Brian BielmannCameraCanon EOS-D1 Mark IILens15mm fisheyeISO100F-stop2.8Shutter speed1/640White balanceAutomaticAbout the shotI made a conscious effort this day to get something different: I took out my mask and went underwater to shoot what no one else was paying attention to. It’s a whole different world below the surface; when I showed this photo to my sister, she said it looked like angry skies. I had been trying to sit inside of where the waves were breaking and let the waves explode in front of me, and you have just enough room to squeak between the breaking wave and the reef. This one was a little bigger than I expected; I shot in front as the wave exploded, then continued to shoot as I turned the camera to the right and captured the other photographers as they dove to get under the same wave. I am just trying to make myself more aware of those tiny moments that happen in between the ones you are expecting.BiographyI was born in New York in 1957 and started surfing in 1970 at the age of 13. in the last two years of high school, all I could think about was graduating and moving to Hawaii. In 1975 I did just that, and so at age 17 I was living in paradise. Since then I've never looked back. When I was 21 I decided that I would be a surf photographer, but it still took a near death collision with a reef to get me off my surfboard and behind the camera. It has now been 30 years of surfing and photography for me, and what a long, strange trip it has been. Lots of crazy people, lots of exotic places. Not much money, but a fantastic life. I have been lucky enough to see – and in a small way be a part of – the evolution of the sport of surfing. i have seen surfing champions come and go and i have visited and photographed places that were once unknown and have seen them become world famous hot spots. I have seen technology change the way a wave is ridden and I have watched the pictures I used to draw on my notebook of surfers riding giant waves become a reality. My goal is to try to keep taking the viewer to places they have not visited and to see things unlike anything they have seen before. I work for Transworld Surf in the USA and Volcom clothing, and contribute to most surfing publications outside of America. I pray that I continue to see the beauty in what God has created and be able to continue to spread that beauty with my own vision. Thank God for this fantastic world.