About Me

Mike Bray Photography

My name is Mike Bray.  I spent my early years in the Pacific Northwest and have been a resident of southern California for over 35 years.  My pursuit of photography started when I was 7 years old and given my first Kodak “Brownie” camera.

I pursued sports photography in the 1980’s and grew into the single lens reflex revolution with an Olympus OM-10.  An interest in underwater photography developed in the mid 90’s, and underwater photos eventually covered all the walls in my office.  An African safari in 2005 ignited a passion for wildlife photography, and finally a narrower pursuit of hummingbirds in flight.

With my wife Carolyn, I travel two or three times a year to tropical dive locations or spots with photography opportunities.  In recent years, we’ve visited Portugal, New Zealand, Ecuador and the Cayman Islands.

My photo equipment includes Nikon DLSR camera bodies, from the D200 for underwater shots to the newer D500 for topside exposures.  My favorite lens is the Nikon 300mm f4 which I use for hummingbird photography.