C & H Photo dives into La Jolla

C & H Photo, formerly Nelson Photo in La Jolla, has acquired a new business partner and added a speciality.

“It’s business as usual with the same quality of service and the addition of a specialty — underwater photography,” said Leon Chow, who joined forces — and initials — June 1 with David Hinkel, owner of Blue Abyss Photo in Escondido, to create C & H Photo at 7720 Fay Ave.

“I’m able to charter my ship into different territories now,” said Chow.

He’s always been interested in underwater photography, Chow said. Now, with the addition of Hinkel, an award-winning underwater photographer and former customer to his shop’s photographic mix “it’s all come full circle.”

Hinkel, who’s done underwater photography since 1972, said, “We’re going to have everything for everyone from beginners to very advanced.”

Now, he added, he has a whole new world to explore both photographically and occupationally.

“It’s really evolved quite a bit since digital, which has made it a lot easier to get into and to get instant feedback (seeing photos),” he said.

Chow said C & H would continue to provide all the services it did as Nelson’s.

With the addition of an underwater division in the store, all supplies needed to shoot beneath the waves, including surf camera housings, will be available for purchase.

“It’s something we needed in Southern California,” said Chow adding it doesn’t hurt that C & H is just a couple blocks from the ocean.

C & H intends to teach classes on underwater photography to educate the public so they can take better pictures, he added.

Store hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Call C & H at (858) 729-6565 or visit