A Captain Mel Classic sponsor, a local Safety Harbor man takes his photography “under the seas” with some amazing images brought back to the surface. Take a look at this amazing “up close” tarpon shot:
Brian looks to capture many new underwater scenes in the future. We thank him for his great donations to the Captain Mel 2011 and 2012 tournaments! Enjoy another one of Brian’s great shots:
“I began diving in 1986. My first dives were in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater, in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeast coast of Florida and in the Florida Keys. After a couple of years I travelled to the Yucatan Peninsula and started diving in the Caribbean off Cozumel.
Upon my return from diving, I shared in conversation only all the marine life and colors I had seen in the world beneath the sea. Those who had never experienced the thrill of diving were amazed. They could not imagine such sights and colors. I then decided to get a camera to bring back photos which started my career in underwater photography.
In 1995, I began capturing on film the world beneath the sea. I expanded my dive travels to include Bonaire and Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles and Roatan, Honduras. Since 2005, I have been shooting digital images.
As of today, I have thousands of underwater images taken off the coasts of Florida and the southern and western Caribbean. These images include various fish, turtles, crabs, octopus, a wreck, seahorses, anemones, hard and soft corals, sponges, lobster, sea fans and various reef formations.
I have combined two of my greatest passions: diving and photography. All of my images are taken in the wild, some at night and some during the day in various weather conditions.
Thank you for your interest and I hope to share more of my images with you in the near future.”
Brian J. Chepren
635 D Fairmont Avenue
Safety Harbor, Florida