Out of this World Coral Photography

Nature is a superb way of finding natural and unique inspiration.

It refreshes our mind and gives us something to think about in new and exciting ways.

I’m a huge fan of character illustration, especially monsters and aliens.

When searching for inspiration for these illustrations, I find taking a good look at the world beneath us, the sea-bed of the ocean always points me in the right direction.

The bright colors, unusual but natural shapes and the detail in the photos below will hopefully inspire you as well…

Compiled exclusively for WDD by Callum Chapman. He is a freelance designer from Cambridge, UK. He is the creative mind behind Circlebox Creative and Circlebox Blog, and can often be found writing for SM and other well known design related blogs.

How do you go about finding inspiration in nature? Where else do you go for inspiration?

  • http://www.designcrumbs.com Jake

    I love this stuff. It looks like something from another world (especially since I’m trapped here in Illinois).

  • Boni Cole

    Stunning!!! Creepy but simply amazing…

  • http://www.siemprefo.com Joaquín Cabrera


  • Seth

    Impressive, this makes a nice list to grab some quick underwater inspiration from.

  • http://www.krishnasolanki.co.uk/ Krishna

    Some of this stuff send a shiver down my spine as its a bit creepy crawly, but the deep blue sea is most definitely a good source of inspiration….esp some of the vivid colours!…

  • http://bass.makemywish.info/ New York Web Designer

    Awesome. Approximately 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water but it is hard to see and enjoy the beauty. The post like this make it happen..

  • http://www.squiders.com Web Design Kent

    great photography, nature doesn’t need kuler

  • http://naldzgraphics.net/ Ronald | Naldz Graphics

    Beautiful!!!. such a great inspiration for those photographers who wants to try taking shots underwater :)

  • kes

    disgusting and and some how disturbing…. but the color is great.
    The world beneath us is really fantastic

  • http://www.aledesign.it aledesign.it

    Great photo, really impressive! Good colors! Nature is the better!

  • http://www.designlovr.com DesignLovr

    Some amazing shapes and colors. Great Inspiration!

  • http://www.thephotobooks.com Melissa

    Just stunning! Who is the photographer? I’d love to ask him/her about their equipment! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.clippingimages.com Clipping Path

    waga! what a marvelous collection of coral photos! i love corals. :-)

  • http://blog.lytecube.com Girish

    Amazing, I’ve seen corals and they dont look so good in real life. More than the equipment, what techniques have you used, very curious to read about it.

  • pesho

    nice pics
    thanks a lot

  • http://www.sgdoeschwitz.de BigM75

    good pratice and reality pictures

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net/index.php Jordan Walker

    Those are all way cool pictures. So amazed at the wonders of the sea.

  • http://www.sametomorrow.com/blog adam

    Some nice photos for sure.

  • http://www.creativeindividual.co.uk Laura

    Wow amazing stuff! Definitely out of this world in terms of colour and form. Freaky but amazing! Definitely good inspiration for monster characters.

  • http://xtoozee.ru Garry

    It’s so good. nice color
    thanks for post

  • http://www.e11world.com e11world

    Why can’t we see this in person?? I hate not knowing what else is out there. I was always thinking I’d love to go to space and see what else is there but there’s so much on earth I haven’t seen. WE haven’t seen.

  • http://photos.jmleclercq.com jmleclercq

    Great collection !!

  • http://www.empfehlenswert-wien.at wien

    great photos

  • klara


    Where do you live? Any sea and some snorkeling equipment will do. Add some neoprene in cold water and stay away from sandy beaches with their reduced visibility. Most interesting flora and fauna lives quite close to the surface.

    • http://www.e11world.com e11world

      Thanks for that info klara. I live in Vancouver Canada (Olympics city) and it has many of the most beautiful places in the world. You have to admit that this world is FULL of things our eyes haven’t seen yet.

  • http://www.anistock.com anistock

    wow and wow again, the detail and color is spot on. Expertly shot.

  • http://javatutor.net Java developer

    Looks really great!

  • http://www.alejandroperazzo.com Alvaro Hernandorena

    amazing how nature uses color contrast and combination!!!

    obviously evolution is not random

  • http://www.reefbeasties.com Suzy Walker

    A nice selection (although there were some in there I would have left out). It’s great to see a non-diving website promote the underwater world though! Keep up the good work.


  • http://www.funspill.com/ Fun Spill

    Those photos are truly inspiring especially to the ones who really love taking photos! Thanks

  • http://www.wearingrainbows.com/mens-waistcoats-ties-c-2659.html Billy

    Truly Magical, these are fantastic photos

  • http://kcatprizerebel.blogspot.com/ James

    These are such amazing shots! never seen coral like this before!

  • http://goodeyephotography Rich

    Thanks for the compliments on the photos, one of them is mine……