New Year = New Look for Bird’s Head Seascape Website

The Bird’s Head Seascape website gets a fresh, new look! This ultimate resource guide for the Raja Ampat-Cenderawasih Bay-Triton Bay regions is packed full of indispensible traveler info. An absolute must for travelers, snorkelers, divers, photographers and scientists.

Take Five! Get Lost in the Underwater World!

Need a break? You deserve a break! Relax and take five!
Watch our latest underwater, 4K video from destinations around the world!

Latest GoPro 4K Underwater Video with Aerials

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Check out latest underwater GoPro video! 2016 was a fun-filled year for travel, and we captured some of the highlights here.

GoPro Presentation at DEMA a Success!

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A recognized industry leader for creating engaging underwater video content, Joel is a regular speaker at DEMA, the Dive Equipment & Marketing Association (and largest trade show for the diving industry in the US). This year’s presentation, sponsored by Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo, How to Shoot Amazing Underwater & Topside Footage with Your Action Camera was met with enthusiasm by a packed audience.

We’ve compiled our best tips for capturing awesome GoPro footage here.

Stunning Image-Making in Remote God’s Pocket

British Columbia, Canada, boasts some of the best cold-water diving in the world! Previously having had the opportunity to dive in the Browning Pass area, it was always on the short list to return. However, dive operators in that part of Canada are few and far between. We knew of God’s Pocket Resort from friends, and it was highly recommended for pristine cold-water diving and unequalled hospitality from the owners, Bill and Annie.

The tiny resort, which accommodates 12 guests, is like a big, warm hug from a free-spirited friend. If it’s a first visit, you instantly fall in love. If you are a returning guest, it’s like falling in love all over again! We hope we have the opportunity to return to such an amazing place!

Check out some of our images in the God’s Pocket gallery.

Oakbay Chiropractic Unveils a New Website

Long-term client, Oakbay Chiropractic, unveiled a new website recently. Featuring a modern, clean look with easy navigation for its patients, the new website is mobile device friendly, making it seamless for scheduling appointments.

Beer and Blues in Mammoth Lakes

Joel had the rare opportunity to rock with the Rolling Boil Blues Band Lite at this year’s Bluesapalooza in Mammoth Lakes! Accompanying Tom Dalldorf from Celebrator Beer News, Joel played keyboards and sang background vocals at this outdoor beer festival.

Underwater Images – Circular Fisheye: An Ultra Wide View in Little Cayman

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For underwater image-makers, Little Cayman provides the perfect setting for wide-angle shooting with its far-as-the-eye-can-see visibility, healthy walls and reefs and friendly marine subjects. Using a circular fisheye lens gives the viewer an ultra-wide perspective of 180 degrees, a fun and different way to view the underwater world.

Diving and Illegal Fishing Don’t Mix

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Joel and Jen recently returned from their first visit to the Revillagigedo Islands, also known as Socorro, aboard the Solmar V. This is a protected area in the Pacific Ocean, 200+ miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas. Currently, the Revillagigedo Islands are being considered for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. This is a bucket-list dive destination for most avid scuba divers and underwater photographers for the big animal encounters that are possible here. While diving Roca Partida, one of the four of the islands that comprise this archipelago, they DID NOT expect to see a commercial fishing boat setting its nets very near Roca Partida, and well within the protected area that surrounds Revillagigedo. 

Immediately pulling anchor after a dive, the captain of the Solmar V and his crew motored toward the commercial fishing boat, alerting them of their illegal actions. All guests were rightly upset that this brazen, illegal fishing is occurring in a well-known protected area. While there are many socio-economic reasons why this illegal activity continues, if there is hope to preserve our oceans and planet for future generations, this illegal activity must end with those responsible held accountable for their actions.

A First-Timer’s Wide Eyed View of Raja Ampat on Bird’s Head Seascape Website

Jennifer Penner recently wrote a short article, accompanied by wide-angle images, sharing her and Joel’s experience visiting and photographing Raja Ampat, Indonesia for the very first time. Read about their trip, and why they can’t wait to return to this lush and vibrant marine biodiverse place!