Underwater photographer and digital imaging specialist Jim Hellemn creates images of extreme proportion, using specialized lighting and multiple images to capture incredible underwater landscape images of coral reefs and ocean environments. His latest project, a 2400 megapixel image of a California Giant Kelp Forest, has been reproduced at life size in glass panels at the front of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The photograph itself is unique – underwater photographs are extremely limited in resolution and coverage without the techniques that Hellemn uses. "When you back up to take a wide shot, everything turns blue and fuzzy because water aborbs all the red and yellow light and obscurs details", Jim explains. To solve the problem, Jim developed his own equipment and methodology. He pioneered the technique of using computers to stitch multiple images together to create seamless panoramas and created the first "gigapixel" image in 1999. As a result, Jim's images contain up to 500 times more pixels than a typical photograph and are able to capture the vivid colors and details across a wide field. The aquarium project represents another important aspect of Hellemn's work; public awareness and ocean conservation. Jim's images offer a unique way to appreciate a part of our environment that very few people get to experience. Once people make the connection with the ocean as an important part of their own environment, Hellemn hopes they will instinctively want to protect it.