Going Under

Photographs and Text by Kat Carney

I’ve often heard the sentiment that exploring outside your comfort zone is one of the most effective ways to learn and grow. As a girl from land locked Kansas, the ocean has always been a foreign place. I was 19 years old the first time I laid eyes on endless stretches of salt water.

As a photographer, underwater images have always captivated me. I loved the serenity and chaos all at once. So I began shooting in mountain lakes, streams, and canyons, but something always scared me about taking my camera into the ocean. When I moved to California a couple years ago I knew I would never forgive myself if I didn’t learn how to shoot in the ocean. It’s an ongoing process in which I’ve lost two cameras (I have a functioning underwater set up now thanks to SPL Waterhousings), and everyday in the water with my camera is a learning experience, pushing me outside my comfort zone, and sometimes pulling me over the falls.

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Photos (C) 2015 Kat Carney

Kat Carney lives in San Diego, California and primarily shoots with a Canon 5d Mark ii, Canon Rebel T2i, and a GoPro.  She is a photographic ambassador for the Outdoor Women’s Alliance. More of her work can be found on her websiteinstagram, and Facebook page. She is also featured here in the Artistry section of She-Explores.