Luminous Sea: Underwater Photography Book

Explore the sights of the Pacific Ocean with the third book in the Sea of Light trilogy, spanning from the Equator all the way to Alaska - by Richard Salas.
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Richard Salas
Photography
Santa Barbara, California
United States
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Mother Nature Network - "a fascinating series of photo books that highlight the vibrant colors and textures of these mysterious aquatic worlds."

Tree Hugger - "The book is the third in a trilogy that explores the sea life of the Pacific Ocean, and is focused on waters along the coasts of Canada and Alaska."

Outdoor Photography Magazine - "50% of profits will be donated to the Ocean Foundation to support, strengthen and promote organizations that are dedicated to conserving ocean environments around the world."

The Optimist - "Because of the need for rejuvenation and an audible voice to speak for the best interest of the world’s marine life, Salas is donating 50% of the proceeds from Luminous Sea to the Ocean Foundation, an organization that uses 89% of all donations towards protecting oceans and marine life."

TakePart - "California-based photographer Richard Salas wants to give everyone the next best thing with a breathtaking series of photographs that capture life under the sea."

SLR Lounge - "he’s doing so by publishing a series of books to help foster that connection between human and sea life in an effort to help save it."

And also check out Richard's guest blog for The Ocean Foundation!

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Swim along with professional underwater photographer and marine life advocate Richard Salas as he chronicles the awe-inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest waters in Luminous Sea, the final installment of the Sea of Light photo book trilogy. Salas captures the marine life found off the western coast of Canada and Alaska in stunning, high-resolution images and brings them directly to the reader. Flipping through the pages of Luminous Sea, readers will feel as if they are diving alongside Salas as he explores the 43-degree water of the Pacific Ocean that few have previously explored.


What is Luminous Sea?

Luminous Sea is a collection of high-resolution, exquisitely-shot photographs that offer readers an in-depth experience of a world that lies just below the surface of the Northern Pacific Ocean. Featuring photographs from Washington to the islands of Alaska, Luminous Sea provides an escape into the chilly depths of the unknown. A world of vibrant colors and textures, the oceans of the Pacific Northwest are inhabited by an entertaining population of ocean-going characters, each with their own unique personalities. Luminous Sea uncovers a world that has rarely been viewed by the human eye and brings it right into your living room.


Donation to The Ocean Foundation

50% of the profits from Luminous Sea will be donated to The Ocean Foundation. The Ocean Foundation aims to support, strengthen and promote organizations that are dedicated to conserving ocean environments around the world. In donating Luminous Sea’s profits to The Ocean Foundation, we hope to preserve the beauty of our oceans for future generations to enjoy.


The Man Behind The Camera

Richard Salas is a professional photographer, an avid diver and lover of all marine life. Salas established his photography studio, A.S.K. Studio, 35 years ago. Primarily dealing in commercial and advertorial photography throughout a majority of his career, Salas decided in 2004 to combine his two passions--photography and diving. Salas has spent the last decade literally immersing himself in his work by diving into the underwater habitats found in his books to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn’t see them otherwise.

After spending countless hours filming underwater, Salas has developed a kinship with these animals. That’s why he’s decided to donate 50% of all of Luminous Sea’s profits to the Ocean Foundation.


What is the Sea of Light trilogy?

Luminous Sea is the third and northernmost installment in the Sea of Light trilogy, a series of three books featuring awe-inspiring photographs of deep-sea habitats along the western coast of North America and Canada.  The first book in the series was Sea of Light (2009), which showcases the underwater habitats of California’s Channel Islands. After seeing demand far outweigh supply for Sea of Light, Salas released the second installation in the trilogy, Blue Visions, in 2012. Blue Visions presents readers with captivating images of the varied, and often threatened, marine life that inhabits the Islands of Mexico down to the Equator including Galapagos and Cocos Islands. Blue Visions was released in the iBookstore in the spring of 2014.


How Was Luminous Sea Shot?

For the last seven years, Richard has braved the unpredictable currents of the chilly Northern Pacific ocean to bring us a memorable collection of high-quality seascape photographs. Using an open heart, Salas is able to approach an underwater creature in its natural habitat and capture its personality in a beautiful, candid photograph.

Richard uses a Nikon 300s with a Tokina 10-17mm for wide angle shots and a 60mm and 105mm for macro with 2 Inon 240 strobes attached to a Subal housing. He dives from charter boats, including Truth Aquatics boats in Santa Barbara: the Nautilus Explorer, the old Don Jose down in Mexico and the Swell in Alaska, along with other divers and leads underwater photography workshops at Gods Pocket out of Port Hardy, British Columbia.


What Can I Expect to See in Luminous Sea?

Luminous Sea presents the unique marine life found along the coastal islands from Washington to Alaska. Readers will get up-close and personal with wildly playful 700 pound Steller Sea Lions and a 9 foot Giant Pacific Octopus. They’ll see intimate shots of the cutest fish on the planet, Spiny Lumpsuckers and colorful nudibranchs of all sizes and shapes.

Readers will see these beautiful animals that call the Pacific Northwest home, including:

  • Wolf Eels

  • Red Irish Lord

  • Spotted Ratfish

  • Decorated Warbonnets

  • Hooded Nudibranchs

  • Stubby Squid

  • Sockeye Salmon

  • Anemones like jewels spread out on the sea bottom



What’s A.S.K. Studio?

Founded by underwater photographer Richard Salas, A.S.K. Studio is the Santa Barbara-based, full-service photography studio that produces the Sea of Light trilogy. In addition to producing spectacular underwater photographs, A.S.K. Studio also works in conjunction with many major clothing and jewelry retailers to create professional product images for web, catalog and advertising.


Timeline

  • Blue Visions - ready to ship now

  • Sea of Light - will ship Dec 2014

  • Luminous Sea - will ship April 2015

I took my first trip up to Vancouver Island, Canada in 2004 on the Nautilus Explorer and was stunned at the beauty and prolific life that exists in such cold water. Over the last 10 years, I’ve been up there 9 times and can’t seem to stay away.

I wanted to show folks that even though the water is a chilly 43 degrees on average, it doesn’t mean there’s no life there. Quite the contrary, the nutrient rich sea has more life per square inch than its warmer counterparts in the tropics. Life explodes all around you diving up there and the effort it takes to dive there is well worth it.

When I dive up there, I have to put on thermal underwear, then a dry suit to keep the underwear from getting wet.  It’s more cumbersome than just throwing on a wet suit or tee shirt and shorts, but I personally think it’s more interesting up there than in the warmer waters.

“Luminous Sea” will show the colder side of things -- animals that are beautiful, cute and have lots of personality. You also will not believe the color up there -- greens, golds, yellows and blues.

Yes, you will come away with a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the great northwest.


Dimensions

  • 12" x 12"

  • 156 pages

  • Full color

  • Museum quality

  • 80lb cover stock

  • First edition: 1000 signed copies


Why Indiegogo?

The decision to host Luminous Sea on Indiegogo ultimately came down to what we hoped to achieve with the book. We produced our first two books, Sea of Light and Blue Visions, ourselves and, as such, were only able to produce a limited number of books. Being that the donation to The Ocean Foundation is directly affected by the number of copies of Luminous Sea sold, the hope is to produce as many copies of the book as possible.

That’s where you come in.

Helping us reach our funding goal will enable us to offset a portion of the production costs and, in turn, print more copies of Luminous Sea. By helping us with our campaign, you’re helping The Ocean Foundation in their continued aim to preserve the natural marine habitats of the world so that future generations can enjoy them as we have.


Perks

  • $5 - The Sockeye Salmon

    See your name added to the credits on the www.richardsalas.com website for being part of the little fishies who donated to Luminous Sea and contributed to the health of the ocean!

    Estimated delivery: August 2014


  • $10 - Goliath Grouper

    Receive a postcard with a special image not found in any of the books to thank you for supporting Luminous Sea and the ocean’s health!

    *International backers - please add $2.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: August 2014


  • $15 - The Green Sea Turtle

    This perk will send you a thank you postcard as well as a high quality E-Book version of Blue Visions.

    *International backers - please add $2.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: August 2014



  • $30 - The Scalloped Hammerhead

    You’ll be swimming through the music from this 3-minute Aumakua DVD of the images from Blue Visions plus a high quality E-book version of Blue Visions. 

    *International backers - please add $4.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015



  • $50 - Stellar Sea Lion

    Receive a signed 8.5 x 11 inch Sea Lion print from Sea of Light, Blue Visions or Luminous Sea - your choice!

    *International backers - please add $40.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: September 2014

  • $60 - Wolf Eel

    Don’t miss your chance to receive these one-time, limited-edition 11 x 14 inch prints – includes one from each of the books in the Underwater Photography Trilogy, signed and embossed with my personal stamp! These photos are as cute as the underwater animal this perk is named after.

    *International backers - please add $40.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: September 2014


  • $90 - The Decorated Warbonnet

    Choose either the Sea of Light, Blue Visions or Luminous Sea photo book to add to your collection, and have your name printed inside the front cover of Luminous Sea. Books will be $100 after the Indiegogo campaign.

    *International backers - please add $50.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015


  • $180 - Giant Manta Ray

    Your choice of two photobooks from the Underwater Photography Trilogy and an 8.5 X 11 print from each one you choose.

    *International backers - please add $70.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015


  • $270 - The Giant Pacific Octopus

    Receive the complete Underwater Photography Trilogy collection in an Indiegogo exclusive slip case and an 8.5 X 11 inch print from each book!

    *International backers - please add $90.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015


  • $1,000 - The Whale Shark

    Receive 12 archival 11 x 14 inch prints (4 exclusive images from each book) and the complete Underwater Photography Trilogy signed and embossed by photographer Richard Salas!

    *International backers - please add $90.00 for shipping.

    Estimated delivery: April 2015


  • $3,000 - Truth Aquatics Trip

    Join Richard Salas on a dive trip out in the Channel Islands plus a personal photo workshop (Airfare not included - food/ lodging/tank/weight on the boat Included)!


  • $5,000 - God’s Pocket Resort

    5 Days - One-on-one photo workshop with photographer Richard Salas at Gods Pocket, BC, Canada (Airfare not included - lodging/food/tank/weights are included for diving)!


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    See your name added to the credits on the www.richardsalas.com website for being part of the little fishies who donated to Luminous Sea and contributed to the health of the ocean!

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  • $30USD
    The Scalloped Hammerhead

    You’ll be swimming through the music from this 3-minute Aumakua DVD (https://vimeo.com/73958765) of the images from Blue Visions plus a high quality E-book version of Blue Visions. *International backers - please add $4.00 for shipping.

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    Receive a signed 8.5 x 11 inch Sea Lion print from Sea of Light, Blue Visions or Luminous Sea! *International backers - please add $40.00 for shipping.

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    Wolf Eel

    Don’t miss your chance to receive these one-time, limited-edition 11 x 14 inch prints – includes one from each of the books in the Underwater Photography Trilogy, signed and embossed with my personal stamp! These photos are as awesome as the underwater animal this perk is named after. *International backers - please add $40.00 for shipping.

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  • $90USD
    The Decorated Warbonnet

    Choose either the Sea of Light, Blue Visions or Luminous Sea photo book to add to your collection, and have your name printed inside the front cover of Luminous Sea. Books will be $100 after the Indiegogo campaign. *International backers - please add $50.00 for shipping.

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    Your choice of two photobooks from the Underwater Photography Trilogy and an 8.5 X 11 print from each one you choose. *International backers - please add $70.00 for shipping.

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    Exclusive Sea of Light Trilogy

    Over the next 48 hours, 48 backers will receive the complete Underwater Photography Trilogy collection in an Indiegogo exclusive slip case and an 8.5 X 11 inch print from each book - all for just $250. *International backers - please add $90.00 for shipping.

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    Receive the complete Underwater Photography Trilogy collection in an Indiegogo exclusive slip case and an 8.5 X 11 inch print from each book! *International backers - please add $90.00 for shipping.

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    The Whale Shark

    Receive 12 archival 11 x 14 inch prints (4 exclusive images from each book) and the complete Underwater Photography Trilogy signed and embossed by photographer Richard Salas! *International backers - please add $90.00 for shipping.

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    Truth Aquatics Trip

    Join Richard Salas on a dive trip out in the Channel Islands plus a personal photo workshop (Airfare not included - food/ lodging/tank/weight on the boat Included)!

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  • $5,000USD
    God’s Pocket Resort

    5 Days - One-on-one photo workshop with photographer Richard Salas at Gods Pocket, BC, Canada (Airfare not included - lodging/food/tank/weights are included for diving)!

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