My favorite photos of 2019

A selection of my favorite photos from the year. Travels to Norway, British Columbia and California.

Spent the month of January traveling in northern Norway.
Visited Senja Island and Lofoten in the dead of winter.
It’s truly an amazing place any time of year.
We stayed in traditional fisherman’s huts called Rorbu.
Tragedy struck my favorite live-aboard dive operation. Although lots of positive changes are happening in the entire industry as a result.
The spirit bear, one of the world’s rarest mammals, in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest.
A grizzly bear roams the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia.
Humpback whales in the fjords of British Columbia.
I created portraits of the crew of our boat, Swell, operated by Maple Leaf Adventures.
One of the best trips we’ve ever taken.

Brooks at UCSB

I had the opportunity to teach these talented photographers in my Visualizing our Natural World course last year, taught through the Brooks @ UCSB program.

My favorite photos of 2018

A selection of my favorite photos from the year. Travels to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and trailer trips in California.

A rising sun creaes stunning shadows from desert clouds. Alabama Hills, California.
Location portraits in my garage and on a boat in the middle of the ocean.
Ernie Brooks II went scuba diving at 84 years old.
Incredible color in rocks. Denali National Park, Alaska.
Got close to a manta in Hawaii. Lucky to see her at the surface, and at sunset.
Big Island of Hawaii.
I smile every time I see this image. Looks like he’s taking a selfie with the whale shark. Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico.
Some of the largest mantas in the world come here.
Revillagigedo Archipelago, Mexico.
Two of my favorites: a wildlife seascape at Socorro Island and a curious marmot in
Sequoia National Park.

My Favorite Photos of 2017

A selection of my favorite photos from last year.
The first full year without
Brooks Institute of Photography
in the world since 1945.


The time we spend traveling in our “bubble” provides balance in our life.


Watched light do amazing things in the mountains and valleys of the Grand Tetons.


Spent time in the warmth of an ecolodge in the rainforests of Costa Rica.


One of my favorites from our travels this year. Sloths are so adapted to their environment.


Worked on my food and beverage photography. Many thanks to the master, Bill Robbins.


Had a lot of fun photographing this 8 year old.
I hope to photograph her every year and watch her change.


I wonder if seals and sea lions can tell if a human is male or female.


Found incredible beauty in the shapes of living things.

Camp Denali Workshop — 2018

I’ll be at Camp Denali from August 27 — September 2, 2018, leading their Autumn Nature Photography Workshop.  To find out more, click here: Camp Denali Special Emphasis Series 2018