Photographer of the Week – Vijay Raman

Eye to eye with a inexperienced sea turtle, Apo Island, Philippines


This week’s Photographer of the Week Vijay Raman is at the moment based mostly in Southern California, however a fast look by means of his web site or Instagram web page will present that he has seemingly dived and photographed nearly each nook of the world! Locations embody everywhere in the Caribbean, California, Baja, Indian Ocean locales, and his favourite space of all, the tropical Indo-Pacific.

Vijay says as early because the age of 5, he remembers being drawn to the adventures of explorers like Jacques Cousteau, and envisioned becoming a member of the Father of Diving aboard the Calypso. He lastly started embarking on his personal adventures after getting licensed on the age of 21. In 1995, Vijay purchased his first underwater digital camera, a Sea&Sea Motormarine II EX, and traveled to the tropical Pacific for the primary time, particularly to the spectacular island of Sipadan in Borneo. He says that journey sparked his ardour to movie and {photograph} the wonder and wonders of the underwater world.

Underwater pictures requires the honing of a number of expertise. Photographers have to learn to management mild, movement, good their buoyancy expertise, and concentrate on their environment. Data of habitat and conduct, and a wholesome dose of persistence make all of the distinction. Vijay enjoys the problem that underwater pictures brings and frequently strives to grasp these expertise when creating his photographs.

Vijay says it’s his hope that by sharing his distinctive view of the ocean, he could encourage others to discover and uncover, in their very own methods, the wonder underneath the ocean. He hopes his photographs will assist others see the significance and urgency of defending the ocean and its spectacular range. Past making photographs, Vijay enjoys sharing his ardour and expertise with different underwater photographers. He’s an educator and expedition journey chief, main teams to unique locations to assist his college students create stunning photographs—so they might additional encourage others to guard our oceans.


A larval octopus photographed on a blackwater dive off Komodo, Indonesia


California sea lions frolicking amongst a baitball within the Midriff Islands, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico


A pixie hawkfish posing within the highlight, Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines


A pair of bottlenose dolphins, Socorro Islands, Baja, Mexico


A Napoleon snake eel photographed with twin snoots, Dumaguete, Philippines


California’s charistmatic state fish, the garibaldi, Catalina Island, California, USA


Coral catfish forming an enormous college off Apo Island, Philippines


A typical octopus peering out of its den within the Midriff Islands, Sea of Cortez, Baja, Mexico


A spotlit clown anemonefish, Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines


Silky sharks destroying a baitball, Socorro Islands, Baja, Mexico


A large moon jelly smack in Port Fidalgo, Alaska, USA


A ravishing Armina nudibranch, Dauin, Philippines


Saddleback anemonefish eggs, quickly to be hatchlings, Dauin, Philippines


To see extra of Vijay’s work, go to his web site,, head over to his Instagram page, or think about becoming a member of him on a trip.