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.

Diving and Illegal Fishing Don’t Mix

  • Commercial fishing boat, Madeira, illegally fishing the protected waters of Revillagigedo Islands. Roca Partida is shown nearby.
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  • Massive nets of the Madeira tuna seiner.
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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.

Gallery of Underwater Images from Raja Ampat Featured on the Bird’s Head Seascape Website

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.

Underwater Images Featured in Sport Diver Magazine

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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.

Editing Tips for Underwater GoPro Videographers on Dive Photo Guide

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!

The Ultimate Underwater Shooting Guide for GoPro Hero4: Creative Tips for Topside Shooting

As scuba divers, most of our travels are centered around scuba diving and underwater photography. Much of our images captured during our adventure are of the underwater world. But more often than not, there is so much more to share; such as, breath-taking scenery, local culture, flora and fauna on land and such. Our latest article for DivePhotoGuide shares our tips and techniques for adding creativity and variety to your next vacation GoPro video using filters and lenses with Backscatter‘s FLIP4 System. Read our article, then immediately book your next trip! Your family and friends will LOVE your next vacation video!