For any cold-water scuba diver, God’s Pocket Resort in British Columbia is at the apex. Spectacular views above and below the water treat the outdoors enthusiast to a memorable holiday. The resort is simultaneously rustic and pampering with daily meals and snacks to delight any foodie, and hospitality unequaled anywhere.
Aerial image taken by Joel Penner with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Joel and Jen recently traveled to Raja Ampat, Indonesia for the first time. Known for its incredible marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat is a divers’ and underwater photographers’ paradise! Some of Jen’s images are now featured on the Bird’s Head Seascape website.
In the May 2016 issue of Sport Diver magazine, Joel and Jen have a few of their underwater images featured.
The image for Rolling in the Shallow was taken on Grand Cayman at Stingray Bandbar. The black and white image and the smaller sidebar image were selected by the magazine to support Dr. Alex Mustard’s underwater photography column where he shareshis techniques and tips for better underwater images. These are from the cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.
This installment is Part 8 in the series of articles written for Dive Photo Guide. Check out our overview of video editing software for GoPro videographers shooting underwater, as well as our tips for creating a video your family and friends will LOVE!