This is my 1 min video montage submission to the 2014 Monterey Shootout. It is always a challenge to shoot in Monterey, let alone shoot underwater and get it all done with tight time constraints! I love wide angle, but the critter opportunities, the visibility, and surge, always play havoc in a competition like this. I've been diving Monterey for a long time, and have never encountered a full size Mola Mola (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_sunfish) in the wild, and fin to fin this one was 6+ feet! When I saw the Mola, my jaw dropped as I could not believe what was in front me! I put my mouth back together and went into action photographer mode. Note: The Mola footage is left out of this submission, as when I went to do my editing, the Mola footage was completely blurry. Side note; seeing a grown man crying is ugly.. I have my memory intact, but somehow this rare event + competition potential gem, was not meant to be. When I told a good friend of mine what happened he said "You know what I do when things like that happen to me, I take all those blown moments and put them in a folder. When I go out and shoot the next time I review my blown folder files, so that I don't make those mistakes again!" Thank you Berkley for that.

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