a journey through some of Ian’s images from California and around the world. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Details are below.
February 11, 2008 @ 7:30pm
Felicia Mahood Center
11338 Santa Monica Boulevard @ Corinth Avenue
Los Angeles, California
**venue is two blocks west of the 405 freeway
While photographing for The Nature Conservancy today, I was lucky enough to spot one of these little creatures crawling out of a creek.
While working on one of my first major photography/motion picture projects in the Channel Islands in California, I took an afternoon swim in a kelp forest with my Canon 5D and underwater housing and spent 30-minutes dancing along the open ocean with this beautiful jellyfish. I managed to get a variety of fun images of these alien-looking creatures.
Today I began shooting underwater on a small creek in Northern California where the annual salmon migration has gotten underway. It was an amazing feeling as these enormous salmon thrust their bodies upstream, often moving around my legs. Their purpose was unified and without doubt as these determined creatures made their journey upstream.
Many salmon die along the way due to the struggle
Kicking off Los Angeles’ Fashion Week, Ian Shive Photography exhibited photos at the environmentally conscious runway show EcoNouveau. The evening was a fascinating mix of interviews, artwork and eco-friendly fashion.
Ian Shive and Musician Ryan Merchant
The Fashion Runway
Finally, a slight break in the weather gave me an opportunity to spend time at the Otter Cliffs area of Acadia National Park. Photographing in the deep shadows of the cove allowed for interesting lighting effects helping make a dramatic image out of a popular photography location.